The annual SME Conference is dedicated to delivering finance professionals, working in and for SMEs, with the tools they need to future proof their business and thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.
"The speakers were excellent and great subject matter. One of the best conferences I have attended. " Past Delegate 2017
As the economy faces testing times and with it the digital landscape rapidly changing, it is more and more difficult to foresee where new risks will come from.
Just as when starting a business requires meticulous planning, when it comes to addressing the challenges of growing business operations, precise planning of how this will be achieved is paramount. And so whatever the company size, future proofing your business has to be your primary concern, to ensure its survival, growth and prosperity.
Here at ICAEW’s SME Conference we have gathered the industry’s best and brightest experts to share their knowledge, experience and expertise to provide finance professionals both working in and for SMEs with the tools, techniques and best practice solutions to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.
Andrew Griffiths MP, Minister for SMEs, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility will give the opening address. Angelie Panteli, CFO of LendInvest, will then deliver a keynote presentation, sharing her story of how future proofing her business has empowered it to grow. The day will end with a closing keynote by Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics at HSBC, as he discloses his insights into the outlook of 2018’s economy.
Join us at this year’s annual conference and take away with you:
Multiple booking discount
Considering bringing your team to this year’s conference? Book 3 or more places and receive 10% off your total booking. Discount applied at checkout.
Breakfast seminar: Your “Board Agenda”
This session is aimed at providing senior business executives with topic awareness and brief understanding of the pressing legal issues likely to affect businesses, including GDPR and what happens after the legislation comes into force, employment-related matters and how to deal with problems from a legal perspective when they arise.
Breakfast will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Faye Bargery, Partner, Corporate Team, Irwin Mitchell
George De Silvo, Associate, Corporate Team, Irwin Mitchell
Melanie Stancliffe, London Employment Team, Irwin Mitchel
Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Chair’s welcome and introduction to the day
Matthew Rideout, Director of Business, ICAEW
Opening keynote presentation
Andrew Griffiths MP, Minister for SMEs, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility
Plenary presentation - Future proofing business
Testing economic times added to a rapidly changing technological world means it's much more difficult to see where new risks will come from. Here, Angelie tells us why future proofing your business has to be your primary concern if you are to survive, grow and prosper.
Angelie Panteli, CFO, LendInvest
Plenary presentation - Tax 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, Rebecca provides her expert insights on tax, including corporation and business, personal income, savings and pensions and more. As well, she gives you her top tips for your small business administration and avoidance measures.
Rebecca Benneyworth, Director, Benneyworth Training
Refreshments and exhibition
Finance in a digital world and the impact on SMEs
Digital transformation is the term given to the transformation of business activities, processes and models to fully leverage the opportunities of new digital technologies. These new technologies can effect an organisations operating model to the extent that it is no longer fit to serve its customers.
In this presentation, Bernard examines the major areas of concern and the opportunities around digital transformation with specific examples of how automation, big data, AI and blockchain etc can work in an SME context
Bernard Marr, Founder and CEO, Bernard Marr & Co
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
Lunch and exhibition
Optional lunch session - Fully booked
Making SMEs Digital - Transform Your Business
Digitisation is the next wave of change. We already use it in our personal lives so it will happen in our business lives, so better we embrace it now. Old business models are going away. Consumer behaviour is changing. The way we hire, train and use resources is also changing.
Join this bespoke lunch session to hear how you can:
This is your opportunity to hear how some customers have already embraced this change.
This session is now fully booked.
Matt Sinclair, Head of SAP Business One, UKI, SAP
Optional lunch session - Limited places
Leverage your finance to drive loyalty and growth
Join this valuable lunch session to hear how your organisation can:
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Sit down lunch will be served. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Places on these sessions are limited
1A. How to recruit the best staff and keep them
It's not the first time in recent years that trends such as technology have changed the way people work, but this time it's happening more quickly - so more than ever, leaders need to think deeply about who they want to attract and how they can best retain the.
Here we look at what are the key issues that today's employers can't afford to overlook if they want to be future-proofed.
Chieu Cao, Perkbox
1B. How to get more done in a day than your colleagues do in a week
Think, if you could carve out just one extra hour per day, what you could do with it.
This presentation will show you the practical steps you can take to ensure you and your staff enjoy your work and perform at your peak.
Zena Everett, Organisational Psychologist and Executive Careers Coach
Panel session: Show me the money!
Access to finance can be a route to growth and lending has never had so many options as there are today.
Here, we bring you an array of lenders in a panel to share what they have to offer, where they can play a role in future proofing your finance, and answer your questions to help you match your requirements.
Paul Slapa, Head of Direct Sales, Wesleyan Bank
Andrea Reynolds, Co-Founder, Bizfly
Andrew Williamson, Corporate Finance Partner, WMT Chartered Accountants
Stephen Pegge, Managing Director, Commercial Finance, UK Finance and Director UK Business Angels Association
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. Including:
Louise Dunford, LLM, LLB Barrister, Cert Ed, LD Consultancy
Keynote Address: Economic insights
Here, Mark explores the latest trends and issues affecting the UK economy and shares his insights on the prospects ahead.
Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics, HSBC
NB. Programme may be subject to change
Following on from the success of last year’s event, CABA is offering to fund places at this year’s SME Conference for ICAEW members who are currently on a career break or unemployed.
If you’re interested in attending SME Conference 2018 and would like to find out if CABA can fund your place at the event, please contact ICAEW at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0) 1908 248 159.
CABA provide lifelong support to past and present ICAEW members and their families in the UK and across the globe – whether you’re in training, in practice or business, have left the profession or retired. CABA services are free, impartial and strictly confidential and your information is not disclosed to anyone. You can access them online, by telephone or face-to-face.
CABA will be on hand at the conference, make sure you go along to their stand to meet the team and find out more about the services available to you and to discuss your needs.
For further details about how CABA can support your wellbeing go to www.caba.org.uk or call on +44 (0)1788 556 366
"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. "
"The speakers were excellent and great subject matter. One of the best conferences I have attended. "
To become a sponsor at the 2018 SME Annual Conference please contact email@example.com for further information and pricing.
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