2016 will be remembered fondly by Jonathan Fox. Although it began on the back foot.
Limping into the new year with a broken leg caused by a paragliding accident, it would have been hard for Jonathan to believe the next twelve months would yield his engagement and wedding, a nationally acclaimed award for his wife (supplier and client), and the acquisition of his cloud services business Flying Fox IT.
But in February, love and accounting came together in more ways than one. Jonathan proposed to his bookkeeper, client, silver Xero partner and true love Emma on Valentine’s day. She said yes. That same month, Emma’s company Fresh Financials won accounting software company Xero’s 2016 UK Bookkeeper of the Year Award.
Just six months later, Jonathan was approached by Dan Fairbairn from cloud services company Waypoint in Australia. With his eye on the UK small business market, Dan proposed Waypoint acquire Flying Fox IT. Jonathan would head Waypoint UK as Managing Director.
Jonathan and Emma had a lot to celebrate when they married in October.
But whilst Jonathan’s life, love and career are now firmly entrenched in the accounting world, it hasn’t always been that way.
“Getting excited about accounting has never been a major part of my personality,” says Jonathan. When Emma asked him to attend the Xerocon accounting conference with her in 2013, he hesitated.
“I was very impressed with Xero. I had moved to it from a clunky desktop program that year and yes, that transfer went very smoothly and yes, I now understood my accounts better than ever before, but an accounting conference, seriously?!”
But Jonathan had a lightbulb moment during the two day event.
“My mind was buzzing about how Xero could resolve so many IT headaches for so many people,” he says. “I started in IT support 24 years ago and the amount of frustrating and expensive problems caused by desktop accounting software makes my head hurt just thinking about it. Xero is the answer. It is the better way of doing it and it is only going to get better and better.”
Jonathan decided to change the direction of his business and focus purely on helping people to move to the cloud. In 2016, Flying Fox IT became a Xero Certified cloud services provider.
When Jonathan caught up with Dan last year following Xerocon 2016 in the UK, they discovered quickly they were on the same page. Having worked together remotely in the past, the conversation moved fast to the opportunities ahead.
“We talked about all the opportunities that are out there for businesses to leverage the power of Xero and the Add-ons that are available to them,” says Jonathan. “Those conversations quickly expanded to a ‘what if’ scenario. What if we launched Waypoint in the UK. What if we could take the skills, knowledge and experience in Australia and apply it to the UK market.”
Dan and Jonathan announced the acquisition this month.
“Jonathan and Flying Fox IT embody the skills, the passion and the values at the core of Waypoint,” says Dan. “This acquisition means we can leverage our success in Australia and hit the ground running in the UK.”
Jonathan is excited about the future.
“Today I’m proud to stand here as the Managing Director of Waypoint UK,” Jonathan says, “because with our skills, knowledge and experience, and the countless implementations and various Xero Add-ons available to our customers, we have the opportunity to do something very special for small businesses in the UK.”
For business owners and trusted advisors who are as excited as Jonathan about these opportunities, get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with him on Twitter @Ocius_Jonathan.