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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY FORUM

We are delighted to announce the return of the annual and eagerly-awaited Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019.

For the eighth year running, we are bringing together leading accounting firms, regulators and industry bodies; consultancies and advisors, law firm and tech vendors to debate the key challenges impacting the accountancy sector and the opportunities for growth that they represent.
This prestigious event returns to London and to the iconic Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Opened in 1908 and built in the American style, the hotel is now a symbol of English heritage.

Join us to celebrate all that is best and most innovative in modern accounting.

Our one-day summit, running 0900-1715, explores market trends and new solutions with sessions encompassing both individual speeches and panel discussions under the following topic areas:

  • Transforming People, Process, Technology and Data
  • Digital Transformation of Accounting
  • The Cyber Security and Data Management Landscape
  • Trailblazing into the Future of the Accountancy Profession

DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY AWARDS

After the Digital Accountancy Forum itself is over, join us for our evening event, the Digital Accountancy Awards!

We’ll be starting with a Reception and Canapes, followed by Dinner and Winners.

The Digital Accountancy Awards is the industry’s premiere awards programme, recognising both rising stars and established leaders among the institutions who make up the global accountancy profession.

Our Awards, as always, will recognize excellence in accounting and we’ll commemorate the achievements of the past year from accounting firms and solution providers as well as identifying the outstanding individuals in accountancy.

We very much look forward to seeing you there on Thursday, 3 October 2019!

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

With focused sessions, practical workshops, an exhibition and an evening Gala Awards dinner, the 8th annual Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 offers delegates the perfect opportunity in which to share their experience, challenges and opportunities in accountancy.

STANDARD RATES
Firms, Networks & Associations – Forum and Awards Dinner £565
Industry Solution Providers – Forum and Awards Dinner £1295
Awards Gala Dinner Ticket  £350

SPECIAL OFFER

Bring the team! Get three tickets for the price of two. This special offer applies only to the standard rates shown above.

Book your tickets now, contact:

Zoi Kotzampasi 

T: +44 (0) 20 3096 2587
E: zoi.kotzampasi@arena-international.com

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

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Partner
  • Policy & External Affairs Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Project Director
  • Strategy Advisor
  • Head of Standards and Financial Reporting

Company Type:

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

Terms and Conditions

Costs: All rates are subject to VAT where applicable
Changes: We reserve the right to change event details if necessary, although we will endeavour to keep all changes to a minimum. We will inform you as soon as possible of important changes, for example name or date changes.
Cancellations: Cancellations without a substitute delegate received a month prior to the event will be subject to a 20% cancellation charge. Delegates cancelling after 3 September 2019 without a substitute delegate will be required to pay the full fee and no refund will be made. Cancellations must be received in writing or via email and will not be accepted over the telephone.
Substitutions: You may substitute delegates in writing at any time and will incur no penalty fee.
Force Majeure: We reserve the right to cancel the event by reason of force majeure, included but not limited to fire, flood, extreme weather conditions, acts of war or violence, malicious damage, explosion, earthquake, strike, civil disturbances, political unrest, riot, labour dispute, power cuts or any other extraneous variable beyond our control. 

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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

 

Kevin Lord - Practice Digital Enablement Manager, FreeAgent

Kevin has worked with small businesses and SMEs for nearly a decade to raise awareness of the benefits that digital tools can bring and to assist businesses through times of change. 

With a career that spans a high-growth technology company and the SME banking industry, Kevin has a wealth of relevant business knowledge and experience to inform his advice and insight. This ranges from how online accounting software like FreeAgent can keep your clients compliant with Making Tax Digital to how you can maximise the opportunities that digital tools can bring to your practice. At FreeAgent Kevin works with colleagues and accounting partners to promote awareness of the revolutionary business improvements cloud accounting software can generate.

 

Adam Page - Lead Director Analytics and Modelling, Deloitte

 

Adam is a Director specialising in Analytics & Modelling, helping assurance and advisory clients in any industry. Adam's expertise lies in 3 areas:

·         assessing and improving data quality and integrity

·         giving assurance over processes such as reporting & forecasting, migrating data to new systems, integrating or reconciling multiple data sources

·         reviewing client models or building new models

Adam has spent over 15 years in the Audit practice, with deep experience in financial services and now focuses on building up our Corporate Audit expertise, and has worked in Spain, Iceland and Australia.

