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Benchpress: Beautiful accounting software the #1 choice for UK creative industry

Today’s guest post is written by Paul Bulpitt, small business customer and co-founder of Xero accounting partner Wow Company.

The Wow Company’s annual Benchpress survey, released this week, has shown that more independently-owned UK creative agencies than ever have chosen beautiful accounting software to manage their businesses.

The industry’s adoption of Xero has increased dramatically from 19% in 2013 to 49% in 2015, making Xero the number one choice of accounting software for creative agencies.

Benchpress, Creatives use Xero

The mass migration to Xero is also reflected in the increased uptake of Xero-integrated applications for Project Management, such as Streamtime, Harvest and WorkflowMax.

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Xero Roadshow UK – evolve your practice with a deep dive into all that is Xero

We’re kicking off the new financial year with a bang and we can’t wait to share it with the UK’s accounting and bookkeeping community.

At Xerocon London, we made a lot of announcements about our investment in Xero, with a tonne of new features. This year we’ve already released Payroll, Quotes, Notifications and our iPad app. Next you’ll be seeing Online Quotes, Inventory and Side by Side Bills, followed by Find & Recode, Global Search, Improvements to Reporting, Big Data for Small Business, Enhancements to Practice Studio and new Partner Bank Feeds.

focus on your practice

We get it. There’s a lot to take in! That’s why we’re committed to taking you through it all step by step, showing you and your team how your practice can use Xero to its full potential. Learn how you can use Xero to add real value to your practice and your clients.

Come along to the Xero Roadshow – in a city near you this April and May

Throughout April and May, we’ll be touring across the UK with the Xero Roadshow. We’ll take your whole practice on a practical deep dive journey into Xero. We’ll show you the key features and benefits ideal for accountants and bookkeepers. And we’ll share with you the processes that will help your business to fully evolve into the world of the cloud.

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Change to Xero – free until 31 March

Getting up and running on Xero is easy. But when you’re moving from an old product like Sage, while it might be nice to start fresh with Xero, you may also want to bring your transaction history with you.

We want your transition to Xero to be as seamless as possible, which is why last month we announced that until 31 March we’d foot the bill to help UK small businesses move their books to Xero from Sage and Quickbooks.

Hundreds of UK SMEs have made the switch already. But if that’s not yet you or your clients, now’s the time to take a positive step into the new tax year. Join more than 400,000 small businesses and almost 14,000 accounting practices around the world already enjoying the benefits of Xero’s beautiful accounting and payroll software.

change to xero

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Reflections on Xerocon, desktop data amnesty

Apparently the true measure of any conference that claims to be worth its salt these days can be quickly discerned by weighing both the quantity and colour of the social media chatter the following day. Indeed, judging from the large number of “Post Xerocon Blues” tweets that peppered my timeline twenty-four hours after Xerocon London 2015 had closed its doors, our UK conference seemed to have very much hit the spot for a good many of our 800 attendees this year.

In barely more than two years, Xerocon London has grown to become what I believe is now the UK’s largest gathering of its kind, eclipsing the mainstream accounting industry bodies’ annual conference circuits, nevermind those of the accounting software industry.

Alongside some great guest speakers, forty-odd exhibitors and sneak previews of coming product updates to Xero, the bigger news items that featured this Xerocon were the UK launch of our new Payroll in Xero, the accelerating pace with which the UK banking community is now attaching itself to our platform with news of our new technical partnership with Metrobank, our desire to support our UK Partner community in telling the cloud story and the growing incidence of Sage and Quickbooks customers choosing to migrate to the cloud with Xero.

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Celebrating our partners: Xero Awards London

Last night we enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and decoration at the Xero Awards in London, celebrating the success of our partners in 2014.

Nineteen awards were presented across the evening, from our Regional Accounting Partners of the Year, right through to the Most Valued Professional, Add-on Partner of the Year and the Overall Accounting Partner of the Year.

