Multi-award winning accounting software company Xero has recently awarded local Chartered Accountants Books & Company Limited its Gold Partner Status.

Books & Co. are the first accountants in Guernsey to achieve the prestigious Gold Status and this has been achieved in a little under four years since the company was founded in November 2012.

Managing Director John Merrien said “I am delighted that Books & Company has been awarded Gold Partner Status by Xero, this is the best present that we could have received for our fourth birthday in November! In 2012 I was so convinced by the benefits of Cloud Accounting and specifically the Xero software that I tailored the practice around facilitating the adoption of cloud accounting and providing ongoing support to businesses in Guernsey who wished to take advantage of some of the benefits. Now some four years on it is wonderful to have witnessed this vision become a reality and to have our success recognised by Xero. Over the past four years Books & Company has worked with some amazingly innovative and entrepreneurial companies in virtually every area of the local economy.”

While the core of Books & Company’s business is providing support to local small and medium sized businesses in Guernsey, they are now using the flexibility of cloud accounting to provide accountancy support and virtual finance director services to businesses outside of the Bailiwick.

Currently a team of four people based from The Albany in the South Esplanade, Mr Merrien has indicated a continued desire for growth: “We are currently working with some key strategic partners to expand our services outside of those traditionally associated with a practice of Chartered Accountants. “It is my belief that we have only just started to grasp the benefits and efficiencies that can be brought about by merging finance and technology. As this technology evolves so too will the role of accountants as key advisors to the businesses on which they report. We look forward to rolling out some exciting new developments in the not too distant future.”