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BookCheck launches new Xero Migration and add-on Development Service

A new service for firms switching their accounts to Xero and then developing them has been launched by Xero Bookkeeping with Management Information and Payroll specialist BookCheck.

BookCheck has been book-keeping and producing management accounts for businesses for over 25 years. Originally specialising in Sage accounting, BookCheck has seen a substantial move of users to Xero. This is because of its 24/7 cloud based ease of use, accompanied by efficiency improving add-ons, sometimes in a big way. The process of switching can be daunting and problematic. Having helped many clients make a smooth transition to Xero, the firm has decided to make the service available to the whole marketplace and not just existing clients.

Anthony Pilkington, Managing Director of BookCheck, explained why Xero has become the most important accounting software, overtaking Sage in popularity.  “Xero has time and again proven transformational for our clients. As soon as we realised just how much time and money it was saving them, we ourselves made the switch in BookCheck and we haven’t looked back. Now we have a team of Xero experts, ready to help our clients and prospective new clients enjoy the benefits too.”
Clearly changing the accounting system is a major decision and needs to be handled professionally. The BookCheck Xero migration service includes a planning and project timetable, then full data conversion, including as many years of history as required. Data is checked for any errors or warnings and fixed as required. Bank accounts are reconciled, credit notes matched, tax rates checked, VAT returns reconciled, outstanding allocations on sales and purchase orders handled, foreign currencies dealt with, stock items are set up and finally Xero is completely reconciled to the old system. The automatic bank feeds are then set up, together with any purchase invoice add-on. It’s then signed off as “Good to Go”.

BookCheck is seeing a growing demand for the added capabilities provided by Xero. After migrating to Xero is the perfect time to look for efficiencies by considering add-ons. These are complementary pieces of software, like Apple apps, that enhance the way a business handles tasks such as stock & order processing, invoicing, payments, expenses, debt chasing, or even linking to Amazon trading. 

BookCheck has in-house Xero add-on expertise which helps clients choose the best fit for their particular requirements. Anthony Pilkington added, “Some Xero add-ons are truly amazing in how clever they are and how much time they save, at the same time eliminating manual errors in transferring data. It’s a great investment with a very quick payback time we’ve found.”

All migration and add-on consultancy services are covered by fixed price proposals so there are no surprises. 

If businesses have been thinking about moving to Xero, they will want to be sure of a successful change but may be concerned about the implications and requirements and the effect it can have on the business. Letting BookCheck handle the whole process will eliminate that worry and clients can be assured of expert advice. For more information and to get in touch with BookCheck for a free initial consultation visit -

This entry was posted in Business Development and tagged in Xero, Migration, Bookkeeping by Caroline

Finding quality staff resources - how is it for you?

I reckon we are now experiencing our greatest challenge in our 20 years history in finding more quality Sage and Xero staff as we expand. This is especially the case in London although Bristol is almost as bad. Recently we received 33 serious applications for a book-keeper position. We narrowed that down to four good enough for interview, then speaking on the phone reduced this to two. The best candidate took a position before our planned interview, leaving one who just wasn't good enough. So we start again!

We've even had the same experience in recruiting a seventh qualified accountant for thoroughly checking of the work of the book-keepers at each month end - a unique feature of BookCheck. At least our clients are shielded from this task which is part of our attraction so this encourages us to succeed.

I have a feeling that this will be an ongoing challenge, probably becoming more difficult so we'll have to find other methods. We're so used to our standards, they're imbedded in all we do. It's clearly pointless compromising on quality as we'll suffer down the road. It's not even a pay issue, although wage rates are climbing steadily, that's hardly surprising. It's really a shortage of quality. We'll just have to try harder.

Speaking to other professionals it seems this is a common problem. How is it for you?

Anthony Pilkington FCA      Managing Director, BookCheck Ltd

This entry was posted in Business Development and tagged in Sage, Xero, Employees, BookCheck, Bristol, London by bookchadmin