Xero Awards room

A huge congratulations to all of our winners! 

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Xerocon London 2015 – day two highlights

We welcomed our guests back to Xerocon day two after a big night of celebrations at the Xero Awards, acknowledging the success of our high achieving partners.

Branding your practice

Rita Clifton, chair of BrandCap, opened day two with why branding is so vital in the digital age. Successful branding is about being clear about who you are and what you stand for, communicating that in all that you do, and employing people who stand for what your brand stands for. “It helps if the CEO isn’t an idiot… they’ve got to epitomise who the brand actually is.”

“A brand is more than packaging and labelling,” she said. “It’s the substance that lies beneath.”

Rita Clifton Xerocon 2

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Xerocon London 2015 – day one highlights

More than 800 accounting industry professionals rolled into Battersea Evolution this morning for Xerocon London 2015, the UK’s largest fintech conference. Attendees arrived from far and wide – New Zealand, Australia, and the US, as well as all across the UK. Many rolled in on our awesome Xero shuttle bus, and some even arrived in our Xero black cab… though it’s no longer black!

xero black cab

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Getting ready for Xerocon London 2015

We’re getting ready to host the UK’s biggest fintech conference, with over 800 attendees and an amazing line-up of keynote speakers.

Xero UK managing director Gary Turner is down at Battersea Evolution the day before Xerocon London 2015 kicks off, with a summary of what to expect over the next two days. Check it out here:


Xerocon London 2015 – four weeks to go!

It’s now more than twelve months since our last big event in London and excitement is really building now as Xerocon, our two day conference for financial professionals and software developers, re-opens its doors four weeks from today on 10 and 11 February.

Our first London event in 2012 attracted just over 200 delegates, and in 2013 we saw that grow to over 400. Now I’m pleased to share that Xerocon 2015 is going to be a very big one indeed – last week registrations shot way past Xerocon 2013, some five weeks out.

Xerocon London 2015 – four weeks to go… from Xero Limited on Vimeo.

So, Xerocon London 2015 looks set to become not only the UK’s biggest FinTech conference, but the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

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Xero’s accounting, finance or economics scholarship is back

Earlier this week, we announced the first winner of Xero’s accounting, finance or economics scholarship – Alisha McGoldrick of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

We’re excited to tell you that the scholarship is now live again! So if you or someone you know could benefit from $5,000 towards studying one of these subjects, check out the information below:

What does Xero’s accounting, finance or economics scholarship cover?

The $5,000 scholarship can be used to cover any expenses directly associated with an accounting, economics or finance degree. This could be tuition, accommodation or course materials.

You can now apply to recieve an accounting, finance or economics scholarship from Xero in 2015

Who is eligible to apply?

If you’re a legal resident of the US who is currently enrolled (full-time as an undergrad or graduated student) at an accredited university or business school, we’d love to receive your application. Of course, you’ll need to be majoring in accounting, finance or economics to be considered.

Students of all ages are invited to apply and you can be at any stage of your study. Note that if you’re still at high school you will need to have been accepted into college to be eligible.

You’ll also need a GPA of 3.0 or higher cumulative from your university, business school or high school (whichever is most recent).

How can I apply?

You’ll need to submit the following four materials to no later than March 31, 2015. Any questions can be sent them to this address too.

  1. A transcript, including your GPA.
  2. Proof that you’re enrolled full-time in an accredited university or business school in the US.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a relevant referee to convince us that you’re a great candidate.
  4. A 500–700 essay on one of the following topics:
  • How is cloud technology changing the world of accounting, finance and/or economics? What impact do you see this having on your career?
  • What changes do you predict the accounting industry will face in the next decade? How do you (1) intend to react to these changes and (2) contribute to the industry?
  • What compels you to study accounting, economics and/or finance? What role does technology play in your chosen industry and how will you use it in your career?

Check out the official scholarship page for more information, including full terms and conditions and selection criteria:

Win an accounting, economics or finance scholarship for 2015