By Sarah Pilling and Vita Lo Presti, Founding partners, Bramble and Briar, Victoria

Welcome to Partner Pages: a magazine made up of stories from the Xero Partner community, for the Xero partner community and shared as part of Roadshow Australia each year.

Chartered accountants Sarah Pilling and Vita Lo Presti have made an art out of finding the right fit. Having met as graduates in the Big Four world, this entrepreneurial duo soon discovered that advisory was their ideal match. So they went and did something about it.

Bramble and Briar was founded to meet a gap in the market for pairing small business clients with their dream apps, all with the help of the Xero apps ecosystem. Here, Sarah and Vita explain the carefully considered process that’s behind matching their clients to business-boosting apps.

We like to think of advisory as somewhat like matchmaking. As for our own story

We’re a country of do-gooders here in New Zealand. We ranked third on last year’s World Giving Index and we have 27,800 charities for a population of just under five million.

There are around 115,000 organisations in New Zealand’s not-for-profit (NFP) sector. These are a mixture of incorporated and unincorporated organisations, depending on their income, the tax they pay and the standard of required reporting1. These organisations do not carry out activities for the profit or gain of any member. Roughly 60 percent of the sector are small, unincorporated businesses who are mostly volunteer based.

Charities and NFP organisations are no different to any other small business. They have a mission, a budget, and a strong desire to deliver great results for their donors. 

Xero’s two cents

Just like all successful businesses, charities and NFP organisations have a strategy to achieve their goals. Technology should be integrated with

According to our Business Rewired report, 2.6 million small business owners in the UK have genuine concerns about the future. They worry about broad business issues like late payments (54%), cyber-attacks (27%) and tax rates (44%). But they also worry about things like Brexit (44%), employee recruitment costs (19%) and increasing levels of productivity (31%) which are more specific to our current climate.

It’s a challenging time. More than a third (37%) say this is the most turbulent period they have ever experienced. Plus many have pumped an average of £11,846.45 of their own money into their business.. 

But the good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom. There are great opportunities in store for those ready to embrace them. Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancements, hyper-connectivity and technology that could spell the end of late payments. Businesses of all sizes are also becoming more socially conscious, less