 

Jaap De Ward - Head of Business Development, CaseWare

 

Jaap started his career at KPMG Netherlands performing a broad spectrum of accounting and audit work ranging from the preparation of financial statements for family owned businesses to the audit of listed companies.

After seven years he decided to follow his passion for computer software. Using the auditing and accounting experience gained with KPMG he joined CaseWare Netherlands, where he worked as Product Manager developing and launching a highly successful Audit product.

 

About 12 years ago Jaap joined CaseWare International to take on the challenge of developing new markets in Europe and the Middle East, founding CaseWare International's European office.

He works closely with the CaseWare distributors and the software development teams in Toronto and is a member of the CaseWare International Executive Team.

He is the main contact for international mid-tier accounting networks, and is responsible for product localization in new markets.

 

Jay Weinstein  - Managing Partner, Allinial Global (EisnerAmper)

 

Jay Weinstein is a Managing Partner at EisnerAmper with responsibility for executing business strategies for existing markets and industries, and identifying emerging opportunities.  Jay is also Co-Head of EisnerAmper’s Artificial Intelligence Program. With over 25 years of experience, Jay possesses significant expertise in serving private equity-backed businesses. EisnerAmper, a member firm of Allinial Global, is an international audit, tax, and advisory firm offering services to a wide spectrum of industries.

 

Mark Edmondson – CEO, Inflo

 

Mark Edmondson ACA has been at the cutting edge of accounting technology for over 10 years. As a specialist in the use of technology within compliance and advisory services, he is the brainchild behind the software company Inflo. Mark created Inflo to help firms of all sizes improve team productivity and the quality of work as well as create a stronger value proposition to increase fee income from existing and new clients. Mark’s subject matter expertise gives him a unique perspective on the profession as his team works closely with accounting firms, professional bodies, and other key stakeholders around the world to take full advantage of emerging technology trends.

 

 

Leonard Huang - Managing Partner, Daxin Global

 

Leo is a Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand, Master of Accounting based in Melbourne. He is the founding partner of Daxin INP Australia which was the top 10 startup accounting firm ranked by Australian financial review. Regular speaker for continuing professional development for CPA Australia. Leo has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of fintech consulting, he is working closely with the professional body, universities and government regulator to assist the adaption of machine learning, blockchain and cloud computing technology. He passionate about IT and strongly believes these tools will reform the way how accountants work and the benefits it can bring to clients and our industry.

 

 

Brian Coventry – CEO, Symphony Professional

 

And more...

 

 

Catherine Onoselase 
If you want to speak at the event, please get in touch with us as soon as possible – places are going fast!

T: +44 (0) 2079366504
E: catherine.onoselase@arena-international.com


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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

Become Event Sponsor

The Digital Accountancy Forum & 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 contact us now. 

Ray Giddings
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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.

CaseWare

At CaseWare, we develop cutting-edge software solutions that are changing the future of audit, financial reporting and data analytics. We continually work to produce a stream of successful product improvements, innovations, adaptations, and extensions. Our CaseWare Working Papers, IDEA, and Cloud platforms are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to change the way we think about and work with data. The result: measurable returns on efficiency, quality, and value for firms and their clients. Leading the industry of over 30 years, more than 500,000 users in 130 countries and 16 languages use CaseWare Solutions.

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.

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.

RSM is a world’s 6th largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms providing services to entrepreneurial growth-focused organisations globally. RSM has firms in 120 countries, with 800 offices and 43,000 people internationally. We put ourselves at the heart of our clients’ business where we can be most effective. As their long-term adviser, we gain a deep understanding of every aspect of their business so we can respond with the right expertise and insights at the right time. Wherever our clients are in the world, they enjoy the same seamless service, combining astute local knowledge with the global expertise of our most senior professionals. We’re passionate about their success and about empowering them to face the future with confidence.


FreeAgent is the UK’s market-leading online accounting system designed specifically for small business owners and their accountants. Already used by over 70,000 small business customers, FreeAgent’s powerful end-to-end accounting solution is specifically designed to simplify the admin associated with your smaller clients, while giving you the robust features and proactive alerts that your practice needs.

Receipt Bank is revolutionizing bookkeeping for over 25,000 accountants and bookkeepers and tens of thousands of small business customers globally, using award winning AI and automation to unlock the value of bookkeeping and real-time accounting.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development.

Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.

