Bookkeepers are preparing to descend on Birmingham next month as part of the Festival of Accounting and Bookkeeping. So what can bookkeepers expect?

The bookkeeping community is rightfully delighted that bookkeepers receive equal billing with accountants in a new event designed to celebrate the industry. The Festival of Accounting & Bookkeeping will take place Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 March 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham. The organisers – from the team behind AccountingWEB – have promised a different sort of event.  

ICB CEO Ami Copeland will be sharing the results from the recent Bookkeepers State of the Nation survey, and the ICB team will be in attendance to answer membership or qualifications queries.  

You can view the full speaker line up here. And we’ve handpicked a few of the ICB bookkeeper super stars you will get to enjoy at the event.  

  • Lara Manton MICB will deliver a workshop roundtable on how sole practitioners should choose their tech 

  • Mark Bonney MICB and Jason Dalton MICB PM.Dip will be sharing their experience in growing their award-winning practice 

  • To B Corps or Not To B Corps? Penelope Allard FICB PM.Dip will be delivering a roundtable on the challenges of implanting an ESG strategy in a small business. 

  • Penny and Lara will also be delivering a talk looking at the challenges of a personal brand and the value of authenticity. 

  • Nicola Fallon MICB PM.Dip will be bringing the bookkeeper's voice to our State of the Nation payroll panel 

  • Claire Bartlett MICB PM.Dip will be representing bookkeepers at two panels – AI vs the Human Touch and Women in Accounting 

Other names you won’t want to miss include ICB’s payroll expert Ian Holloway, Rebecca Benneyworth MBE, Paul Aplin OBE and Rebecca Williams MICB. 

The bookkeepers retreat 

The ICB team will be joined by colleagues from from the 6 Figure Bookkeeper in the Bookkeepers retreat area, sponsored by Xero. There are plenty of dedicated quiet spaces to enjoy a break and networking areas to meet old friends and make new contacts.