Accounting Excellence Talks - you've done cloud, now what?
Thursday 21 June, 11am
The clearest trend to emerge from the 2017 Excellence Awards was the arrival of cloud systems in the practice mainstream. This talk will examine how firms are adapting their cloud services to differentiate themselves. The panel will be looking at the factors behind the shift to cloud, how the adoption of cloud tools has driven cloud add-ons and how emerging technologies are changing the accounting landscape.
Members in practice will soon need to be compliant with the new data protection regulations.
After being approached by Bob Edwards FCCA – a long-serving member of the ACCA – we have also vetted a practical, hands-on solution designed to help practitioners and their clients prepare for the introduction of GDPR.
Bob has created in a joint venture with GDPR Auditing Ltd which has developed a Workbook that takes a practitioner through a number of distinct processes. When completed, you will have a permanent record of your steps to compliance and have created the changes you will need to make to privacy notices, employees’ contracts and your contractual terms and conditions.
The Workbook comes pre-populated with required information that is common to all UK practitioners. This should save you time and speed up your progress towards compliance.
If required, Bob and his colleagues can verify that the work you have done is adequate or undertake the entire process for you.
ACCA practitioners are eligible for a discount when purchasing the Workbook. To apply for the members’ discount include the discount code “ACCA5P” when you complete the order form. If you have any questions, contact Bob Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01723 363 133.
Engagement letters for tax practitioners factsheet
Our free Engagement Letters for Tax Practitioners factsheet has just been released and is available to download now.
British Accountancy Awards 2018
Entries to the British Accountancy Awards 2018 are now open! Taking place on 26 September at Grosvenor House in London, the awards will welcome over 1,000 guests from across the UK and celebrate the very best of the practice sector. Here are five top reasons to enter:
1. Benchmark your firm across the industry 2. Increase your firms credibility and differentiate from your competitors 3. Boost staff morale and improve motivation 4. Attract new talent to help drive your business forward 5. Celebrate your team's hard work across the year with an unforgettable night at one of London's finest hotels.
Read the latest issue of ACCA’s newsletter highlighting our work to influence the government and policymakers on issues such as trade & investment, social mobility and Brexit.
Are you willing to be a continuity partner?
ACCA has a search tool to enable members in the UK and Ireland to find firms prepared to provide continuity of practice arrangements.
The search tool is located in the Directory of Business Advisers section of ACCA’s website. At present we are focusing on building up a number of firms who are interested in participating.
To participate in the scheme and offer your firm as a potential continuity partner, your firm must contain at least one ACCA practising certificate holder. If you are willing to participate in the scheme please download this form, complete and return it to:
ACCA is unable to recommend specific firms and will not get involved in drawing up continuity of practice agreements, but guidance is available in this technical factsheet about continuity of practice arrangements, which also contains copies of ACCA's model agreements.
Members are strongly recommended to seek independent legal advice when drawing up a continuity agreement. The agreement will be legally enforceable upon the parties. It is, therefore, important that all parties are clear in their understanding of their responsibilities under the agreement, and that the document records accurately all matters agreed by the parties.
ACCA has been approved to authorise individuals and firms to carry out probate work. A webinar providing a brief overview of the Probate process in England and Wales is now available on demand. Using a case study, it covers the following:
• Validity of Wills • Intestacy • Analysis of a Will • Inheritance Tax • Obtaining a Grant • Oaths • IHT forms • Duties/ Powers of PRs • Administration of the estate • Completing the Administration • Estate Accounts
Speaker Shan Cole is a qualified solicitor and has worked in Eversheds during her time in the profession. She holds a Practising Certificate and is currently working part-time in a Conveyancing Practice. She has wide experience as a lecturer having taught at the University of South Wales for over 20 years on both undergraduate and professional courses – including being LPC Course Director. Her areas of expertise are in Land/Property Law, Wills and Trusts. She is currently a part time tutor at Cardiff Law School teaching on both the LLB and LPC. Shan is also the Chief Examiner for CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) in their Probate Practice and Elderly Client Law and Practice modules. She has also held posts as external examiner for the University of Law and a critical reader for the Open University.
Register now for the Kaplan Altior ACCA Probate and Administration Skills course. The course authorises you to carry out probate work, enabling you to provide highly valued and comprehensive support to your clients following a bereavement and is delivered by an expert in land/property law, wills and trusts. The training sessions and assessment are all undertaken online with the aim to fit in with the working day, allowing you flexibility, the opportunity to save on travel costs and time, as well as the option to interact with both the trainer and other attendees from the comfort of your own home or office. Questions? Contact Kaplan Altior at email@example.com
Free webinar - apprenticeship funding transfers for small employers
This is an exclusive opportunity for small employers to join us and learn about the government’s latest apprenticeship funding initiative, the transferring of apprenticeship funds to other employers. Apprenticeship transfers have been introduced to give levy-paying employers more flexibility in how they spend their apprenticeship funds. Those employers are now able to use funds in their apprenticeship service account to fund an apprenticeships in another organisation, and you could be on the receiving end. This is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses to use these additional funds to recruit new local talent, training and moulding apprentices to your own business culture.
It is excellent news for smaller businesses and we feel practitioners along with other SMEs will benefit from this change greatly so don’t miss out on your chance to receive a levy transfer.
Register here and join us for a full demonstration of the transfer process. You’ll find out exactly how it works and what you need to do to set yourself up to receive 100% apprenticeship programme funding.