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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

We’re delighted to announce the return of the Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019. We’ll be bringing together leading accounting firms, regulators and industry bodies, consultancies and advisors, law firms and tech vendors to debate key issues impacting the sector and opportunities for growth.

Returning to London, this prestigious event will celebrate the best and most innovative developments in modern accounting. The daytime forum explores market trends and new solutions, such as the i

The 2019 Digital Accountancy Forum will host a high calibre speaker faculty to deliver presentations on the most pressing accountancy themes. The Forum will prioritise key topics impacting the industry and dissect the challenges, opportunities and practical considerations for achieving the various objectives. Underlying these core themes will be insight into the barriers to evolution in accountancy such as regulatory reporting, data management, legacy systems and the digital skills gap.

The core themes explored in last year’s summit included examining how to nurture digital literacy, how to accelerate technology implementation, how to adapt to new business models and the practical benefits of blockchain. We’ll be delving into these issues again in 2019 and will also further consider how to develop the next generation of accounting leaders, how the sector can overcome recent controversies and the potential for government intervention in the market. The above topics support accounting firms in remaining competitive, becoming future-proof and capitalising on digital innovation to boost efficiency. Delegates attending the day time Forum will benefit from case study based presentations, interactive discussions and debates about these key themes from the most senior and experienced institutions in the sector. Once the Forum is complete the evening will look to celebrate the most impressive and successful initiatives from the sector over the past 12 months. Awards will be given for wide-ranging achievements and will look to highlight leaders in the industry and efforts to progress accounting.

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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

With focused sessions, practical workshops, exhibition and an evening gala awards, this event will offer delegates the forum in which to share their experience, challenges and opportunities in accounting.

 

STANDARD RATES

Firms, Networks & Associations – Forum and Awards Dinner

£565

Industry Solution Providers – Forum and Awards Dinner

£995

Awards Gala Dinner Ticket 

£350

 

Bring the team 3 for 2 (Only applies to standard rate)
  

The annual event brings together decision-makers and specialists from a variety of key sectors with various job titles that include:

 

  • CEOs, CFOs
  • Partners
  • Policy & External Affairs Manager
  • Managing Directors/Project Directors
  • Strategy Advisors
  • Head of Standards and Financial Reporting


Company Type:


  • Accounting Firms
  • Regulators and Industry Bodies
  • Consultancies and Advisors
  • Law Firms
  • Tech Vendors



      Event Sponsors

    • Knowledge Partner
    • Silver Sponsors
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    • Badge and Lanyard Sponsor
    • Lunch Sponsor

    The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

    We are pleased to announce the confirmed speakers for The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

    The programme for The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 is currently in production. We are at present conducting primary research with over 50 companies in the sector to ensure our content is focused and offers real value to attendees.

     

    If you are proud of an initiative you would like to share with your peers, please get in touch with us.

     

    Hannah Toms

    Phone: +44 (0) 207 9366 855

    Email: Hannah.toms@arena-international.com

      Event Sponsors

    • Knowledge Partner
    • Silver Sponsors
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    The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

    Knowledge Partner

    Martin Bissett is the founder of the Upward Spiral Partnership (USP), the international consulting firm that specializes in enabling the accounting profession to win higher end clients, create leaders from their ranks.

    His purpose is to alert the accounting profession to the profound outcomes that their advisory expertise can create in the lives of their clients.

    At the same time, he also alerts the accounting profession to the profound difficulties that can arise in the lives of their clients when they choose not to educate their clients about the impact that their advisory expertise can have.

    Silver Sponsors

    Allinial Global is a member-based association dedicated to the success of independent accounting and consulting firms. Since 1969, this strategic affiliation of legally independent accounting firms has fostered the independence, profitability, and continuous improvement of its members. Allinial Global is one hundred and fifty-one members strong and growing, with locations worldwide generating approximately $2.504 billion in collective revenues.

