As we kick off two amazing days in Brisbane, we want to congratulate our Xerocon award winners. These annual awards recognise excellence across the bookkeeping and accounting industries, as well as among our third-party app developers.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Asia Pacific winners. They demonstrated passion and hard work as they dedicated themselves to helping small businesses thrive.
Accounting Partners of the Year: Australia, New Zealand and Asia
These awards commend an exceptional accounting practice in each of the three regions that uses Xero to offer continual value and innovation to clients.
Australia winner: RBK Advisory
RBK in Melbourne has seen its advisory business surge since a few accountant friends launched the firm three years ago. It’s grown from 300 clients to well over 2,000 in the last year and has seen revenue grow 400 percent. RBK does all work in progress and billing through Xero Practice Manager. Xero’s integrations with RBK’s practice tools allow the firm to focus more on advisory and get less bogged down in compliance work.
New Zealand winner: Maisey Harris & Co.
This Waikato-based firm is a team of seven that lives by the philosophy of challenging their clients and themselves in the pursuit of excellence. Maisey Harris offers an extensive workshop programme, as well as a range of business services such as KPI improvement and financial awareness coaching, to break the mould of traditional accounting services and help clients develop a competitive advantage
National Partner of the Year – New Zealand: SBA
SBA is a network of franchises with 87 branches across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and the United States. It’s been around for 20 years and in that time has proven its services are among some of the best. SBA franchisees are small business accounting, bookkeeping, tax and payroll specialists, and use the latest technology to provide every client with a tailor-made program.
National Partner of the Year – Australia: Deloitte Australia
As one of Australia’s leading accounting firms and a Xero platinum partner, Deloitte has gone from strength to strength. Its growth can be attributed to the accelerated effort to migrate their entire client base to cloud technology. Delivering a consistently high standard of competency and education to their clients, Deloitte ensures they all get the full benefits of the cloud as they work with best-in-class apps that integrate with Xero.
Asia Partner of the Year joint winners:
- Agere Accounting & Advisory has been a pioneer of cloud accounting in Singapore since 2011, when SaaS was in its infancy. Its founder, Elaine Lim, has the distinction of building two successful Xero practices, and her latest enterprise has achieved platinum partner status. The business community recognises the Agere team as passionate, business-minded and technologically savvy.
- Fresh Accounting is based in both Hong Kong and Singapore and has been a Xero partner for over five years. As well as running the firm 100 percent in the cloud, Fresh teams up with Xero app partners to deliver a full range of business solutions. Thanks to the flexibility of being in the cloud, Fresh is able to hire parents returning to the workforce to join the team, and is proud to do so.
Regional Partner of the Year – Asia: Mazars (Asia)
Mazars is a global firm of over 900 partners. Mazars first embraced Xero in early 2012 and says the response from their clients has been overwhelmingly positive. Clients range from local startups to multinationals, but the common goal at Mazars is multi-country engagement, to support and drive cross-border growth for their clients. Mazars prides itself on operating a truly global model, rather than focusing just on tax compliance and annual reporting. Xero allows Mazars to provide a range of services to clients based in more than one location using the same ledger.
Bookkeeping Partners of the Year: Australia and New Zealand
This award recognises firms from the exceptional community of bookkeeping partners who use Xero to add value to their service in their evolving industry.
Australia winner: Business Boost Centre
This firm hails from the national capital, Canberra. It specialises in making entrepreneurship and starting and running a small business as painless and streamlined as possible. Using Xero Tax, Business Boost Centre has achieved over 95 percent of lodgements on time without using the BAS agent extension period. “That means happy and less stressed clients with no late lodgement fees,” says small business advisor Don Grgic. “We have better things to do than chase information and request lodgement extensions.”
New Zealand winner: Go Fi8ure
This mobile service specialises in premium bookkeeping and accountancy solutions. With locations around the country, GoFi8ure offers services for businesses of many sizes – from sole traders and startups to small and medium businesses. Services range from bank and GST reconciliations to management accounting, payroll and reporting. The GoFi8ure team has more than 70 years’ combined experience in various accounting disciplines, making them a trusted advisory firm.
100% Xero Award
This award recognises a practice that goes above and beyond to champion cloud accounting. By operating entirely on Xero, it demonstrates the value of the apps ecosystem every day.
Winner: Robot Pte. Ltd.
Robot was one of the first accounting practices in Asia to adopt Xero back in 2014. The team was committed to take the practice into the cloud, and reached gold partner status with Xero within two years. All Robot staff work from home and service clients globally.
Robot is a huge advocate of automation and education. It uses apps from Xero’s marketplace to introduce clients to tools that streamline day-to-day processes. They also pride themselves on making sure their clients are well equipped to use Xero and make the most of the information it provides to make better business decisions.
Emerging App Partner of the Year
This award recognises an up-and-coming app partner who demonstrates success through a commitment to design, customer service and technological innovation.
The Weploy app allows a business to fill staffing positions in seconds, not hours. It offers clients unlimited access to a pool of vetted business support staff to take care of admin tasks so clients can focus on what matters. With a focus on product and intuitive platform, Weploy allows almost anybody to get the staff they need, when they need it.
App Partner of the Year
Our ecosystem of app partners empowers small businesses to be their best. This award celebrates exceptional quality of service and continuous improvement, and this year, Deputy took the honours.
Deputy offers scheduling, time-clocking and staff communication to small businesses in all Xero regions. Along with helping small businesses to better manage staff working flexible hours, payroll, award rates, and keeping staff in the loop, Deputy removes the mundane work and headaches associated with organising shift work, streamlining business processes.
Industry-Specific App Partner of the Year
Xero is supported by more than 700 powerful add-on apps and this award commends an app partner who has showed exceptional success in a particular industry. This year, AccountKit took the accolade.
The AccountKit app comprises a suite of tools to assist accountants with the administration, compliance and advisory areas of their practice. AccountKit centralises client and administration information into one location that can easily be accessed by all staff. It assists in many areas of a practice, from administration and compliance to broader consulting.