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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

While every effort has been made to provide valuable, useful information in this publication, this firm and any related suppliers or associated companies accept no responsibility or any form of liability from reliance upon or use of its contents.  Any suggestions should be considered carefully within your own particular circumstances, as they are intended as general information only.

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Xerocon Brisbane 2019

Posted by Vanessa Williams on September 16th, 2019.      0 comments

xero platinum logo 210x70 px-629At Xerocon in Brisbane this year, Xero took the opportunity to build on the story of where they came from and paint a picture of what the future holds for Xero.

Leading cyber risks

Posted by Vanessa Williams on August 28th, 2019.      0 comments

nimbus technology computer-security2-768If you have a major cybersecurity event that impacts the organisation’s records there is an impact on the trust of the organisation and on reputation which will ultimately impact the finances. We look at eight types of breaches.

Xero updates Winter 2019

Posted by Greg Millar on July 1st, 2019.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608We outline some of the newest updates happening in the world of Xero that should hopefully brighten up your working day. 

Cockroft joins forces with Alliott NZ

Posted by Greg Millar on March 11th, 2019.      0 comments

april-706941 960 720-789Auckland Accountant, John Cockroft, who includes tax strategies, audit, forecasting, financial planning and funds management as part of his services, announces his merger with Alliott NZ Ltd Chartered Accountants, one of New Zealand’s Top 30 accounting firms.

Alliotts are Xero Platinum Partners

Posted by Greg Millar on October 9th, 2018.      0 comments

xero platinum logo 210x70 px-629The team at Alliotts is delighted to announce that we've attained Xero Platinum Partner status. Find out what 'going Platinum' means for our clients.


Xero add-ons for your business

Posted by Greg Millar on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382As well as bringing up your profit margins, add-ons also help save you time and streamline your cash flow. Work with us to empower your business with the technology to automate mind-numbing admin tasks, and focus on what you do best. So what add-ons should be on your hit list? 

Xero app partner for tradies

Posted by Greg Millar on November 27th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382Fergus - Cloud-based job management software specially built for tradies.

From site visits through to scheduling, quoting, invoicing and much more - Fergus manages all your tasks in one place and gives you the insight you need to grow.



Getting Business Structure Right

Posted by Greg Millar on October 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

boxing gloves-840-800Learn why spending time on getting your small business structure right is just as important as the exciting times ahead as a new business startup.

Bank reconciliation made fun

Posted by Vanessa Williams on October 16th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382There’s a long list of unpleasant things most business owners would rather do than bank reconciliation. Traditionally, it’s mindless and time-consuming.

However, the bank reconciliation functionality within Xero feels more like a video game than work.

3 steps to making better business decisions

Posted by Greg Millar on June 20th, 2016.      0 comments

technology-679The cloud is here to stay. If you want to get ahead, embrace the technology so that you have real-time data to make real-time decisions that will give your business the edge.

Embrace digital, lift profits

Posted by ANZ on November 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

technology-549 Companies that successfully transform themselves into digital operations are over 25 per cent more profitable than those that don't, according to analyst and author Didier Bonnet.

Do your own payroll using Xero

Posted by Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants Auckland on November 19th, 2015.      0 comments

xero-certified-advisor-logo-hires-RGB(copy)Xero's payroll system launched in March 2015 does not only eliminate the manual errors and tremendously labour intensive data entry and processing, but also flawlessly transfers the payroll information into your Xero accounts. This saves a great deal of processing time every pay period.

We take a look at the features to see how Xero payroll can make life simpler for your business.

NZ Xero price plans changing from 1 Dec

Posted by Emma Clare on November 13th, 2015.      0 comments

xero-certified-advisor-logo-hires-RGB(copy)IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL NZ XERO USERS.

To reflect the scale of its evolution and the advancements made, Xero has announced it is increasing its prices from 1 December 2015.


Important update about keeping safe online

Posted by Jill Robertson on September 18th, 2015.      0 comments

catch fish hook-44Phishing scam targeting Xero users:

A phishing scam is when malicious emails target customers by pretending to be from a legitimate company such as Xero, using an email address like message-service@post.xero.com. They're not targeting the company websites, but rather your login and access details. 



How to buy business software

Posted by Greg Millar on August 27th, 2015.      0 comments

technology-549The challenge of purchasing anything for your business is not merely a ‘click and buy’ exercise. Often business owners have to invest considerable time researching the next upgrade, the best financing options, or weighing up the impact on cash flow.

Opting for the right solution is essential for the smooth operations and further growth of your business, so here are 5 dos and don’ts to help you find the best solution.

Accounting can be sexy!

Posted by Vanessa Williams on August 24th, 2015.      0 comments

ipad outside screen-253If you're running a small business and doing the books, we find there are typically four key questions business owners want to know that need answering on a regular and accurate basis.

Is your accounting system up to the task, or do you continually play catch up trying to make sense of all the data you're crunching, often when it's too late to use it meaningfully?

NZ tradie businesses embrace a better way at Parnell event

Posted by Anthony McIlroy on August 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Speakers-580-793Four leading New Zealand trade industry experts came together to urge builders and construction businesses to seize the opportunities in the market place to make more money whilst doing less paperwork. 


Xero’s Business Performance dashboard is here

Posted by Greg Millar on July 10th, 2015.      0 comments

xero-Business-Performance-feature-release Screenshots 1320x880 02-@2x-890Xero’s Business Performance dashboard was released last month and marks the start of a new wave of Xero functionality with new, more powerful insights into the health and performance of your business.

Updates and insights from Xerocon 2015 Auckland

Posted by Vanessa Williams on June 2nd, 2015.      0 comments

xerocon 2015 logo-522-869Alliotts has been involved with Xero since the beginning and we have seen its rapid growth to be major player in the small and medium business accounting software market.

Every year we make an effort to attend the conference to see not only the direction the company is heading but also the increasing number of add on products to Xero that continue to allow small business to get the benefits of more expensive systems.

Accounting for change: The Cloud is a good thing

Posted by Vanessa Williams & Greg Millar on July 22nd, 2014.      0 comments

The Small Business Accounting industry has been through a marked change in the last 10 years. Cloud-based accounting applications such as Xero, and the add-on apps that extend its functionality, have put powerful accounting software within the reach of business owners.

As an ‘early adopter’, Alliott NZ first became involved with Xero six years ago and are now a Xero Gold Partner. They could already see the significant benefits it offered their clients. It enabled them to have a complete IT solution to suit their accounting needs at a fraction of the cost that they would have had to pay a few years earlier.