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Accountex 2016 opens at ExCeL London this week

Press Release   •   May 09, 2016 12:22 BST

With the final preparations now well underway, this week’s Accountex – kicking off at 10am on Wednesday 11 May at ExCeL London – looks set for another record turnout, with thousands of accountancy firms, finance directors, MDs, accounts managers, tax professionals, bookkeepers, and sole practitioners preparing to visit.

Firmly established as the flagship event in the accounting calendar, and enjoying the support of the UK’s most important accountancy associations, Accountex will feature 200 industry leading exhibitors and 185 CPD accredited seminars, panel sessions, and interactive workshops; covering tax, technology, cloud, pensions, pricing, and every other subject relevant to the modern accountant.

Many of the country’s top accountants working in business and industry, banking and financial services, education, and the public sector will be in attendance. As will representatives from leading practices like PwC, KPMG, Moore Stephens, Saffery Champness, Haines Watts, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Begbies Traynor, Kingston Smith, TaxAssist Accountants, Francis Clark, Kreston Reeves, haysmacintyre, Armstrong Watson, Old Mill, Larking Gowen, Barnes Roffe, SRLV, Silver Levene, French Duncan, Dains, Gerald Edelman, Beavis Morgan, Critchleys, Clearsky Accounting, Goodman Jones, RDP Newmans, Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, and Grunberg & Co.

“I’m looking forward to attending my third Accountex. I’ve found the event to be a great opportunity to keep up-to-date with technology developments in the accountancy market. Previous editions have given us ideas that have helped us, as a firm, make significant efficiency savings,” says Grant Smith, senior partner at Armstrong Watson.

“Accountex is an amazing event for finding out what is happening in the world of financial technology. We have just won Xero’s National Emerging Partner of the Year Award and are looking forward to seeing new cloud technology solutions that compliment Xero, as well as Practice Automation solutions,” says James Gifford, IT Director at Old Mill.

“I’ve never been to Accountex before, though I have operated in the accountancy world for decades and run my own small practice for the last two years. I have my own strategy, which fits with my clients and have become approximately 80%-90% paperless, to date. In the next two years, we want to take that to 99% paperless and with digital accounts being introduced in the near future I want my systems to be in place to cope with this – if not welcome it. I can’t think of a better place to start than Accountex 2016, with forward thinking companies and accounting solutions all in one place,” says Howard Smith, owner/director of The Numbercruncher.

“I’m looking forward to attending my first Accountex. I’m particularly interested in the talks on Digital Tax and hearing Mark Lee and Heather Townsend speak at the show,” says Anna Goodwin, owner of Anna Goodwin Accountancy.

“It’s my first visit, and I’m open to seeing what the show has to offer. I’m looking forward to learning more about the benefits of cloud technology and, through the useful seminars, amongst others, the end of board packs,” says Nicholas Bennett, international financial planning & analysis director at NBTY International.

“We are looking forward to attending Accountex again, and, like every other year, to walk away with yet more new and innovative ideas that will help our practice remain cutting edge,” says Liz Warner, director at UWM Accountants.

“I’m keen to attend the show to help ensure [our] firm continues its positive development and growth. I am particularly excited about the technology aspects of the day. I feel we will see more progress in the next five years than we have seen in the last ten, and we want to take advantage of all the great ideas at Accountex,” says Andy Brookes, partner at Hazlewoods LLP, one of the first visitors to book their ticket for 2016.

Accountex returns to ExCeL London on 11-12 May 2016. Headline speakers include James Akrigg (Microsoft UK); Jennifer Warawa (Sage Worldwide); John Stokdyk (AccountingWEB); Steph McGovern (BBC Breakfast); David Oliver (MyFirmsApp); Mark Wickersham (Effective Pricing); Gordon Gilchrist (2020 Innovation); Ian Fletcher (2020 Innovation); Rob Nixon (PANALITIX); Gary Turner (Xero); Mark Lee (BookMarkLee); Richard Collin (Thomson Reuters); Steve Pipe ( AVN); Ed Molyneux (FreeAgentCentral); Rich Preece (Intuit QuickBooks); and David Schneider (That Lot).

The event is open to all accountancy professionals and free tickets can be booked on the website at www.accountex.co.uk.

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Notes:

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