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Spring optimism, planning and informed change

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With winter nearly behind us, Joanne Birtwistle looks ahead at the topics and discussions that will be springing up on AccountingWEB in the months ahead.

23rd Mar 2023
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Perhaps it’s because I’ve been relying on my log burner to keep warm instead of my central heating or maybe it’s the broader economic climate we are living in, but for me at least, it’s felt like a particularly long, cold winter.

So celebrations are in order as we approach the end of this month, not only for making it to spring but also for making it through another Budget day.

And, in the spirit of optimism espoused by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last week, another reason to be cheerful: we will not now enter a recession this year, as had previously been expected, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) latest analysis.

The economy will still shrink by 0.2% this year, just not over two consecutive quarters – thereby avoiding the technical definition of recession. 

Planning for the year ahead

So as spring arrives, having survived the season of self assessment, navigated the MTD ITSA delay and avoided recession, the team here at AccountingWEB have planned our 2023/24 editorial calendar with five key themes in mind:

  • the skills crunch
  • choosing to specialise
  • getting to grips with crypto
  • business fitness in a downturn
  • practice innovation.

While these are pretty chunky topics, we know there is more that keeps you awake at night and we will continue to serve up articles and columns on the gamut of issues as you’d expect. It will be business as usual.

But for these distinct topics, now is the right time to deliver independent editorial analysis and insight, with a holistic approach and in greater depth.

In-depth special reports on this year’s hot topics

Our editorial special reports will address the problems you need to solve in your practices or business, inform and help you navigate industry changes.

We will talk to accountants and finance professionals, membership bodies, vendors, specialists from other sectors, Accounting Excellence Awards judges and winners to find out the different approaches and practical ways accountants and finance professionals can tackle the challenges they face.

Our topic choices have been informed by the stories you read and comment on across the site, the questions you raise in Any Answers, the conversations we’ve had at industry events and the collective themes that emerge through your Accounting Excellence Awards entries. For the editorial team these detailed award entries, in particular, are a window into the challenges you have overcome, how you did it, where you see the next big opportunity and what is keeping you awake at night. 

Helping you make informed decisions

Each special report has four deep-dive chapters. “Solving your skills crunch”, for example, has chapters on different approaches to recruitment, retention, and alternatives such as outsourcing and automation. Each will include real-life examples, practical steps and strategies from experts, advice on pricing/costs/fees, research data and statistics, and will consider the potential risks and challenges alongside new opportunities. 

These reports will be available as downloadable PDFs and will also be broken down for easier digestion through our daily news emails. We plan to bring these topics to life through our podcasts and webinars, plus we’d really love to continue the conversation and spark debate at events like AccountingWEB Live Expo.

We are about to start working on the first of these reports, with publication in April/early May. If you have any specific questions you’d like answered within the pages of any of our five topic themes, please do DM me.