Sussex-based chartered accountants and chartered tax advisers, Carpenter Box, has been named 'UK Accounting Partner of the Year' at the recent high profile Xerocon Awards in London.
Xerocon is an annual conference hosted by cloud accounting technology company Xero, and this year attracted more than 1,300 national leaders and innovators in cloud technology and accounting. The Xerocon Awards are the highlight of the two day conference which showcases Xero Partners.
Carpenter Box first became a Xero Partner back in 2010 and two years later became a Xero Gold Partner. The business continued to push for growth becoming a Xero Platinum Partner in 2014 – one of only eight companies in the UK at that time to be awarded this status. Carpenter Box didn't rest on its laurels, but forged ahead in October 2015 with the Business; Innovation; Technology and Efficiency (BITE) Xero-based technology event, attracting more than 200 visitors to the AMEX Stadium in Brighton.
The Accounting Partner of the Year Award was presented to the accounting partner who had used Xero to deliver the best value-added services to clients in 2015. Carpenter Box took home the award after being recognised for genuinely changing the landscape for accountants across the UK. What impressed the judges was that through iniatives such as the BITE event, regular seminars and client support, the firm demonstrated the benefits of the Xero accounting software to many small business clients, backed up by a regular flow of information through social media.
Carpenter Box Partner Nathan Keeley was thrilled with the award win, commenting: "This is wonderful recognition for Carpenter Box and its clients, 688 of whom now use Xero, making us one of the largest providers of the software in the UK. Helping our clients to understand the benefits of Xero and cloud accounting plays a huge part in our plans for the future success of the practice and getting our employees Xero certified is central to our 2016 business plan. We increased the number of certified staff from 24 to 40 during 2015 and our target is to reach 60 certified Xero users by the end of 2016".