Registration and exhibition hall open
Spend time with exhibitors or prepare for the day with your colleagues and coffee
Join us in the mainstage theatre to kick off Xerocon London with our MC Nigel Mead and Gary Turner, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Xero UK & EMEA.
9:15 - 9:45 AM
Communities of purpose
Speaker: Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer, Xero
Our Xero community is growing in purpose. In an era where running a small business can be daunting – even isolating – we’re thinking differently about how technology can be a force for good in communities around the world. Steve believes that with an entire community behind you, anything is possible. He’ll share what’s next for Xero and how we’re investing and driving enhancements to rewire the world of small business making it seamless, simple and smarter.
9:45 - 10:30 AM
The state of the nation
Speaker: Gary Turner, Managing Director and Co-Founder UK & EMEA, Xero
Ten years into the most significant shift in accounting for a generation – and with the pace of change accelerating towards completely cloud-enabled working firms – what does the next decade have in store for practitioners? Gary will highlight the key themes and challenges we need to overcome to place the client at the centre of tomorrow’s digital service models.
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Education can change the world
Speaker: Priya Lakhani OBE, Entrepreneur
Priya Lakhani is an entrepreneur who has founded a food business, a social enterprise, and now leads a company developing the latest artificial intelligence and big data technology to understand how the brain learns. Come and hear how through education, Priya encourages us to pursue our purpose in life and make the world a better place.
11:00 - 11:45 AM
Morning tea, networking and exhibition
Championing women in STEM
Speaker: Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of Ada Lovelace Day
Xero proudly sponsored the recent Ada Lovelace Day and passionately supports encouraging women into careers within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Hear from ALD founder Suw Charman-Anderson about the role we all play in encouraging diversity into the industry.
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: Anna Curzon, Chief Product Officer, Xero
Let’s face it, the business landscape is moving fast – that’s why Xero is constantly investing in innovative products embedded with the latest technology. Anna will announce Xero’s new products and updates, and outline how they empower our community of bookkeepers, accountants and small business owners to do more.
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Lunch, networking, exhibition and product demos
Get refueled, catch up with our exhibitors and check out our three product demos where we’ll delve deeper into the key product announcements from the morning’s product keynote. We’ll let you know what and where after the product keynote on the mainstage.
Demo: Getting time back - Automating manual processes
Speaker: Nick Kaplonski, Strategic Partnerships
Learn how Hubdoc and Xero automate administrative bookkeeping tasks like document collection and data entry – making bank reconciliation a breeze and giving you time back to help your clients reach their goals.
Save time (plus money) when filing accounts and tax returns
Speaker: Diane O’Neal, Head of Product Marketing at Xero
From high integrity data through to seamless accounts and tax production, all powered by Xero. Say goodbye to opening balance issues, re-entering data and mapping. Join us as we delve deeper into Xero Tax, showcasing the new world of increased practice efficiencies helping you better engage with clients.
Demo: Vertical markets - construction industry features and workflow
Speakers: Jess Deadman, Education specialist, Benjamin Verity, Education specialist
Understand how Xero’s suite of connected apps can help you serve construction clients more efficiently than ever before.
Demo: Xero Tax
Speakers: Marc Stewart, Education Specialist team manager, Jamie Nolan, Partner consultant
Showcasing the seamless, end-to-end workflows associated with filing accounts and tax returns - Compliance with a click. Completely in the cloud.
Panel: Practice strategy – tactics for growing a modern firm
Speakers: Kat Bond and Ian Phillips, Heads of Field Sales at Xero
Technology, legislation and client demographics have unlocked significant growth opportunities for firms well-positioned to take advantage. Kat and Ian will be joined by some Xero pacesetters who will share tactics that work and potential pitfalls.
Panel: Becoming a trusted advisor starts with daily bookkeeping
Speakers: Oliver Smith, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Networks at Receipt Bank, Emma Fox, Managing Director at Fresh Financials and Will Farnell, Founder and Director of Farnell Clarke
Cash flow planning, budgeting and KPI analysis are all must-have services of a modern firm. But it requires clean and timely data. Learn how successful firms are re-engineering their processes to deliver daily and weekly bookkeeping to their clients. You'll see how they’re drastically increasing revenue by unlocking value-add opportunities from an intimate knowledge of their clients' books.
