Tuesday 6 March marks the start of Accountex Summit North – the industry’s new one day accounting conference and exhibition for senior accountants and finance professionals based across the Midlands and North of England.

With all places now booked, over 800 delegates (working in business and practice) will be heading to Manchester Central to discover the best choice of new products, tools, software and solutions from 80 leading exhibitors (including event sponsors Inuit QuickBooks, Xero and Sage).  While the Summit’s raft of expert speakers with provide major pointers on how to prepare for the key changes, challenges and opportunities ahead.

Among the attendees will be representatives from organisations as diverse as HMRC, ITV, Telefonica UK, Ginsters, Aon, Bettys & Taylors Group, Elior UK, Lookers, Co-operative Bank, DHL, FirstGroup, AstraZeneca, Morrisons, Virgin Media, the NHS, University of Liverpool, Network Rail, The Guinness Partnership, Defra, and DCLG – Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  Plus senior names from leading practices: Moore Stephens, Haines Watts, Crowe Clark Whitehill, BDO, Cowgill Holloway, Dains, French Duncan, Beever and Struthers, Jackson Stephen, Bulley Davey, Lamont Pridmore, Garbutt & Elliott, Duff & Phelps, and Jolliffe Cork.

Exhibitor highlights

The following is just a taste of some of the innovations on show at Accountex Summit North:

TaxCalc is showcasing its latest Accounts Production enhancements and new software Bundle – The TaxCalc Practice Collection.  With 8,000 customers, TaxCalc’s suite of Accounts Production, Tax, Practice Management and more, is multi-award winning, integrated and yet extremely affordable.  Learn how twelve years of innovations like SimpleStep®, Check & Finish, and CloudConnect, make life easier (pod 30).

Xero is introducing its new time and cost management tool – Xero Projects.  As well as showcasing new functionality within Xero Expenses (pod 52).

MyFirmsApp, developers of the largest global custom App platform in the world for accountants, has launched OneApp, a next generation, future proofed App platform.  The OneApp platform goes above and beyond to deliver Apps in line with the growing expectations users have.  Daniel Richards will present ‘Bringing the best of the Add-ons together to strengthen your client relationship’ at 11.45am in the Tech Theatre (pod 8).

Hubdoc is unveiling 50 new connections to vendors across the UK.  Hubdoc automatically fetches financial documents from hundreds of banks, utilities, telecom providers, and more; extracts key data; and seamlessly syncs transactions to GLs with source documents attached.  With Hubdoc, reconciliation, payment processing, and audit-proofing are just a few clicks away (pod 39).

IRIS Accountancy Solutions is launching its new solutions designed to support accountants with their GDPR compliance challenges, develop new value-added services and underpin their digital transformation.  Hear from Steve Cox, Chief Evangelist, sharing his insight into the state of the accountancy sector at his session: The Accountancy Climatic Flip – Time for Digital (pod 43).

FUTRLI will be on-hand to answer delegates’ forecasting and reporting questions and demonstrate how its latest features can help advisors and business owners make better business decisions.  Its industry-leading advisory certification course can transform the way accountants work and accelerate rollout of advisory services (pod 70).

Fujitsu Scanners’ ScanSnap Cloud speeds up the device free scanning process and routes data directly to cloud-based accounting software and software for organising receipts: QuickBooks Online and Expensify for receipt and expense management and integration with leading accounting and workflow tools; Concur Expense and Shoeboxed for receipt organisation and automating expense reports (pod 14).

Practice Ignition is helping companies respond to the massive challenge of GDPR.  They can provide guidance and assistance on how to tackle GDPR, by updating existing engagement letters with accountants’ entire client base to ensure they comply with the new regulations.  They are also showcasing a new integration with Zapier, which helps boost efficiency and integrate workflows (pod 37).

R&D Online is unveiling its intuitive digital platform that enables accountants to make R&D Tax Relief claims on behalf of their clients.  The service is offered on a white-label basis, but supported by R&D tax specialists who will ensure accountants can deliver successful claims to their clients every time (pod 58).

