At present, we kicked off Xerocon London 2022 and it was clear from the joy and buzz on the occasion that our accountants and bookkeepers, app companions and exhibitors had been as comfortable as we had been to come back collectively once more as a group.
Thanks to the greater than 2,000 delegates and app companions who joined us at present.
I opened the occasion outlining our imaginative and prescient and the steps we’re taking to turn out to be essentially the most trusted and insightful small enterprise platform. Rachael Powell, Chief Buyer Officer, launched our new UK & EMEA MD Alex von Schirmeister, and Anna Curzon, our Chief Product Officer, led the dialogue on new product enhancements and bulletins. She was joined on stage by Christian Brondum, CEO of Planday and Mark Rees, our Chief Expertise Officer.
It’s been nice to see everybody in individual once more – to have the chance to come back collectively to study, to be impressed and to have some enjoyable. And importantly, to remind ourselves of the essential goal we share of constructing life higher for individuals in small enterprise, their advisors and communities world wide.
Right here’s a fast breakdown of among the highlights from day one in every of Xerocon London 2022.
Tackling the money movement crunch
First, we talked concerning the difficult surroundings during which accountants and small companies are working by way of in our Xero Small Enterprise Insights particular report Crunch: Money movement challenges going through small companies. Launched at present, the report discovered that the typical UK small enterprise faces money movement crunches – the place month-to-month bills exceed revenues – for greater than 4 months every year.
Along with managing money movement and getting paid on time, small companies might want to adjust to authorities laws Making Tax Digital (MTD) which impacts over 4 million companies throughout the UK.
Nonetheless, with challenges come alternatives for many who are open to an surroundings that has extra small enterprise startups than ever earlier than, a rising urge for food for digital adoption and an growing want for recommendation and help from an accountant and bookkeeper.
Get going with Xero Go
Anna Curzon shared an thrilling new product – unveiling the early launch of Xero Go – a cellular app that caters to the rising accounting wants of self-employed companies and their advisors within the UK.
With the variety of sole merchants within the UK seeing vital development over the past twenty years, Xero Go is a freemium app that may make it simpler for them to entry accounting software program, streamline time-consuming duties, and supply a more cost effective entry level into cloud accounting.
With MTD for Earnings Tax Self Evaluation (MTD for ITSA) on the horizon – Xero Go is designed to assist the self-employed get ready for one of many largest ever adjustments to the UK tax system.
Adapt to the altering world of labor
At present we additionally launched our Altering world of labor report, tackling workforce challenges and the way expertise can empower employers to navigate them. It discovered that managing a workforce within the present surroundings is taking its toll on small enterprise employers, with practically half (49%) admitting that is negatively impacting their psychological well being.
We need to help small companies to beat these challenges, so for the primary time we showcased our workforce administration suite together with Xero Payroll, Xero Me and Xero Bills. Not solely that, we additionally unveiled new updates to our Xero Payroll integration with Planday.
The built-in answer will allow small companies to really feel extra in management, and assist advisors spend much less time chasing shoppers for timesheets and validating worker information accuracy.
Lastly, I actually loved the time I spent strolling across the exhibition corridor and assembly so a lot of our app companions and exhibitors. It was nice to listen to about all of the wonderful work they’re doing to innovate and remodel the accounting and bookkeeping trade.
A private spotlight for me was interviewing Bex Smith for my podcast ‘What Led You Right here’ – the place she spoke about her inspiring private journey from worldwide skilled footballer to small enterprise founder.
I can’t wait to do all of it once more tomorrow.