Even though I had been using Xero for my own practice for over a year and had taken Xero's certification class, I felt that I still needed more knowledge on the product.  I was looking for someone who could train me further, and quite possibly future customers as I moved forward with a Xero practice.

That is when I discovered Blue Circle Training.  Their class made it easy for me to pick up on conceptual gaps I had missed, or undiscovered shortcuts with Xero.  I was also great to take processing examples from my own practice and customer situations, and have them answered.  One of the challenging parts of bringing on a customer to any new platform is making sure you plan and anticipate the critical accounting processing areas.  That is why I chose Blue Circle to propel my Xero skills to the next level.

Jim McCarty, Fresh Look Financial              

Carol-Ann presents and trains in a very approachable style and listens closely. Her knowledge is evident in her delivery and always offers a suggestion in a way I never thought of.

The course was perfect and we finished a few minutes early.. great job-enjoyed it very much.

Carol-Ann helped me develop my presentation skills, to deliver a presentation that’s organized, effective and deliver it with confidence.

Carol-Ann has the ability to create a comfortable learning environment and is very clear in her delivery of presentations.

I took more than I had ever expected from Carol-Ann’s course.” She has tremendous experience and great time saving techniques, would highly recommend any of her courses to anyone.

Blue Circle Blog

Oct 31

Cloud Accounting Coast to Coast: A Canadian industry snapshot

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Saturday, October 31, 2015

"As a business helping SMBs make the switch to Xero - the beautiful accounting software, [we] can’t stop sharing the good news about the benefits of converting to cloud-based accounting in Canada."

We love the above image from CloudHub

"When SMBs convert from another accounting and payroll system to Xero, there is nothing to install, upgrades are free, multiple users can access an account in real time, Xero connects to many popular business apps available on the market, and Xero performs automatic backups and you can use it from any device.

Telecommunications firm Primus recently surveyed 300 decision makers about Embracing the Cloud. What they uncovered is that while roughly half of SMBs have started using cloud-based business solutions, only 27% use cloud-based finance & accounting and 26% use cloud-based human resources & payroll solutions. That’s interesting feedback for the Canadian cloud accounting industry!

Among those who 86% of those surveyed who use cloud-based services reported improved business processes and 94% see at least one benefit. (For accounting and finance the benefits are countless - and Xero keeps introducing new updates and upgrades to make it better and better!)

So what about the nearly 75 percent of Canadian SMBs who have not yet embraced Xero cloud-based accounting solutions? Why are they hesitating to use bookkeeping and payroll services for Canadian businesses in the cloud?

According to IT World Canada, security worries are a common concern and not many SMBs fully understand the potential offered by cloud-based services.

If you are wondering about the Canadian cloud accounting industry and what making the switch could do for your small business, Accounting Anywhere is ready to tell you what you need to know about Xero cloud accounting versus desktop software. Long story short: It’s secure, affordable (especially for multiple users!), and offers many accounting solutions with ease.

After a career with many years training businesses to use desktop software in Canada, Carol-Ann Brouwer, Global Trainer for XERO and CEO of Accounting Anywhere [and lead trainer for Blue Circle Training] realized that cloud accounting is a game changer for small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada. She can quickly bring you up to speed on the world’s most popular cloud-based accounting software!"

- from AccountingAnywhere.com, Blue Circle Training's partner organization.

Oct 21

Blue Circle Training, live from Xerocon!

Posted by Admin Robin at Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Anyone that knows anything about Xero knows that Xerocon is the place to be this September.  The first to be held in the US, Xerocon will be exploding in San Francisco this year, and Blue Circle Training will be on the ground and in the training rooms.

Besides meeting with the Xero community and other key members of Xero’s staff, the Blue Circle team (Carol-Ann Brouwer, Founder\Lead Trainer and Simon Gatto, Global Training Manager) will be onsite to promote their latest Xero training courses.  Designed with Xero’s customers in mind, Blue Circle has something for the most novice user to those customers wanting to master the application.

During the conference, Carol-Ann and Simon will be on hand to answer questions about Blue Circle Training, their training team, and anything else trending at the show.  With decades of combined training design and delivery experience, we’re sure to have something to talk about, so make sure you find us!

If you haven’t signed up for Xerocon already, be sure to do it soon while tickets are still available.  And don’t forget to visit us BlueCircleTraining.com for all the latest class offerings and upcoming events.

Oct 21

Xerocon- San Francisco –September 2013

Posted by Admin Robin at Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Blue Circle Training team recently attended Xero’s first ever U.S. conference in San Francisco, California for the very first “Xerocon”

What could one expect attending the first ever for the U.S?

Simon, Pat and I (Blue Circle Training Team) were all “welcomed” warmly at the Welcome event held September 4, 2013.

Buzzing with enthusiasm there was a real energy in room with not only Xero staff present, but Add On Partners from around the world, sharing experiences, ideas and of course a friendly family-like welcome. This was only the beginning!

The following day (September 4, 2013) was the actual conference. The day started with Founder Rod Drury speaking. Rod stated clearly that “Xero is changing how business is done” indeed! We can now all work whenever and wherever we want.

As we continued further through day, with many presentations, it became clear that Xero is committed to the U.S. market, not only in terms of growth in numbers but commitment to an even greater product for the U.S. market with the addition of Payroll to be released in the very near future. Xero’s commitment does not end there. Additional features to look forward to include;

-Even greater Report Customization including Report Packs for Accountants to create reports for all clients

-Purchase Orders and Quotes

-A lite Inventory management and adding pictures, tags to items

-Easy touch interface

-Training-to be expanded to include sessions for Reporting and Certification (self-paced).

After the “day session” wrapped up, it was off to the Gala Event and very well organized and a great overall atmosphere. Truly a first class event.

The most surprising thing for me was the overall feel of the conference. As Xero’s first ever U.S. conference, they just “get it” in terms of organizing the event, and it really felt like everyone was on the same page to go forward in business in a new way. As I looked around the room at the conference, it was clear, Xero has everyone’s attention for both innovation and what the future holds and how to do business in a new way.

Rod Drury (Founder) and Jamie Sutherland (U.S. President Operations) are extremely approachable. I had the opportunity to speak with Rod directly, it was very clear how supportive and enthusiastic that Rod is of “Blue Circe Training” delivering training around the world.

This is the feeling throughout Xero’s incredible staff, brimming with enthusiasm, excited to work with you and look forward to sharing your success. Xero has truly found exceptional staff and it’s very evident in all that they do.

Oh yes we can all learn a software program, but to use it in a new and exciting (convenient way) and how to do business different and more efficient without wasting a lot of time on the “stuff” is really what it’s all about. By stuff I mean what many of us are used to (downloads, backups, installs) in other words….the big time wasters, or should I say just plain annoying things.

The cloud indeed changes everything. I could keep going, but will save for my next blog.

Xero has truly done a fabulous job of the first ever event in the U.S.! The orgainizing team has much to be proud of. Xerocon 2014 …can’t wait!

Blue Cirlce Training, has indeed much to deliver to it’s future training sessions! We couldn’t be more excited and challenged as Xero continue to grow and expand, not only in the U.S. but around the world.

These are exciting time for Accountants, Bookkeepers and Customers. You just may want to get on the Xero bandwagon…or you may get left behind.

Stay tuned, much more to come from Blue Circle Training. Oh and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Linkedin and like us on Facebook.

Till next time,

Carol-Ann Brouwer


Blue Circle Training