HR & Finance – An Unlikely Power Couple

As CFOs at the helm of two high-growth HR tech organisations, Xref’s James Solomons and Kristie Langley-Gliddon from Expr3ss! – Software that Simplifies Staff Selection, are perfectly placed to discuss the evolving relationship between finance and HR. Here they share their views on everything from the financial implications of hiring decisions, the hidden costs of aContinue reading “HR & Finance – An Unlikely Power Couple”

Choose the front foot in the face of change

I remember the moment I became head of accounting at Xero in 2014; it was pretty life changing to be honest. When Chris Ridd made that announcement on the stage of Xerocon, it was the start of something incredible. And when I look back on the past three years at Xero, some interesting numbers standContinue reading “Choose the front foot in the face of change”

Introducing Light Touch Advisory Services

Someone, somewhere has probably told you to consider offering advisory services. It’ll help boost revenue and keep you relevant to today’s small business market, so the logic goes. But in practice, advisory services aren’t always easy to introduce. Don’t worry. There’s a simpler way. James Solomons – Co-founder, Aptus Accounting James runs a popular Australian advisoryContinue reading “Introducing Light Touch Advisory Services”

Getting your finance in order for EOFY

The end of financial year or EOFY: it’s plastered across all the shop windows and circled in your calendar, but for some small businesses, the focus on finalising accounts and entering accurate tax returns can be a daunting prospect. In truth, a little preparation and can a long way. And there are plenty of peopleContinue reading “Getting your finance in order for EOFY”

From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting

In May 2014 after the Xero roadshow, I wrote a blog that challenged Xero to take responsibility for the disruption it was bringing to the industry (for the better). Little did I know that this blog would start a chain reaction of proportions I could never have imagined. I had spent the better part ofContinue reading “From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting”