Growing a retail business during a pandemic

Starting out in Wellington in 1991, Cranfields is a family business that’s home to a wide range of quality home interiors. Taking over the business from her mother three years ago, Nicola Cranfields had big aspirations to expand the business. Her plans were coming to life this year, with a new lease for a second… [Read the full article »]


Lessons from lockdown: Overcoming supply chain challenges

houseof is a lighting retailer, but that description alone undersells the incredible design that permeates the brand’s products. The company specialises in bold forms, creating striking lamps, wall lights and ceiling lights, all designed from scratch with a firm grasp of purpose and usage.   The brand is also keen to raise the bar for retail… [Read the full article »]


Helping our Xero community care for their mental health

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial fallout on small businesses has been well documented. It’s time to pay equal attention to the emotional toll on small business owners who will collectively fuel our economic recovery.  According to Xero’s recent survey, 2020: A Wake-Up Call for Employee Mental Health, COVID-19-related stress has been more damaging to… [Read the full article »]


New UK lockdown grants: The latest changes and how to access support

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has unveiled a new cash injection for UK sectors that will be the most affected by the new national lockdown.  To help retail, leisure and hospitality businesses through to Spring, they will now be able to access grants of up to £9,000. Sunak has recognised that these businesses need additional help:… [Read the full article »]


Xero and Aprio Cloud: Automated invoicing made to fit your business

This is a guest post from Aprio Cloud, a Xero Platinum Partner.  2020 proved to be a year of change. While some of that change was difficult, there were some positive changes worth reflecting on. For many reading this, your morning commute may start with shutting off your alarm clock, making a pit stop for… [Read the full article »]


Seamless workflows for your practice in the new year

This year has been a challenging year for many with extraordinary change and uncertainty. When the global pandemic first hit, businesses were thrust into survival mode instantaneously. As we continue  to adapt to the new normal, businesses are now evaluating medium and long-term technology solutions that can help with business continuity, build business resilience and… [Read the full article »]


Compliance may not be dead, but advisory is where it’s at

You’ve seen the trends in the accounting industry, right? Compliance revenues are falling as cloud-accounting software and automation makes it easier and more efficient to complete those repetitive tasks.  Maybe some clients are starting to do some of their own work? Perhaps you’ve heard about an accounting practice which has transformed how it operates by… [Read the full article »]


We’ve added five new South African App Integrator partners to help you choose the right apps for your business

At Xero, we love connecting with other great technology and organisations to make your life easier. Globally, we have a marketplace of over 800 apps, and over 20 of these are South African born – some of these include Payfast, SME Snapshot, Syft, Simple Pay, HelloHR and PaySpace. Choosing the right apps for your business… [Read the full article »]


3 ways to give your practice a head start in the new year

It’s been an incredibly difficult year for accountants and bookkeepers. So we hope you’re planning to take some time off over the holidays to relax with family and friends. But before you switch off, here are a few things you can do to save time, find new clients, and set your practice apart from the… [Read the full article »]


November XSBI results reflect small business resilience

As we head into the holiday period and reflect on an extraordinary year, small business owners all over the world will be hoping for a return to some sort of normality in 2021.  Throughout 2020, we’ve been working to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses. Under the Xero Small Business Insights… [Read the full article »]

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