Last night we bought the Xero Awards back to New Zealand for the first time in six years and what an event it was. Held at The Opera House in Wellington, it was an opportunity to celebrate the role our accountants, bookkeepers and app partners play in helping Kiwi small businesses thrive.
There were eight categories including a new one – NZ People’s Choice Award where all the nominations came from small businesses themselves. We received an overwhelming number of nominations including a record number of partner award submissions and more than 850 People’s Choice submissions.
Our external judges – Peter Vial, Phil Veal, Andrew Hamilton and Vic Crone – were very gracious in giving up their time. All of them mentioned how impressed they were with the calibre of submissions. One comment that struck me most was about how easy it was to see the passion and commitment in each of the submissions and how client relationships and the human connection was paramount.
David Bell, Director Business Growth, at Xero in New Zealand believes the awards highlighted the strength and talent within the industry.
“As someone relatively new to Xero, it’s inspiring to be here celebrating the great work our partners do. Like the judges I think it’s clear that there these winners love what they do and are genuinely committed to helping small businesses thrive. It’s a pleasure to be a part of a community where the values and focus is so aligned.”
Without further ado, below are the winners of the 2019 Xero New Zealand Awards. Congratulations to you all!
Small Accounting Partner of the Year
Large Accounting Partner of the Year
National Partner of the Year
Advisory Partner of the Year
App Partner of the Year
Bookkeeping Partner of the Year
Emerging App Partner of the Year
Business Transformation Award
People’s Choice Award
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