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  Xero Expenses - How To Make Expense Claims Easier   Do you currently spend too much time getting expense claims processed?   Or do you leave it to the last minute, then forget what you spent & where?   Xero Expenses will make the whole process quicker & easier!   Xero Expenses is an invaluable tool for those who regularly submit expense claims, or are currently spending too much time locating & collecting paperwork.   The key to getting simple processes done quickly & correctly is to utilise automation.  By making the whole process quicker to do & easier to manage, you can then spend your time doing more important things instead.  Like growing your business, taking on more work, or having free time back with family.   The benefits of Xero Expenses:   Business owners, managers & employees can all enjoy the benefits that an efficient expense claims process can bring.   Never forget or lose receipts ever again - capture expenses & receipts,...

The main news in the Xero-sphere over the summer is the way bank feeds will be operating. New EU standards, that are due to take effect from 14 September 2019, will change the way that some banks connect to Xero. Specifically, Yodlee & Barclays bank feeds (in the way that they are at the moment) will no longer be available, so to comply with the new requirements, Xero will be migrating existing feeds to their new solution between now & 14 September.  Xero are regulated & authorised by the FCA to access bank information when you ask them to (i.e., setting up the bank feed). As we get closer to this date, to ensure your bank transactions continue to flow into Xero, you may need to update your existing bank feed to a new open banking direct feed. If you'd like to read Xero's full blog on open banking, please read here,   Xero really does...

  Setting up a payment service through Xero (so your customers can pay you using their debit card or credit card) can have AMAZING effects on both your cash flow and your time. Buyers are used to paying instantly when online shopping - one-click payment makes this easier. When a payment service IS offered to your customers: Invoices are paid on average 35% faster * Your waiting time for payment is cut by 13 days * Xero automatically processes the receipt of the payment & marks the invoice as paid.   We've recently partnered up with Stripe, and have an exclusive offer!   So you can try payment services for yourself, Stripe have kindly given us exclusive offer codes!  😁 This exclusive offer code gives you up to £5,000 fee free card processing - worth up to £70!   If you'd like 1 of these exclusive offer codes, please get in touch and we'll be in touch to help you set Stripe up!   Xero...

  Keeping your data secure (especially your financial data) is as important as ever before. Find out why two-step authentication is important Two-step authentication is used by many internet banking and online services to provide an additional layer of security, where you use a device to generate a random code to access your account. In this case, by using the Google Authenticator app on your phone. I'd also recommend that you ask all users in your organisation to set up two-step authentication for themselves too. Set up two-step authentication for your own Xero login Don't share your Xero login details and password, and protect your financial data by ensuring all users of your Xero organisation have two-step authentication enabled! Xero really does help all businesses regardless of size or complexity!  To find out how Xero can help your business contact us today. ...

Doing work for your customers is one thing. It's another to ensure that you're paid, and on time. Unfortunately for many small businesses, the latter takes up as much time as the work did itself, and it's likely the task that gets done in the evening or weekend to keep your working day free to do jobs (or the other way round depending on your trade) - but in almost all cases encroaches on the time that should be spent doing something else. So, how do you maximise the chances getting paid faster, without needing to spend lots of valuable time and energy on the task? The key is to use the functionality of Xero, as well as a few key apps that integrate with Xero...

The problem - If you are currently a business owner or employee that has to travel for client meetings, to collect stock or a trip to the accountants, you will know the burden of recording the business mileage. First you have to write down where you start and where you are going to, find out how many miles this is and try to work out the ever changing fuel element of the mileage to work out the VAT. Then you need to send this to your accountant or enter this onto the system. This is something that takes up valuable time and has a lot of different factors that need to be checked each time you make a business related trip. The solution - We have a perfect solution to all the issues surrounding mileage claims and this is an app called 'Trip Catcher'.  The Trip Catcher app does exactly as...

Historically payroll has always been something that is completed separate from your accounts, ready to be entered in manually at some point (or left to your accountant to enter at the year end) and holiday calculations have always been a bit of a nightmare. But Xero have come up a with a new solution that is built into their existing online accounting software. If you are already using Xero (and if you’re not already using Xero - what are you doing?? Come and speak to us!), this is great news as it means everything is in one place and Xero payroll integrates with Xero accounting, which means no more manual entries. Day to day payroll needs are all provided for with flexible earnings, deductions, benefits and reimbursement pay types all able to be entered onto payslips, P45s that can be produced easily, and holiday entitlement calculated automatically. Also at the year end,...