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Accounting Apps Podcast| formerly Cloud Stories | Accounting Technology

“Cloud Stories is the world’s coolest accounting podcast” A guy on the Internet told me this once, and I choose to believe him!

The Cloud Stories podcast explores how business solutions integrate with online accounting software (Xero, MYOB and or QBO), and can, in turn, automate processes and improve productivity and profitability. By sharing Cloud Stories from the community listeners gain insights into how small businesses and advisory services can thrive in a brave new world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robots.

Over the years, Heather Smith has interviewed Accountants • Bookkeepers • Business Consultants • Cloud Advisors • Cloud Integrators • Developers • Small Business Owners • and Solution Providers • who have generously shared their own Cloud Story on the popular podcast.

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May 24, 2023

Interview with Graeme Tennick, Chief Impact Officer of Tennick Accountants 

  • πŸ“‹πŸ† The process of applying for the Xero UK awards.

  • πŸŽ–οΈπŸš€ Accountants Bootcamp is all about pushing boundaries.

  • πŸ‘πŸ† Every stage of entering an award is worthy.

  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Aussies pushing boundaries in the accounting profession.

  • πŸ₯‡πŸ’ͺ Competition in the North of England.

  • πŸ—ΊοΈ What the northeast is like in the UK.

  • πŸ“£πŸ“ˆ Self-promotion and marketing.

  • πŸ”πŸ€” Exploring your greatest passion?

  • πŸ”„πŸ’» Transitioning from a manual to a cloud-based model.

  • πŸ†πŸ₯‡ Proudest achievement of last year.

  • πŸ€πŸ’» Approved software drunk, getting 50 licences in 2018.

  • πŸ˜πŸ’» Falling in love with the software.

  • πŸ“πŸ” The three-step approach to software implementation.

  • β°πŸ“… Time range for implementing the solution.

  • πŸ’»πŸš€ It’s all about the implementation.

  • πŸŽ“πŸ“š Lessons learned about implementations.

  • πŸ€πŸš€ We are hitting a buffer with accountants and technology, and how to overcome it.

  • πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Challenges for accountants in the software industry.

  • πŸŒ…πŸš€ Early Adopters Hub.

  • πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ What did you get out of BootCamp and what are you hoping to get from it?

  • 🀝πŸ‘₯ Pushing boundaries with other progressive firms.

  • 🌟🀲 Taking the leap of faith.

  • 🀝πŸ‘₯ The importance of collaboration.

  • πŸ†πŸ“š We either win or we learn.

I am thrilled to bring you the third interview in our series of interviews from the Accountants BootCamp. If you haven't already, I highly recommend you check out our previous two episodes and subscribe to the podcast to hear the upcoming interview with the inspiring Paul Dunn.


At the re:Boot event, we were fortunate enough to have attendees and speakers from the original Accountants BootCamp in the 1990s, including industry legend Paul Dunn himself. Led by Dunn and Aynsley Damery, CEO of Clarity, the three-day workshop focused on delivering repeatable, scalable services that benefit both the firm and the client. Many attendees used Clarity's software platform to assist in delivering these services. And in case you missed it, Aynsley Damery joined me on a previous episode of Cloud Stories in May 2021, where we discussed 'How to double your clients profits in 5 easy steps.' 


Before I introduce today's interview, I want to remind you of some ways to stay up-to-date with the accounting apps space. You can join the Xero Mastermind Facebook group, subscribe to the Accounting Apps newsletter at, and subscribe to the Cloud Stories podcast. Also, connect with me on LinkedIn.


Now, let's get into today's episode. I am joined by Graeme Tennick, Chief Impact Officer of Tennick Accountants. Tennick Accountants recently won the Small Firm of the Year at the Xero UK and Ireland Awards, and a week later, travelled 30 hours to attend the BootCamp. This just shows the calibre of people in attendance at the event.


So without further ado, let's dive into the interview and hear from Graeme about his work at Tennick Accountants and his experience at the BootCamp.


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