Since 1999 Symphony - APS has partnered with over 500 Law Firms, Accountants and Consultants in the UK, USA and Australia. Initially specialising in practice management solutions, we have evolved to develop holistic, cross-platform expertise, encompassing business critical, strategic and functionally rich industry leading technologies.

 

Uniquely, we have also developed a methodology, trademarked Envision, which sits at the core of everything we do. Envision unearths the forces that are restraining business performance and platform choices, providing a space for action and directs focus on the forces that drive your future growth and Why.

 

Symphony - APS is proud to provide unique, best of both worlds, client lifecycle solutions.

Exhibitor

Circit is a SaaS auditing platform which enables the automation of audit confirmations with banks, brokers and law firms.

In 2019, Circit launched their innovative new product "Instant Confirmations" which brings the bank confirmation time to less than 30 seconds, eliminates the bank processing fee of £25+ and removes the fraud risk associated with the legacy paper confirmation request process.

As an FCA regulator approved company, Circit saves time and money for auditors and their clients, while simultaneously reducing operational risk.

For more information visit: www.circit.io

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About CaseWare

At CaseWare, we develop cutting-edge software solutions that are changing the future of audit, financial reporting and data analytics. We continually work to produce a stream of successful product improvements, innovations, adaptations, and extensions. Our CaseWare Working Papers, IDEA, and Cloud platforms are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to change the way we think about and work with data. The result: measurable returns on efficiency, quality, and value for firms and their clients. Leading the industry of over 30 years, more than 500,000 users in 130 countries and 16 languages use CaseWare Solutions.

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IRIS Software Group

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T-Tech is one of the fastest growing IT Consultancy, Support and Cloud Service providers in the UK, serving small and medium-sized accountancy practices. T-Tech strive to support firms with the latest advances in technology, whether that be implementing business processes through intelligent automation, or driving solutions such as making tax digital. T-Tech ensures that technology supports practices, not only in day-to-day operations, but also in strategies for growth and innovation.

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MSI Global Alliance is one of the world’s leading international associations of independent legal and accounting firms with over 260 member firms in more than 100 countries. MSI Global Alliance was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms. We provide a platform for our member firms to win and retain high quality clients with pan-national, international and multi-national needs. Please visit our website www.msiglobal.org for further information.

 

MSI Global Alliance’s head office is based in 3-7 Temple Avenue, 147-149 Temple Chambers, London EC4Y 0DA, United Kingdom – Phone: +44 (0)20 7583 7000 Email: enquiry@msiglobal.org

 


Nexia International is a leading worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms, providing a comprehensive portfolio of audit, accountancy, tax and advisory services. With more than 667 offices in over 115 ciuntries around the world, Nexia member firms work together to help their clients achieve their business and financial goals. When you choose a Nexia firm, you get a more responsive, more personal, partner-led service, across the world. Nexia is a highly active network that drives quality and facilitates collaboration to enable its member firms to provide effective local and global solutions.

BDO is a global leading accountancy and business advisory organisation extending across 162 countries and territories, with 80,087 people working out of 1,591 offices – and they’re all working towards one goal: to provide our clients with exceptional service.

HLB is a global network of independent advisory and accounting firms. We have a history of innovation, collaboration and are dedicated to helping clients grow across borders. Through the power of 27,485 professionals across 153 countries, we combine local expertise and global capabilities to service your needs. Our members are locally established with deep roots in their local communities yet are closely connected with professionals from across the world. We support clients as they grow nationally, regionally and globally, ensuring a consistent high-quality client experience and personalised service wherever you operate.

Parker Randall International is a high-flying and ambitious global network of audit, tax and advisory firms across 63 countries.

Parker Randall International Ltd is a not-for-profit, non-practising, international membership entity organised as a private company limited by guarantee. Parker Randall International Ltd is incorporated in London, England.

Our member firms offer the full range of accounting, audit, tax and advisory services, while the network is robustly managed to ensure quality for all clients. So much so that Parker Randall International was awarded network status by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) earlier this year.

 

We badge the network as ‘an alternative to the Big Four and other major firms across the world’. To achieve this, we rely upon a strong central leadership team to provide strong vetting of new members, followed by reliable training and support.

 

Members are selected based on exacting requirements for size, reputation, quality of practice, diverse technical capabilities and geographic location.

Parker Randall International has taken a measured approach to its structure, governance and membership. Now, our proven formula has given us a platform for growth.

Since 1983, Russell Bedford International has specialised in supporting companies meet the challenges of international business expansion.

