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Podcast Library: Accounting Industry Insights with Mark Holton

The business of accounting is constantly changing with evolving cloud technologies and process reengineering by the Government to simplify compliance processing. Accounting practices are facing increased challenges to successfully compete in the marketplace and deliver improved value added services to business owners. To meet these challenges, practices need to assess are they in fact ready to offer a suite of powerful services. This podcast is for you if you are looking to hear what is happening in the accounting industry with Mark's experience and wide network sharing their knowledge with you.

Episode 28

Transforming Accounting: Building a Sustainable and Relevant Practice


Listen to Mark’s recent podcast, where he is joined by Sonia Gibson, Director at Accounting Heart Chartered Accountants. Explore the journey of sustainable accounting with insights on why it’s crucial in today’s evolving landscape. From addressing gender pay gaps to embracing innovation, discover the mindset shifts, skills, and practices needed for a contemporary and resilient accounting future.

Episode 27

Unlocking Business Success: A Conversation with Smith Thornton's Business Advisory Expert


Mark delves into the fascinating world of business advisory and the Strategy 360 Program with our guest, Jenna van Nierop from Smith Thornton. Join us as we explore the journey of creating a Business Advisory division. We also discuss the key steps business owners should take to gain a deeper understanding of their business performance. Jenna is the Access Group’s Young Gun of the Year for 2022 and has some valuable insights and behind-the-scenes stories you won’t want to miss!

Episode 26

Four Decades of Financial Insight: A Conversation with Cornish Accounting Solutions


Join Mark for an enlightening podcast session as he sits down with Paul Miller, Cornish Accounting Solutions’ founder, to explore the lessons learned from 40 years in the financial profession. Discover the secrets to building lasting client relationships, staying motivated, overcoming challenges, and the tech tools that have transformed their journey. Plus, get a sneak peek into what’s on the horizon for Cornish Accounting Solutions. Don’t miss this seasoned perspective on finance and business success!

Episode 25

The Future-Ready Accountant


Tune in to Mark’s latest podcast episode as we dive into the dynamic world of accounting and business advisory with Scott Monotti of Bstar. Discover how Bstar’s automated solutions are reshaping the industry landscape, and explore key trends Scott is seeing with Bstar’s Alliance Partners. Uncover the essential success factors for tomorrow’s accounting practices, from automation and staff dynamics to succession planning. Join us for actionable insights that will help you elevate fees, profitability, staff engagement, practice value and become a future-ready accountant. Don’t miss this episode packed with valuable strategies and expert advice.

Episode 24

From Crunching Numbers to Driving Innovation


Join Mark in this insightful episode as he sits down with Tom Bilton, Head of Advisory for Fathom in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific. Discover the fascinating journey of Tom’s career change from being an accountant to venturing into the world of accounting technology. Explore the pivotal role of culture and innovation in shaping the future of accounting, and delve into Tom’s passion for empowering accountants to harness technology to its full potential. Tune in for an engaging conversation that will leave you inspired about the transformative power of technology in the accounting industry.

Episode 24

Empowering Your Accounting Journey: Boundaries, Technology, Apps, and Life Lessons


Join Mark in this engaging episode as he delves into the world of accounting, technology, and personal growth with Heather Smith of ANISE Consulting. Heather is a renowned expert in the field, and shares invaluable insights and practical tips on creating boundaries, selecting accounting technology solutions, discovering hidden gem apps, exploring app advisory, impactful book recommendations, and fostering daily habits for success. Tune in to gain valuable knowledge and elevate your accounting game to new heights!

Episode 23

Exploring Advisory Services: Success, Challenges, and Scalability


Mark caught up with Lynda Steffens, Accountant Coach, and chatted about unpacking the concept of advisory services. We discuss its meaning, the reasons behind the varying levels of success among accountants, the importance of effective communication with clients, and the potential scalability of advisory services. Join us for an insightful episode that delves into the intricacies of advisory services.

Episode 22

Turning numbers into knowledge


For Mark’s latest podcast, he speaks to Theo Mitsinikos from Dashboard Insights to talk about how accounting firms can become empowered, efficient, and operationally adept when helping clients create incredible businesses. Theo shares how accounting firms can use data-driven data to really drive successful business advisory services. 

Episode 21

Being a young woman in the accounting industry


In Mark’s latest podcast episode Brianna Sheppard, Senior Accountant at ALA Partners shares her experience and perspective of being a female in the world of accounting and business. Brianna gave a fantastic speech at our 2022 Young Guns Workshop on this very topic and he wanted her to share more on the podcast. We talk about Brianna’s journey into leadership, balancing her personal life and career, and how that speech came about.

Episode 20

A Young Guns perspective of the current accounting industry and challenges


This month Mark sat down with one of the young guns who attended the Smithink Young Guns Workshop in 2022, Ashreen Lochan from Generate Accounting in New Zealand. Ashreen is an Accounting graduate and a member of CPA Australia as well as on the Women in Business Committee for CPA in NZ. She is also a mentor for the University of Auckland’s Business Women’s Mentoring Programme. We talked about how she is helping out businesses with the current economic challenges as well as the current trends and signs of business performance in New Zealand and many other things.