16 theatres, 150 expert speakers, over 180 CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars and workshops, and 200 exhibitors – that’s the compelling line-up that awaits the 7,000+ attendees preparing to visit Accountex 2018 – the UK’s flagship event for the accountancy and finance profession.
Back at ExCeL London on 23-24 May, the 2018 event will be its biggest yet. Reflecting the show’s enormous breadth of appeal, in the past few weeks (since online registrations officially opened) over 2,400 accountants, finance directors, accounts managers, tax professionals, heads of IT, bookkeepers, and sole practitioners (working in practice, industry, and the public sector) have already added their names to the visitor list.
For them, Accountex is the “must attend” event for discovering the best new products, tools, solutions, insights, and innovations of the year. It’s also the only UK event that annually attracts so many industry thought leaders together in one place at one time.
“Our exhibitors and speakers include many of the profession’s leading innovators and key thinkers. They are constantly evolving and developing their products, technologies, business solutions and strategies to meet the changing needs of their customers and clients,” explains event director Zoe Lacey-Cooper.
“We’re confident in saying that every new innovation and best practice/working solution that our visitors need to know about will be at Accountex London this May,” she says, “that’s what makes it such a valuable and productive two days for everyone involved.”
Among the recently confirmed speakers are Carl Reader, small business advisor and author of The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook; accountancy futurist Chris Hooper, CEO of Accodex; entrepreneur Caroline Plumb OBE, founder of Fluidly; marketing consultant Amanda C Watts; Anne Davis, head of regulation and policy for the IFA; Gordon Gilchrist and Ian Fletcher from 2020 Innovation; Ed Molyneux, CEO and founder of FreeAgent; Paul Shrimpling, MD of Remarkable Practice; Samantha Mann, senior policy and research officer at CIPP; Tony Margaritelli, chairman of the ICPA; and John Stokdyk, global editor of AccountingWEB.
While Sage, Wolters Kluwer, QuickBooks, ACCA, FUTRLI, MyFirmsApp, TaxCalc, and effective pricing Mark Wickersham, will all be hosting content in their own dedicated theatres.
New features include the Tech Demo Theatre, Practice & Compliance Theatre, Future & Development Theatre (sponsored by Receipt Bank), and Sales & Marketing Theatre. The returning Keynote Theatre (sponsored by Compleat Software), is now one of a pair. The introduction of a second Keynote stage now enables the show to cater for a significantly bigger audience (with plenty of capacity between them for this year’s big name draws).
Of course, the ‘big names’ aren’t just reserved for the theatres. The central exhibition will feature around 200 companies – including Sage, Xero, QuickBooks, FreeAgent, TaxCalc, Wolters Kluwer, IRIS, Compleat Software, Receipt Bank, Abbey Tax, WebExpenses, Avalara, BrightPay, Worldpay, Octopus Blue, Capium, Accountancy Manager, Spotcap, GoCardless, AON, Tide, Cater Allen, Campaign Master, Senta, Docusoft, iStorage, Pandle, Redundancy Claims UK, TwentyTwo Agency, and Global Infosys.
Accountex takes place at London ExCeL on 23-24 May. Attending is free and all Keynotes and seminars (in the show’s 18 theatres) are allocated on a first come, first served basis.