ICB's head of technical policy & education was applauded for her passionate advocacy of bookkeepers

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Article provided by Sage, UKI Accountants Division

Here at Sage we recently welcomed over 300 delegates to our first Sage Sessions in Birmingham. Part of a series of events running across the UK and Ireland in 2018, we’re going on the road to bring advice and guidance to bookkeepers on the topics that matter to you.

Our Birmingham event drew a broad range of attendees, from large firms through to sole practitioners, with a focus on key industry changes relating to compliance, practice excellence and digital transformation as part of migrating their practices and clients to the cloud.

We welcomed expertise from ICB with Jacquie Mount, head of technical policy & education, providing valued input as part of our panel discussing the latest guidance on MTD. Jacquie spoke passionately about the assurance bookkeepers provide to small businesses to manage their transactions and provide accurate records for compliance with HMRC – a vital service when business owners want to focus their energy on growing their business, not spending time on financial administration. Even with the move to digitisation and cloud accounting, the core principles of bookkeeping remain key to ensuring sound financial management.

Alan Laing, managing director of Sage UK & Ireland, talked extensively about the opportunity for bookkeepers to support SMBs – widely recognised as the catalysts for economic growth. You are trusted partners of small businesses, helping business owners to navigate those early years, and provide guidance and support on record keeping, compliance and accurate accounting.

Our Sage Sessions event was all about equipping bookkeepers with the advice and guidance to take advantage of these opportunities by evolving your practices, and supporting clients when, where and how they need your input.

Sage Sessions MTD Panel

Looking ahead to early 2018, we’ll be running our next Sage Sessions events in the following cities, with more locations to follow:

  • Tuesday 20th Feb: Newcastle – Sage Gateshead
  • Tuesday 13th March: London – Aldersgate, St. Pauls
  • Wednesday 21st March: Bristol – Ashton Gate
  • Tuesday 17th April: Manchester – Manchester Central

All events are free to attend. Dates and venue information to be confirmed in early 2018.

We’ll be covering a range of topics designed to inspire bookkeepers, and provide advice and guidance on the big changes coming in 2018 and beyond.

  • Practice excellence and top tips for making your business more successful
  • Compliance, including a countdown to GDPR and MTD
  • Moving your practice, and clients to the cloud
  • Plus, other sessions still to be announced

Look out for further details in the New Year, and for the latest from Sage, visit:

>> www.sage.com/accountants