Get up to speed with practical advice and tips from industry thought leaders at this free event for accountancy and finance professionals.

Taking place on 20-21 September 2021 at Manchester Central, you can demo tools and tech from the leading accountancy suppliers, get the latest industry insight (and 8 CPD hours) in the seminars, and grow your professional network.

✔ Demo tools and tech from leading accountancy suppliers

✔ Meet new people and grow your professional network

✔ Free training

✔ Make connections

✔Get the latest industry insight and 8 CPD hours

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Monday 20th September 2021 – Gordon Gilchrist

● The Future of Accounting

● Success Assures Succession (Panel session)

Tuesday 21st September 2021 – Ian Fletcher

● The Future of Accounting

● Success Assures Succession (Panel session)


Ian Fletcher


Gordon Gilchrist

Many accounting firms acknowledge key issues affecting the profession such as aging partners, a shortage of talent, and a fundamental flaw in management, with owners performing client work as well as juggling practice management and development of the practice. It is no wonder some firms have not found the time to successfully address their succession plans or to see beyond the next month!

There are, however, some firms out there who are delivering unbelievable results right now. They know that a profitable firm is much more likely to be assured of its own succession than an unsuccessful firm.

Profitability, the age profile of clients and management succession are the key attributes to a successful firm and with these they are more attractive to potential buyers.

During this panel session we will look at attributes of these type of firms. We will also discuss the state of the buy/sell/merge market within the accounting profession and how the timing of your exit can be critical. 

Key topics for discussion by the panel:

  • Attributes of management buy-out programmes
  • The consolidators – where are they and what are their current propositions
  • The state of the strong regional firms in terms of growth by acquisition
  • The state of the industry generally in terms of growth by acquisition
  • The key actions you should be taking

Our industry is changing rapidly, and new technology is having a massive impact. Artificial intelligence and data analytics are now a reality. The rise of cloud accounting alters the way we deal with clients and MTD for all unincorporated business is just around the corner. 

Accountants are faced with massive decisions:

  • The urgent need work more efficiently
  • Compliance vs. advisory
  • Staff or outsource
  • Change tech or keep the faith

In this session we will provide an overview of the latest developments taking place right now, outline the key strategies for success and detail what the most effective firms do differently!

If you are looking to the future and want to set a strategy for success then attend this session. You will get the information you need to make better decisions for you and your practice.