Ranked as one of the world’s top accounting groups, the network is represented by some 700 partners, 6500 staff and 350 offices, in 100 countries around the globe.

With accountants, auditors, tax advisers and business consultants, Russell Bedford provides financial expertise and business consultancy to companies within many different markets and industries, taking businesses not only where they want to go, but helping them explore new horizons, with global talent and latest technologies.

The network is intimate – Russell Bedford firms understand their client needs deeply, winning on excellent service delivery and an authentic attitude to client relationships. A promise given by one member firm is delivered throughout the network – being equipped and committed to ‘taking you further’.

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Daxin Global Co., Ltd.( Hereinafter referred to as Daxin Global) is an international network of independent accounting and consulting firms, registered in 2017 in China with the aim to formalize worldwide business referrals among its members firms and to facilitate the growth of International economic exchanges. Its member firms are located in China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), southeast Asia, Oceania, North America, Europe and Africa, and providing a comprehensive portfolio of audit, accountancy, tax, and advisory services for their clients.

Though the history of Daxin Global is young, it has grown steadily and has provided effective support for international engagements among the members. In 2018, Daxin Global won the “Rising Star Network 2018” awarded by IAB and The Accountant . Daxin Global would like to build a fair and stable network platform to help local and global clients of each member to get timely assistance.

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Praxity is an innovative, international alliance of over 700 offices of best-in class independent Participant Firms. Together, they share their combined expertise from strategic locations around the world, leveraging highly-customised business solutions and deep regional understanding – driving outstanding results and returns for clients in over 100 countries.

Collectively, our Participant Firms are champions for business globally, with an uncompromising, yet collaborative model for aligning and uniting ambitious, like-minded companies like yours. Independent expert advisers are hand-picked from more than 40,000 professionals – working seamlessly in multidisciplinary teams across international borders to meet every client need. Praxity Participant Firms have the capability, resources and scale to support clients ranging from small ambitious businesses to established global, listed organisations.

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Validis is unique data extraction technology that enables SMEs to share their accounting information easily and securely with global accountancy firms, banks and alternative finance providers. The software extracts a full historical, transactional level data set from both online and offline accounting packages and standardises it into one single format in under 10 minutes, saving significant time and resource for both the accountancy firm and the SME clients they service. Our accountancy clients use our software to improve the efficiency, productivity and accuracy of their financial review processes across audit, tax, corporate finance, insolvency, forensics and more.

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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

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

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Thursday, 3 October 2019. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and three Awards for individuals.

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 may be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
  2. Your entry should be no longer than 1,000 words in Word format, no appendices.
  3. Your entry must address the award category explicitly; do not offer generic links to web sites, corporate marketing etc.
  4. Submissions should highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or implementation being cited.
  5. For all corporate categories (i.e. excluding those being made to individuals) it is made explicit that the Entrant, the Judges and the publications will treat any and all information in strict confidence.
  6. Any quotations or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared with the Entrant.
  7. For the Awards for individuals, any submissions (e.g. biographies) will be publicised on The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin and the winner will be decided by a subscribers’ vote. 
  8. Submissions made after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their relative merits.
  9. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category.
  10. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion. 
  11. In submitting for more than one category each submission must be unique. 
  12. The Editor and Judges' decision is final.

Should you require further guidance on your entry please contact our Editor

Robin Amlôt
Group Editor, Accountancy
E: robin.amlot@verdict.co.uk

Good luck in your submissions!

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Thursday, 3 October 2019. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and three Awards for individuals.
Full details of the judging criteria for each Award may be found on the downloadable PDF document, the Awards Information Pack.

CORPORATE AWARDS

NETWORK OF THE YEAR

The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It 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 must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

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 must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It 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.

RISING STAR ASSOCIATION
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.

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.


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 organization’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.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
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.

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
The winner 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 having a societal dimension (for example, disclosures which help its stakeholders to have better overall understanding of the risks faced by the organization; effective use of reporting frameworks such as that of the IIRC; making a significant contribution to the community the organization operates in). Local, regional and global initiatives are all welcome.

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 organizations. 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.

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.

EXPENSE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning expense management 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.


CRM SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning customer relationship management 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.

COMMUNICATIONS 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.

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.

PROFESSIONAL BODY OF THE YEAR
The winning professional body should wield a profound influence within the accountancy industry and beyond: including the 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.

