A Rare Opportunity

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I shall be at AccountingWEB’s Practice Excellence Conference tomorrow and it would give me great pleasure to hear the views of readers.

Tomorrow will be a rather unusual day for me, since I’m a regular visitor to the Barbican but usually to witness events such as the superlative Japanese interpretation of Macbeth, which graced its main theatre a couple of weeks ago.

Indeed, while I am at the venue tomorrow one of the big attractions, beyond hearing the speakers regale us with tales of derring-do in the profession, will be to take a few minutes out and nip into Boom for Real, the Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition. Frankly, I’m still unconvinced about his genius as an artist rather than a darling of the marketeers but tomorrow could change all of that.

Writing a weekly column can be a lonely business. While I regularly commune with accountants and listen to their concerns, much of what I write has to be based on my own view of the profession and the concerns of its members. Therefore, I relish the opportunity to meet and chat with readers.

If you are coming to the Barbican tomorrow, please try and track me down and let me know what you think about the world today, accountancy in all its glory and, if you really must, this column.

I will happily put up with praise, but any kind of constructive criticism or verbal abuse would also be welcome, since the only way in which any writer can meet the needs of his or her readers is to find out what those needs are.

As anyone who is a regular follower of this column will know, the vast majority of my career has been spent in a tax practice at an assortment of medium-sized firms, most recently specialising in Employment Tax and Reward. However, I have a genuine interest in all aspects of the accountancy profession and in particular would love to hear about the way in which you believe it will develop in both the short and long-term. In brutal terms, is it going to flourish or die over the next 20 years?

However, if you would prefer to talk about the best new plays in London, of which there have been a great number this autumn, which will generate a column at some point in the next few weeks, novels, culture in general, technology or even sport, hair and tattoos that’s fine by me.

Until tomorrow!

About Philip Fisher


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