BDO & Xero Client Stories - Auckland

16 August 2017

Paper Room 

Paper room

"We love that BDO just gets us" Annabel Taylor, Paper Room owner.

Paper Room was established by Annabel Taylor and Sarah Shield in 2009, driven by their passion and desire for contemporary wallpaper, fabric and interior design trends.

BDO has been a significant support. Paper Room relies on BDO to have a great understanding of their retail business.

“We are a boutique, niche store with a very specific customer base. BDO has made the accounting side of the business very easy for us to manage and are always on hand with sound advice.”

Xero has been by their side since they started their business.

“Xero has been a life-saving tool for our business,” says Annabel. “We enjoy keeping on top of all our expenditure and debtors. The mobile app means we can keep an eye on things when we are out of the store or out of the country on buying trips.” They love that with Xero they can instantly know where the business is financially.

“It’s so quick, easy and seamless with our bank.”


Davanti Consulting

Davanti Consulting

“BDO supported us above and beyond what I was expecting,” said Kris Bowie, Davanti’s Business Services Manager.

Davanti Consulting is a business and technology consultancy which focuses on customer engagement, digital enterprise architecture and mobility.

BDO partners with Davanti and Xero to keep their finances on track.

Kris Bowie believes that BDO was critical in helping them get set up on Xero and WorkflowMax, including providing training to everyone in the business.

“The answers to any of our random questions were answered quickly and even after-hours on some occasions. I had no doubt that BDO wanted our business to be a success as much as we did.”

Xero’s dashboards are critical for Kris’s daily work as they provide a quick overview of incomings and outgoings. In fact, Xero Touch is the first app Kris checks every morning.



1Above is an Auckland based business that began its journey in 2010, when the founder - through his mission to create awareness around the health impacts of flying, launched 1Above following years of development and research. Today, 1Above is available in ready to drink and effervescent tablet formats in over 200 airport stores around the world.  In 2017, 1Above has developed two new everyday lifestyle recovery variants which launched in New Zealand in grocery stores and petrol stations. This new strategic move will see the company double in size and be in over 600 new stores across NZ by the end of this current financial year. 

1Above have been working with BDO since 2011.  “Initially our accountant was a small sole practitioner, but we turned to BDO when we moved into Australia and started considering our global aspirations as we needed to assess our business from both a tax and accounting perspective and make sure we were correctly structured. We like the fact that the BDO team have been around longer than most of our employees, so they know our business and our history.  Their local team are great, they compile our annual accounts and prepare our taxes and they have the expertise to help us with a broad range of issues from transfer pricing to share schemes.  When we needed help setting up business in Europe they introduced us to members of their London office who gave us the advice we needed”

1Above has a number of legal entities around the world, each of which requiring stand-alone accounts.  1Above use Xero to keep on top of everything.  “It’s easy to set up new Xero entities and we really love how straight forward the reports are to use, we can drill down on any aspect and report in different currencies.”


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