The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-08-19T02:40:39Z Xero Australia MD Chris Ridd recognised by global awards 2015-08-19T02:40:39Z xero-australia-md-chris-ridd-recognised-by-global-awards MELBOURNE, August 19, 2015 — Xero (@Xero) Australia Managing Director Chris Ridd has won two International Stevie Awards, recognising the accounting platform’s growth and innovation in Australia. Ridd was the winner of two International Bronze Stevie Awards. Known as the Oscars of the business world, the Stevies are the world's premier business awards. He received awards for Executive of the Year and Innovator of the Year. Xero’s innovations fix problems and frustrations for small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers alike with elegant, beautifully designed software. Xero has shipped more than 1,000 customer–facing updates in the past 18 months alone. The awards also recognised Xero’s excellence in establishing a culture of innovation, its processes to continue innovating at a rapid pace, how it measures its developments, and its overall vision. The awards follow Xero being named by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Growth Company for the last two years running. About Xero Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 540,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 400 third-party tools, and was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company in 2014 and 2015. Xero invests in customer success with new Xero U customised learning environment 2014-10-29T02:08:35Z xero-invests-in-customer-success-with-new-xero-u-customised-learning-environment Melbourne, 29th October, 2014 — Xero, a global leader in online accounting software, today launched its new Xero U customised learning environment for accounting professionals and small businesses. Xero U, the company’s education hub, now offers “right-for-you” educational content on how to use Xero that is focused on the job or role that people do  whether they are an accountant, bookkeeper, advisors, small business owner or financial staff. You can visit Xero U at: https://www.xero.com/au/training/ “We’re investing heavily in education so that we can teach our customers how to be even more successful in their jobs utilising Xero as a tool.” said Amy Vetter, Xero’s Global VP of Education and Enablement. “Practice owners struggle to find the training path that is right for the different functions in their firm. Xero U will now allow them to find education tailored to each role which will take their knowledge to the next level in a way that is efficient and rewarding. We know that time is money, which is valuable in any business.” Other companies offer a 'one-size-fits-all' approach that often leads with the technology and not the specific needs of the business or individual. Xero is offering a fresh approach based on a person’s job or role so they can quickly get the information they need and get back to work. Xero listened closely to small business owners and accounting professionals to find out what they needed and created courses, content and the delivery methods to suit their needs. Customers can customize their experience with video, webinars and self-paced learning, as well as live events.   “And this is just the beginning. As a company we’re focused on offering small business owners and accounting professionals even more customised content to help them succeed — whether it be Xero product specifics or tips and trends on a variety of other topics that keep small businesses and accounting professionals up at night,” Vetter said. Kimberley Middlemis, from Adrians Chartered Accountants said “Xero Education has brought a huge amount of value to our practice. The resources and training available meant that we didn’t have one staff member dedicating days of time to putting together training sessions. That could have been a serious loss in productive time and this quickly adds up to thousands of dollars in lost revenue”. Xero is putting education at the centre of the Xero experience and truly investing in their customers’ development and success. Visit Xero U to find out more. For more information contact: Marina Holmes Senior PR & Social Manager, Xero marina.holmes@xero.com 0416 663 396 James Hutchinson james@clickpr.com.au 0404 786 423 About Xero Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 370,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 350 best-in-class business tools, and was recently ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company. Xero named Australia’s Most Innovative Company 2014-10-10T00:45:07Z xero-named-australia-s-most-innovative-company Sydney, Australia, 10 October, 2014 - Xero, the leading online accounting software for small businesses in Australia, has ranked #1 on the 2014 BRW Most Innovative Companies list. The award is the latest in a string of accolades for Xero this year. In September, Xero was named one of Australia’s best employers in the 2014 Best Places to Work, and earlier this year was named the World’s #1 Most Innovative Growth Company by Forbes. Topping BRW’s Most Innovative