Autumn healthcheck: Prepare your clients and practice for the challenges ahead

In a year like no other, businesses and their advisers have had to cope with incidents and uncertainties they have not experienced before. People and processes have been stretched to the limit, but prudent practitioners need to be on standby for yet more disruption as Brexit looms. They need to ensure their own houses are in order so they can bring help and comfort to the business clients who need it most. This practical discussion involve practitioners sharing their experiences of how they have rationalised their activities and standardised their processes so they can track how clients are doing and step in with timely advice as circumstances change.

Meet the panel

John Stokdyk

Editor in Chief (interim), AccountingWEB
Having joined AccountingWEB in 1999, John helped to build it into an award-winning online professional community with more than 100,000 members. Named IFA web business journalist of the year in 2004 and 2008, John has also written about business and technology topics for The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and many others.

Joris Van Der Gucht

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Silverfin
As a former accountant for SMEs, Joris enjoyed analysing numbers, seeing the bigger picture and helping clients with business advice that helped them grow. The multiple data processes and software suites, however, caused headaches. This was his main driver in co-founding Silverfin in 2013, simplifying and modernising processes to connect accountants directly with their clients’ data.

Alastair Barlow

Founder, flinder
Alastair is founder and Chief Dreamer at flinder. flinder provides accounting, consulting and rich real-time management information for growing businesses. As well as his work with fast-growth businesses and transforming finance functions, he writes for AccountingWeb in a monthly column, sits on the ACCA Practitioner's Panel Network and was shortlisted as Business Person of the Year in 2019.

Matt Allen

Director, Synergee Chartered Accountants
Matt has worked in practice since 1999 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2005. Over the past 20 years he has worked with businesses of all types and sizes. Whilst his main focus is helping clients meet their compliance requirements, his close working relationship with each has helped him to identify areas for potential improvement throughout all aspects of their business.