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Accountex 2018 opens at London ExCeL this week

22nd May 2018
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Thousands of accountants and finance professionals from across the UK will be heading to London this week, over 23-24 May – as Accountex returns to ExCeL to showcase the best new products, solutions, insights, and innovations of the year.

20 theatres, 280 CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars and workshops and 228 exhibitors – that’s the compelling line-up that awaits when doors open at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 23 May).

“Accountex is the only UK event that annually attracts so many of the profession’s leading innovators and key thinkers together in one place at one time,” explains Zoe Lacey-Cooper, event director of Accountex.

“From our speakers and exhibitors to the visitors themselves – the who’s who of the accountancy world will be at the show doing business.   Over two days our visitors will be able to take away real-time solutions and ideas, which will help them to continue to provide the best all-round accountancy service possible.   That’s why so many recommend it and call it their favourite show of the year,” she says.

As the UK’s biggest accountancy and finance event of the year, the show may need little introduction to the industry it serves.  Over 7,000 attendees are expected, including accountants, finance directors, MDs, accounts managers, tax professionals, bookkeepers, sole practitioners and smaller accountancy firms.  Plus senior decision makers from big name practices like PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, BDO, RSM, Smith & Williamson, Moore Stephens, Mazars, PKF, Saffery Champness, Haines Watts, Crowe Clark Whitehill, UHY Hacker Young, MHA Macintyre Hudson, Kingston Smith, Menzies, TaxAssist Accountants, Buzzacott, Kreston Reeves, HW Fisher & Company, haysmacintyre and more.

228 leading exhibitors

Among the new exhibitors for 2018 are Omono, First Impressions Training, Smart Audit, Spendesk, More, and techtick in the Start-Up Zone.  They join returning big names like HM Revenue and Customs, Sage, Inuit QuickBooks, Xero, FreeAgent, TaxCalc, Wolters Kluwer, IRIS Software Group, Compleat Software, FreeAgent, FUTRLI, MyFirmsApp, ICAEW, ICPA, Institute of Financial Accountants, ACCA, and more.

“Accountex is a great opportunity to communicate with customers, share best practice, gain feedback and interact with peers.  It’s great for the sector as it enables accountants to get a real view of the marketplace and also to understand the new entrants – it’s a real 360-degree approach to knowledge and insight sharing,” says Adrian Sproston, director — accountant division at Sage.

The full exhibitor list is available at

For the latest exhibitor news, please visit

Hot topic roundtables – new for 2018

Accountex’s new Hot Topics Roundtable discussions will cover everything from surviving as a sole practitioner, MTD, succession planning, technology changes and challenges, software updates, opportunities for millennials, and women in accountancy.

Facilitators include: Tony Margaritelli, chairman of the ICPA; Elaine Clark, MD of; Guy Pearson, CEO of Practice Ignition and chairman of Interactive Accounting; Michael Austin, founder & MD of Blue Dot Consulting; Heather Townsend, author & founder of The Accountants Millionaires’ Club; and Garry Carter, CEO of Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Places at the Hot Topic Roundtables are free and are available on a first come, first served basis on the day.  Visitors wishing to register should head to the Hot Topics area situated between Theatre 2 and 3.  For further information, please see

280 speaker sessions in 20 theatres

With 280 CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars and workshops running across 20 theatres over two days, Accountex visitors will be able to enjoy even more great content from some of the industry’s most inspiring thought-leaders.  Sage, Wolters Kluwer, Inuit QuickBooks, Xero, ACCA, FUTRLI, MyFirmsApp, TaxCalc, and Cloud Pricing expert Mark Wickersham will all be hosting content in their own dedicated theatres.

Speakers include:

Sage Theatre – Michael Office, Adam Prince, Tom Rahder, Chris Baber-Davies, Julia Wedgewood, David Scott, Jenny Lowe, Ceara Metcalfe and Pete Smith from Sage; Darren Jasper, head of cloud accounting at PKF-Francis Clark; David Tuck, CEO of Chaser; Nick Evans, associate director of Tree Accountancy; Chris Downing, business intelligence partner & director at Milsted Langdon; Nick Eckert, co-founder of GDPR365; Ashley Doody, CIO at Personal Group; and Brendan Woods, CEO of AutoEntry.

Intuit QuickBooks Theatre – Dan Henniker, Alex Davies, Chloe Pugh-Life, Carl Thompson, Dan Sullivan, Steve Reynard, Louise Hill and Philippa Hume from Intuit QuickBooks.

Xero Demo Sessions – Perry Gemmell, Jane Mitchell, Jim Leeves, Becca Young and Marc Stewart from Xero.

TaxCalc Masterclass – Melissa Field and Jamie Royston-Smith from TaxCalc.

Wolters Kluwer Theatre – Lee Bennett, Natasha Kobrak and Louise Prophet from Wolters Kluwer; Mark Holton, director of Smithink; Nick Eckert, co-founder of GDPR365; and Steve Pipe, researcher, author and practice strategist at

ACCA Theatre – Glenn Collins, Jason Hinkle and Narayanan Vaidyanathan from ACCA UK; Annabel Kaye, director of Koffee Klatch; Sharon Pocock, founder of Kinder Pocock; Peter Erceg, senior VP – global cyber & technology at Lockton; Guy Pearson, CEO of Practice Ignition and chairman of Interactive Accounting; and Brian Palmer, tax policy expert at AAT.

Practice Progress Workshops (MyFirmsApp) – David Oliver, Clare Watson and Daniel Richards from MyFirmsApp; Amanda C. Watts, MD of TwentyTwo Agency; Alan Woods, MD of Woods Squared & implementation manager for Europe for Panalitix; and Tony Margaritelli, chairman of the ICPA.

FUTRLI Advisory Theatre – Hannah Dawson, Helen Cockle and Phil Hobden from FUTRLI; Andrew Perrett, cloud accounting manager at Taylorcocks; Peter Stamps, director of FD Business; Mark Tickel, consultant at Hilton Sharp & Clarke; Deborah Whitaker, MD of Not Just Numbers; Paul Shrimpling, MD of Remarkable Practice ; Simon Kallu, managing partner at SRK Accounting; Simon Armstrong, senior manager at Menzies LLP; Matt Flanagan, MD of BlueHub; Max Marcus, country manager at Hubdoc; and Martin Bissett, founder of The Upward Spiral Partnership.

Cloud Pricing Theatre – thought leader Mark Wickersham from Cloud Pricing; Shane Lukas, MD of AVN; and Jane Aylwin, business owner & professional bookkeeper at Future Bookkeeper.

Full timings and seminar summaries are available at

The full exhibitor list is available at

Free registration ends soon

Accountex opens at London ExCeL on 23-24 May (Wednesday and Thursday).  All Keynotes and seminars are free to attend, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for a free advance ticket, please visit and use priority code ACX108 (direct link:  Advance visitor registration closes at 5pm today (22 May), after which a £20 door charge may apply.


Media enquiries & press pass requests:
Please apply for a press pass via this link:
Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
t: +44 (0)1273 645134
e: [email protected]

Jenni Sandells, Marketing Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645161
e: [email protected]

Event enquiries:
Zoe Lacey-Cooper, Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 944459
e: [email protected]



High res speaker & show images are available on request:

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