Get set for Accountex Summit Manchester

More CPD-accredited seminar sessions announced


On 12 October, Accountex Summit Manchester is returning to Manchester Central for the fourth year. This is set to be the biggest show yet, with 1,500-plus attendees and more than 100 software and service suppliers exhibiting.

The show features a CPD-accredited education programme of 32 sessions, led by the thought-leaders shaping the profession. The topics this year include Making Tax Digital, cryptocurrency and attracting the best talent.

Below is a taster of what you can look forward to. Visit the show’s website for the full programme.

Penalty Reform: Introducing the New Late Submission, Late Payment Penalties, and Changes to VAT Interest
Chris Jennings, external and internal readiness lead for penalty reform, HMRC; Gemma Hope, internal comms and engagement for penalty reform, HMRC; and Lisa Sibbick, external engagement and readiness for penalty reform, HMRC

From 1 January 2023, HMRC is changing the way penalties are issued for late VAT returns and payments. Join the panel of experts as they discuss the new late submission and late payment penalties, including the introduction of new VAT interest rules. Hear different perspectives on why HMRC is making these changes, as well as what these changes will mean to you and your clients.

The Tech-Forward Accountant
Nick Williams, accountant segment lead UK, Intuit QuickBooks; Karen Garrattley, managing director, Complete Office Support Bookkeeping; and Andy Wainwright, director, Wainwrights

In this session Nick, Karen and Andy will look at the emergence of the tech-forward accountant. They will hear from practices that have put digital at the heart of their operation as they help you walk away with actionable advice to maximise tech and enable higher value work.

Build Employee Engagement, Build Strategy, Build a Great Firm: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent
Doug Aitken, director, Remarkable Practice

The statistics on employee engagement make for challenging reading – in the latest Gallup survey, the UK ranked 33rd out of 38 countries in levels of engagement. How can you make work more engaging, and in the process make sure you attract, retain and grow great people? In this session, Doug will share what the top firms do, such as: being clear on their strategy, improve engagement with a simple meeting structure and equip their teams to hold each other accountable.

Tax Implications for Cryptocurrency
Katharine Wooller, managing director, Dacxi and David Britton, tax partner, BDO

This session will provide you with an overview of the current themes and issues in crypto, and the tax implications in the UK. Katherine and David will ensure you understand ‘the basics’ of Crypto, how it is viewed by HMRC, what this means for your clients, and some of the tax efficient ways to purchase crypto.

MTD ITSA: HMRC Roundtable
Richard Sergeant, managing director, Principle Point; Chris Downing, director for accountants and bookkeepers, Sage; Melanie Hume, customer onboarding, pilot and engagement lead, HMRC; and Samantha Mitcham, owner, SJCM Accountancy

Although the broad details about MTD ITSA are known and understood, there are still gaps in knowledge and detail to be confirmed. With less than 400 days to go before MTD ITSA begins, accountants and bookkeepers have concerns around how some of the new rules and regulations will be implemented, and what the impact will be on them and their clients. This session will take your questions straight to HMRC, Sage and fellow practitioners in order to gain insight into the topic.

Good is the New Great: How a Business for Good Can Drive Great Results Spanning People, Planet and Profit
Rebecca Cook, associate director, Charlton Morris; James Lizars, founder and CEO, Thrive Accountants; Sarah Reay, climate change executive, ICAEW; Fiona Ras-Jones, director, Make Impact; and Neil Ross Russell, managing director, Net Zero Now

SMEs account for approximately 90% of businesses and 50% of employment globally. As trusted advisers to these businesses, accountants have a remarkable opportunity to bring about change for the better. Whether that's ethical supply chains, improved employment practices, or reduced climate impact, there is a compelling business case for embracing business as the best way to deliver value to all stakeholders, sustainably.

Accountex Summit Manchester runs at Manchester Central from 9am-5pm on Wednesday 12 October. Register for your free ticket now.