The Conference brings together SMEs to engage with expert business leaders, authoritative thought leaders and thriving companies, who will offer tangible takeaways and insights into successful and sustainable growth.
'The SME conference is a must for all company directors, shareholders and entrepreneurs. The content is sufficiently diverse to support all people in business and is not aimed at solely the finance function. The topics are broad and business critical and you have immediate access to professionals in all key areas' - Past Delegate 2019
Each year the SME Conference provides finance professionals, working in SMEs, with first hand advice to help you and your business thrive. The event will open with a refresher on developments in financial reporting from Vivek Mehan, which will then be followed by a business and law update from Louise Dunford (LRM Consultancy) and practical tips on how to deal with late payments from Paula Loveitt MBE. Nigel Mills CBE, Chief Executive Officer of The Lakes Distillery, will be delivering the closing keynote address and will be sharing insights on having the right people and what the components of success looks like.
Attending SME 2020 will give you the chance to takeaway:
Inspirational updates and advice from expert speakers:
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Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing
Chair’s welcome and introduction to the day
Iain Wright, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, ICAEW
Making the UK the best place in the world to grow a business.
Irene Graham OBE, Chief Executive Officer, ScaleUp Institute
Financial Reporting update
As a leader in finance it is essential that we keep abreast of changes. Vivek with his unique style will explain the impact of these changes in a lively and engaging manner which is most certainly not your typical FR update!
Vivek Mehan, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Refreshments and exhibition viewing
Speaker To be announced
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
Making a living, having a life
With the demands of continuous communication and the freedom of increasingly flexible working, it's more important than ever to focus on what a work-life blend means for you. The time and energy resources we have are finite and therefore we need to consciously plan our time to remain in control. This presentation helps you make the most of the time and energy you have each day so you can feel more balanced and happy.
Isabelle Campbell, CABA Trainer
Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing
Dealing with late payments and practical guidance
Late payments can make it difficult for businesses to operate as it affects their cash flow and financial planning. While there are good business practices that all businesses can follow in order to ensure that they receive the money they are owed, there are also legal steps that can be taken. This session will give you practical guidance directly from the BEIS.
Paula Lovitt MBE, Head of Small Business Payments, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The future of cyber risk: new threats & seizing opportunities
During the session we will explore;
- the changing cyber risk landscape and how the growing demand for insurance has shaped the cyber insurance market;- cyber solutions; threat assessment, training & response- fighting back against the risks – turning threats into opportunities
Bluefin Professions (soon to be Marsh Commerical)
Recruiting, retaining and developing staff
Employee retention is a critical issue as companies compete for talent in a tight economy. This interactive session will focus on the tips and tricks and best practice when recruiting, retaining and developing staff.
Chris Paterson, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Exporting as a route to growth
Sessions details to be announced
This 25 minute interactive session will update you the new things you should be aware of, top priority for action and where you can find out more.
Anita Monteith FCA CTA, Technical Lead & Senior Policy Adviser, ICAEW
Nigel Mills CBE ACA, Chief Executive Officer, The Lakes Distillery
Please join us after the conference to network and raise a glass.
NB: Programme subject to change
Iain Wright started his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte before moving to One North East the regional development agency for the North East of England. In 2004 he became Labour Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, having succeeded Peter Mandelson in a by-election. During his time in Parliament Iain was a Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government, first as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009 and then as Minister for Schools and Apprenticeships in the Department for Children, Schools and Families from 2009 until 2010. In opposition Iain was Shadow Minister for Industry between 2011 and 2015. Following the General Election of 2015, he was elected by the House of Commons to be Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he led high profile inquiries into the sale of BHS and working practices at Sports Direct. After deciding to stand down at the 2017 General Election, Iain became Chief Executive of NEPIC, a trade body in chemicals and processing industries in the North East of England. Iain is a Governor of Middlesbrough College and trustee of Kings College London’ Industrial Strategy Advisory Board. He also chairs the policy forum of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Irene Graham is the CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute. A former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank where she held both European and global managing director roles, she set up, ran and scaled several of the bank’s key client and product businesses and led several global M&A activities. Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the British Bankers Association (BBA) responsible for Commercial Banking. She led the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEOs of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor, and Mentorsme as well as many other key export and business policy initiatives on which Irene advised Government and industry. She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on the advisory boards of the UK Business Angels Association, Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative and Stratford Circus Arts Centre.
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.
Isabelle Campbell is a consultant, trainer and coach for CABA. As a qualified chartered accountant who has worked in demanding financial roles for more than 10 years, she also understands the kind of rewards and frustrations accountants meet in their day to day work. So she’s well placed to deliver practical and effective wellbeing training courses for CABA. Her grass roots accountancy experience is complemented by a qualification in psycho-dynamic therapy and an accreditation as a Myers Briggs Type Indicator practitioner. Isabelle has a strong interest in psychology and the tools it provides to build effective relationships and improve working practices at all levels in business.
Paula Lovitt MBE is an experienced operational specialist and project manager with extensive experience of policy development and delivering legislation (Primary and Secondary). Paula has spent the last two years completing two Government Independent Reviews - the Taylor Review of Modern Employment and the Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council. Recently moved to the Enterprise Directorate in BEIS to work on issues affecting Small Businesses, particularly late payment policy.
Chris Paterson is a senior leader with experience of developing and leading high performing teams in different countries and across different functions, Chris is an Executive Coach and Facilitator specialising in Leadership and Resilience. Chris works with leaders to develop their own authentic leadership style and increase their personal resilience. Chris has always been passionate about learning, spotting potential in others and supporting them in their growth and career development. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Chris spent 17 years at GSK in a variety of Finance, Marketing, Project Management, Corporate Development and Business Leadership roles. His career journey has taken him to work in Czech Republic and Romania as a Finance Director. He was a Business Unit Head (sales and marketing) in Romania and in the UK, leading teams of over 50 people. As a coach, Chris has a calm supportive presence coupled with the ability to challenge clients to grow into their potential as leaders. Chris is a member of the Association for Coaching and has been accredited as an Executive Coach. Chris is the founder of GivingTime, a charity which coaches young people to support their transition from education into the workplace. (www.givingtime.org.uk).
Anita Monteith is ICAEW’s Tax Technical lead and senior policy adviser and has a particular interest in tax matters affecting SMEs. She is closely involved with online filing developments in tax, including the government’s proposals to Make Tax Digital. In 2011 she was seconded to the government’s Treasury Select Committee to develop a set of principles for designing tax policy and is currently a member of the Tax Professionals Forum which reviews the government’s policy making process. In 2013, Anita was appointed Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Committee inquiring into the use of personal service companies in the UK. Anita is a past chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty, and was a member of the faculty main committee from 1992 to 2001. She continues to advise on practical tax matters as well as lecturing and contributing to major tax journals on topical issues.
For 25 years Nigel Mills was Managing Director of Mills Group, a North-East based business with more than £80m turnover and 2,200 staff. In 2012 Nigel met Paul Currie, who had obtained planning consent to build the largest whisky distillery in England. Today this is known as The Lakes Distillery, and is located in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
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