Any business is the sum of it's history. Here's where we've come from.
We landed as individuals
We've all come from a background of small family businesses. We've grown up hearing our parent's stories around the dining table relating to staff, cashflow, growth, setbacks and more. They taught us what business could be and how to deal with people.
Sept '11: From the boot of a car driving around Wellington, we were as iif Chartered Accountants. Focused on ideas, innovation and figures, we were slowly picking up customers one-by-one.
Oct '11: Early on we realised that Xero was the future. They’ve played a special part in our journey – without them we wouldn’t have been able to scale as we have, nor provide the real time advice our customers need. Thank you Xero.
Convex (nearly) departs
Mar '12: Six months in we’d had total sales of $35,115. Turns out getting a start up off the ground was a little more difficult than anticipated. Things have changed more than a little since then.
Building a team
Nov '12: Eventually the customers came and the first employee joined the team, working from Hamish’s house. Sorry Lisa-Jean, things were a bit mickey-mouse back then.
Dec '12: We celebrate the signing our first lease…never mind the green walls, the air conditioning, or the meeting room with no soundproofing or windows.
Jun '15 – We were named finalists in the Accounting Partner of the Year category. While we didn’t win, we thought coming second out of all accountants in the country was pretty good.
Jun '16 – Named finalists in the Wellington Gold Awards (best in Wellington Business). While we didn’t take it out, the night was an acknowledgement of our team and a thank you to the customers who have helped us achieve.
Aug '16: The first of our quasi-annual work trips takes place, first up it was Sydney and surfing lessons. We find out after, one of the team can swim.
Jan '17: Studio Legal who we work collaboratively with was launched. Our common clients (and family relationship) means they play a special role in our business.
Second Office - Porirua!
May '17 – We opened our second office in Mana. Global domination commenced.
Jul '17: More team building, shopping, and controlled alcohol intake.
Trade Mark Troubles
Dec '17: Turns out international companies wielding trade mark threats over small NZ business is daunting. We negotiated a bump or two.
Jul '18: We welcomed Riann as a Director of the business. Riann is one of those amazing people in life who simply can’t be explained in a paragraph or two.
Jul '18 – We moved to our new home, where we’re not embarrassed of the meeting room. It’s a home we’re proud to share with Convex (nee Studio) Legal.
Aug '18: We rebranded from iif to Convex Accounting (and from Studio Legal to Convex Legal). We’ll always have ideas, innovation and figures at our heart, but to be honest iif was just a little bit of a mouthful. We’re also proud to share the name with Convex Legal.
Xero Award Winners
Aug '19 – We were named Advisory Partner of the year at the 2019 NZ Xero awards – bringing us out on top in the coaching/advisory field in NZ (and were a finalist in one other category). We had a collective hangover the next day.
Oct '19: Queen Charlotte Track, fishing and a lot of nothing. Rewarding the team for the hard work and exceptional results.
Nov '19: Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ recognise us as the leading emerging firm in NZ. They also recognise Riann as being one of the outstanding female leaders in NZ accounting firms. They're right, she is.
Mar '20: Like everyone else, Covid happens. Sales down, employees to pay, and every customer needing help all at once. Our team go above and beyond, our customers are happy and we get through.
Wellington Gold Awards Finalist 2020
Jul '20: Convex Accounting became a finalist in the Emerging Services Category, in the 20th anniversary of the Wellington Gold Awards
Xero Award Winners... again!
Feb'21 – We were named Small Accounting Firm of the year at the 2020 NZ Xero awards – we owe this to the collective effort of our amazing team over the 2020 year!
We've got plans to help more businesses, grow more exceptional team members, roll out more services and open in more places. Keep an eye out for more.