The bookkeeping community is firmly positioned as trusted advisors, particularly within the SME market says the Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers (ICNZB).
The announcement, made at the industry body’s recent ‘Leading the Way’ conference in Christchurch, says every successful business is underpinned by good financial accounting and sound bookkeeping practice is the cornerstone of this.
ICNZB President, Di Crawford-Errington explains: “Bookkeeping has been lifted out of the misinformed ‘back office job’ school of thought and positioned firmly as a specialist profession, where ‘in the cloud’ and certified are now part of business life.”
Bookkeepers and exhibitors from across the country and Australia gathered in what was a sold-out event at the annual conference and awards ceremony held in Christchurch on 26th and 27th July. It included representatives from ICB Global, the international body which the Association is a member of.
The importance of Certified Bookkeepers to small business was underlined in an address from the Minister for Small Business, Stuart Nash, as well Managing Director for Xero, Craig Hudson.
Bookkeepers in New Zealand are at the forefront of business, supporting them at a grass roots level, ensuring their systems and processes are robust and current, supplying insights into the accurate data with which clients make sound business decisions, as well as assisting businesses with their compliance obligations. The bookkeeping community are encouraging all bookkeepers – those working within large organisations as well as those who work from home – to increase their knowledge, upskill and become certified.
ICNZB President Di Crawford-Errington shares: “Government has recognised the important role bookkeepers have in business by approving Intermediary Agent status this year. Recognition of the role we play in advising and supporting business received Royal Assent in April 2019 and is making it a lot easier for bookkeepers to provide valued support to the SME market.”
Awards were presented in recognition to:
- Sustainable Business of the Year 2019: MBP Advisors + Accountants, Taupo
- Bookkeeping Business of the Year 2019: Admin Army, Hawkes Bay
- Bookkeeping Community Contributor of the Year 2019: Dee Workman, Keep It Simple Solutions, Nelson
- Bookkeeper of the Year 2019: Dee Workman, Keep It Simple Solutions, Nelson
- Bookkeeper in a Small Practice Award 2019: Haley Wilson, My Two Cents Ltd, Northland
- Bookkeeping Trainer of the Year 2019 (Gayle Buchanan Memorial Trophy): Haylee Wrenn, Accountabill Limited, Hawkes Bay
- Emerging Bookkeeper of the Year 2019: Rachel Paterson, Conduit Bookkeeping, Northland
- Service to Bookkeeping Award 2019: Trish Madison, Accounta Ltd, Northland
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