What is Xero?

First of all, Xero is a cloud accounting software solution designed to make running your business accounts quick and simple while giving you powerful insights, which combined with our accounting expertise, will help you identify areas where you can improve your profitability.

As Xero runs in the cloud it’s quick and easy to connect everything together and access all your information from any device, anywhere. With their simple plans and optional extras, you won’t be paying for features you don’t need.


How Does Xero Help Me?

Xero helps make running your business easier by making those boring tasks that you always put off, like reconciling bank transactions or sending invoice reminders, quick and simple. Xero has many other features including:

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Paying your bills

As Xero integrates with the majority of the banks in the UK you can quickly pay any bills that come in from your suppliers, keeping them happy! You can also track your bills to see how your business’s expenses are changing over time, keeping you in control of cash flow.

Making Digital VAT Returns Simple

Xero helps you easily submit your VAT returns to HMRC as their system is compatible with HMRC. Xero will calculate your VAT for you, help you manage the VAT transaction details and submit VAT returns that are compatible with making tax digital (MTD).

Track and manage expenses on the go

Xero’s expense manager helps you to capture costs, view your spending and if you have employees, they can submit expenses and quickly be reimbursed. With their mobile app keeping track of expenses is as easy as taking a picture of your receipts.

Quickly get invoices paid

With the invoicing and online payment features, you can get paid on time without the hassle of chasing. The invoice you send will have a pay now option that allows your customers to quickly pay you through debit cards, credit cards or even direct debits through a secure portal.

Track projects & jobs

With many of our clients working in the construction industry, we know the challenges these businesses face when it comes to tracking project profitability. With Xero, it’s easy to create quotes, keep track of expenses and the time you spend on a project, which can then be added to an invoice. You can also view the profitability of each job through their reports and dashboard features so you can quote more accurately in the future.


Payroll management made easy

Xero payroll connects your workforce to their finances and makes it easy for you to track employee leave and the time spent working using timesheets, all on top of paying their salary. The payroll feature also makes it easy to report the right information to HMRC and gives employees access to their payslips, submit leave requests and add timesheets through their own portal.

Reporting, Analytics & dashboards

Quickly and easily run reports, track and predict future cash flow and view dashboards with the latest and most important information for your business. These features give you insights into the financial health of your business allowing you to plan for your future growth.

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How Can Steven Burton & Co Help Me?

With everything that Xero can do you’re probably wondering why you’d even need an accountant! Here at Steven Burton & Co, we’re a Xero Silver Champion partner, Xero Migration Certified and our team has multiple certified advisors on hand to help.

This means that if you’re new to Xero we can help you migrate from your old accounting software such as Sage or Quickbooks so you don’t need to start from scratch. If you’re already using Xero then we can jump right in and start to dig into the data and provide you with actionable insights.

While Xero can pull everything together for you and simplify your accounts, as chartered certified accountants we can then use this data to tell you how your business is performing. We do this by really digging into the details of where you can increase your profitability, reduce overheads and we can help plan for your future success.

As Xero charge a monthly subscription for their software, we will include this in our invoice (which you can now track with your new Xero subscription!) so that there is just one payment to make each month, making your accounts simple.

Xero is perfect for small businesses.

We particularly think that the mobile invoicing aspect is helpful for our clients, giving them flexibility of access to their accounts. They have features that help you manage every aspect of your accounts, connecting to your bank accounts can help you generate easy quotes, records and data about your business, saving you time as you don’t need to enter this data yourself.

Xero can also be accessed by employees to add expense claims, view payslips and time sheets online, connecting your workforce and their finances. Furthermore, the dashboard feature visualises your cash expenses, so that you can stay on top of where your money is going.

Our Xero credentials:

Xero Advisor Certified – This shows a strong understanding and practical knowledge of Xero with Clients

Making Tax Digital Ready – We have expertise in helping UK business meet the HMRC requirements for Making Tax Digital

Xero Migration Certified – We are certified to move clients over to Xero

Silver Champion PartnerXero is perfect for small businesses. We particularly think that the mobile invoicing feature is helpful for our clients, giving them flexibility of access to their accounts. As Xero charge a monthly subscription for their software, we will include this in our invoice so that we can streamline your payments.

In our team:

Steve – Xero Advisor Certified
David – Xero Advisor Certified
Maria – Xero Advisor Certified

Steven Burton & Co Limited – Making Tax Digital Ready, Xero Migration Certified, Silver Champion Partner.

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    Sam Nagle
    Sam Nagle
    12 May 2023
    A truly fantastic accountants. Unlike any other accountants we have had in the past. They are 100 percent on the ball, helpful with fantastic advice. Not just sound accountancy advice but advising the business as a whole in various areas. Strategic quarterly reviews to really delve into the business to make sure profit margins are where they should be, and if they aren’t, they’ll look into improvements that can be made. Nothing is too much and the phone lines are always open for advice. Unlike most accountants their focus isn’t just on completing your annual accounts and not seeing you again for another year. I cannot praise the team enough for all the hard work they put in! They really have shifted our focus onto the aspects of the business that we were perhaps neglecting!
    Steve Lincoln
    Steve Lincoln
    11 May 2023
    The team at Steve Burton & Co provide a first class personal service to their customers. They support business owners through every step of the life cycle of their business, adding true value with their relationship.
    Toby Ishmael
    Toby Ishmael
    5 May 2023
    I work closely with the team at Steven Burton & Co. to assist their clients with a range of services and I can't speak highly enough of the professionalism and care that they demonstrate for their clients.
    Darren Vass
    Darren Vass
    21 March 2023
    I've worked with Steven Burton & Co for almost 4 years and I cannot fault their service. Dominique in particular is always available for advice and guidance whenever needed.
    Makala Balls
    Makala Balls
    11 December 2022
    The team at Steven Burton are friendly, professional and really get to know their clients so their advice is tailored to suit their individual needs. Cuts through all the jargon and offer clear and timely advice. Would highly recommend.
    Simon Isaac
    Simon Isaac
    28 November 2022
    I've worked with Steven Burton & Co for the last 2.5 years and thoroughly recommend their services, based on my experience of working closely with the partners. From sound advice to critical content on what is important for businesses in all aspects of finance and accounting, their passionate approach to helping businesses to manage growth and financial health is highly recommend.
    Laura Garnham
    Laura Garnham
    21 June 2022
    Steve Burton & co are industry experts. The team are always on hand to offer expert advice and consultancy. Providing a much needed level of confidence and we feel a great sense of relief knowing that the business finances are in good hands.
    Matthew Joel-Carter
    Matthew Joel-Carter
    20 April 2022
    Being a fairly new business we were looking for a local company to satisfy our accountancy needs, Steve burton came highly recommended from a friend and we choose to use them after our initial meeting, as we were extremely impressed with how professional and friendly they came across. We trust them to run all our accountancy side of things as we are a creative team and this side of things we find extremely daunting, they have explained everything that we are required to do and that they will do for us extremely well and held our hand throughout the process. Trusting your accountancy agency is important to build up a friendly yet professional service and I can honestly say they have managed to do this from day one. Would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for advice and a very dedicated accountancy firm.
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    Amy Benton Re-mind Coaching Solutions
    8 March 2022
    Steven and team bring a refreshing approach to accountancy. Giving their clients a crystal clear vision of where they are and what they need to change to achieve the financial outcomes they want from their businesses. Having this level of understanding about your business is a gamechanger if you want to succeed.