About us

Who we are, what we do and how we started.

Who we are

At the heart of Xoba is our director James Fairhurst BSc ACA. He is a chartered accountant, registered with the ICAEW.

James has been providing Financial Services and business advice to small and medium sized businesses is the North West for the last 7 years. His background is in Accounts Production, Corporation Tax, VAT, Personal Tax Returns, Bookkeeping (Xero and QuickBooks) and Payroll.

James has worked with a variety of businesses such as Sole Traders, Partnerships, Limited Companies (from sole directorships all the way to large international groups), Academies, Contractors, Charities, Personal Service companies (IR35) and Landlords.

With experience in multiple industries and across various types of business, James is able to quickly gain an understanding of the needs of a business, helping to identify the requirements set by government and other services that may assist in decision making.

James is a Certified Xero and QuickBooks Advisor (and enthusiast!). Xero and QuickBooks are bookkeeping applications that exist in he cloud. By helping businesses transition on to these applications, James has been able streamline their accounting. It also helps them account for their transactions accurately, allowing them to gain real insight into the performance of their business, with ease.

His most notable accomplishment is that he has transitioned over 300 businesses in the North West on to Xero and QuickBooks with GREAT SUCCESS and provided long term support. 

What we do

Xoba is a Chartered Accountancy firm, registered with the ICAEW.

We provide a range of different financial services and advice for small and medium sized businesses in the North West.

Services include Year-end Accounts, Tax returns, VAT, Payroll and Bookkeeping. We also provide cash flow forecasts and management accounts, to name a few. For a full list of our services please click here.

 We help Sole Traders, Partnerships, Limited Companies, Academies, Contractors, Charities, Personal Service companies (IR35) and Landlords.

Xoba is at the forefront of cloud accounting and our advisors are Xero and QuickBooks certified. We have years of experience in cloud accounting, providing training and support.

Our main aim is to simply be as helpful as possible. With many businesses struggling due to the national lockdowns and needing to reduce costs, we provide an affordable alternative to larger (and expensive) accountancy firms, along with a more personable service.

How we started

Established in 2020 during the lockdown, Xoba is positioned to help businesses through lockdown and beyond.

We are a relatively small firm and intend to keep it that way. We keep our overheads low so that we can provide a top-tier service to local business, that doesn’t break the bank. Our new clients are often surprised at how much they can save by switching to us.

Xoba brings a fresh and exciting approach to the accountancy profession. We are here to simply be as helpful as possible and our service speaks for itself. The most common reason our clients give for coming to us (besides price) is that their current accountant is often unavailable and in many cases doesn’t seem interested in helping them. Xoba is here to build long lasting relationships with our clients. A dedicated account manager will be there to support you throughout and give you the advice you need, always.

We’re based in Preston, Lancashire, and whilst we’ve only just started, we’re here to make a big impression on the local business community. Follow us on social media to stay up to date!

"In these times its important for businesses to have the support they need from their accountant whilst at the same time keeping costs down. Xoba does just that, it allows us to deliver real value to our clients."

– James Fairhurst, Director

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