Accountex has reported a record turnout for another successive year.  The industry-defining event – the biggest in the UK for the accountancy and finance profession – welcomed 7,021 attendees (a 7% increase for 2017) to London ExCeL over 10-11 May.

The who’s who of visitors to Accountex 2017 included many of the country’s top accountants, finance directors, accounts managers, tax professionals, heads of IT, bookkeepers, and sole practitioners (working in practice, industry, and the public sector).  For them, it’s the “must attend” event for discovering the best new products, tools, solutions, insights, and innovations of the year.

Among them were representatives from organisations as diverse as Alexander Dennis, Alliance Healthcare, Burberry, Centrica, Christie’s, Defra, DHL, Emirates, Fox Networks Group, The Gap, HMRC, Liberty Global, NatWest, NHS, Ministry of Justice, Paragon Group, Post Office, Royal Academy of Arts, The Bank of England, and Transport for London.  Plus senior names from PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton UK, BDO, Smith & Williamson, Moore Stephens, and Mazars (nine of the top ten firms listed in Accountancy Age’s Top 50+50 Survey for 2016[1]).

As in previous years, visitors based across the south of England were by far the London show’s biggest audience.  Given the tens of thousands of accountants that are based across the Midlands, North of England and Wales, Scotland and ROI – many of which are unable to attend Accountex due to travel considerations – Diversified UK recently announced the launch of Accountex Summit North.

The free-to-attend, one day conference will take place at Manchester Central on 6 March 2018.  By offering the same high profile content as Accountex, in a more accessible location, it aims to fill a significant gap – and a real need – for a dynamic regional event for these important accountancy professionals.

For further information, and to register to attend, please visit www.accountexsummitnorth.co.uk/register.

Fantastic, brilliant, inspiring…

Significantly, the strong footfall for 2017 has been backed by glowing testimonials from across the show floor.  Fantastic, brilliant, inspiring, informative, relevant, recommended, worthwhile, and enjoyable are just some of the words attendees have used to describe the show so far.

“Accountex is a fantastic way of putting your finger on the pulse of the profession,” says Rob Whitehead, partner at Jolliffe Cork.

“It was like being in an all-you-can-eat buffet that served all your favourite foods!” says George Waore, accountant at Integrity Recruitment Consultancy.

“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.  Great food for thought and assistance to plan our strategy for the next couple of years,” says Yvonne Harper, finance director at Campbell Dallas LLP.

“Accountex set us up to plan the next 12 months of training and administrative improvements to our processes.  The value we get from attending is practice-wide.  So much so that we close the office so the entire workforce can benefit from the seminars and fantastic products on offer!” says Ellie Farrell, Charles Black Associates.

“Best Accountex yet!  Great people, great suppliers, the atmosphere was brilliant and the keynotes were fantastic!” says Steven Briginshaw, founder of Endgame Success (and a former chartered accountant).

Accountex will return to London ExCeL next year on 23-24 May.

For further information about the 2017 show – including its 200 exhibiting companies and conference sessions – the online Show Guide is still available to view at www.accountex.co.uk/accountex-show-guide.

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[1] Source: www.accountancyage.com/static/top50-this-year

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