I am so excited to finally be able to say that we are now in the 2020 financial year. I am being totally dorky but 2020 just sounds so cool to me…….people who have 2020 vision have perfect vision and in my mind – this financial year is going to be an amazing one. But as much as I am looking forward, the beginning of the financial year is also a great time to look back on the prior 12 months and my goodness, so many amazing things have been happening for us in the IQ office.
We have been blessed with success and received a fair amount of recognition within our industry this year. IQ Accountants were finalists in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards in the Accounting Services and Small Business Entrepreneur categories. Last August, I was named MYOB’s Accountant of the Year – and to say I was stunned would be an understatement. Paige has a video of my acceptance speech which is embarrassing to say the least as I was genuinely overwhelmed by the enormity of the award. I also received the honor of being named Partner of the Year (boutique firm) at the Australian Accounting Awards this year. I had made the mistake of googling the other finalists in my category the evening before and had apologized to my husband earlier in the day for making him come to Sydney for the awards evening and wasting his time! So again, shocked but thrilled. That win was particularly special as the Australian Accounting Awards are considered the most prestigious due to being the only national independent awards that recognise excellence across the entire accounting industry. Off the back of this, I am also lucky enough to be named as a finalist for Accountant of the Year and Small Business Adviser of the Year in the 2019 Women in Finance Awards and as Certified Consultant of the Year for MYOB’s 2019 partner awards program – both to be held in August.
You may have noticed that we no longer have a receptionist! Due to our ever changing internal workflow processes and dynamics, we found that our business had outgrown the traditional receptionist role and this has now been superseded by the Document coordinator position. Daniele has made this role her own and comes to us with an economics degree and past accounting and banking work experience. She hides a little behind the admin email address but will be the one to correspond with about any documentation issues and queries. We have also recently welcomed back Athena to the IQ team. Long term clients may remember Athena from around 12 years ago (!) when she worked as a training junior accountant who left to pursue a career in bookkeeping. She now returns to us as an extremely experienced accountant and bookkeeper with some additional commercial accounting experience under her belt. Athena will be working in the IQ Bookkeeping sector with a special interest in some additional services that we will be offering in the next 6 months. We also welcome Janet to the IQ team as a senior accountant. She has a wealth of knowledge and wonderful ability to practically apply her technical knowledge and explain things in an easy to understand manner to clients. Both Renae and I are thrilled to have her on board. Renae has now been a partner for a full 6 months and as predicted, it was like it has always been – she was well and truly pulling her weight and more as a super star employee and now I am relishing having her to lean on as my business partner.
We have some amazing things to roll out in the 2020 financial year and I am anxious to just get stuck into the year and get things happening. We are really looking forward to celebrating all of our clients success this financial year.