Testimonials

Your wing-man to save you time and tax.


Sidekick are Xero Accountants, offering a fixed price accounting service to ensure that you’re ahead of the game with your accounts.

The Sidekick team in Timaru is the best support a business owner could have.
They always make time and go out of their way to assist you.
Very pleased they were recommended to me.

Jane Staley
The Greedy Cow

When we were in the process of purchasing our business 12 months ago, James from Sidekick Timaru was recommended to us by a colleague. We knew it was important to have an accountant that you got along with and could build a business relationship with, so we arranged a meeting. We knew straight away that James was a great fit and exactly what we were looking for in an accountant. James helped us immensely with the entire process and 12 months later he is still helping us tackle our goals and putting plans or strategies in place to enable us to achieve those goals, he also holds us accountable which is exactly what we need especially when life and work gets busy. We have had great experiences with the rest of the team at Sidekick too, always a friendly face when you walk in the office or quick replies to emails, we honestly feel we wouldn’t have got through our first year in business without Sidekick.

Karl & Hannah Johnson
Duncan Engineering

Falling into business with not much business background meant I had a limited understanding of accounting. You do not really know what you need, and you trust them (accountant’s) to do what is best for you. I am a pretty simple bloke. With our small cashflow business, large lump sums throughout the year make it challenging to manage especially with a growing mindset. When I was talking to an old work mate one day, he posed the question. “You might not be looking for a change but why don’t you hear how James runs his ship?” So, I did. I am always open to learning and how others have adapted to provide better services over time. The team has great open communication, monthly payments, proactive approach to available resources and a ‘seek to understand approach’. Change is not for everyone, but it is for those who are open to adapting. I now feel like I have ‘that relationship’ with my accountant.

Peter Wardle
PG Wardle Limted

Sidekick was a bit of a saviour for the Fairlie Golf Club. At a time when we needed a major overhaul to our accountancy operations, James and his team came to us and jumped on board with professionalism and enthusiasm. The dedication and personal touch that they have shown has been outstanding. They have visited us at our location multiple times. The team worked countless hours on a tight timeframe to complete our end of year financials. They also helped convert us to Xero software and offered us personalized training in the new system. Responses to emails are always prompt and questions are answered. Thoroughly impressed and highly recommend! Thanks for all you have done for us, Sidekick!

Lisa Forrester
Fairlie Golf Club

We find the team at Sidekick to be professional and trustworthy. We have enjoyed building professional relationship’s with James, Melissa, and Chloe. We have sought their help during the Covid-19 crisis and have found them a true asset to our business. They have been exceptional on all matters and could not fault them! We found them to be very fast and efficient during the end of the financial year. The team at the Bakehouse highly recommends Sidekick!

Sophia Osbourne
Fairlie Bakehouse

High Country Salmon is a family owned business; our staff are a part of our family and it is important to us that our professional experts are too. Sidekick is definitely on our Team; maintaining regular contact, offering tailored advice, supporting and challenging our ideas, and working closely to develop ongoing business continuity plans that maintain the character that proudly defines our unique farm. With the ability to provide integrated support through Sidekick Cloud and Sidekick HR, we are comfortable that we’re all on the same page and heading in the right direction.

Jeni Logan
High Country Salmon Limited

Not all superheroes wear capes, but the team at Sidekick Timaru do wear capes – they are our superheroes.
Finally an Accounting Firm that is there for the customer and puts the customers needs before their own. They are young, inspiring, productive, and available at any time. During “Lockdown” we had calls from Sidekick Timaru on what services were available to us and they followed up on every offer. We did not have to do a thing, the Team at Sidekick Timaru did it all for us.
The Sidekick Timaru team run web seminars and “classroom” training. The newsletters are informative. Emails and phone calls are answered immediately. The Sidekick Timaru office is welcoming, relaxed but very productive. The Team at Sidekick Timaru are engaging and knowledgeable. We the owners of South Canterbury Hydraulics Ltd, highly recommend Sidekick Timaru.

Pete Berry and Ben O'Brien
South Canterbury Hydraulics Limited

From attending a Sidekick workshop, I now have a better understanding of where I can actually add value to my company and how it compliments other skills.

The workshop had a great conversational approach and collaboration between everyone there. It was very informative, concise and relevant.

I felt that I got a great understanding of the different elements in my business. It allowed me to see where my strengths fit, and it helps you create strategies to achieve goals.

I would highly recommend the Sidekick Workshops, as they are so informative and benefit people at all levels of business.

Heather Hotchkiss

Constantly blown away by the level of service offered by Sidekick Rangiora. These guys take a real hands on and advisory approach to their clients and demonstrate a true vested interest.

Robert Vallentine

We have loved working with the team at Sidekick – both personally and for the benefit of our business. We have received personal and exceptional support from Megan and her team. With Sidekick, we have had our biggest year, gone through loss, growth, payroll changes, a house purchase and a bank change. Their service is professional and thorough. The fact that they are experts in Xero has been hugely helpful – for the odd silly question as well as a deeper look into our accounts. We feel privileged to have such a big-hearted and skilled team on our side. Cheers, Sidekick!

