2020 highlighted the important role of accountants and bookkeepers more than ever, as COVID-19 placed a massive strain on small businesses and their communities. Accountants and bookkeepers became the first line of support for their clients when they didn’t know where or who to turn to. Through this support, the impact our partners had on small businesses and their families shouldn’t be underestimated.
We’re so lucky to have been able to celebrate this incredible work at the Xero Awards on Friday 12th February. Seeing many other parts of the world not able to come together in person, and now that Auckland is back in lockdown, we’re grateful that we had the opportunity to celebrate the excellence in our partner community in New Zealand.
We had nine award categories this year including a new category, Medium Accounting Partner of the Year, to recognise those practices with teams of up to 40.
I want to thank the judges for taking the time to review the nominations and carefully select our winners – Vic Crone (Callaghan Innovation), Phil Veal (KEA), Andy Hamilton (Manaaki), Peter Vial (CAANZ), and Gavin Lennox (The Icehouse). Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and who was involved in making the Awards such an awesome night.
Congratulations to the winners, you’ve done amazing mahi for small business New Zealand.
Advisory partner of the year – WE Accounting
The team at WE Accounting is taking business advisory to the next level. They offer a huge variety of coaching and training programmes that are tailored to different sizes and business needs. Eli, Wyndi and their team are passionate about working closely with businesses to help them achieve their dreams.
Small accounting partner of the year – Convex Accounting
The judges were super impressed with the way Convex Accounting has used Xero to scale and grow their business. The practice has streamlined workflows and created major efficiencies enabling them to introduce new services, and focus more on providing outstanding training for their staff and clients.
Medium accounting partner of the year – Maisey Harris & Co
Maisey Harris & Co pride themselves on helping business owners with so much more than just the numbers. During COVID-19, the team supported hundreds of small businesses to navigate an incredibly tough business environment. Off the back of that they created new services to suit their clients’ needs such as business recovery planning and continuity coaching.
The Maisey Harris team are huge advocates of the benefits Xero can bring to small businesses and their advisors, and we’re so proud to have them as a long-standing partner.
Large accounting partner of the year – BFA
BFA is a trailblazer when it comes to implementing new technology and embracing change. BFA supports a large number of agri businesses, and recognises the importance of technology to the success of these businesses. BFA is committed to setting their clients up for success by working with a number of technology solutions that best suit their clients’ needs.
National partner of the year – PKF
PKF has worked really hard to embed Xero across the business, and upskill and educate their team. They have a clear focus on building and fostering the next generation of great leaders and are truly values led. The judges were impressed with PKF’s focus on education and training and their dedication to help their clients thrive.
Bookkeeping partner of the year – Accountabill
Accountabill is a team of hard-working bookkeeping professionals who are passionate about helping small businesses get back to doing what they love in their business. Haylee has gone above and beyond by offering new services – helping startups grow and educating clients on debt management.
Emerging app partner of the year – ProjectWorks
ProjectWorks hit the ground running in 2020, growing into a number of markets around the world and gaining new customers at pace. The team at ProjectWorks are always working to improve their integration with Xero, adding features and making it more seamless and flexible for their customers.
App partner of the year – ApprovalMax
ApprovalMax has been part of Xero’s ecosystem since the early days, and it’s been awesome to see it become one of the most loved apps for accountants and bookkeepers. ApprovalMax has seen impressive growth in the past year, becoming an essential part of so many practices’ trusted app stacks.
Peoples’ Choice – Maisey Harris & Co
Winning People’s Choice for the second year in a row, this is an outstanding achievement for the team at Maisey Harris & Co. Their absolute commitment to their clients’ businesses and wellbeing was echoed again and again in the nominations. They truly understand the value of first class and personal customer service.