Build your community to build your brand
Speaker: Gayle Fisher, Partner Campaign Manager at Xero
One of the most effective ways of selling yourself and your business is by getting your customers to advocate for you. In this session we’ll show you how to identify your advocates and encourage them to champion you.
Are you jeopardising the cash flow of your clients?
Speaker: Duncan Barrigan, Chief Product Officer at GoCardless
Your clients’ cash flow is directly impacted by the payment methods they offer their customers. Get it right, and they prosper. But get it wrong, and their whole business is at risk. In this session, Duncan explores the different payment methods businesses can offer, and why they must be aligned to meet the needs of both your clients and their customers.
Panel: Business Rewired; The technology and trends shaping the future of small business
Speakers: Stuart Miles, editor of technology website Pocket Lint, Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, Gary Turner, MD at Xero and Emma Gannon, best-selling SME author and influencer.
New technology is changing the way we work. As better connectivity and more intelligent software become pervasive, routine tasks will become further automated, freeing humans to 'upgrade' their potential. This engaging panel will debate why businesses need to adapt in order to thrive in the new digital economy.
Accountants and the new frontier of finance: bridging the SME lending gap
Speaker: Richard Sutton, Head of Accountant Relationships, iwoca
Small businesses are struggling to access finance from traditional sources, so much that there’s a £10B lending gap between supply and demand. In this talk, Rich looks into some of the main reasons for the SME lending gap. Looking at the impact of bank closures, insights from accountants in practice and iwoca research, he offers advice on ways you can help your clients access finance where and when they need it.
3:45 - 4:30 PM
Afternoon tea and quick-talks
Get refueled, catch up with our exhibitors and join one of our 20 minute quick-talk sessions.
Panel: How sole practitioners can beat the big guys
Speakers: Matt Lucas and Shaheen Budhrani, Xero account managers and hosts of The Matt and Shaheen Podcast (more to be announced)
Each and every day, sole practitioners compete with the big firms and succeed. But how? This engaging panel will discuss how sole practitioners can win by changing the rules of the game, competing selectively and using Xero to its full potential. Hosted by Xero account managers and podcast hosts, Matt and Shaheen.
Specialising to succeed in vertical markets
Speaker: Andrew Collings, Partner Team Manager, National Accounts at Xero
Specialising in vertical markets is good for business and great for your clients. Find out which vertical markets you can specialise in and hear about firms who do this well. You’ll walk away armed with the right knowledge and advice to get going right away.
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Driving innovation in business banking
Speakers: Marieke Flament, CEO of Mettle and Andrew Ellis, Head of Ventures, NatWest
Innovation and regulatory changes are clearly having a major impact on the expectations of small businesses. As these irresistible forces continue to evolve at breakneck speed, how do bankers and accountants work together to best serve SME needs? Marieke and Andy explore customer expectations, innovation and agility in the market.
5:10 - 5:25 PM
The rise of UK fintech in the accountancy profession
Speaker: David Brear, CEO of 11:FS
11:FS return to Xerocon shortly after the release of their feature film, 11:Years – the Rise of UK Fintech. Hear from David Brear, 11:FS CEO and host of the Fintech Insider podcast, on the rise of fintech and its impact on small businesses and the accountancy profession.
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Appy Hour in the Exhibition Hall
An intimate chance to mix and mingle over a drink or two with colleagues and exhibiting apps.
5:45 - 6:45 PM
Fintech Insider Live: The Cash flow debate
Speakers: David Brear, CEO of 11:FS and guests
Join us for a drink and the live recording of the Fintech Insider podcast where we’ll touch on the day’s big announcements and debate the most impactful apps to improve cash flow.
7:00 - 10:30 PM
Finish your day at the infamous Xerocon party. There’ll be a band, street food and lots of entertainment. It's your chance to catch up and make new friends.
Please note, the Xerocon London 2019 schedule is subject to change.