The AIMS 2017 Annual Conference:
25 years of innovating accountancy.

The 2017 Conference

A quarter of a century ago, AIMS set about redefining what it means to be an accountant. Our annual conference celebrated how our franchisees have helped us get to where we are today.

The 25th AIMS Accountants for Business Conference finished with a gala dinner to celebrate the successes of the members of the UK’s largest network of qualified accountants.


How technology is changing the landscape for SMEs and their professional advisers was high on the agenda, as was how the ‘gig economy’ is changing employment practices for small business owners. A wide range of topics were discussed at the peer-to-peer sessions covering issues ranging from how far and quickly the tax goalposts are moving to how professional advice can help SMEs unlock the value of their businesses.


Our headline sponsor, Thomson Reuters, took our members through the ins-and-outs of the latest version of Digita, and how it can best serve the needs of our SME clients. For newly formed SMEs, at the top of the to-do-list is setting up a business bank account. Tide, with their smartphone app based product, were on hand to showcase the easy five minute sign-up process for their current account.


We also launched our new partnership with American Express. A product designed to help our clients better manage their cashflow and make doing business easier. Whether they are paying for travel or parking, office supplies, equipment, business registration or advertising.


In addition to the seminars, exhibition and networking, attendees were treated, at the gala dinner, to the musings of Alfie Moore, from BBC Radio 4 comedy ‘It’s a Fair Cop’ and former policeman, who regaled our sponsors and franchisees with his irreverent wit and amusing stories.


During the dinner a charity collection was passed around and over £3,500 was raised for a wide range of nominated charities. Charities were nominated from across our accountancy network and each had a personal story and meaning attached.


Henry Ejdelbaum, Managing Director of AIMS Accountants for Business, said: “Accountancy is going through major changes. The advent of the cloud and the impending arrival of ‘Making Tax Digital’ has meant that we must keep our clients up-to-date over a wide range of issues. Our conference is key for this knowledge to cross our network for the ultimate benefit of our clients.


“For our network this is the most important day in the professional calendar, where we have over 200 qualified accountants building relationships with progressive fintech companies to ensure we’re always adding value to our clients’ businesses. And with small business conference lagging, it is becoming increasingly apparent that helping our clients focus on their business and assist their plans for growth has never been more important.”


SPONSORS

Our annual conference is an opportunity for our sponsors to meet the people who use their services in a relaxed setting.

Tax & Accounting

"Digita Tax & Accounting Software from Thomson Reuters has been widely used by AIMS Partners since 2001 across the entire franchisee base. Digita products are a cost-effective solution which can be tailored to your individual needs, dependent on your client and user numbers. Build your package from a selection of modular products or, to maximise efficiency, choose the fully integrated Digita suite. Year-on-year, AIMS members continue to choose Digita tax and accounting software because it’s easy to use and comprehensively covers UK accounts and compliance work. Our team of support experts are always happy to help AIMS Partners and provide added peace of mind.”

Recovery & Insolvency

"The BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency team are proud to have worked alongside AIMS members since 1996 when AIMS was only 4 years old. Back then we were a two office practice looking to grow and the first AIMS presentation we did was to a group of around 20 members in Regents Park just over the road from AIMS HQ. We are delighted to be still working alongside AIMS 21 years later and to be able to sponsor another conference in this, your 25th year. We hope that our respective businesses will continue to grow together as we open our seventh office and AIMS numbers have multiplied more than ten-fold. All of us are working together to do what is best for your clients; this ethos continues to set us apart from the crowd – here’s to the next 25 years!”

Accountancy Software

"ClearBooks are proud to be sponsoring the AIMS Annual Conference, and our participation this year is a reflection of the value we see in the partnership which has been running for many years.”

Business For Sale

"Having worked with AIMS Accountants for many years EM & F are delighted to be attending their 25th Anniversary Conference. Being a market leader in accountancy for small businesses, and with a unique nationwide presence, EM & F have no hesitation in recommending AIMS to potential business purchasers, AIMS being the only accountants promoted on the EM & F website.”

Recurring Payments

"GoCardless is delighted to join AIMS in celebrating its 25th anniversary. We have benefited from a fruitful relationship with AIMS over the last two years. AIMS accountants allow small businesses to focus on doing what they do best, a philosophy GoCardless shares. We hope to continue providing AIMS accountants and their clients with powerful, efficient and cost effective Direct Debit payments.”

