Small business advisors nationwide were honoured for services to New Zealand’s SME sector at MYOB’s recent Partner Connect event in Auckland.
Each year, the cloud accounting firm recognises leaders in the business advisory and accountancy fields, with a specific focus on the innovations and online transformations that are driving change in the industry.
The flagship Partner of the Year award went to Debbie Marshall from Christchurch-based Business Solutions Limited - Marshall has been part of MYOB’s partner network since she established her business management IT solutions company in 2005 and is counted amongst MYOB’s top resellers.
“Whenever we roll out a new product or feature, Debbie is always one of the first to adopt the new technology,” MYOB general manager, James Scollay, said.
“Debbie understands how keeping up-to-date with the latest innovations can really benefit her clients and is adept at working out the best technology suited to helping businesses succeed.”
Meanwhile, MYOB’s Online Transformation award was presented to Sue Inkersell from 3rd Arm Admin, based in Porirua.
“Sue is a strong advocate for the power of cloud technology,”Scollay added. “By maintaining a great online presence for her own business almost 80 per cent of her sales come through online referrals.
“In turn she helps her customers utilise leading online tools such as MYOB Essentials and Essentials Payroll to run their businesses efficiently.”
MYOB also awarded Newcomer of the Year award to Joanne Mankelow - from Mankelow Accounts in Auckland suburb Maraetai - having substantially grown her client base since starting her company in 2014.
“Jo is a real go-getter,” Scollay added.
“Her company has grown from strength to strength, and her clients love her. She is extremely passionate about what she does and it shows through how popular her business has become.”
The MYOB Partner Connect dinner also presented six long-term service awards, honouring those partners who achieved the top sales figures including Lynley Averis of Accounting Training (Gold Sales Hall of Fame), Helen Webley of Bay Business Support (Silver Sales Hall of Fame) and Jennie Kingma of JK Business Systems (Bronze Sales Hall of Fame).