Companies list in 2014 recognises Xero’s ongoing dedication to maintaining disruptive innovation in the accounting industry. With more than 370,000 small businesses using Xero worldwide, and 100 per cent year-on-year customer growth in Australia alone, the platform’s innovative nature is having a huge impact on small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers, all of which are truly on the cloud. Small businesses are using these innovative features daily, filing more than 230,000 tax lodgements to the Australian Taxation Office through Xero in the past 12 months alone. As an example, by submitting tax file number (TFN) declarations electronically, businesses have saved an estimated $100,000 in postage costs alone, avoiding unwieldy paper forms, lines at the post office, and scribbly handwriting in favour of making just a few clicks through online accounting software. Xero has also handled more than $1 billion in payroll each month in Australia alone. Changes to superannuation (rising from 9.25 per cent to 9.5 per cent) occur automatically for the more than 158,000 Xero customers in Australia, reducing administration time and letting them get on with running their business. Xero Australian Managing Director Chris Ridd said continued innovation at Xero was a key factor in its continued growth and popularity. “The initial development of Xero literally changed the entire accounting world. It finally made managing the books beautiful and simple for small businesses around the world. “But innovation is not about a bright spark and then fading away. The work of our talented team across all of our offices has continued to bring efficiency to our customers everywhere. “From building the marketplace integrations with over 350 software add-on partners, to making dealing with tax simpler, and innovations in payroll, Xero is helping make other businesses more efficient, and having a huge impact on the economy. “We’ve been adding features to Xero every 3-4 weeks and we aim to continue this rapid pace of innovation,” Ridd said. Xero has grown to more than 1000 staff globally and US$100 million in annualised revenue in the past 12 months. For the full list of Australia’s Most Innovative Companies, visit BRW. Media Contact  Chris Ridd Xero Australia Managing Director chris.ridd@xero.com Marina Holmes Senior PR & Social Manager marina.holmes@xero.com    About Xero Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 370,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 350 best-in-class business tools, and was recently ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company. Xero extends MYOB-to-Xero conversion tool after significant demand 2014-09-24T06:03:59Z xero-extends-myob-to-xero-conversion-tool-after-significant-demand Melbourne, 24 September 2014 — Xero, the leading online accounting software for small businesses in Australia, today announced it would indefinitely extend its free MYOB–to–Xero conversion service, after thousands of small businesses and accounting partners opted into the service.  The Jet Convert service, which allows MYOB customers to seamlessly move their accounting ledgers to Xero, was first offered in April this year. Since then, thousands of customers have used the service to join Xero’s quickly growing base of more than 147,000 Australian customers. The conversion shows demand for Xero as the preferred online accounting software option, with 96 per cent customer growth in Australia over the past 12 months alone. In a survey of new Xero customers who joined since September 2013, 67 per cent of those who responded said they had switched from a rival product, including MYOB. “We’ve been incredibly happy with the uptake of the conversion service offered by Jet Convert, but also with the rapid acceleration in customer growth this year” said Chris Ridd, Managing Director, Xero Australia. “Xero is the smart, connected financial platform that business owners love.” The switch to Xero has enabled accounting firms and small businesses to take advantage of the online accounting software’s unrivalled functionality and a growing ecosystem of more than 350 third-party add-ons. Paul Fiumara, Partner at DFK Hirn Newey said, “Our clients are actively moving from MYOB to Xero. We've got a 100+ clients now in there. It's the only product we're pushing. “For the first time, Xero has made us competitive. In some cases we had accounts processing work which was taking a staff member up to four days to process that we were able to reduce that down to less than a day — well and truly a significant saving in time and cost.” Carl Roklitzer, Partner at Burcher Services said, “We're all time-poor, we don't have the time, effort or energy to go do the training to use MYOB. “A client of ours went a year without touching the MYOB file, got the money back for the previous year and switched to Xero. He said, 'Carl why didn't you show this to me before'. Within about 15 minutes he was working on it.” “We've gone from about eight hours trying to teach him the fundamentals of MYOB, to 15 minutes later the pressure being put on me for not showing him Xero in the first place.”                                          