A year in the life of Findlay & Co

Date: 30th December 2014

This is our version of the cheesy Facebook end of year album, a brief overview of Findlay & Co’s 2014 year!

If you summarise 2014 you could say it was a year of competitions…. Challenge Wanaka, Gigatown Wanaka, the Winter Olympics and the Xerocon awards.  We also managed to fit in some work, presented some workshops and seminars and moved offices.

The year kicked off in grand style with our client Dougal Allan coming third in the Challenge Wanaka endurance race.

dougal allan trail running

Then we got behind some local talent and local snow industry businesses on the other side of the world at the Sochi Winter Olympics…

wells brothers mons royale

In mid February more than 900 accounting, bookkeeping and add-on partners flooded into the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland for the biggest event on the annual accounting calendar, Xerocon.

Minis at Xerocon

At Xerocon we scooped the 100% Cloud Award (we were also finalists for the Marketing Innovation Award and the Xero Accounting Partner of the Year)!

Findlay and Co win the Xero 100% Cloud Award

Photo Credit ©Michael Bradley

We carried onwards and upwards and moved our head office upstairs into Spencer House Mall in downtown Wanaka.  It meant more space, more light and better access for our Wanaka clients.

Our new front entrance, light and welcoming

We did manage to knuckle down to the serious business of end-of-year accounts and helping small businesses.  We ran Tradies and Xero workshops in Christchurch, Wanaka and Queenstown.

Penese low res.

One of our main focuses for 2014 was supporting Wanaka’s campaign in the Gigatown competition. We even had our own version of Wayne’s World!

In November, Wanaka won the first round of the Gigatown competition and we all upped the ante for the finals. Some of the staff at Findlay and Co spent their morning teas and lunch times hashtagging, tweeting and Facebooking for the cause!  Although Wanaka lost its bid to be the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to receive ultra fast broadband, we benefited enormously from the community spirit and business collaboration that took place during the year-long competition.  This spirit lives on. One of the positive outcomes was the establishment of The Cell, a collaborative workspace in downtown Wanaka.

the cell

The year ended on high note with our Capitalising on the Cloud seminar in Queenstown where we enthused a room full of business people on the benefits cloud accounting.

capitalising on cloud excited low res

Finally we want to say thanks to all those people out there – clients, collaborators and comrades – who helped make this a successful and fun year.  May 2015 be a prosperous year for you all!



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