THE GROWTH SPECIALISTS
Heather has been helping accountants grow their practice since 2004. After 4 years of being employed by BDO helping their partners grow their practices, she decided she wanted the freedom and autonomy of being her own boss. She is the author of 6 books including The Accountants Millionaires' Club, Profitable Pricing For Accountants and The Go-To Expert. She is an in demand international professional speaker both for virtual and physical events, and has spoken at the largest conferences in the world including Xerocon London and QBConnect San Jose.
In her spare time Heather is to be found trying to get her teenage children to turn off lights when they exit a room, cycling and cooking.
Ian is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Through his time growing three previous businesses (one with £1m turnover), he really benefited from having an external sounding board.
Ian knows that growing a business is great fun, but isn't always easy. The bigger you get, the tougher the mental battle and the more exposed you can feel. So, that’s why he decided to use the people, marketing, sales and leadership skills he had learnt to help others on their journey.
Ian is an avid Wolves fan, has two young children and enjoys tennis and music in his spare time.
Advisory Board Member and Founder of Cornish Accounting
Paul founded Cornish Accounting 25 years ago. Cornish Accounting is a small rural family run practice with a big vision and a strong heart. They are specialists in hospitality businesses and one of the early adopters of the cloud. (And most new accounting packages and software to be honest!) In the last year since Paul decided to grow his practice to one million pounds, he has added on £100k of profitable income. He expects to get Cornish Accounting to be a one million pound practice within the next 5 years.
His accolades and endorsements include:
- Xero Accounting Partner of the year 2015
- Xero Gold Practice
- First UK based certified Reckon practice
Advisory Board Member and founder of Pillow May
Jessica is a disruptor and pioneer in accountancy. She set up Pillow May in 2009 to break free from industry stereotypes. Pillow May have been early adopters of cloud software, cloud bookkeeping, fixed-fee pricing and many other things!
Jessica herself is passionate about cloud accounting software, process automation technology, and promoting the efficiency benefits of flexible & remote working practices.
The Women in Accounting and Finance Awards:
- Small Practice Leader of the Year
- Small Practice Inspiration Award.
- B1G1 Sustainable Habit award 2020
- Chippenham Business Awards 2020 - Chippenham's charitable business of the year award 2020
Advisory Board Member and founder of Xebra Accounting
Guy founded Xebra Accounting in 2011, after being a partner with BDO and building up his office of Moore Stephens to be a £1.4m practice. Xebra Accounting is the fastest growing small accountancy practice in Hampshire. In the last twelve months it grew by over 40% and the rapid growth doesn’t show any sign of letting up! They plan to be a one million pound practice in the next 3-5 years. Unlike most small accountancy practices, Guy’s clients pay a minimum of £5,000 per year. As you would expect, Xebra is a fully cloud based practice but see themselves more as a business advisor to their clients rather than a traditional accountant.
His accolades and endorsements include:
- Xero Platinum partner
- Xero’s most valued professional
Advisory Board Member and founder of Inform Accounting
Sian formed Inform Accounting in 2012. In a very short space of time she has grown Inform Accounting into a 20 strong team turning over £900,000 each year. Inform Accounting is predicted to become a one million pound practice within the next 2 years. They have grown via a mixture of organic growth and two small acquisitions.
As you would expect from a modern fully cloud based practice, their clients are all on Xero and pay monthly via direct debit