First Class Accounts National Workshop and the Accounting Business Expo Wrap Up

At the end of March, we had the privilege of sponsoring the First Class Accounts National Workshop in Sydney and it was a great opportunity to meet many of their franchisees – some for the first time and some to renew acquaintance.

On the way there our CEO, Mick Devine, popped into the Accounting Business Expo to see what the fuss was about. Here is a recount of his experience.



Accounting Business Expo (Day 1)

In its second year, the Australia Business Expo (ABE) attracted a swag of accounting professionals to educate, learn and network.

All of the big players in the Australian accounting technology world were in attendance with the aim of informing and educating accountants and bookkeepers. Xero, MYOB and Intuit all had big stands with teams of people to answer your questions. It was also an ideal place to check out exhibitors and discover add-on partners, either directly by talking to them on their stand like ServiceM8 and  EzyCollect or through the services of cloud integrators like Cloudsolve.

There were plenty of speakers, all sharing their expertise in the future of the accounting and bookkeeping profession. Mel Power of Bookkeeping Revolution recorded a series of podcasts on the day, including one from Mick on how bookkeepers can work with their clients to help them survive and thrive in business.


National Workshop – First Class

There’s something special about a gathering of people who have come together with the sole purpose of learning and improving their knowledge (well, there may have been some social catch-ups happening too!). That is exactly what’s at the core of the First Class Accounts National Workshop. Some 130 bookkeeping franchisees descended onto the Sydney venue to take home ideas and new processes for implementation in their own businesses.

They were treated to 2 days of presentations on a range of topics. Some were very practical and technical, others touched on the future (Keran McKenzie from MYOB explaining blockchain in very simple language) and some on how to improve your own business (such as Trent McLaren from Practice Ignition on the need to encourage innovation in your team).

One of the key benefits of the workshop was that the speakers (mostly) didn’t just turn up, speak and then go. Most were around for the whole of the 2 days, networking and giving everyone the opportunity to give feedback, ask questions and dig deeper into the topics discussed.

We already work with many members of the First Class Accounts group and we’re looking forward to working with more in the future. See how Chelsea at First Class Accounts in Fremantle uses Calxa.