    With dedicated regional directors who have extensive connections throughout the Americas, EMEIA (Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa) and the Asia Pacific regions, members of Allinial Global are committed to providing the most agile, flexible, and client-centric solutions anywhere, anytime.

    Our audit and assurance services can help organizations see further and deeper into their businesses. From enhancing trust in the companies we audit to assisting organizations in meeting the assurance demands outlined in regulations and standards, we help a multi-trillion dollar capital markets system function with greater confidence. An audit is more than an obligation - it's a powerful lens for illuminating the current state of an enterprise, providing insight that can inform future aspirations. www.deloitte.com/us/audit

    As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of our legal structure. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

    DLL is a global vendor finance company with more than EUR 30 billion in assets. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, DLL provides asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean technology, Construction, Transportation, Industrial and Office technology industries. DLL partners with equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors in more than 30 countries to support their distribution channels and help grow their businesses. DLL combines customer focus with deep industry knowledge to deliver sustainable solutions for the complete asset life cycle, including commercial finance, retail finance and used equipment finance. DLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank Group.



    Since launching in November 2016 Inflo has been embraced by the accounting profession and is leading a technology revolution. 
    Inflo is a cloud platform providing an end-to-end data analytics solution, including data ingestion, process automation and analytical dashboard outputs. Inflo is intuitively designed to minimise training and integrates with existing software and methodologies to minimise the impact of change.
    Inflo’s proposition is unique, partnering with firms to transform the service experience they can offer. This unlocks new ways of working with clients as well as capacity from the existing team to deliver these higher value and more engaging services.

    Badge and Lanyard Sponsor

    Record global revenues have cemented Praxity's position as the world's largest alliance of independent accounting and consulting firms. This reflects the strength of the 64 expertise-sharing participant firms providing access to over 40,000 professionals from more than 100 countries, and whose combined global revenues hit US$4.75 billion for the year to 31 December 2016. By seamlessly sharing international expertise, Praxity gives member firms access to unrivalled professional support to help their clients navigate complex business and tax affairs across multiple borders worldwide. Members are free to hand-pick expert advisers from over 600 offices, forming multi-disciplinary teams to meet every client need.

    Lunch Sponsor

    Daxin Global Co. Ltd. is a global accounting and consulting network with highly reputation and huge exclusively multi-national clients. Daxin Global, established in 2017, consisting of WUYIGE CPA Firm LLP, Malone Bailey CPA Firm LLP in America, Liangxuelian CPA Firm LLP in Hong Kong, HW Group LLP in Taiwan, INP Group LLP in Australia and David Yeung PAC in Singapore. Daxin Global’s mission is to provide our clients the most reliable, accurate, and customer orientated accounting and management consulting service. Daxin Global would like to build a fair and stable network platform to help foreign and local companies get mutual corporation.

    Become Event Sponsor

    The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 boasts a variety of exciting sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. Features include prime speaking positions on the main programme, an exhibition offering suppliers a platform to network and showcase their solutions, and intimate roundtable discussion groups, enabling vendors to promote their solutions in interactive sessions.

    If you have a service or product you would like to showcase, please use the details below to make contact with our team.

    Ray Giddings
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    Email: ray.giddings@timetric.com

    The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

    Eligible institutions for the The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 include:

    The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards 2019  will take place on 3rd October in London.

    This year companies can nominate in 14. Full details of this year's categories and criteria can be found on the category tab.

    Send your completed nominations to events@arena-international.com

    Nominees should follow these simple guidelines to ensure their submission has the best chance of winning.

    Submission Rules:

    1. Submissions can be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
    2. Maximum of 1,000 words in Word format, no appendices.
    3. Entry must address the award category explicitly, not generic links to web sites, corporate marketing etc.
    4. Submissions should highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or implementation.
    5. For all categories (excluding the people awards, i.e. personality, young accountant and lifetime achievement) it is made explicit the Entrant, Judges and the publication will treat any and all information in strict confidence and any quotes or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared by the Entrant. 
    6. For the people awards categories, i.e. personality, young accountant and lifetime, the submissions (i.e. people's bios) will be made public on TA & IAB website and the winner will be decided by a subscriber's vote. 
    7. Submissions made after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their relative merits. 
    8. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category.
    9. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion. 
    10. In submitting for more than one category the submissions must be unique (see 3). 
    11. The Editor and Judges' decision is final.

