In a move to grow business in Queensland, Intuit has appointed its first Business Development Manager in the state, based in Brisbane.
Announcing the appointment of a former Brisbane business coach, Owen Howells, as the Business Development Manager, Intuit Australia Managing Director Nicolette Maury said the move into Queensland represented a “strategic in-market presence” to improve Intuit’s capacity to support local SMBs and their financial advisors across the state.
Howells coached accounting firms for three-and-a-half years before joining Intuit.
“This significant investment will enable us to introduce Queensland’s small business owners, accountants and bookkeepers to the power of cloud accounting. QuickBooks Online is a simple to use but powerful financial management offering that will help change their working lives so profoundly they won’t be able to imagine going back.”
To promote the huge benefits of SMBs being able to access and manage their finances from anywhere on any device, Maury said Intuit is running an eight week regional advertising campaign, using the theme ‘Seriously easy online accounting for small businesses’.
In addition, startups across Queensland will benefit from Intuit’s ongoing support of Startup Weekend Australia events that provide local entrepreneurs with the skills, tools, connections and inspiration they need to be successful.
According to Maury, Sunshine Coast accounting firm CTB Accounting has recognised the synergies of working in partnership with Intuit for the sustained and long term growth of its business - understanding the value cloud accounting can provide, CTB has already purchased 1,000 QuickBooks Online subscriptions for its clients.
“We’ve been building a great reputation here in Australia over the past year and a recent study we undertook on the functionality of Xero and QuickBooks Online proves we are the preferred option for small businesses in this market, with twice as many Australian small business owners and employees (who had never used either product before) preferring QuickBooks Online.”
Maury said Intuit also has a rapidly growing partner ecosystem including Queensland-based partners Fathom, KeyPay and ServiceM8 and is dedicated to working with quality developers both in Australia and overseas to help bring best in breed solutions to local SMBs and their accounting partners.
“Our move into Queensland marks an exciting start to 2015. It continues the trend of explosive growth we have experienced over the past 12 months, thanks to increased awareness of QuickBooks Online and our continuing investment in support, sales, training and marketing.”
To find out more, accounting professionals and bookkeepers can call 1800 618 521 or visit www.intuit.com.au. Small business can also visit the website.