Accountex Summit North – the new, free-to-attend, one day accounting conference and exhibition coming to Manchester Central on 6 March next year, has confirmed its first raft of speakers.

Among them are representatives from Sage and Xero, plus profit improvement expert Mark Wickersham; Gordon Gilchrist and Ian Fletcher from 2020 Innovation; Ed Molyneux, CEO and founder of FreeAgent; James Ashford, founder of GoProposal and author of Selling To Serve; marketing consultant Amanda C Watts; Paul Shrimpling, MD of Remarkable Practice; Daniel Richards, head of sales at MyFirmsApp; and accountancy strategist Steve Pipe, founder and head of research at AVN.

Organiser Diversified Communications UK, which also runs the flagship Accountex event in London, says the summit is already attracting high levels of interest from senior accountants based across the Midlands and North of England.

They’re not the only ones getting firmly behind the launch.  Accountex Summit North has enjoyed strong industry and association support since its inception.  While the summit has adopted a different format from the established London event, it’s drawing on all its strengths – harnessing Diversified’s unique experience, connections and knowledge within the accountancy and finance profession.

“We’re very excited to bring the best of Accountex to accountancy professionals in the north,” says event director Zoe Lacey-Cooper.

“We’ve been working closely with influential players in the accounting profession to ensure that Accountex Summit North features the most up-to-date and relevant seminar content for them – focusing on the key opportunities and challenges facing the accountancy profession.

“In one day, our delegates will enjoy a full line-up of CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars, panel sessions, and interactive workshops.  They’ll take away real-time insights, tools and solutions, which will help them to continue to provide the best all-round accountancy service possible,” she says.

Highlights for attending delegates include a top line-up of industry-renowned speakers discussing a range of specialised topics in four dedicated theatres (including the Tech Theatre, How To Theatre, Future and Growth Theatre, and the Keynote auditorium).

Managing the changes and challenges of today’s working practices, and taking advantage of the new opportunities they present, is a key theme running throughout the day.

Confirmed sessions (to date) include Mark Wickersham on how to implement value-based pricing; James Ashford on his nine ‘must have’ strategies for growing monthly revenue; Amanda C Watts on her ‘relationship first’ approach to maximising sales and referrals; Paul Shrimpling on the benefits of being a more future-focussed ‘Business Growth Accountant’; Daniel Richards on how to simplify the growing Add-on App stack; Gordon Gilchrist and Ian Fletcher on how to become the ‘firm of the future’; Ed Molyneux on the rise of automation; and Steve Pipe – who’ll be presenting case studies based on the latest research behind his new book The world’s best accountancy practices.

“This is exactly what the northern powerhouse needs, an unmissable free conference focussing on the latest developments and issues facing the profession, with world class speakers, exhibitors and delegates all under one roof,” says Pipe.

“Our members – thousands of accountants across northern England – will benefit significantly from attending Accountex Summit North,” says Jason Hinkle, head of member networks at ACCA.  “I know they will receive first class insight into current and future issues from industry leaders, while also benefiting from the numerous networking opportunities the summit will present.”

That networking includes the opportunity for delegates to meet around 80 exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services, software and solutions.  BrightPay Payroll Software, Octopus Blue, CIS, Debt Recovery, Enterprise Tax Consultants and First Corporate Law Services were among the first names to sign up.  They’ve since been joined by Sage, Xero, OCREX, Rollpay Bureau, Premier Capital, Receipt Bank, Spotcap, Compleat Software and many more.

Accountex Summit North is free to attend for accountants only.  Places are limited, and all registrations will be verified and confirmed.  The full conference programme, including the option to pre-book Keynotes and seminars, will be available in the coming month.  To apply for a delegate ticket, please visit



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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, and Nailsworth.  Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Accountex Summit North (new for 2018); Accountex; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; British Tourism & Travel Show; Casual Dining; lunch!; Commercial Kitchen; GO! Organic Festival (new for 2018); Natural & Organic Products Europe; Nordic Organic Food Fair & Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmö, Sweden; GEO Business; Ocean Business; MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference; Euro Bus Expo; and Coach & Bus UK.  For more information, visit:

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital and print publications and television stations.  Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management.  Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 850 staff, across eight divisions in seven countries.  For more information, visit:


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