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The 2019 Talks series sees expert panels offer insights and practical advice for accountants through live, interactive video streams. You can also watch the whole 2018 series now on demand.

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Thursday 24 October

Implications of AI for accounting

Life as a practitioner appears to be an endless obstacle course of new compliance hurdles that need to be overcome. But if you’re always focusing on the next fence, you may not see how the course is changing ahead of you.

If you’ve got any concerns or questions about the impact AI is likely to have on accountancy, this is your chance to find the answers. 

On-demand Sessions

19 September 2019:

How to build a practice fit for future growth

Wolters Kluwer research and data from Accounting Excellence Awards entrants confirm that with MTD, digital workflows are increasingly coming into play in practice.

This session will identify the areas where practice owners and managers should be focusing their attention over the next few years.

22 August 2019:

Beyond the cloud: Why you can’t afford for your firm to be left behind

The age of cloud has ushered in new efficiencies and ways of working to the modern accountancy practice. However, this has led to an increasingly competitive market, with compliance services in particular becoming more commoditised.

This session will take a look at the current cloud landscape using polling data from AccountingWEB and research from Xero.

20 July 2019:

Data: the fuel that drives your accounting firm

Data is the bedrock for modern accountancy and the firms that manage data best will prosper in the rapidly evolving digital marketplace.

To do so, they need to stay on top of data protection and cybersecurity, but ultimately success will come from using numbers to tell compelling stories/trigger forward-looking conversations with business clients.

During this practical 45min session, experienced practitioners will show and tell you how they do this.

20 June 2019:

Nail your niche and fast-track your success

You’ve got your clients into MTD; what do you do next?

Targeting a particular type of client and offering specific services are fundamental building blocks for practice focus. Niche firms grow faster in terms of annual fees and are a frequent type of Accounting Excellence Award entrant.

This Talk will give viewers a clear idea of the steps they need to follow to start differentiating themselves by the types of services they offer.

23 May 2019:

The automated practice: how technology can serve your firm

Accountants and business owners are living in a time of rapid change, driven by technology and legislative changes like Making Tax Digital.

This Talk will explore how to successfully embrace the changes that will really make a difference to your firm.

18 April 2019:

The quiet revolution in accounts payable: How AP automation adds to the bottom line

There’s a quiet revolution happening in accounts payable. This talk will illustrate what’s going on, how your finance team can benefit from automation and how it’s altering the B2B payments space.

26 March 2019:

MTD: Live Q&A and Surgery

Despite the government’s flagship digital taxation policy being imminent, there are still many questions left unanswered. These range from the technical to the technological, and cover issues as diverse as workflows, digital records and unwilling clients.

Our panel of experts answer last-minute queries on MTD – a series of pre-asked questions before moving on to tackle live audience questions.

21st February 2019:

Everything you need for Making Tax Digital 2019

Now that self assessment season is over accountants have just a few weeks before Making Tax Digital for VAT kicks in. In the first Talks session of 2019, our panelists will help firms focus their attention on the clients and tasks that need to be completed before April.

8th November 2018:

Making Tax Digital for small business clients

Making Tax Digital is just around the corner and accountants are now looking at how to deal with the practicalities of MTD for VAT. In this webcast we will be examining how firms and their clients are preparing for the change ahead of the April 2019 deadline.

18th October 2018:

MTD, VAT and bridging software: Everything you need to know now

Next year marks an important milestone for Making Tax Digital. From April 2019 it will be mandatory for any VAT-registered business with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold to keep their records digitally and send their VAT returns using MTD-compatible software.

27th September 2018:

Accounting Excellence insights 2018

In this live, interactive session we take a look at some of the key trends and assess what they mean for the future direction of accountancy in the company of expert panellists from the profession.

16th August 2018:

How to solve a problem like MTD:
An Agenda for Excellence

Accounting Excellence technology champion-turned-Sage product director Chris Downing will share practical, real-life examples on how practitioners can use their MTD strategy as a springboard to longer term practice development.

19th July 2018:

How to deliver better client service in the digital age?

Providing exceptional client experience has always been a top priority for accountants. However, the digital age has brought new processes, techniques and tools, as well as increased rewards for those firms who get it right. How can you evolve your practice to make sure you retain your clients and attract new ones?

21st June 2018:

You’ve done cloud, now what?

The clearest trend to emerge from the 2017 Excellence Awards was the arrival of cloud systems in the practice mainstream. This session will examine how firms are adapting their cloud services to differentiate themselves.

17th May 2018:

What’s ahead on the road to MTD?

In the second Accounting Excellence Talks session on digital compliance the panel digs more deeply into preparations for the transition to Making Tax Digital. As well as dealing with the technical and technology aspects of MTD, the session will delve into awareness levels of MTD within small businesses and what accountants will need to do to bring their clients up to speed.

19th April 2018:

Secrets of tech-first firms

Keeping up with new technology is one of the greatest concerns for accountants today, but how can you discern which will be the most beneficial for you, and can certain software help you attract and retain clients and staff?

15th March 2018:

VAT Reclaim: Don’t leave money on the table

T&E isn’t just a complex expense — it’s one of your biggest. But are you leaving money on the table? In this free session for accountants in business, a panel of experts will give practical guidance on VAT recovery of expenses and how you can lower costs and help your bottom line.

15th February 2018:

The coming digital tax challenges, with Rebecca Benneyworth

Small business tax is in a state of flux, so prepare your clients and firm for these changes with practical advice from tax expert Rebecca Benneyworth, Nick Williams from Intuit Quickbooks and practitioner Fiona Fraser.