Welcome to Daily Insight, which today comes to you live from Day Two of Accountex 2018, the UK’s leading event for the accounting and finance profession.
But first, Day One. And a Big Tick all round.
- Visitor numbers were up by about 9 per cent.
- Exhibitors gave it a pretty much unanimous thumbs up.
- There were packed and insightful speaker sessions from the likes of Theresa Middleton of HMRC and Intuit QuickBook’s European MD Damon Allon.
- The Roundtable Hot Topic discussions on subjects including Women in Accountancy and millennials in the profession proved to be a big hit.
- The first British Accounting Marketing Awards, presented by Amanda C Watts, went down a treat. Prizes went to Alex Falcon, AV Cloud and Rand UK and the wow company.
- There were loads of new exhibitors in the 200-plus line-up, and all the ones I spoke to (and that’s well into double figures) gave super positive feedback. Paul Turnbull, solution specialist, at APtimise said that, even though the NatWest’s new accounts payable software arm, didn’t fit into the stereotypical exhibitor mould, he was loving being at the show and was enjoying the comments from potential clients. I also spoke with the bosses at smaller outfits such as Logical Office (stand 851), Aon (370), Senta (673) Cashplus (760), Campaign Master (760) and Spendesk in the Start-Up Zone. All of them were amazed by the quality of visitors to their stands and were blown away by the buzz and atmosphere.
- The show has a truly international appeal with visitors from the US, Australia and, oddly, the Netherlands. I chatted to a guy who had flown into London City on a plane with 150 accountants
- And, before this list gets too long, there was Pimm’s provided by Intuit QuickBooks, cocktails at Wolters Kluwer and gin and tonic from the guys at Futurli. Not that I tried them all.
Accountex Day Two again promises to be a great mix of all things accounting and finance.
- Keynote sessions from Xero’s Damon Anderson, ICAEW’s Caroline Miskin, and conference closing remarks from 2020 Innovations’ Gordon Gilchrist
- Hot Topic Roundtable discussions on women in accountancy, sole practitioners and millennials – the next generation of accounting!
- Panel discussions on blockchain in accountancy, the role of realtime advisory and which technology solutions are making the biggest impact on the industry
PLUS you can see what’s new and keep up to date with all the latest products and services, by meeting with over 200 leading suppliers.