    Please note: Whilst we recommend you to try to submit against as many of the criteria as possible, we appreciate that for some companies this may not be possible. The more you can respond against the stronger your application will be, but we would like to highlight that submitting against all criteria is not mandatory. Should you require further guidance on your entry please contact our Editor – Vincent Huck – Vincent.huck@verdict.co.uk Good luck in your submissions!

    Network of the Year 
    The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. They will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. Nominees in this category must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region's economic performance) 
    • How effectively the network has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets 
    • Evidence that the network has consistently provided a top-level standard in network-wide audit quality 
    • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice 
    • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry 
    • Evidence of client satisfaction 
    • Evidence that the network has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients
    • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public 
    Rising Star Network
    The winner of this award might not be a household name but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market. Nominees in this category must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network. 

    Judges will consider: 
    • Evidence of successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the network's global position and reputation across the world Improved performance by fee income and global expansion 
    • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved 
    • Proven innovation to enhance the network's delivery services 
    Association of the Year 
    The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. They will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Financial performance globally and by region (in the context of a region's economic performance)
    • How effectively the association has strengthened its position in what it identifies as strategically important markets 
    • Evidence that member firms are an employer of choice 
    • Evidence of industry leadership, which could include initiatives such as thought leadership, demonstration of best practice, or playing a lead role in discussions over an issue affecting the industry 
    • Evidence of client satisfaction 
    • Evidence that the association has successfully implemented a strategy that helped it significantly improve its delivery of internal services to member firms and external services to clients 
    • Judges will also consider performance in the face of adversity, industry leadership and the promotion of the highest professional standards to business and the public 
    Rising Star Association 
    The winner of this award might not be a household name but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Evidence of the successful implementation of a strategy that has improved the association's global position and reputation across the world 
    • Improved ranking/market position/increased number of members 
    • Evidence that staff and client satisfaction has improved
    • The use of innovation to greatly enhance the network's delivery of services 
    Audit Innovation of the Year 
    This award will be given to a practice, network or association, which has with a new initiative or innovation in audit made a major change in improving audit quality, efficiency or added value to clients. This innovation could be an addition to an existing audit product/process or a completely new initiative. Judges will look at the benefits and cutting edge thinking behind the innovation. This innovation may have occurred across the whole network/association or just within an individual firm or is a project. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Evidence of improvements in efficiency, accuracy and reliability 
    • Client satisfaction and added value • Contribution to improved audit quality and reliability 
    • Potential to keep the relevance and value of assurance services, at a time when firms grow revenues through advisory and ancillary services 
    Advisory Project of the Year 
    This award will be given to a local firm or global network/association which has been working on an advisory project or projects of significant importance or scale demonstrating the organisation’s advisory abilities. The judges will be looking at how a firm or global network/association has developed certain advisory capabilities and successfully helped clients with its expertise on specific assignment. Nominations are welcome from all advisory areas. Special consideration will be made for projects with a social and environmental impact. 

