Any questions for Accountex 2018?

As it’s Accountex Eve (one sleep to go) I thought I’d revisit a QA I did with the event last week to give those who missed it a second chance to get the Accounting Insight News take on the goings on  at ExCeL  on 23-24 May.

But, first, here’s a little round-up of what the accounting media are making of the big show. Emma Smith, Accountancy Age editor, has done a great interview with Accountex event director Zoe Lacey Cooper.

Among other things, Zoe tells Emma: “Although we’ve had some great speakers in the past, I think we needed to step it up this year. “We’ve actually got over 50 brand new speakers on the programme – mainly focusing on actual case studies from accountants who are firstly good at speaking but who can also present quantifiable results about how they’ve improved their own practice. The consultants are great – they’ve got great advice – but to actually hear it from the people who have experienced it, breathed it – I think those sessions will be very popular.”

Trade-show freebies

Over at AccountingWeb Valme Claro has done an Accountex/Tech Insights Special, which gives an early idea of some of the product launches/innovations at this year’s show. Meanwhile, Richard Sergeant has taken a light-hearted look at one of his favourite topics, trade-show freebies (or swag).

Richard says: “Perhaps the best incarnation of cool swag is getting with the fintech vibe, and sharing wearable, cool brands.

“Whether that’s, in the immortal words of Practice Ignition’s Trent Mclaren “hoodies and snap backs” (that’s hats for grown up kids just in case you’re wondering), t-shirts, or the legendary GoCardless baseball jacket – wearing your start-up credentials with pride has a lot to say for the importance of brand, presentation and association.”

Anyway, enough of all that… here’s the Accountex QA.

What is Accountex?

It’s the UK’s biggest and busiest accountancy exhibition and conference.

Where and when… and how busy?

Over 7,000 attendees will visit London’s ExCeL on 23-24 May.

Who exactly?

Accountants, finance directors, accounts managers, tax professionals, heads of IT, bookkeepers, and sole practitioners (working in practice, industry, and the public sector) will all be there.

Doing what?

Checking out the latest products, tools, solutions, insights, and innovations on offer from 228 exhibiting companies (the show sold out last month).

Sounds good, any big names going along?

Absolutely! Among the pre-registered visitors (to date) are representatives from organisations as diverse as Alliance Healthcare, American Express, Aon, Asda, Asos, Aviva, BAE, Bank of England, Barnardo’s, Bourne Leisure, BP, BT, Burberry, Centrica, Chelsea Football Club, Christie’s, Citi, Compass Group, Department for Transport, DHL, EasyJet, Ford Motor Co, Greene King, Harrods, HMRC, HSBC, Informa, Intertek, Islington Council, Johnson & Johnson, Lloyds Bank, Merlin Entertainments, Metro Bank, Ministry of Justice, Morgan Stanley, New Look, NHS, Post Office, Reed Personnel, Sainsbury’s, Santander, Vodafone, Wells Fargo Bank, and Wickes.

OK, I get the idea… what about from the world of accounting?

Again…. absolutely! There will be loads of top names from leading practices: PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, BDO, RSM, Smith & Williamson, Moore Stephens, Mazars, PKF, Saffery Champness, Haines Watts, Crowe Clark Whitehill, UHY Hacker Young, MHA Macintyre Hudson, Kingston Smith, Menzies, TaxAssist Accountants, Buzzacott, Kreston Reeves, HW Fisher & Company, and haysmacintyre (23 of the top 25 firms listed in Accountancy Age’s Top 50+50 Survey for 2017.

Who’s running the show?

That’ll be Zoe Lacey-Cooper, event director.

And she says?

“From our speakers and exhibitors to the visitors themselves – the who’s who of the accountancy world will be at the show doing business.  With a record number of exhibitors and speakers now confirmed, plus visitors pre-registrations tracking ahead, we’re looking forward to a very busy and productive two days.”

Yes, but she’s probably a bit biased. What do other people think?

“Accountex is a gateway to technology, CPD and learning new trends.  It is highly informative and each year we get to learn so much,” says Aurangzaib Chawla, partner & financial accountant at Lanop Accountants.

Any one else?

Yes. “Accountex is an excellent opportunity to find out what is happening, what others are doing and what’s in the market to support accountants and make them more profitable,” says Yvonne Harper, finance director at Campbell Dallas LLP.

Is that it?

Absolutely not! “Accountex has become the centre of the accounting year, with everyone coming together to research what’s changing and advertise what they’ve built to help with those changes.  In other words, if you’re not there then you’ll not keep up!” says Alex Weddell, founder and director of Next Gen Bookkeepers.

So is there anything else on offer?

Absolutely! There are 280 speaker sessions in 20 theatres.

Crikey… that’s a lot. Can you give me any examples please?

Sure. With 280 CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars and workshops running across 20 theatres over two days, Accountex visitors will be able to enjoy  and learn with great content from some of the industry’s most inspiring thought-leaders.  High-profile names from Sage, Intuit QuickBooks, Xero, Wolters Kluwer, IRIS Group, TaxCalc, Compleat Software, FreeAgent, FUTRLI, MyFirmsApp, ICAEW, ICPA, and ACCA are preparing to share their expertise.  As are 50 new speakers for 2018, including representatives from HMRC, HSBC, IFA, ICB, CABA, CiPP, Accodex, and many more. Other new additions include the introduction of a second Keynote Theatre, Hot Topic Roundtables, and the British Accountancy Marketing Awards ceremony.

Don’t be modest…. What would you say are the highlights?

Oh, go on then….. here’s a few:

  • Theresa Middleton, director – Making Tax Digital for Business at HMRC
  • Heather Elliot, agent portfolio lead on Making Tax Digital for Business at HMRC
  • Paul Aplin OBE, incoming president of the ICAEW
  • Richard Bearman, head of small business UK at HSBC Bank
  • Justin Urquhart Stewart, co-founder of Seven Investment Management
  • Heather Townsend, author and founder of The Accountants Millionaire’s Club
  • Brad Burton –the UK’s #1 motivational business speaker
  • Adrian Sproston, director, accountants division at Sage
  • Dominic Allon, VP Europe at Intuit QuickBooks
  • Damon Anderson, director of partner & product at Xero
  • Samantha Mann, senior policy & research officer at Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
  • Paul Turnbull, APtimise solution specialist at NatWest Aptimise
  • Caroline Plumb OBE, CEO of Fluidly
  • Amanda C. Watts, MD of TwentyTwo Agency
  • Carl Reader, owner of D&T Chartered Accountants
  • Anne Davies, head of regulation and policy at IFA
  • Shane Lukas, MD of AVN
  • Nichola Ross Martin, founder of
  • Kath Haines, chief executive of CABA
  • Warren Cass, founder of Practice Advantage
  • Glenn Collins, head of technical advisory at ACCA
  • Wendy Rowe, head of commercial at Wolters Kluwer
  • Amal Mashru, wealth management consultant at Mattioli Woods
  • Lyn Bromley, MD of First Impressions Training
  • Alex Martin, corporate business consultant at Premiere Capital
  • Della Hudson, business consultant at Hudson Business Advice
  • Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers
  • Bobby Chadha, senior manager – product innovation at Deloitte UK
  • Archna Tharani, director of Oculus Accountancy

Thanks very much for all the info.

You’re welcome.

PS. Got any spare tickets?

Sure. They’re free…. just book-in here!



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