HMRC, Sage, Xero, Intuit QuickBooks & ACCA to host Keynotes at Accountex 2018

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Accountex – the UK’s flagship event for the accountancy and finance profession, has unveiled its headline Keynote speakers for 2018.

Among the industry leaders now confirmed to share their insights and updates on 23-24 May at ExCeL London are: Theresa Middleton, director of the Making Tax Digital for Business programme at HMRC; Dominic Allon, VP Europe at Intuit QuickBooks; Jennifer Warawa, Sage’s executive VP of partners, accountants and alliances; Alan Laing, MD of Sage UK & Ireland; and Damon Anderson, Xero’s director of partner.

Returning speakers also include Justin Urquhart Stewart, head of corporate development and co-founder of Seven Investment Management (7IM), discussing how to ‘afford a thoroughly disgraceful retirement’; Ed Molyneux, CEO of FreeAgent, giving his take on ‘Fintech buzzwords’ and how to cut through the jargon; Steve Checkley, commercial director at TaxCalc, updating practitioners on the latest MTD news; and Glenn Collins, head of technical advisory at ACCA, will head up a panel debate on the changing face of the accountancy practice and the growing importance of technology and strategies to deliver maximum business success.  Panellists include cloud accounting pioneers – Kinder Pocock’s Sharon Pocock and Farnell Clarke’s Will Farnell.

New names for 2018 include Rebecca Benneyworth MBE, chair of the Digital Advisory Group advising HMRC on making tax digital.  She will be outlining ‘Making Tax Digital work for you’, including how to start converting clients to digital recordkeeping, plans for the VAT implementation in 2019 and the income tax pilot (2pm, 24 May).

“If there’s one ‘must-be-at’ event, surely Accountex is it,” says philanthropist Paul Dunn, chairman of B1G1: Business for Good (and founder of the Results Accountants' Systems and the Accountants' Boot Camp process).  He’ll be providing accountants and financial professionals with ‘major pointers’ on how to make a real impact on the lives of their clients and those around them in his show debut on 24 May.

“In this time of amazing shifts occurring at breakneck speed, here is everything in the one place for you to gain the information and insights you need to create the kind of firm you’ve always wanted – one that’s highly profitable and irresistible from a client perspective,” he says.

Compleat Software’s CEO Neil Robertson agrees: “Accountex will make you aware of what is now possible and ensure that neither you, nor your business, starts to suffer because you fall too far behind your competitors.  It is therefore an opportunity that should not be missed, because you will learn a great deal in a short period of time.  What you do with that information is up to you!”

Compleat Software will host two sessions in the Keynote Theatre as sponsors.  The first will explore how the transformation of the accounts payable role can have a positive, rather than a negative, impact on businesses.  The second will outline best practices for CFOs looking to delegate their ‘budget and project financial management’.

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Accountex 2018 boasts over 180 CPD-accredited Keynotes, seminars and workshops.  Full line-up details are now available for six of the show’s 16 theatres.

The Tax Now Theatre and new Sales & Marketing Theatre will feature sessions by CloudyGroup, Lanos, AccountancyManager, Hudson Business Advice, Weaver Wroot Accountants, Momentum For Professionals, Be Socially Awesome, PracticeWeb, TaxCalc, GoProposal, The Learn Centre, TwentyTwo Agency, Soaring Falcon Accountancy, Gabelle, Abbey Tax,, Vivat International, Accountax, My Digital Accounts, and Qubic Tax.

Further seminar speakers are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Accountex returns to London ExCeL on 23-24 May.  All Keynotes and seminars are free to attend, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, and to register for a free ticket to attend, please visit and use priority code ACX108 (direct link: