ICAEW’s annual sell-out SME Conference supporting finance professionals with the fundamentals for business growth.
"The SME Conference hit just the right note. Full of practical examples, tips and insights that were so relevant to my work. Sharing experiences with other delegates gave the day real added value." Past Delegate 2018
Political uncertainty and volatile business confidence create a challenging economic environment for companies to operate in.
This creates an enhanced necessity for companies to revisit fundamentals associated with business growth to drive their future expansion and prosperity. In order to survive and thrive in an uncertain economic environment businesses will need to maintain robust financial controls, prudent application of accounting standards and tax rules, as well as being able to ruthlessly deliver a strategy focussed on growth and scale.
This year’s SME conference brings together experts to equip and impart essential knowledge and first-hand business experience to delegates working in and for SMEs.
The event will open with a lucid economic update with Professor Trevor Williams, which will then be followed by a tax update from Andrew Constable (Kingston Smith) and a business and law update from Louise Dunford (LRM Consultancy). Tony Anderson, the third employee of Easyjet, will be delivering the closing keynote address and will be sharing insights on scaling the airline from an ambitious start up through to being the biggest airline in Europe.
Key takeaways from this year’s annual conference will include:
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Mastering compliance with technology: How to ensure expense, invoice and VAT compliance
Ensuring company spend is compliant is a crucial role of the finance team. But how can you use technology to be confident you are getting a true view into all spend – whether that occurs as employee expenses or as invoices – while at the same time guaranteeing compliance with HMRC rules? And then, are you reclaiming all the VAT you are entitled to or skipping this step for fear of getting it wrong?Join this complimentary breakfast session as we cover advice on how technology can help make sure your expense and invoice processes are fully compliant, your VAT and audit trail is above reproach, as well as guidance for minimising risk for your business.
Danny Gloyne, Senior Sales Consultant, SAP Concur
Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Chair’s welcome and introduction to the day
Iain Wright, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, ICAEW
This session will highlight the most important signals and emerging trends in the global economy.
Professor Trevor Williams, University of Derby and Chair of Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC)
Critical business issues for growing SMEs
Looking at a range of challenges for SMEs at different stages of their business lifecycle; from strategy, talent, innovation and technology to operational risks, international perspectives, profitability and cashflow.
Nigel Bostock, Chief Executive, Crowe UK
Refreshments and exhibition
Business and law update
This engaging session will cover recent developments in business law for small and medium sized enterprises. You will find out how changes to company and employment law are likely to impact you and your business.
Louise Dunford, LLM, LLB Barrister, Cert Ed, LRM Consultancy
A rapidly changing technological world means future proofing is essential to ensure a businesses’ survival, growth and prosperity.
This session will help you create strategic plans that deliver ambitious growth plans.
Bernard Marr, Founder and CEO, Bernard Marr & Co
Lunch and exhibition
Tax update insights
This presentation provides an analysis on emerging issues so you can stay abreast of significant tax developments that will affect your company in today's ever-changing legislative and regulatory environments.
Here, Andrew will provide his expert insights on tax, including corporation and business, personal income, savings and pensions and more. As well, he will give you his top tips for your small business administration and avoidance measures.
Andrew Constable, Partner, Kingston Smith
Cyber Risks – the past, present and the future
• A review of the exposures arising from cyber claims, GDPR breaches and data-loss in the accountancy profession; • A review of ways to reduce, minimise and avert the risks and what we can learn for the future; and• Scanning the cyber-horizon to anticipate future risks in this arena.
Liz Norris, Claims Director, Bluefin
Chance to switch sessions
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Places on these sessions are limited
1A. Finance in a digital world
This interactive session will explore the impact of digital change on the finance function. We will look at some of the key technologies and the impact on the skills, structure and work of the finance function. There will also be an opportunity to see the ‘Finance in a Digital World’ elearning platform which is available for free to all ICAEW members and students.
Rupert Alston, Deloitte
1B. Develop your personal brand
Everyone has a personal brand, a uniqueness that helps them stand out from the crowd; we all have qualities that shape and influence how people see us and how we see ourselves. This workshop explores how to be able to identify and create a powerful first impression, how to communicate more effectively and build strong relationships both in and outside of work.
Zena Everett, CABA
Practical accounting update
FRS 102 was the most significant change to UK GAAP in a generation. Most businesses have now been through the transition process and currently apply it on a day-to-day basis. This presentation will provide an update and, following the triennial review of FRS 102 in 2016, moves on to Fred 37 and examines what further developments might be in the pipeline.
Vivek Mehan, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Panel session: Financing for growth
Access to finance is the lifeblood of any growing business. Whilst there are a myriad of different options available, the most appropriate type of finance available will vary depending on the type of business and the stage it is at in its lifecycle.
Very early stage businesses may struggle to access debt finance if they have limited trading history and may instead seek to sell equity, in particular if they are in a high growth market with potential.
A more mature business may seek to retain control of their ownership and choose a debt issue from a traditional high street bank, alternative or corporate lender.
The panel discussion will focus on the different types of finance available to businesses and how to best navigate the market to choose the most suitable option.
Nigel Holmes, Senior Tax Specialist, Catax
TBC, Wesleyan Bank
Keynote Address: Tony Anderson, Former Marketing Director, easyJet
Tony Anderson will tell the inspiring story of how a tiny orange start-up with two rented planes became one of Europe’s largest and most successful airlines. The aviation industry of today is almost unrecognisable from that of the mid-90s with established players swept away in a tsunami of change driven by deregulation and technological driven innovation. This is a timely reminder of the need for SME’s to seek out new growth opportunities and to challenge the existing order.
In a session entitled “Tips, tricks and traps”, Tony will share insights that can help anyone setting out to grow a business or take on a larger more established competitor.
NB. Programme may be subject to change
Tony Anderson. Driving Easyjet from a start-up to Europe's biggest airline, successfully dominating all competition, Tony Anderson is an admirable entrepreneur. Telling the inside story of how Easyjet conquered the aviation industry, Tony shares his business successes and failures. Tony is one of the most well-respected names on the corporate circuit, and has been ranked by Marketing Magazine amongst the top marketing names in the UK, he is a true expert in his field.
Trevor Williams is the former Chief Economist at Lloyds Banks. During his time there he established a highly-regarded, award-winning, team of economists analysing global and domestic data. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby, rotating Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) and is the author of Trading Economics: A Guide to Economic Statistics for Practitioners (with Victoria Turton). Trevor now runs a consultancy specialising in economic analysis encompassing ‘big data’. In his session, Trevor will move beyond the headlines to uncover what the current situation means for the future economic developments your business.
Vivek Mehan graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in 1999. He then joined Deloitte in their Assurance department working with FTSE 100 clients. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, Vivek decided to follow his passion and pursued a highly successful career in professional training and development with some of the UK's leading professional training organisations. In this capacity he has provided training to a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector. Vivek is an expert in Financial Reporting and in particular IFRS, US and UK GAAP, having delivered courses to thousands of delegates from a variety of industries over his career. Vivek is passionate about training and is a strong believer in how effective training has numerous advantages for organisations, such as performance improvement, enhanced communication and staff morale. Vivek has delivered training at all levels of organisations ranging from coaching main board directors to new graduate starters.
Louise Dunford. Continuously involved in training and consultancy, both for professional firms and for commercial organisations since 1987. Professional clients include Kingston Smith, BKR Haines Watts, BDO Stoy Hayward, Chantrey Vellacott DFK, Blick Rothenberg, the ACCA, the British Postgraduate Medical Federation, the Swedish Ministry of Justice, the Royal Aircraft Establishment and a number of NHS hospitals. Louise's commercial clients have included Schlumberger, Sema, Atos Origin, Warner Brothers, Turner Broadcasting, HCA International, Costain, May Gurney, Scott Bader, Seiko, Pret a Manger, IPC Media, and Philip Morris, as well as many smaller firms. Louise specialises mainly in aspects of practical employment law, company law and on professional negligence, and has published widely in leading academic and professional journals.
