Why you should consider using Xero Cloud accounting

Words by Armstrong Watson Accountants Words by Armstrong Watson Accountants

The benefits of cloud accountancy packages have long been recognised but many business owners are still unsure. So why should you move your business accounting requirements from using traditional desktop software to a 'cloud' provider that is accessed via a web browser?

James Fry

James Fry

Armstrong Watson has spent the last 12 months reviewing the latest cloud accounting providers. After a great deal of research they were left in no doubt that Xero accounting software was the right product. Below are 10 reasons why Xero might be the right choice for you.

Accountant collaboration

With Xero, Armstrong Watson are able to work collaboratively with our clients on real time information and therefore give the best possible advice based on current information.

Automated direct bank feeds

Have your bank transactions fed straight into Xero and with bank rules you can reconcile your bank faster than ever before. Bank feeds are also available for credit cards and PayPal accounts.

Access Xero anytime & anywhere

As Xero works in The Cloud you can log into your accounts from any computer/tablet all over the world, subject to having an internet connection.

Fantastic iPhone app Xero Touch

Gives you even more flexibility to do your expense claims on the move. You can upload them to Xero there and then and throw away all those messy receipts. You can also check your debtors and give them a ring from your mobile.

Easy integration to many add-on partners

Whether it be time management, point of sale software, CRM software all with no upfront software purchases.


Xero's dashboard on login shows you all the important things you need to know, giving a snapshot of important financial information in an easy understand illustrative way.

Unlimited users

At no extra cost you can add as many users as you need from basic invoice entry to full software use.

Free comprehensive help

Xero offers a free email support team with call back options and has a great Xero community forum so if you post a support question it will be answered by any of the Xero partners.

No contracts

Just a simple low monthly payment that can be cancelled at any time.

Automatic back ups

You don’t have to worry about your computer crashing or taking manual back ups as Xero saves your work after every entry.

Armstrong Watson are Gold Certified Xero partners. This high accolade demonstrates the level of knowledge and understanding the firm has of the software, and tells business owners that they can be sure of their experience and expertise in making the switch to Xero.

James has been with Armstrong Watson since 2010. James qualified as ACCA in 2007 and also holds a degree in Business Economics from Queen Mary College. James manages a varied portfolio of clients. His role includes advising new start ups, supporting growing businesses and dealing with annual accounts, tax and management accounts. James takes a keen interest in accounting software developments and is enthusiastic about the growing use and benefits of Cloud Accounting.

Armstrong Watson will soon be holding a ‘Xero Roadshow’ in Leeds which will give local businesses the chance to see the software and its benefits first hand, and also allow them to ask any questions they may have. If you would like to know more about Xero or about attending the Roadshow please drop James an email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or give him a call on 0113 2211300.