Xerocon – 2 day conference 2016

26th February 2016

Every year a 2 day conference is held in London to showcase the upcoming features, hot topics and new opportunities available to Xero customers. It is also a great chance to make new connections and meet Xero sponsors. Unfortunately I was not able to attend this year, but I couldn’t wait to hear about the new features Xero has to offer.

This year the top announcements which we think will make a real difference to accountants, bookkeepers and our clients are:-

Xero HQ: Within the accountant edition Xero will be making this a seamless solution which will not just give your accountant real-time information on your workflow in Xero but will also alert them when something needs to be done. 

Xero Me: This is a new iOS app designed to ease and automate some of the functions around payroll. You can request time off, approve time off and view your payslip. In addition Xero have announced a timesheets function where either through the Xero Me app or normal Xero log in employees can enter their own hours, which is great if you pay employees based on the hours they work. 

Auto enrolment: Currently there is only the basic tool within payroll to include pensions information but Xero are building on this to help ensure that the payroll feature will be further automated to streamline the work associated with auto enrolment. This will involve Xero assessing which employees should auto enrol and reporting direct to the pension provider. 

New Global Partners: Xero have announced their new partnership with Microsoft Power BI. This integration will enable businesses to analyse data with greater efficiency through visualisation tools and reports. 


Bank Feeds: Barclays are the latest to come on board for the direct live bank feeds, alongside the increasing list of banks such as Metro Bank, RBS, and NatWest. This shows Xero are continuing to push making Xero as automated as possible.

Emma Hardwick | Brighton Accountants

For more information on Xero or a free demonstration, please contact Emma Hardwick, Assistant Manager on 01273 701200 or emmah@plusaccounting.co.uk

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