Feebooster Accountancy Marketing Specialists is launching Multimedia Marketing packages, where telemarketing, email marketing and digital marketing are used in combination, to reach the greatest number of targeted prospects in the local area.  Delegates can access a free Marketing Your Practice guide and benefit from an exclusive sign up discount on the day (pod 53).

One of JustAccounts‘ unique features is the ability to perform the whole process from lead to onboarding and bank account creation without ever having to leave the platform.  It can create leads, consultations, illustrations and track referrals directly in to a live client.  Accountants can even incorporate companies, set up business bank accounts and create contracts for their clients to agree through their dashboards (pod 5).

BrightPay Payroll has recently launched a new cloud add on.  BrightPay Connect offers powerful features, including automatically backing up payroll information to the cloud, online annual leave management, client dashboard and an employee self-service portal.  The online payroll flexibility enables online access anywhere, anytime for accountants, their clients and their employees (pod 33).

Docusoft provide innovative and comprehensive solutions for document, email and data management.  For GDPR, its Portal secures document delivery and its OneView concept provides a comprehensive information view.  See the E-Signature App in action and all new DMS App that transforms document access and control all from standard Outlook (pod 42).

The 2020 Innovation Training team will be on hand to share expert insights into GDPR, Making Tax Digital and the use of new technologies.  2020 support approximately 25% of all UK accountancy firms and their members enjoy unlimited training and support, covering such areas as CPD, FCA and Tax Updates (pod 34).

Accounting Insight News (launching on 5 March at www.accountinginsightnews.co.uk) is an exciting new content platform from the organisers of Accountex Summit North and Accountex.  It will focus on the latest industry news and state of the art technology, and provide refreshing analysis that takes you behind the headlines.  The website will be edited by Ian Moss, an experienced journalist who was worked on several UK titles, including the Financial Times.

Other exhibitors include Sage, Intuit – QuickBooks, ACCA, AccountancyManager, AccountingWEB, AIA, AutoEntry, CaseWare UK, CIMA, CIPP, CIS, Coface, Compleat Software, Debt Collection Services UK, Economia, Enterprise Tax Consultants, First Corporate Law Services, FreeAgent, GAAPweb, Global Infosys, ICB, IFA, Octopus Blue, Opt Pensions, Qubic Tax, Receipt Bank, RollPay, Sage, Spotcap, The Learn Centre, and Wolters Kluwer.

The full exhibitor list is available at www.accountexsummitnorth.co.uk/exhibitors.

Seminar highlights

There will be over 20 sessions in four dedicated theatres – including the Tech Theatre, How To Theatre, Practice Growth Theatre, and Business and Future Theatre – and the Keynote auditorium.

Speaker highlights include business commentator Declan Curry, David Kaye (Intuit – QuickBooks), Damon Anderson (Xero), Mark Wickersham (Cloud Pricing), Amanda C. Watts (TwentyTwo Agency), Glenn Collins (ACCA), Gordon Gilchrist (2020 Innovation Training), Chris Astle (Think Forwards), James Ashford (GoProposal), and Cameron John (Sage).

“Never stop learning and give yourself every opportunity to be open to new ideas and new ways of working.  There is not one silver bullet or a one size fits all model so each Accountant needs to assess what is right to give them their competitive advantage and remain successful,” says Cameron John, Sage’s global director of accountant partners.

The Summit’s Hot Topics Round Table, featuring two group discussions covering Woman in Accountancy and surviving as a sole practitioner, will be facilitated by award winning digital accountancy practice owner Elaine Clark.

The full programme is available to view at www.accountexsummitnorth.co.uk/conference.

Accountex Summit North – the year’s most hotly-anticipated new event for the accounting and finance profession – opens at Manchester Central on 6 March.  All delegate places are now booked and the event has sold out of all available exhibition space. 

For further information, please visit www.accountexsummitnorth.co.uk.


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