Accountex focuses on education and enlightenment

Accountex focuses on education and enlightenment

In the second of our series, find out what you can look forward to at Accountex this year

Accountex focuses on education and enlightenment

The 2019 Accountex education programme is looking especially varied and vibrant.

In fact, visitors to the expo at ExCeL London on 1-2 May look set to witness an accounting and finance CPD hours bonanza.

There are more than 200 seminars in 12 auditoriums, covering all areas relevant to the profession.

Accounting Insight news editor Ian Moss has been helping portfolio event director Zoe Lacey Cooer to organise the sessions.

Unenviable job

He says: “The standard of applications to speak at Accountex is very high.

“The speaker steering committee has an incredibly difficult and unenviable job of picking out the final line-up.

“But we think we have arrived at a programme that will educate, inspire, inform and entertain.”

Given the buzz over Brexit and MTD, one of the big keynote draws for 2019 will be HMRC, which has four sessions over the two days.

Packed out auditoriums

The tax authority is yet to reveal the identity of its speakers but they will undoubtedly be delivering their presentations to packed out theatres.

The organisers of Accountex will be unveiling the keynote programme next week, but the rest of the programme is already online

To get you started on organising your visit to Accountex, here are EIGHT sessions that highlight the depth and breadth of the speaker programme.

  • Beyond Automation: Business Growth Lesson from Down Under: Sam Allert, CEO of Reckon, shares insights to help keep your practice ahead of the curve in efficiency, productivity, and delivering value. He’ll explain what Australia’s leading bookkeepers and business advisory firms are doing in the face of increasing automation.
  • Cryptocurrency: The Basics You Need to Know to Help Your Clients: Aynsley Damery CEO of the Clarity Project, explains what a cryptocurrency is, how it’s traded, how you can use it, how it’s stored and the areas where you can help your clients who own cryptocurrency.
  • Gender Diversity in Accounting and Finance: Claire Harvey, managing director of Reed, observes that accountancy globally has seen a rise in women choosing finance as their future. She will discuss some of the ways women can break through that glass ceiling and offer her insights into how companies can achieve a more gender diverse boardroom.
  • How to Measure the Unmeasurable! Lucy Whittington, co-founder of Statzy, looks at how to easily measure what matters, set goals that help with growth and be in a position to ask valuable questions. Use your new know-how in your own practice and with clients as their adviser (or both).
  • Essential Exit and Succession Planning: Peter Rayney of Rayney Tax Consultants on dealing with key planning areas – handing down to the next generation, purchase of own shares, company sales and maximising entrepreneurs’ relief, and IHT business property relief issues.
  • The Two Ethels: How the Accountancy Profession Reacted to the Admission of Women: Helen Thornley, of the ATT, examines how women won the right to become chartered accountants. Starting with the experiences of two trailblazers and equal rights campaigners, Ethel Ayres Purdie, the first woman to join a professional accountancy body; and Ethel Watts, the first woman to qualify by examination to join the ICAEW, Helen will conclude by looking at how women are represented in the profession now.
  • Challenging HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes: What You Need to Know: Dave Jennings, tax investigations and employment tax director at Qubic Tax, explores HMRC’s powers during tax investigations and taxpayers’ rights, including information powers, issuing assessments and penalties, as well as other key considerations such as time limits, burden of proof, processes for obtaining a closure notice and routes to appeal.
  • How to Keep Your Data Safe in the Cloud: Brendan Woods, CEO of AutoEntry, asks how can accountants do more to keep their data safe when using the cloud and following the introduction of the EU GDPR? From encryption to data location and access control, what security standards should accountants be looking for? What questions should be they asking their cloud service providers before adopting a new solution?

Accountex takes place at London ExCeL on 1-2 May.  Attending is free if visitors register in advance, or is £25 on the door. All Keynotes and seminars (in the show’s 12 theatres) are also free to attend, but are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Register for a free ticket to attend here.


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