    Judges will consider: 
    • Evidence that an organisation’s advisory service has made an important difference to the success of a specific client project
    • Evidence of outstanding innovation demonstrated during the work on the project which has benefitted a client/industry 
    • Nominations for advisory assignments which have played an important role in wider society will receive special consideration, as well as those with an approach that promotes healthy and constructive competition or collaboration within the winner’s different service lines 
    Employer of the Year 
    In this category the winning single firm or professional body will demonstrate its commitment to its workforce through staff retention strategy and innovative thinking in securing new talent. The winner will be widely acclaimed for the training and development of its employees as well as their benefits structure. Judges will look for evidence of creative solution to attracting and retaining talent as well as growing a diverse workforce and leadership. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Evidence of creative solutions for attraction and retaining talent
    • Evidence of commitment to a diverse workforce 
    • Evidence of industry leading methods and efforts in the area of human resources 
    • Evidence of high staff satisfaction and high retention rates will also be taken into account 
    Sustainable Organisation of the Year 
    The winning organisation will have demonstrated a commitment to go the extra mile internally with regard to sustainability via a specific initiative. The winning initiative or internal overall strategy would have been rolled out in the past year or launched as an addition to an existing initiative. Judges will be looking for a winner that demonstrates how it has integrated and reported the non-financial KPIs that are material and impact the bottom line while also have a societal dimension (for example, disclosures which help its stakeholders to have better overall understanding of the risks faced by the organisation; effective use of reporting frameworks such as that of the International Integrated Reporting Council; making a significant contribution to the community the organisation operates in). Local, regional and global initiatives welcome.

    Judges will consider
    • Evidence of how the initiative has impacted the firm 
    • An overview of the wider implications of the initiative 
    • Evidence of successful employee involvement in the initiative/project 
    • Special consideration will be given to initiatives that have created a market-wide benchmark 
    Sustainability Champion of the Year 
    The winner will have demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in the financial and accounting sectors by being a driver for change in other organisations. The winner will have developed solutions, tools, innovative thinking and products with the aim of helping organisations develop long term strategies towards a more sustainable economy. 

    Judges will consider 
    • The winner’s achievements in the past year in helping others in their sustainability practices 
    • Relevance of the winner’s activities for the financial and accounting sectors 
    • Advocacy of a sustainable agenda and promotion of a responsible corporate culture
    • Encouragement of long-term thinking and awareness of codes of good corporate governance and ethics 
    • Evidence of a solid grasp of the different frameworks and new standards on sustainability and non-financial information, with a knack for improving them and tailoring them to client’s needs 
    Accountancy Software of the Year 
    The winning accounting practice software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Showcasing the innovation and market leading technology 
    • Evidence of how the effective deployment of the software has reduced costs, improved quality and/or increased opportunities for growth 
    • Evidence of how the product has helped users and achieved high levels of user satisfaction 
    • Proven track record of new software/technology developed to assist the accounting profession 
    Communication Campaign of the Year 
    This award will recognise the work of a communications/marketing/brand ambassadors team across the whole range of accountancy stakeholders (firms, professional bodies, federations, standard-setters, regulators, etc). The winner will have contributed to making successful a campaign that, while being relevant, has excelled in the way it has been communicated. 

    Judges will consider
    • Substance, relevance and importance of the campaign/s or initiative/s that has been promoted
    • Creativity, wittiness and originality of the format, language, style and tone used to address your audience 
    • Ability to explain a technical topic, grabbing the attention of the targeted audience, with an underlying ambition of reaching or getting other professions or industries (investors, politicians, lawmakers, civil society, etc.) interested 
    • Dexterity in capturing the philosophy, values and core mission of your organisation, effectively transmitting a vital message to the winner’s audience 
    Thought Leadership Initiative of the year 
    This category will celebrate the success of a firm, network/association, professional body, regulator, professional federation etc., which has with its thought leadership initiative made a significant contribution towards trying to raise a particular issue, sparking or making a lasting impact on industry debates. Nominations welcome on thought leadership initiatives from the financial and non-financial arena. 