Nathan Morris, Cloud Integrator at Northern Business Consultants, added, “When people get the bug and they realise what Xero can do, it doesn't just change the accounting, it changes their business." Media Contact Marina Holmes Senior PR & Social Manager Xero Australia marina.holmes@xero.com About Xero Xero provides beautiful and easy to use cloud-based accounting software that helps small businesses and their advisors seamlessly manage their finances on the go. The company has over 300,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world, including over 147,000 paying customers in Australia. Xero is listed on both ASX and NZX. Find out more on www.xero.com     Xero gives a bigger voice to accountants and bookkeepers 2014-09-22T03:45:21Z xero-gives-a-bigger-voice-to-accountants-and-bookkeepers Melbourne, 22 September 2014 — Xero, the leading cloud accounting software for small businesses in Australia, today announced two new senior hires that will give accountants and bookkeepers a bigger voice in Xero’s future. James Solomons, a director of Sydney-based accounting firm EFS Strategic, has been named Head of Accounting for Xero in Australia, while Melanie Power, director of cloud accounting services firm Power Finance, will become Head of Bookkeeping. Xero Australia Managing Director, Chris Ridd, said the appointment of Solomons and Power would give Xero customers a direct line into the company to suggest new features, improve existing ones, and make the cloud accounting experience better overall for users. “We know our customers aren’t shy in sharing their views, so having James and Melanie on board will provide an easy and structured way of getting those views heard,” Ridd said. “We want to constantly be in tune with what accountants and bookkeepers need and want to make their jobs easier and more efficient. It’s what has set us apart from our competitors in the past and will continue to in the future. “Having James and Melanie on the team, two absolute experts in their field, will mean we don’t lose sight of that vision.” The appointments are a recognition of Xero’s rapid growth in Australia, with more than 147,000 small businesses and 6100 accounting and bookkeeping partners now actively using Xero. This follows the establishment of the Xero Partner Advisory Council (XPAC), announced at Xerocon this year, comprising 10 of Xero’s most progressive and vocal accountant and bookkeeping partners. The partners will meet regularly with Xero’s leadership team and help provide feedback and guidance on strategic initiatives, product roadmap and investments that affect the accounting industry. "I’m excited that I get to help shape how Xero evolves its products by bringing current industry experience and feedback to the table,” said Solomons. “I’ve already started rolling my sleeves up and can’t wait to get more involved.” “Ever since I was a trainee, I’ve loved how technology helps people do things quickly and organise their information easily,” said Power, whose firm Power Finance is a Xero Gold partner, with more than 100 clients on Xero. “Joining Xero seemed like a natural step after working as a bookkeeper for the past two decades, and I can’t wait to hear how I can help my customers by making Xero even better from the inside.” The two positions are both part-time, so Solomons and Power keep a foot in both camps and  continue to be in touch with their respective user groups. Both Solomons and Power will report directly into Ridd. Media Contact  Marina Holmes Senior PR & Social Manager marina.holmes@xero.com Chris Ridd Xero Australia Managing Director chris.ridd@xero.com    About Xero Xero provides beautiful and easy to use cloud-based accounting software that helps small businesses and their advisors seamlessly manage their finances on the go. The company has over 300,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world, including over 147,000 paying customers in Australia. Xero is listed on both ASX and NZX. Find out more on www.xero.com Xero launches business software marketplace 2014-08-26T04:31:55Z xero-launches-business-software-marketplace Xero unveiled a new business software marketplace at the Xerocon partners conference in Sydney, giving small businesses and their advisors a new way to easily find the right add-on solutions. The Xero ecosystem has grown by more than 35 per cent in the past year to more than 350 business solutions covering areas such as point of sale, inventory management and job costing, leveraging Xero’s accounting platform. Xero CEO Rod Drury said software developers are spending millions of dollars developing fantastic applications to make life easier for small business owners. “The success of the Xero ecosystem meant we needed to rethink how small businesses and their advisors discover the best solutions for them,” Drury said. “The add-on marketplace is the next evolution in small business software showcasing all of Xero’s add-on partners and their unique solutions to our more than 330,000 global customers. “There are 42,000 active installations of add-ons in use – a 280 per cent increase in the last year.  