Recognition for top small business advisors
22 Aug 2017
Passion and a dedication to helping small businesses succeed are what drives New Zealand’s top business advisors says online accounting software provider MYOB.
Each year MYOB recognises
leaders in the business advisory, accountancy and bookkeeping fields,
focusing on the innovations and online transformations that are
driving change in the industry.
This year’s winners were honoured for their service to New Zealand’s
small-to-medium sized enterprise sector at MYOB’s Partner Connect
event in Wellington on Saturday.
The prestigious ‘Partner of the Year’ award went to two-time winner
Debbie Vihi from Auckland-based Mobile Bookkeeping and
Training. Ms Vihi has been an MYOB partner since 2013 and is
counted amongst its top partners.
Her consultancy business has a growing client base across New
Zealand, Australia and Fiji from a variety of industries including
tradespeople, food manufactures, rental property investors, and IT
MYOB Head of Clients and Partners Ingrid Cronin-Knight announced the
award, complimenting Ms Vihi’s commitment to making business life
easier for SME owners.
“You only have to speak with some of her clients to truly understand
Debbie’s level of commitment to helping business owners succeed,” says
“Debbie has a deep connection to her local small business community.
She’s passionate about the ability of technology to help owners better
manage their operations, drive productivity and profitability.
“Debbie understands the huge benefits that come from working in the
cloud. She harnesses the power of the internet to help drive her own
business, and is an expert in helping others to get online and
Ms Vihi was honoured to receive the top award.
“I’m proud of the work my team does for our clients. There’s
something special about providing that bit of advice that helps solve
a client’s business problem and seeing them do well as a result,” she
“It’s great seeing all the new artificial intelligence and
machine-to-machine learning developments coming on stream.
“There is such a rich array of technological solutions out there to
help business owners with running their operations. We try to simplify
things to get the best outcome for our clients.”
MYOB’s ‘Online Partner of the Year’ award was presented to Joanne
Mankelow from Mankelow
Accounts, based in Maraetai on Auckland’s Pohutukawa Coast.
Her company offers a full range of business support services
covering accounting, payroll, HR, bookkeeping and marketing, and was
named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Partner Connect awards in
“Jo is a real go-getter,” says Ms Cronin-Knight.
“Her company has gone from strength to strength, and her clients
love her. She is extremely passionate about what she does and it shows
through how popular her business has become.”
Mankelow Accounts has grown to a company of seven employees and
opened a new office in Highland Park, Auckland last year to meet
increasing demand for their services.
“It’s great to see all the hard work and determination paying off,”
says Mrs Mankelow.
MYOB also awarded a number of ‘Newcomers of the Year’ awards at the
Mrs Boekhoff says winning the award was a “huge surprise” and a
great affirmation of her work with small and medium sized
“The MYOB team have been incredibly supportive since I became a
partner in 2016 and it has been so easy working with them to assist
our clients with their businesses,” says Mrs Boekhoff.
The MYOB Partner Connect dinner also celebrated the loyalty of their
partners, presenting six long-term service awards and honouring those
partners who achieved the top sales figures including:
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MYOB Group Ltd (ASX: MYO) is a leading cloud based business management solutions provider. It makes business life easier for approximately 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, job costing, inventory and more. MYOB provides ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and in 2015 was awarded the BRW award for the most innovative large company for 500+ employees and placed 2nd in BRW’s Most Innovative Companies Award list across all categories nationally. For more information, visit http://investors.myob.com.au/Investors or follow @MYOB on Twitter.