Xerocon 2018

Last week we took two days out of the office to visit Xerocon, Xero's annual conference. To all non-accountant's just the thought of this might send you to sleep but trust us, this is unlike any other accountancy conference in the country. At what other accounting event would you find an indoor zip-wire? Along with 3,000 other accountants, this represents the cutting edge of our industry and FinTech.

 Take a look at the video highlights we put together to give you a feel of how enormous and unique this event really is. Click here to watch highlights video.

There were some great feature announcements from Xero, including:

  • A full redesign of the header and navigation menus
  • CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) filing directly from Xero
  • Development has finished on the MTD features and includes a revamp of VAT returns
  • Ability to bulk upload new employees for payroll
  • Improvements and greater ability to customise sales invoices
  • Emails to bills (if you aren't already using Receipt Bank).
  • Automated bank rules

The announcement which excited us the most was the release of a bank feeds API. Although most major banks now have bank feeds into Xero they all come with varying degrees of success and reliability. Up until now, it was a very costly and timely process for banks to develop these feeds. This new API will really see an explosion over the coming years in new and exciting products (not just major banks) to be able to integrate with Xero, a few were even introduced at the event - so watch this space.

One of the other great things about Xerocon is the huge amount of app partners who exhibit so as well catching up with familiar faces we were busy exploring new products which we think our clients will love.

Starling bank - We know a few of our clients already have Starling accounts but they now have a great integration with Xero in Beta stage.
Transferwise - A much cheaper, quicker & simpler way to receive and send funds around the globe in any currency - all with an automatic feed into Xero.
Simpro - Project management, time sheets vehicle tracking all in one specifically for the trade businesses.
Soldo - Smart Mastercards with loads of useful features including a live feed back into Xero.

We have partner accounts with all of the above so if any of these perk your interest then get in touch with us and we can provide more information.

These events are so important to us to make sure we stay at the cutting edge of useful technology and best practices. We are now looking forward to putting this all to good use for you.

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