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EXPERT cloud accounting professional Becki Roberts has been promoted to senior manager at UHY Hacker Young and will also lead the firm’s UK-wide cloud accounting team from the group’s Nottingham office.

In her new role, Becki – who joined UHY Nottingham in 2018 – will co-ordinate the team across the firm’s 19 offices and head up delivery of the group’s digital change programme, which regularly meets, both virtually and face to face, to enable national sharing of information.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many more businesses have been switching to cloud accounting due to social distancing and remote working, particularly during the lockdown period. Becki has assisted numerous clients to select and implement cloud accounting systems tailored to their specific needs and aims.

Becki, who has specialised in cloud accounting throughout her career, said: “I joined UHY as I wanted to help drive the firm’s cloud-based offering forward, so being promoted to head of the National Cloud Group is a special moment in my career. Cloud-based accounting is a really exciting part of what UHY offers currently and it’s a real opportunity for us to help clients improve business efficiency and performance.

“More companies are starting to use the cloud and we’ve certainly seen an increase in interest from clients during the UK-wide lockdown, with thousands of businesses across the region being forced to work from home. Now, more than ever, it’s vital for clients to have up to date information and being able to access this remotely is a real gamechanger. There’s so much uncertainty at the moment so being able to see finances in real time is important when it comes to making pivotal decisions.”

UHY has recently received national platinum status with cloud accounting provider Xero as part of its ongoing commitment to assisting clients using cloud-based technology.

Becki said: “Xero is completely changing the way accounting records are kept. For years, they’ve been saved on software packages that are put on individual desktops and laptops, meaning they can only be retrieved by the person who has access to that certain piece of equipment.

“However, Xero puts these accounting records into the cloud – meaning they can be accessed remotely by different people and using different pieces of kits. It’s timesaving, puts a lot of flexibility into the process, and creates more efficient working.”

Colin Wright, chairman of the UHY Hacker Young Group, added: “Becki has worked tirelessly to grow her cloud accounting expertise since joining UHY Hacker Young and she is now best-placed to lead the team. Businesses are switching to cloud accounting at an ever-quickening pace and coronavirus has accelerated the trend. Becki has helped many of our clients make that transition seamlessly.

“As well as implementing cloud accounting systems, Becki has the knowledge and experience to help clients use data to make key decisions to their future growth. We get really good feedback from our clients on cloud accounting and with the appointment of Becki to this role, we will continue to focus on developing this area of our offering.”

UHY’s Nottingham office has also made a further three promotions in recent months. In the tax department, Hannah Kasem, Ian Wheat and Ben Bates have been promoted to supervisor, assistant manager and semi-senior respectively.

Andrew Timms, managing partner in UHY’s Nottingham office, said: “We are committed to growing and strengthening the business, and promoting talented people from within is a very important part of doing that. With this in mind, we’re delighted to have promoted Becki, Hannah, Ian and Ben, who have all worked their way up the ranks at UHY Nottingham. I am very pleased to congratulate them in achieving promotion and I am certain that each of them will excel in their new roles.”

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