Empowering Modern Accounting: Your Essential Guide to the Xero South Africa Roadshow 2024

Empowering Modern Accounting: Your Essential Guide to the Xero South Africa Roadshow 2024

The Xero South Africa Roadshow 2024 is set to transform the landscape of accounting and bookkeeping for professionals across the region once again. Join us on May 15th at the prestigious Sandton Convention Centre for a day packed with cutting-edge tools, invaluable business insights, and networking opportunities that promise to elevate your practice to new heights. Want to learn more? Let’s take a look at what the Xero Roadshow has to offer!

Reflecting on Success: The Xero South Africa Roadshow 2023

Last year’s roadshow was a resounding success, marking a significant milestone in our journey towards empowering the accounting community. With over 2,300 attendees across Johannesburg and Cape Town, Xero celebrated the resilience and tenacity of self-made professionals under the theme of ‘self-made’.

Colin Timmis, Xero’s country manager in South Africa, highlighted the extraordinary contributions of South Africa’s accounting, bookkeeping, and small business communities Highlights included engaging talks on the critical role of accountants in today’s business landscape, and insights from the State of South African Small Business report, which showed an impressive growth and optimism among small businesses despite challenges like political instability and economic downturns.

Key Highlights from 2023 and what to Expect this Year:

  • Empowering Talks and Panel Discussions: The day was filled with insightful presentations and discussions led by industry leaders. One of the focal points was the evolving role of accountants as business advisors, empowered by technology. This shift is crucial in a landscape where businesses increasingly rely on their accountants for strategic guidance beyond traditional accounting tasks.
  • Impactful Stories of Resilience: Celebrating the ‘self-made’ theme, the event featured inspiring stories from within the community. Highlights included keynote speeches that focused on overcoming adversity and embracing the challenges of entrepreneurship. One poignant example was Joey Evans’ keynote address, where he shared his incredible journey of recovery and participation in the Dakar Rally, symbolising the no-limits attitude that defines the Xero community.
  • Technological Advancements: Xero showcased significant technological updates, including direct VAT eFiling and expanded payroll solutions through partnerships with SimplePay and PaySpace. These advancements are part of Xero’s ongoing commitment to creating a more connected and efficient accounting experience.
  • Community Support and Optimism: Despite the challenges posed by external factors such as economic instability and loadshedding, the community’s spirit remained unshaken. The Roadshow highlighted the positive outlook of South African small businesses, with many expressing strong growth and resilience. This optimism is a testament to the supportive ecosystem that Xero and its partners foster.
  • Networking and Collaboration: The networking sessions offered a vibrant platform for attendees to connect, share insights, and forge new partnerships. These interactions are vital as they foster collaboration and innovation within the community.

This year, expect to experience a world of innovation with Xero’s latest tools designed to boost productivity and streamline operations. This one-day event is your gateway to learn directly from business leaders and pioneers who have reshaped their industries using Xero’s solutions. Expect to walk away with actionable insights that will empower you to tackle the challenges of modern accounting with confidence.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2024
  • Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
  • Event Check-in: 08h00 – 09h00
  • Event Time: 09h00 – 17h00

Seats are limited, and as such, securing your spot early is crucial to ensuring you don’t miss out on this transformative experience. Register here!

Where to Stay:

  • The DaVinci Hotel and Suites: This hotel combines luxury and convenience, offering direct access to Sandton City Shopping Centre. It’s perfect for those who want upscale accommodations and easy access to shopping and dining.
  • Hotel Sky Sandton: A short walk from the Sandton Convention Centre, this hotel is known for its innovative technology, including service robots, and offers a unique, futuristic stay experience.
  • The Hilton Sandton: Set in a tranquil garden, this hotel provides a peaceful retreat amidst the city’s hustle. It features spacious rooms and a large outdoor pool area, ideal for relaxing after a day of seminars.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton: Located near the lively Nelson Mandela Square, this hotel is suited for guests who appreciate nightlife and upscale dining, offering luxury accommodations with easy access to Sandton Central’s vibrant cultural scene.
  • The Maslow Hotel Sandton: Specifically tailored for business travellers, this hotel offers practical amenities like a business centre and a complimentary shuttle to the convention centre, ensuring convenience for all your professional needs.

Dining and Leisure:

  • Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square: These adjacent shopping complexes are the heart of Sandton’s retail and dining scene. You’ll find a range of high-end stores, restaurants, and cafes that cater to every taste and preference.
  • Local Cuisine: Explore South Africa’s culinary delights at local restaurants such as The Grillhouse or Pappas on the Square, which offer a mix of delicious classics and contemporary treats.
  • Art and Culture: Sandton Central is rich in cultural offerings. Visit local art galleries like The Melrose Gallery or Artyli Gallery to view contemporary African art. Alternatively, catch a live performance at the Theatre on the Square to immerse yourself in local talent and productions.

Additional Activities:

  • Outdoor Activities: If you enjoy staying active, consider visiting the Mushroom Farm Park for a morning jog or a leisurely walk. It’s a beautiful urban park with art installations and a relaxing environment.
  • Spa and Wellness: Many hotels in Sandton, including The DaVinci and The Maslow, offer on-site spa services. Book a massage or a spa day to unwind and rejuvenate during your stay.

See You There!

The Xero South Africa Roadshow 2024 awaits! Whether you’re looking to enhance your skills, gain new insights, or connect with like-minded professionals, this roadshow is the place to be. Register today and be part of the movement redefining modern accounting in South Africa. We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring day of learning and networking at the Sandton Convention Centre!