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13 10 2021

Wilson Wright named DFK UK & Ireland Firm of the Year 2021

A successful DFK UK & Ireland annual conference in Newcastle last week was topped off for us as we were named DFK UK & Ireland Firm of the Year.

This was great recognition to receive from our peers and underscores Wilson Wright’s reputation and standing in the profession.

Our membership of DFK UK & Ireland enables us to tap into a national and global network of quality accountancy and tax firms, so we can assist our clients and those of other member firms wherever they are in the world.

We received credit for actively encouraging and promoting new ideas and initiatives within the Association, as well as our support for the group and our regular attendance at national and international conferences.

Meanwhile, Wilson Wright was also praised for our involvement in the DFK International Women in Leadership (IWIL) mentoring programme.

Adam Cramer, CEO and Partner at Wilson Wright, said: “We could not be more proud to be named DFK UK & Ireland Firm of the Year 2021, especially coming on top of us being named DFK EMEA Firm of the year in 2020.

“This is a great endorsement of our mission as a firm to engage with clients and colleagues around the world.

“Business – including accountancy – is about meaningful and mutually beneficial interactions between people, which is why we place so much emphasis on building strong relationships.

“This is great recognition of the efforts of the entire team at Wilson Wright, who have worked with such energy and enthusiasm over the last year.”

Article courtesy of Wilson Wright LLP.

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15 09 2021

Bernard Robinson & Company adopts Xero as a preferred accounting solution

Xero, the global small business platform, today announced that Bernard Robinson & Company (BRC), one of the top ranked CPA firms in the United States, selected Xero as one of its preferred cloud accounting platforms.

As a full-service firm, BRC serves privately-owned businesses, corporations, families and high net-worth individuals, and non-profit organizations of varying sizes and stages. With the adoption of Xero, the firm will integrate the cloud accounting platform into its technology stack, helping them better advise clients, access real-time financial insights and make well-informed business decisions.

For Andy Harding, BRC’s Director of Practice Development, he saw that Xero approaches things as a true partner and not just a tech vendor. “At BRC, we are focused on our clients’ experiences and technology can enhance and leverage each client’s journey. Xero is completely focused on that,” Harding stated. “There were many discussions and time dedicated to understanding BRC’s own unique clients’ viewpoints so that as end users, their experience would be exceptional.”

As an independent member firm of DFK USA, BRC maintains global affiliations with DFK International, a global association with a network of more than 200 independent accounting, tax and business advisory firms located in over 90 countries. Through its membership, BRC can collaborate with other CPA firms in the US and abroad, to help clients find solutions to their business challenges. Xero recently announced it signed a three-year global agreement with DFK International and will become the accounting platform of choice for DFK’s independent member firms and their small business clients.

Martin Sharp, executive director of DFK International said, “We are delighted that BRC has joined our many member firms worldwide that use Xero to enable them to offer clients the unique accounting experience that the platform provides. Xero’s ethos of helping small businesses grow and prosper matches that of DFK, where our members use the best affordable technology to ensure that they are digitally enabled and remain future focused.”

BRC also selected Xero to support its client accounting solutions (CAS), CFO advisory and family wealth management service lines. By bringing clients onto the Xero platform, the firm can help drive deeper conversations with their clients, using up-to-date information in Xero, and better advise them on how to achieve their business goals such as growing their business, exploring new markets or improving processes. Working with Xero also allows the firm to have access to the right tools and technology that can help set the firm up for future growth and success as they continue to expand and bring on new clients.

“We look forward to working closer with the BRC team to help provide them with detailed financial insights and real-time data that can help their clients achieve their business goals and thrive,” said Ben Richmond, US Country Manager at Xero. “The Xero platform has the flexibility to grow and scale with BRC and bring new ways of working to the clients they support so they can always stay ahead of the curve with new innovations.”

About Bernard Robinson & Company

BRC is a Certified Public Accountant and Advisory Firm with business advisors serving today’s leading middle market companies, private companies, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, individuals and government entities. Through dedicated teams, BRC also serves several key industry sectors with clients across North Carolina, the Southeast and nationwide. In business since 1947, the Firm has an excellent reputation as an employer and is currently listed by Accounting Today as one of the “Best Firms to Work For 2021. BRC looks forward to continuing its mission as a trusted business advisor to clients, as an employer of excellence to all associates and as a builder of strong communities who always executes on the firm values conveyed in its tagline — Balanced. Responsive. Connected.

About Xero

Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses with over 2.7 million subscribers globally. Through Xero, small business owners and their advisors have access to real-time financial data any time, anywhere and on any device. Xero offers an ecosystem of over 1,000 third-party apps and 300 plus connections to banks and other financial partners. In 2020 and 2021, Xero was included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and in 2020, Xero was recognised by IDC MarketScape as a leader in its worldwide SaaS and cloud-enabled small business finance and accounting applications vendor assessment.

18 08 2021

New Chair for DFK ANZ

DFK Australia and New Zealand has appointed a new chair to lead its board of directors.

Gavin Johns, partner at DFK Hirn Newey, has taken over as chair of the Australia and New Zealand national group of global accountancy association DFK International.

DFK Hirn Newey has had a long connection with DFK as one of the foundation members of DFK ANZ, and Gavin has been with the firm for more than 20 years.

He joined the board of DFK ANZ eight years ago and will take over as chair from Cheree Woolcock, of DFK Benjamin King Money, who has stepped down to take on the role of DFK ANZ International Director.

His appointment was announced at this year’s DFK ANZ Annual Partners Conference, in Adelaide – DFK ANZ’s first in-person event since the pandemic began.

Gavin said he will look to focus on nurturing the connections between member firms, growing the membership of DFK ANZ and supporting emerging future leaders during his three-year term.

He will also be aiming to ensure that DFK ANZ and its member firms are well-positioned to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gavin said: “I am very pleased to be appointed as chair of DFK ANZ, and it was excellent for this to be announced at our first face-to-face event since the start of the pandemic.

“One thing we’ve been talking about for a while is the need to stay connected, so being able to meet in person was very important and made it a hugely successful conference which was both well attended and well received.

“One of my focuses during my tenure will be to continue to nurture these connections, and we’re hopeful that we will be able to hold our annual Practice Management Conference in October.

“Another success of the conference was our very first Emerging Leaders Forum which saw us invite some of the emerging leaders across the DFK ANZ group to the conference.

“During my term I would like to continue to help nurture the future leaders of DFK ANZ. We have a real talent pool of rising stars who have a lot to offer which will benefit DFK ANZ and DFK International well into the future.

“These young emerging leaders have different ways of thinking, and we can really benefit from tapping into this.

“Another focus during my time as chair will be to grow the membership of DFK ANZ. We have identified some areas geographically where we are seeking new members, and I will be looking to ensure that we are represented in those regions.

“Finally in my tenure, I’d like to make sure that DFK ANZ and all of our member firms are well positioned when we emerge from Covid-19. It’s been a difficult period, so I would like to make sure that we are ready and well-prepared for when things re-open.

“We have a fantastic board who all work together well and I look forward to steering the board over the next three years.”


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