Selmeston-based Fresh Financials won Bookkeeping Partner of the year 2023 at Xero’s prestigious annual awards in London on Wednesday, April 19.
The awards ceremony, which took place at Ministry Venues, Elephant & Castle, showcased the achievements of those supporting small businesses in navigating current and future challenges.
Small businesses will be central to the economic recovery, and the role of accountants, bookkeepers and apps is more important than ever as economic pressures erod small businesses’ ability to plan ahead and control costs.
Many accountants and bookkeepers have faced challenges of their own, such as attracting and retaining talent and dealing with regulatory changes. With the support of Xero and others in the industry, many companies have been able to turn these changes into opportunities.
There were 16 trophies up for grabs for UK accountants, bookkeepers and apps, including three new awards introduced this year: National Firm of the Year, Bookkeeping Partner of the Year and Innovative Partner of the Year.
Fresh Financials is a 100% digital accounting practice, making physical receipts and invoices a thing of the past. By taking a cloud-based approach, they effectively remove manual tasks so they can add more value to their clients’ businesses. They have shown tremendous commitment to leading the way, with a comprehensive application that demonstrates their passion for helping the next generation understand the numbers. Their deep knowledge of Xero and the market, their dedication to supporting their team and helping customers sleep at night with accurate, up-to-date numbers is inspiring. Finalists: LJM Accounting, Normans Bookkeeping & Payroll, Accountability Edinburgh.
Alex von Schirmeister, Managing Director UK & EMEA at Xero, said: “I see firsthand the positive impact our accounting, bookkeeping and app partners are having on the small business community, and I am always delighted to see their incredible celebrate work at the Xero Awards This community continues to innovate and evolve to meet the changing nature of UK business and play an important role in the economic recovery.
Emma Fox, founder of Fresh Financials, commented on the win: “We were lucky enough to win this award in 2016, we didn’t think we would win it again – but we did! Everything we do revolves around our 4 core values: Balance, Trust, Expertise and Agility. Everything starts with a work-life balance – for our team and our clients. This recognition means so much to all of us. It proves once again that a small business in the countryside can win a national award!”
This year’s judging panel consisted of Xero leaders, along with guest judges from the Xero community, including past Xero Award winners and industry leaders.
Find out more about all of the UK and Ireland Accounting & Accounting and App Partner winners and why they’re being recognized at this year’s awards here.
Full list of Xero UK & Ireland Award winners for 2023
UK Partner AwardsSole Practitioner of the Year – Adams O’Rourke AccountantsSmall Firm of the Year – Tennick AccountantsMedium Firm of the Year – Sempar Accountancy and TaxLarge Firm of the Year – Accounts and LegalNational Firm – AzetsBookkeeping Partner of the Year – Fresh FinancialsTotal Xero Award – Thorne WidgeryCommunity Impact Award – FD WorksInnovative Partner of the Year – LJM Bookkeeping LtdMost Valued Professional – Lauren Harvey, Full Stop Accounts & Georgi Rollings, Starfish Accounting
UK App AwardsUK Small Business App Partner of the Year – ChaserUK Practice App of the Year – SyftUK Emerging App Partner of the Year – MaydayUK Financial Services Partner of the Year – iwoca
Ireland Partner AwardsIreland Xero Partner of the Year – Accountant OnlineIreland Emerging Firm of the Year – Fluent Virtual Accounting