Nigel Bostock is the Chief Executive of Crowe UK and a member of the board of Crowe Global. At Crowe UK, Nigel leads the national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, ensuring that all members of the Crowe UK team are aligned with its core values and work consistently to build on the firm’s strong market presence. Nigel is also an audit partner in Crowe’s Corporate and Professional Practices Groups, advising a wide range of large, private and SME clients. He also coordinates and develops the firm's International profile. In 1991, Nigel joined Crowe as a graduate trainee and became a partner in April 2005. During Nigel’s time with Crowe he has worked in both the Manchester and London offices of the firm and has also undertaken the roles of Ethics Partner, London Office Managing Partner and International Liaison Partner.
Andrew Constable. With his extensive tax knowledge and having qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser, Andrew seeks to understand both the tax and commercial pressures affecting clients, and to tailor his advice accordingly. Using his excellent communication skills, and his deep understanding of the firm’s client base, he applies his broad technical knowledge in a clear and coherent way to provide clients with the tax advice and compliance services that they want and need. He is a member of the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s SME Business Tax Committee and the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Owner Managed Business Technical Sub-Committee.
Zena Everett is one of the UK’s leading careers experts. She started her own recruitment business at 28, sold it 15 years later to study Organisational Psychology and Career Counselling and qualify as an Executive Coach. She has helped thousands of people to raise the bar on their career goals and get the jobs or promotion they want. Zena has worked across all professions, with clients as varied as Oxford University’s Said Business School, Equity and Mumsnet. Her career book, Mind Flip, is well on the way to the best seller lists. Zena has her own experience of career change, amongst other things having once been the first woman in the Royal Navy sent to work in Aldershot, the home of the British Army.
Nigel Holmes is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. After nearly 25 years in practice in a large regional firm, most recently as Corporate Tax Partner, he joined Catax in April 2017 as a Senior Tax Specialist. Nigel’s specialisms include Capital Allowances, Research & Development Tax Relief and Patent Box. Nigel was shortlisted for Tax Writer of the Year at the 2017 Tolley Tax Awards. Catax are ICAEW Member Rewards Partner for Capital Allowances.
Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business & technology advisor to governments and companies. He helps organisations improve their business performance, use data more intelligently, and leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, blockchains, and the Internet of Things.
Liz Morris, Claims Director is a qualified solicitor who has over 16 years’ experience of professional indemnity claims. Liz now works in-house for Bluefin Professions, leading the dedicated claims team supporting the accountancy profession in defending claims and providing risk management support.
Danny Gloyne is a Senior Sales Consultant at SAP Concur – Following 10 years in logistics/supply chain Danny has spent the last 3 years working with finance departments offering insight into spend practices and helping to simplify their Expense & Invoice processes. Based in the North of England Danny spends the majority of his spare time chasing his Border Collie Baxter around Northumberland.
Rupert Alston, Partner at Deliotte has had the privilege to spend more than 20 years helping and advising large international clients in the Private Sector, focusing on Finance Transformation, Digital Transformation, Performance Management, Shared Services and Process Improvement/automation. He leads Deloitte's Digital Finance Strategy team in the UK and has a passion for people development and bringing through our next generation of business leaders.
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“I would highly recommend it to all finance professionals working in the SME world.”
“An excellent insightful event. The quality of the speakers was first rate.”
“The SME Conference hit just the right note. It was full of practical examples, tips and insights that were so relevant to my work with owner managed businesses. Sharing experiences with other delegates gave the day real added value.”
“The SME conference is a must for all company directors , shareholders and entrepreneurs. The topics are broad and business critical and you have immediate access to professionals in all key areas”
“Balance of the event was great - Tax, Law, Accounting, Finance, Technology, Politics. Not many opportunities to get all these areas covered in a one-day conference”
"It was an excellent day, the speakers were great in terms of both quality and variety. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of women attending. All in all a successful day!"
"I am in practice but thought I would attend to get a flavour of the conversation being held with SMEs. Excellent range of topics and speakers. Very happy that I chose to book this. "
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