All sorts of new things have been happening at the Engine Room lately and I thought it was time to give you an update.
If you think Philippa and I seem to have been missing in action a bit lately you would be right. We have been very busy on a series of new projects, getting organised for your 2013 year end accounts and bringing on some awesome new team members.
We know that the team in Pukekohe have been looking after you with their usual care and attention.The biggest project has been the purchase of RWL Group – an accounting firm in Tauranga. Run by Rachel Wilson, RWL Group has the same philosophies as us. Rachel was looking to grow the business and the Engine Room brings additional skills on the technology front and the capacity to support her team and clients.
We welcome Rachel and her team
Cherie is the resident Xero Consultant and loves technology. She is looking forward to learning more about cloud solutions and introducing them to our clients in Tauranga.
Zuleika is the friendly face at reception, and previously a Quickbooks trainer she loves learning about Xero.
Jenny, a Chartered Accountant, currently works at home so she can look after her 10-month-old son.
For our existing clients in the Bay of Plenty we will be a bit more convenient! If you are in Tauranga please drop in and say high to the team – they are at 24 Tenth Avenue, just off Cameron Street.
At the Pukekohe office things have been busy as well
Jin left us in April to pursue other opportunities closer to his family and with their first baby on the way we wish Jin and Cherry all the best for the future.
We have three new team members in the office:
Sarbina works full time and is Xero Certified. She is enjoying getting to know our clients and working with Manon on monthly and annual accounting.
Sandra is with us three days a week, keeping the IRD in line and learning about Xero and GST! Sandra was previously an occupational therapist, but knew she always wanted to do accounting so has recently retrained.
Nicola also works three days each week – a UK accountant from the Isle of Man; she is really happy delving into the more complex annual jobs.
As you can see from the photo below we have grown a lot this year – though with at least three more enthusiastic cake bakers in the team we may be growing in other ways as well!