The Practice 2018 Conference and Expo (incorporating the popular Sole Practitioners' annual conference) is the must-attend annual conference for accountancy professionals.
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The Practice 2018 Conference and Expo (incorporating the popular Sole Practitioners' annual conference) will provide a range of focused technical updates on tax, regulation and accounting standards. Alongside this, inspiring sessions will be delivered challenging the way practitioners think about running their business and helping them to connect in a digital world.
'This was the first one I have attended and was genuinely wowed by the overall speakers quality and content of what they had to say. I will return next year and make sure I am there for both days, with my senior management team.' Past Delegate
The Practice 2018 programme has been designed to allow you to pick and choose sessions across one or both of the days. You will be free to move between the lecture theatres on the day and you will not need to pre-book specific options.
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Book a Full Conference ticket
On day one we'll be looking at setting up in practice, how to find your ideal client and increase profitability. Your core technical, tax and economic updates will run alongside these inspiring sessions.
Book a Day One ticket
Day two will focus on established practices with sessions on scaling up your practice, how to make sure you bring your team with you and what skill sets practitioners need for the future. These engaging sessions will be run alongside your core technical, tax and economic updates.
Book a Day Two ticket
Following the successful incorporation of the popular Sole Practitioners' Conference into Practice Conference in the last two years, your annual technical update will take place at etc.venues St Paul’s on the second day of ICAEW’s two-day practice conference, Practice 2018. To book your place at the Sole Practitioners conference please select a day two ticket.
Find out more about the highlights of last year's conference.
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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.
ICAEW career break and unemployed member discount
We have a number of free places for ICAEW members who are unemployed or on a career break, kindly sponsored by CABA. For more information about how to claim a free place, and how CABA can support you please see the Ticket Prices tab. If you would like to arrange a complimentary place courtesy of CABA please contact the events booking team.
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Book 3 or more places and receive 10% off your total booking. Discount applied at checkout.
One day ticket - ICAEW member
£165.00 + VAT
One day ticket - Non-member
Following on from the success of past event's, CABA is offering to fund places at Practice 2018 for ICAEW members who are currently on a career break or unemployed.
As part of the event CABA will be offering individual career coaching. The coaching was extremely popular and fully booked last year. We will notify delegates once the coaching sessions are available to book so that you can guarantee yourself a slot.
Also make sure you go along to the CABA stand to meet the team and find out more about the services available to you and to discuss your needs.
If you’re interested in attending Practice 2018 and would like to find out if CABA can fund your place at the event, please contact ICAEW at email@example.com 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.
For further details about how CABA can support your wellbeing go to www.caba.org.uk or call on +44 (0)1788 556 366
Registration and breakfast
Welcome and introduction
Fiona Wilkinson, ICAEW
Practical accounting update
Your annual round-up of technical accounting and reporting updates.
Vivek Mehan, Trainer, ICAEW Academy of Professional Development
Practice makes perfect: Lessons from my first year in Practice
Rachel will discuss the ups and downs of her first year in business, as the founder of a brand new and slightly unconventional accountancy practice.
Rachel Balchin, Founder, Bulldog Accounting
Paul Kennedy, Managing Director, O' Byrne & Kennedy
A comprehensive update including Making Tax Digital.
Rebecca Bennyworth, Director, Bennyworth Training
Finding your ideal client
How to understand what your 'ideal' client looks like and how can you shape your marketing to attract more of them.
Aynsley Damery, CEO, Tayabali Tomlin
Same client list - 100s of business opportunities
John Gaskell, ICAEW and Eric Clapton
Lunch and exhibition
13:30 - 14:10: Networking seminar with CABA: How to get more done in a day
Find out how to do in a day what others do in a week
Get ready for Making Tax Digital
Ethics and AML
Session focused on ethics and Anti Money Laundering.
Simone Taylor-Allkins, Senior Professional Consultant, ICAEW
Open banking: what is open banking and are you ready?
Session looking at the ever changing economic landscape.
Professor Trevor Williams, University of Derby and Chair of Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC)
A comprehensive update on the economic outlook.
Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics, HSBC
Scaling up your practice
Richard Keyes, Managing Partner, Taylorcocks and Grant Bartholomew, Partner, Taylorcocks
Compliance to advisory
Paul Shrimpling, Managing Director, Remarkable Practice
Adrian Gibbons, Managing Director, SWAT UK
Onboarding clients onto the cloud
Matt Flanagan, Managing Director, BlueHub
13:30 - 14:10: Prepare for digital change
As HMRC's 'Making Tax Digital' initiative approaches you may not have thought about how much impact the additional work - and stress - may have on you and your business. This workshop will help you to be better able to deal with the pressure ahead, and enable you to make the most of the opportunities the changes present to your business. You'll learn simple, practical strategies and techniques to help you become more resilient and drive change successfully.
After completing this workshop you will be able to:• Understand the impact of stress and identify ways to boost your resilience• Understand the impact of change and your personal feelings towards it• Describe the change curve• Design an action plan to help you begin to prepare for change
Bringing your team with you
Becky Shields, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP
How do you add value?
Rob Brown, Managing Director, BD Academy
Contact our sponsorship team to find out more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at Practice 2018 and other ICAEW practice events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be in touch.
'This was the first one I have attended and was genuinely wowed by the overall speakers quality and content of what they had to say. I will return next year and make sure I am there for both days, with my senior management team.'
'Plenty of sessions centred around the smaller practice... I found these very useful indeed'
'The tax & accounting updates were, as always, excellent. The economics was the best I have heard in the 5/6 years I have attended. The Cybersecurity was a revelation - really good.'
'The range of topics was excellent and a very good choice of speakers.'
'A very good spread of topics this year, especially good for those looking to develop their practices.'
'Very inspirational speakers.'
'Some inspirational speakers who delivered great content. Shrimpling and Chaplin were exceptional.'
'Very impressed by Vivek Mehan, really excellent speaker and covered a great deal in his hour.'
'The speakers were energetic informed and engaging and gave tonnes of useful tips - I only wish I'd been able to go to more of the talks.'
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