Indigo Greenlaw

MRC Trust has been using Sidekick’s services for the past 18 months. It is a business filled with professionals that are easy to work with. Working with the staff at Sidekick is more like a partnership than a supplier/customer situation. The folk at Sidekick have not only been there to answer my questions but have also taken the time to help me grow my knowledge of the account work I am doing. My role is a sole charge role therefore it can be difficult to take leave without getting behind with the accounts. The team at Sidekick have backed MRC up seamlessly in my absence. Ours is a complicated business and Sidekick have taken the time to understand and supply support for all our accounting needs.

Mandy Mitchell
MRC Trust

We have been very happy with Sidekick supporting us in our business. They are there for us, reply to our emails – sometimes when they are urgent outside of business hours – like the time we had a workplace incident and required information.

They are actively interested in and assist us with our business and its needs and succession planning. We felt heard and valued.

We find the fees very reasonable and they provide ongoing support and training with Xero throughout the year to help us maximise our experience and input.

Warren & Erena Oliver
Lift N Shift Marlborough Limited

I have attended a couple of Sidekick’s seminars and have found them to be very informative and helpful. The first seminar that I attended was held towards the end of last year as a mini conference – “Ladies behind Tradies” including six guest speakers ranging from discussions on work life balance, finance, HR, law to marketing. A range of speakers to keep the evening moving along with a good mix of subjects covered. The more recent event that I attended was a session on “7 Ways To Build your Business” held at Bayleys office. This was a very interactive session run by Ric Thorpe. It was very thought provoking and helpful to attend. If you are looking at working in and on your business, I would recommend that you consider attending these events. Great networking opportunity as well as learning at the same time.

Jackie Herkt
Bayleys

The team at Sidekick Rangiora are amazing and make everything a breeze. They answer my emails promptly and provide great service (something I didn’t have from my prior accountant). I love that I can also pay monthly rather than a huge bill at the end of the financial year. Would highly recommend to anyone needing an accountant.

Raewyn Bishop

Sidekick in my opinion has changed the face of rural accounting and has taken “doing the numbers” to a whole new level. Having been with Sidekick for only 6 months, they have completely changed the way we do business – in such a positive, proactive way.

Their modern, fresh approach to not only accounting, but business planning, mentoring, forecasting, and succession planning is executed smoothly and professionally by a very friendly, well qualified and helpful team dedicated to providing a great service. Among the positives, being a Xero based accountancy firm, meaning our own Xero program got a real super-tune, with the addition of Hubdoc, Paysauce, and Figured- all easy and accessible add-ons though any Xero subscription which has made day to day office life for us so much easier.

Being able to continue our meetings via online sessions has been another big benefit especially in these trying times with COVID-19. Very happy to have made to choice to come across to Sidekick and look forward to working closely with Richard, Kirsty, and the team in the future.

Could not recommend them enough!

Josh Rushton

Irricon Resource Solutions has completed their [COVID] Business Continuity Plan. It’s awesome to have a plan when it seems there aren’t any plans anymore, with the impact of Covid-19. The whole Sidekick team is providing excellent support to Irricon, during this time when we need it most.

Haidee McCabe
Irricon Resource Solutions

In its 50 plus years, Edgeworth Farm has grown to nearly 500ha. Agronomic management had grown
with it but financial management was stale and needed a kick along, no longer just being a tax
accountant was acceptable so here entered Richard, Kirsty and the team not only could they kick,
after all it’s written on their cars, they weren’t afraid to either.

On the recommendation of my daughter, Richard Wheeler {Wheels}, Kirsty and the team sat down in
the farm office along with the directors. They outlined what was being offered: planning meetings,
budgeting, annual accounts, and liaising with the bank all at a very reasonable cost.

We liked what we saw so took a deep breath and moved all our work across to them, and a year on the
rest is history. Out with the old accounting software and in with Xero and Hubdoc. Statements are
now photographed or emailed to the hub where a push of a key completes the bi-monthly GST
return and then they lie in wait for the year-end commitments.

Richard and the team are young committed and enthusiastic, we’ve made a decision that will both
grow our business and theirs. We can now get on with farming and look forward to the 4 planning
meetings per year.

I unreservedly recommend Sidekick Rural to you.

Jeff White
Edgeworth Farm

We had a business planning session with Richard Wheeler via video link earlier in the week. With so much uncertainty in the world [during COVID] we really valued the flexibility of Sidekick Rural to do this without being face to face! The importance of looking forward and having plans in place for our business means we will be ready to push play when things get moving again. Richard is professional and personable and has a wealth of knowledge in this space. We are certainly happy we made the switch to Sidekick Rural!

 

 

Rebecca Dondertman
Valleyfield Pastoral Ltd

Since joining the team with Sidekick we have found a great level of service. It seems they are really interested in our business and offering advice to help us to grow and become better. As small business owners we are extremely busy doing what needs to be done for our clients and it sometimes takes a little reminding to do what needs to be done for our business.

Through quarterly business planning sessions to one-off get togethers to work through any issues we have, Sidekicks are always there and available to help. They will also connect you to other like-minded businesses who they feel may be of assistance. We may not be able to afford a board of trustees but Sidekicks are very much part of our team.

Toni May

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