And, last month alone, there were over 60,000 visits generated from our marketplace to our add-on partners, a 28 per cent increase in the last year. “We’ve created the most vibrant global ecosystem for small business software. Now our customers can easily identify add-on solutions that fit their business’s specific requirements, then connect that to the accounting data.” Drury said Xero’s add-on ecosystem will always welcome new add-on partners to our ecosystem. “Our estimated annual revenue generated from add-ons connected to Xero is already over NZ$33 million and we are seeing hundreds of new jobs created,” Drury said. “We’re thrilled to see the investment being made by hundreds of business software startups that will make life better for small business owners all over the world.” Earlier this year, Forbes magazine recognised this global innovation, heralding Xero the ‘World’s most innovative growth company’. The marketplace shows add-on ratings and reviews, so everyone knows which add-ons work well for different situations. “The add-on ecosystem has become an integral part of our customers’ experience so we wanted to make sure that we evolve the marketplace as it grows,” Australian Managing Director Chris Ridd said. “Now our customers can search more easily for industry-specific solutions suiting anything from a small winery to a booming inventory business. We have plenty more updates planned for the marketplace in future.” eWAY Founder and CEO Matt Bullock said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of the add-on ecosystem, and we were thrilled to be recognised as the 2013 Add-on Partner of the Year in NZ.  “We processed over $3.4 billion of transactions last year, and we are on track to process over $5 billion this year. The connection between the invoice and payment is critical, this is what changes how quickly people get paid, and ultimately, changes lives.” Deputy CTO Ashik Ahmed said: “Xero provides a fantastic small business platform and this add-on directory is a natural progression for the business owner's journey to the cloud. “When we launched our add-on listing with Xero in 2012 it counted for 50 per cent of our sales. We are very proud to be part of the next evolution of add-on directory and the new opportunities that are awaiting the add-on ecosystem”. Xero recently crossed NZ$100m in annualised revenue and has over 900 staff. - ENDS - For more information contact: Marina Holmes Senior PR & Social Manager marina.holmes@xero.com 0416 663 396 About Xero Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 300,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 300 best-in-class business tools, and was recently ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company. Xero Partner Awards Recognise Outstanding Performance in 2014 2014-08-25T00:37:00Z xero-partner-awards-recognise-outstanding-performance-in-2014 25 August, 2014 Leading online accounting software company Xero is thrilled to announce the winners of the Australian Xero Partner Awards for 2014. The awards, presented at Xerocon, Xero’s annual conference for partners, recognise and celebrate organisations for the outstanding and innovative provision of Xero services and corresponding delivery of high quality marketing. This year’s Xerocon conference attracted over 1300 attendees from the accounting, bookkeeping and financial advisor industries. It is one of the largest accounting tech conference in Australia. The two day conference provided an update of Xero’s latest customer numbers, strategic partnerships and key announcements, as well as the product roadmap for the year ahead. Xero Australia MD Chris Ridd says “These prestigious awards honour the top performing add-on developers, accounting practices and bookkeeping professionals that our partner ecosystem has to offer.” “We are delighted to see the huge efforts of our many partners in what was hotly contested awards ceremony that celebrated some amazing innovations and best practices. Our partners are absolutely critical to our success and these awards shine a spotlight on their successes. Congratulations to each winner on this incredible achievement.” Photos of the winners from the evening are available on request. The winners of the Xero Partner Awards are: Accounting Partner of the Year – Mulcahy & Co Bookkeeping Partner of the Year – CFM Bookkeeping National Practice of the Year – Crowe Horwath Add-On Partner of the Year Cross-Industry - Receipt Bank Add-On Partner of the Year Industry Specific – Sharesight Emerging Add-On Partner of the Year– Float Marketing Innovation Award – Twomeys Xero 100% Cloud Award-  5Ways ###                                                           For more information contact: Click PR for Xero  xero@clickpr.com.au  02 8006 0132                               About Xero                            Xero provides beautiful, easy to use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 300,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. The company is listed on the NZX and ASX. See www.xero.com