ACCOUNTING CAPACITY BUILDING
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 organiZation 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.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

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.

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Thursday, 3 October 2019.

Robin Amlôt

Group Editor, The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin

 


Jon Lisby FCA FIIA

Jon Lisby is a well-respected figure in the accountancy profession. He was CEO of Kreston International, building a branded network of some 200 member firms across 120 countries with global revenues exceeding $2.4bn. Prior to joining Kreston International, Jon was national managing partner at Numerica LLP, a nine office UK practice with 750 partners and staff. Numerica LLP was acquired by a combination of BDO and Vantis in 2005.

 


Jonathan Minter

Jonathan Minter is Senior Editor – Financial Services for Intelligent Partnership. Prior to joining Intelligent Partnership in 2019, he spent six years at GlobalData and was, most recently, Group Editor of International Accounting Bulletin and The Accountant.

 


James Peterson

James Peterson has more than four decades of experience in multinational matters involving corporate finance. For 19 years he was a senior in-house lawyer and partner in a large accounting firm. He teaches at business schools in Paris and Chicago. Publications include: Count Down: The Past, Present and Uncertain Future of the Big Four Accounting Firms (2ed 2017) and DOA: Can Big Audit Survive the UK Regulators? (2019).


This year's finalists of Digital Accountancy Awards are:

Accountancy Software of the Year

Arthur Online

Capitilise

Daxin Global Group LLP

Fluidly

FreeAgent

IRIS Software Group

Know Your Customer

Node40

Schneider Downs

Xero

Inflo

Symphony

Accounting Capacity Building Champion of the Year 

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

ACCA

Advisory Project of the Year

BDO Brazil

Nexia TA

SKP Business Consulting

Association of the Year

Abacus Worldwide

Allinial Global

BDO Alliance USA

BKR International

FUSE Accountants

MSI Global Alliance

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

IAPA International

Audit Innovation of the Year

BDO

Deloitte & Touche LLP

JOINSON&SPICE BV

PwC

Validis

Communication Campaign of the Year - Network/Association

BDO Brazil

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs

Nexia SAB&T

Nexia TA

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

CRM Software of the Year

Accountancy Manager

Symphony

Expense Management Software of the Year

FreeAgent

Xero

Fluidly

International Accounting Bulletin Lifetime Achievement Award

BDO Brazil

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

International Accounting Bulletin Personality of the Year

FUSE Accountants

Russell Bedford International

International Accounting Bulletin Young Accountant of the Year

Ballards

BDO Brazil

Enson Africa Limited

SKP Business Consulting LLP (Nexia)

Network of the Year

HLB International

Russell Bedford International

Professional Body of the Year

ACCA

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Rising Star Association of the Year

Abacus Worldwide

Allinial Global

INPACT

IAPA International

Sustainability Champion of the Year

Winner to be announced on the evening

Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year 

ACCA

Allinial Global

MCM CPAs & Advisors

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2019 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Thursday, 3 October 2019. 


Award Winners will be publicised online and in print following the ceremony.



2019 winners 


Accountancy Software of the Year

Inflo

 

Accounting Capacity Building Champion of the Year  

ICAEW


ADVISORY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

SKP Business Consulting, a Nexia member firm

 

Association of the Year

Praxity Global Alliance Ltd

 

Audit Innovation of the Year

PwC

 

Communication Campaign of the Year

Nexia SAB&T

 

CRM Software of the Year

Symphony

 

Expense Management Software of the Year

Xero

 

International Accounting Bulletin Lifetime Achievement Award

Raul Corrêa da Silva BDO Brazil

 

International Accounting Bulletin Personality of the Year

Stephen Hamlet, CEO of Russell Bedford International

 

International Accounting Bulletin Young Accountant of the Year

Jigar Doshi SKP Business Consulting LLP (Nexia)

 

Network of the Year

Russell Bedford International

 

Professional Body of the Year

ACCA

 

Rising Star Association of the Year

Allinial Global


RISING STAR NETWORK

Parker Randall International

 

Sustainability Champion of the Year

IAPA International

 

Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year  

ACCA and CPA Canada for joint report


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The 8th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019

The agenda for the Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2019 has been created through close collaboration with the industry. We aim to ensure that only the most up-to-the-minute topics appear on the programme.

If you would like to get involved please contact:

Catherine Onoselase

T: +44 (0) 2079366504

E: catherine.onoselase@arena-international.com



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