Kidwells Whittakers at Xerocon 2016
Battersea Evolution in London was the venue for 2016’s Xerocon this week. Xerocon is “the world’s most beautiful and innovative conference for leaders in cloud accounting”. As Kidwells Whittakers are brand new to using Xero software we saw this
as a great opportunity to learn about the product and its many, many
features. This was also a great opportunity for us to talk to other
users of Xero and to the app developers, to see how we can get most out
of Xero for ourselves and our clients.
The two day conference was a mixture of exhibitors and speakers, and
to get the full experience our Managing Director Anna Cooperwhite,
Account Managers Heulwen Thomas and Debbie Evans, and myself visited the
conference ready to absorb as much info as possible.
The speakers involved featured Xero’s UK Managing Director, Xero’s
CEO, the Director for automatic enrolment pensions regulator, and also
Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Xero’s speakers talked about the product’s history
over the last 12 months, but the main focus was on development and the
direction for the forthcoming 12 months.
The end of day one also featured an awards ceremony and ‘networking’
event. The networking event featured a free bar and a great band; we
are not entirely sure how much networking took place!
The use of Xero and its add-ons are the future of accounting. The
days of having to take time out of your working week to travel to your
accountant/bookkeeper to drop off your invoices and expenses are slowly
fading out. One of the major benefits of cloud based accounting is the
time saving capabilities and as we all know time = money.
The other major benefit of cloud-based accounting is the client
involvement with their accounts. Xero gives the users a great insight
into their accounts in ‘real-time’, for example we have recently signed a
new client who is a plasterer and with his previous accountant he only
saw his accounts when they were completed and he was informed how much
he owed the taxman. Now through the use of Xero he is able to see his
accounts at any time of day and we also have reporting available to
provide estimates of potential tax bills.
Some of the add-on partners who were there exhibiting their product
we found to have some great features. We believe that many clients and
potential clients in Mid-Wales and Herefordshire will love these and we
can’t wait to move forward with using the add-ons.
We can safely say Xerocon 2016 did not disappoint, we left the
conference excited about the opportunities our partnership with Xero is
going to create for Kidwells Whittakers and our clients. The drive back
from London to Newtown was full of discussion about our next steps and
how we are going to use Xero to its full potential.
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