Chartered Accountant based in Kent.
After leaving practice very soon after qualifying, swearing never to return, in 2011 I did exactly that.
Now a sole practitioner and loving it, business growing rapidly and looking forward to the future as my own boss.
Sound system - I thought it was a lot better than last year. Maybe that was just the talks I listened to.
2 days? I only went for one, same as last year but actually think now I should have gone for two. After attending 3 talksm getting demos of 2 products, talking to the guys from Sith Towers and a few suppliers I know - the day was finished.
I left not having spoken to at least two vendors I wish I had.
Agree that you do need to go with an agenda or it can feel like a waste of time and a lot of noise.
That must have been the build a £1m practice on 3 days a week rubbish.
Yes, lots of crap there but there are some decent stands and people to talk to if you can find them.
Agree with Sarah that Capitalise and Accountancy Manager are one's to watch and will do well. They actually listen to their users and adapt their offering accordingly.
Another vote for Iris Openspace.
We don't use any other Iris products and its free. Yes thats right - FREEEEEEE!!!
Bank Holiday weekend 20 years ago.
Pretty sure I was on a stag-do in Whitley Bay/Newcastle.
As Glennzy and Redfive will confirm Whitley Bay on a Bank Holiday weekend is like the Wild West.
MTD - can't wait - bring it on!!!
No - he (apparently) died in 1945
Jesus!!! You again!!!
Its too low - HE'S TAKING THE P155!!!
"It depends what you expect to get out of it."
That's pretty much it, although you also need to think about what you want. I'd also add its not just Xero that are there.
Its a great place to speak to the main vendors/app partners in one location. Also the chance to hear what other accountants are doing.
If you aren't prepared to go to these events with a plan in place rather than just 'rock up and hope for the best' I'd say don't bother.
Depends how you view Xerocon - is it a cost to the business or is it investment in your development.
Even though I've been using Xero since 2010 I'd avoided this type of event in the past.
Last year was the first time I had been and I thought it was excellent. I came away with loads of ideas of how I could improve my practice, some of which I implemented straight away.
If you are the type of accountant who thinks 'I'm doing ok, I don't need to change anything' and isn't prepared to pay for your practice development then more fool you.
If you're the type of accountant who baulks at the cost - way that up against a coaching or marketing session or subscribing to one of these accounting guru's business growth plan.
In my opinion Xerocon is excellent value for money and if I only went to industry event - this would be it.
With a name like that no wonder it struggled...