    Judges will consider
    • The impact the thought leadership has had towards influencing a particular topic 
    • Evidence of engagement from stakeholders 
    • Thought provoking content and fresh ways of looking at a particular topic 
    • Long-lasting impact 
    Professional Body of the Year
    The winning professional body should wield a profound influence within the accountancy industry and beyond: finance and business world, government and society as a whole. The winner will be a top influencer that not only serves effectively its membership but also safeguards the public interest nature of the profession, as well as contributes to the values and skills that accountants should master. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Full disclosure of membership information, such as fully qualified members or members pursuing the professional body’s qualification, including country-by-country disclosure for global bodies 
    • Evidence of a strong and/or sustainable growth and development strategy, which meets market demand for skilled professionals 
    • An effective good governance structure, that upholds and supports principles of public interest 
    • Evidence of its influence in the industry of a country, region or internationally, through thought leadership campaigns, constructive lobby initiatives and/or research efforts 
    • Relevant, innovative and successful professional qualification, if applicable 
    • Solid oversight of its certification/examinations and/or regulatory powers of the profession, if applicable 
    Accounting Capacity Building Champion of the Year 
    The winning accountancy stakeholder will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing the profession in emerging countries and/or regions where it is acknowledged that the accountancy infrastructure can be improved. The successful organisation will have contributed (financially and/or by sharing expertise through secondments or other means) to create a more robust framework for doing business, reinforce institutions and strengthen government accountability. 

    Judges will consider 
    • Initiatives in the field of accountancy education that have attracted talent and improved the quality of university and professional bodies’ syllabus 
    • Professional training projects or ad hoc programmes that have empowered practising or part-qualified accountants working for government, accountancy firms, businesses or organisations involved in the development of the country’s financial infrastructure 
    • Cooperation initiatives that have improved the regulation and oversight of the accountancy profession 
    • Advocacy projects that have raised awareness on the importance of strengthening public finance management or helped drafted or passed laws that have or will improve government accountability 

    Young Accountant of the Year
    The winner of this award will have qualified in the past 10 years and will have made a significant difference to his or her employer. Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial flair, technical excellence and leadership potential. The young accountant will be a professional employed in practice, business, government or another organisation in which his or her accountancy skill has become an essential asset.

    Personality of the Year 
    We will be looking for an industry leader who is not scared to take a stand who is outspoken on the issues affecting the profession and who has made a significant contribution in the past year. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business. 

    Lifetime Achievement Award 
    This award recognises consistent levels of achievement within the profession over a number of years. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.

    2018 Winners:


    Network of the Year

    BDO


    Association of the Year

    Allinial Global 


    Rising Star Association of the Year

    Abacus Worldwide


    Audit Innovation of the Year

    Deloitte & Touche


    Employer of the Year

    Crowe

     

    Accountancy Software of the Year

    IRIS


    Expense Management Software of the Year

    AutoEntry


    CRM Software of the Year

    Satago


    Communication Campaign of the Year - Network & Associations

    Praxity Global Alliance


    Communication Campaign of the Year - Professional Body

    Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) 


    Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year

    CPD Worldwide


    Professional Body of the Year

    IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) 


    Advisory Project of the Year

    Mazars


    Sustainability Champion of the Year

    Auren International 


    Accounting Capacity Building Champion of the Year

    Nexia TA


    Rising Star Network of the Year 

    Daxin Global Group


    International Accounting Bulletin Young Accountant of the Year

    Amy Eybsen - Green Hanson Janks


    International Accounting Bulletin Personality of the Year

    Sujata Jaffer, Nexia SJ Tanzania


    International Accounting Bulletin Lifetime Achievement Award 

    Fayezul Choudhury, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)


    William Pitt the Younger Award, presented by The Kazarian Center for Public Financial Management (KCPFM)

    Franciscos Koutentakis & UniLEO

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    • Knowledge Partner
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    • Lunch Sponsor

    The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

    The programme for The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 is currently in production. We are at present conducting primary research with over 50 companies in the sector to ensure our content is focused and offers real value to attendees.

     

    If you are proud of an initiative you would like to share with your peers, please get in touch with us.

     

    Hannah Toms

    Phone: +44 (0) 207 9366 855

    Email: Hannah.toms@arena-international.com

      Event Sponsors

    • Knowledge Partner
    • Silver Sponsors
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    • Badge and Lanyard Sponsor
    • Lunch Sponsor

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      E: ray.giddings@timetric.com 

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