Strategy & growth: advisory, automation & apps
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About this episode
Have you heard that the first ever AccountingWEB Live Expo will be taking place on 1-2 December 2021 at the Coventry Building Society Arena? Attendees can register for a choice of 60+ workshops, panels, lectures and live Q & As across seven theatres. We’ll cover a diverse range of subjects from MTD, Self Assessment and business tax to advisory, the rise of specialism and building your app stack.
Over the six episodes of Expo Talks we’ll be covering the core themes at the Expo, and talking to some of speakers who will be previewing their sessions and revealing what they'll be covering. Don’t forget to click on the link at the beginning and end of the episode to register for the Expo now.
In the first episode, we looked at Tax & Digital with Rebecca Benneyworth and Paul Aplin. Inevitably we talked about MTD and collectively decided there would be no delay. Two days later - everything changed! Let's hope for similar levels of intuition and smarts from our guests for our second episode as we talk about Strategy & Growth - specifically around the three As of Advisory, Automation and Apps.
Introducing our guests:
• Paul Layte runs London-based Next Level Business. Paul founded Next Level Business with a mission to make UK businesses more successful - a mission he has taken on by specialising in advisory around tech and finance. It's a mission that won Next Level Business picking up the covered Small Firm of the Year award in the 2019 Accounting Excellence Awards. Next Level are up for two awards again this year (that's October 21st - end plug), Specialist Team of the Year and Paul himself for an Accounting Hero Award. Prior to starting up Next Level Business, Paul have started and grown businesses for other people that turnover £100m+, developing countless new revenue and profit stream. He has also worked for such businesses as Future PLC, Regus PLC, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin Mobile and Grant Thornton.
• Previously at UHY Hacker Young and based up in Manchester, Stuart Hurst is Director and "cloud accounting guru" at Accounts and Legal. Stuart is also Xero MVP for 2021. Passionate about helping clients grow their business by automating their systems and better understanding their numbers, Accounts and Legal are truly a firm in the cloud and one with an ambition to "bring some of the Accounts and Legal magic to every corner of the country in the next few years." Stuart's Twitter bio reads "Love the cloud. Also love a good game of PacMan." As anyone who has viewed his LinkedIn updates will know, he also loves TikTok so expect to see some dancing later in the episode
• Finally, Will Farnell will be no stranger to the AccountingWEB audience. Founder & Director of Norwich-based Farnell Clarke Limited since 2008, Will has been evangelising about tech for years - something readers of his bestselling book The Digital Firm will know or anyone who has seen him on the lecture circuit. Will and Farnell Clarke have won countless accounting awards but most recently, Will began App Advisory Plus - a platform to help accounting firms transform their practices through cloud-based apps and deliver profitable app advisory that unlocks new revenue opportunities for their clients.
So that's three experts in advisory, automation and apps - three services that are shaping the future of accounting. Come and discover what they will be talking about at the Expo and their predictions for 2022.
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