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Sponsored Content: HMRC leads exciting keynote line-up at Accountex 2019

Theresa Middleton, HMRC’s director of the Making Tax Digital for Business programme, will headline an expert line-up of big name Keynote speakers at this year’s Accountex.  Europe’s leading accountancy and finance conference and expo returns to London ExCeL on 1-2 May.

Other industry leading experts speaking in the two Keynote Theatres include Caroline Miskin, technical manager of ICAEW’s Tax Faculty; Jennifer Warawa, Sage’s executive VP of partners, accountants and alliances; Nick Williams, head of business development at Intuit QuickBooks; Steve Cox, chief evangelist of IRIS Software; and Ed Molyneux, founder and CEO of FreeAgent.

Keynote Theatre A, which is sponsored by Compleat Software, will also welcome new names including Richard Asquith, VP of Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, who will discuss Brexit and its tax implications; Dr Michael Willis, programme director of Cambridge Master of Accounting (MAcc) at University of Cambridge Judge Business School, whose session will focus on accounting education; Darren Shirlaw, founder of BoB Group, who will talk about economic and consumer trends; and Richard Brewin, managing director of ProgressBB, on how to get the most out of Accountex.

Over in Keynote Theatre B, which is sponsored by FreeAgent, highlights include a joint session with TaxAssist Direct’s Sarah Robertson and Daren Moore (group operations director and group commercial director respectively); an MTD-focused session from Rebecca Hutton, customer readiness and external stakeholder team lead at HMRC; a talk from Trent McLaren, head of accounting at Practice Ignition, about driving innovation; and a session on blockchain from technology futurist Ian Khan.

Keynote Theatre B will also host the British Accounting Marketing Awards, presented by Amanda C Watts and the TwentyTwo Agency, in association with Accountex.  Designed to reward outstanding marketing achievements from accounting firms and industry suppliers from across the UK, the awards ceremony will take place from 5pm on opening day (Wednesday 1 May).

Other Keynote speakers include:

  • James Ashford, CEO of GoProposal
  • Alastair Barlow, founder & partner of flinder
  • Martin Bissett, founder of The Upward Spiral Partnership
  • Rob Brown, founder of BD Academy
  • Warren Cass, international speaker & author at Achievers International
  • Alex Falcon Huerta FCCA, founder of Soaring Falcon Accountancy
  • Ian Fletcher, speaker & writer at 2020 Innovation
  • Phil Hobden, business development manager of Intuit QuickBooks
  • Rudi Jansen, accountant's coach, practice owner, author & speaker
  • Nick Longden, VP of Sales at FreeAgent
  • Richard Neal, Group CEO of MyWorkpapers
  • Steve Pipe, speaker, strategist, business author & former UK Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Carl Reader, entrepreneur, author & small business champion
  • Joshua Riffe, chief FUN officer of FUNancial Services
  • Neil Robertson, executive chairman of Compleat Software
  • Mark Telford, director of Telford Accountants
  • Andrew Van De Beek, director & founder of Illumin8

For more information about the sessions, please visit https://www.accountex.co.uk/london/seminar-timetable/.

Accountex 2019 boasts the show’s biggest ever education programme – including the Keynotes, it will feature over 200 CPD-accredited sessions in 12 theatres across two days, covering everything from trends and technology, business growth and efficiency, cloud and cryptocurrency, as well as more specific topics such as Making Tax Digital and Brexit.

“This is the only industry event which provides unparalleled access to thought leaders, vendors and peers who can assist accountants with their evolution,” says Steve Cox, chief evangelist of IRIS Software, who will be appearing in multiple sessions at the show.  “Our fast-paced, digital economy means we are generally focused on our day to day roles.  Accountex provides time and opportunity for professionals to identify where improvements can be made and how their firms can evolve,” he says.

Accountex returns to London ExCeL on 1-2 May.  All Keynotes and seminars are free to attend, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, and to register for a free ticket to attend, please visit www.accountex.co.uk/london and use priority code ACX103.

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