ACCA alternative finance conference 2015

Our 3rd annual Alternative Finance Conference took place on 8 July 2015, at Barclays in Canary Wharf, London.

With the alternative finance market booming, this conference explored the consequences - particularly for SMEs - and considered the opportunities this new finance offers.

Introduction and welcome to the 3rd ACCA Alternative Finance Conference.

New research

We also launched an exciting piece of research with Nesta, the UK innovation charity, posing the question ‘is alternative finance better adapted to finance innovation, in particular intangible assets?’ The study: Innovation, Intangibles and integrated reporting: a pilot study of Malaysian SMEs is currently being piloted in the UK.

Gain CPD points

ACCA members can claim up to four CPD points for watching the conference presentations, provided that they can benefit professionally from the insights shared during the event. This includes members involved in raising finance for businesses or working in the growing FinTech industry.

About the speakers


Glenn Collins FCCA, head of technical advisory, ACCA

Glenn is responsible for advice and support to ACCA members on a range of issues, from audit to financial reporting, taxation to company and business law. A Fellow of ACCA, Glenn spent 16 years in public practice, specialising in audit and business advice, before joining ACCA 16 years ago.

While providing advice to finance professionals, Glenn also liaises closely with UK government departments, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, BIS, UKTI and agencies like the Charity Commission and The Pension Regulator. He is also a member of numerous small business, tax and charity groups.


Mark Gold, senior partner in Silver Levene

Silver Levene have won two prestigious awards - “The Smart Thinking Award for Innovation” and “The Medium Size Firm of the Year Award.” Based in London, with an office in Bangalore, Silver Levene is particularly well known in the entertainment and SME sectors.

Mark has a strong entertainment and SME background and has spoken extensively about these areas. He has presented on SME issues extensively around the world, including at the IFAC SMP Forum in Singapore and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Small Business in the UK. 

Other video presentations from the AFC 2015

We've uploaded more presentations at the links under 'Related documents'.