Exeter-based top 30 advisory firm, Bishop Fleming, has secured thousands of pounds of free advertising and promotion for its Devon-based client, Otterton Mill, by helping them win a nationwide competition which was organised by Xero online accounting.
[Photograph: Hazel Tucker, Jane Ferguson (Otterton Mill Accounts Manager), Chris Wright (Mill owner), and Mark Smith.]
The firm, which delivers accounting, tax, corporate restructuring and advisory services to businesses, worked with the Mill to submit an entry that showed how Xero software had helped the Otterton visitor attraction manage its business more effectively.
Bishop Fleming, a Xero Platinum partner, also showed how its close-working relationship with the Mill had helped bring its accounting facts and figures to life in a meaningful way, backed up by relevant and timely commercial advice to facilitate the growing business.
Xero gave businesses and their advisers in the UK the chance to be featured in local, co-branded advertising. And although it received many hundreds of entries, it was the successful chemistry between Bishop Fleming and Otterton Mill which won over the judges.
So, both the accounting firm and the Mill will each receive £5,000 worth of Xero advertising, including a professional video.
The Mill is a popular destination in the picturesque village of Otterton by the banks of the River Otter. It has a working watermill dating back to 1068, and includes a bakery, award-winning cafe, gallery and craft centre.
Mark Smith from Bishop Fleming who helps Otterton Mill to understand where they are with their finances, commented: “I work with Chris Wright, the owner of the Mill, on a regular basis to help him keep a handle on the figures generated by Xero in real time and how these impact on his business plans. Xero’s cloud accounting software ensures that the relationship between the Mill and the firm remains smooth and effective.”
Mark added: “Using Xero enables us to take advantage of the wide range of connected apps which enhances our ability to provide advisory services to Chris, such as advanced visual reporting and forecasting.”
Bishop Fleming Partner, Hazel Tucker, commented “Building on the great work that Mark does with our client, I am able to advise them on how to progress their business plans, highlighting planning opportunities as they expand their operations. The combination of Xero’s software, together with our close-working relationship and professional advice provides the right ingredients for Otterton Mill’s continued growth. Winning this competition for them adds icing to the cake, which of course is made with the Mill’s flour.”
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