Business Current Accounts

"Tide is a banking service designed to save businesses time and money. With Tide, it takes five minutes to get set up with an account number and sort code. The Tide account comes with a suite of powerful features, tools and integrations, plus there are no fixed annual or monthly fees. By eliminating the frustrating admin from banking, Tide empowers AIMS accountants and their customers to focus on their core businesses.”

List Provider

"Selectabase is a leading independent list provider with over 20 years’ experience in providing quality business and consumer data for direct marketing and telemarketing. As nominated suppliers to the AIMS group for over 14 years you can be assured of preferential rates and help grow and develop your business.”

Cloud Bookkeeping

"As the pace of business increases, reliable bookkeeping has become more important than ever. That's why, for the last six years, Receipt Bank has been proud to partner with AIMS Accountants, helping them bring the benefits of cloud technology to their clients. AIMS Accountants use our tools to go further for their clients, providing the extra value that they're rightly known for. We look forward to a bright future, working together to help small business succeed.”

Accounting Software

"Xero and Aims work in conjunction to help small businesses move onto a digital platform. Our strong partnership helps individual Aims members migrate their clients to the cloud and service them exceptionally.”

Professional Insurance

"Congratulations AIMS on your 25th Anniversary year, Professional Fee Protection (PFP) have enjoyed working with you for over 16 years and we look forward to continuing to be your Fee Protection Insurance provider for your member firms and clients. Both Kevin Igoe and Rob Griffiths look forward to seeing you all at the 25th Anniversary annual conference.”

Cloud Solutions

"Cloud Direct enables AIMS Accountants to comply with the strict regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority and Data Protection Act. After AIMS Accountants started experiencing problems with traditional methods of backup several years ago, a relationship was formed with Cloud Direct so that AIMS can backup their critical data without risk.”

Accounting Software

"We are so pleased to be back with AIMS for another year and get the opportunity to meet and network with you, our valued partners. Intuit share AIMS’s vision of promoting small businesses in Britain, which is why we are proud to once again partner with them to help them grow and prosper. The company has over 2.2 million customers using QuickBooks Online and serves more than 200,000 accountants worldwide. The UK is one of its most important markets as we continue to support small businesses and accountants moving to the cloud. We continue to invest heavily in the UK to promote QuickBooks Online and will share the success by driving more and more of these businesses to connect with the AIMS network. Whether you are looking to grow your practice, save time or make a real difference to your client’s lives please come and visit us….. we look forward to seeing you.”

Business Finance

"ASC Finance for Business have been raising commercial finance for small business owners and entrepreneurs for over 45 years. We’re delighted that for the last 25 of these, we have been able to work closely with AIMS Accountants across the UK, to assist their clients in raising business finance. Our track record in raising business finance speaks for itself - the bank manager may have disappeared, but ASC are still here.”

Auto Enrolment

"Creative Auto Enrolment: supporting AIMS Accountants since 2015
Creative Auto Enrolment removes the auto enrolment process from an employers day to day running of their business. We are the only company to do this. So you can help your clients concentrate on what they do best, rather than getting tied down with pension issues. And, we will GUARANTEE your clients will always be compliant if they follow our simple online prompts. ”

Specialist VAT Consultants

"The VAT People are happy to act as AIMS preferred provider of VAT and Duty services as we share the same ethos in providing advice that is delivered in a common sense and plain English manner. Our aim is always to remove the complexity of an issue from the client and provide a cost effective solution to any VAT issue. We are happy to celebrate AIMS 25th anniversary and look forward to working closely with AIMS accountants for many more years to come.”

Financial Services

"1. AIMS and American Express are working in Partnership together to support UK SME businesses. 2. We are offering AIMS customers the opportunity to earn rewards on their business purchases and keep their cashflow flowing. 3. With a first year Annual Fee Waiver and a special Membership Rewards bonus on 1st $ bill for AIMS customers, we are offering a differentiator to UK SMEs wanting to work with AIMS and American Express”

Headline Sponsor

AIMS Accountants have used Digita Tax & Accounting Software across the entire franchisee base since 2001. Easy to use and comprehensively covering all UK accounts and compliance work, Thomson Reuters’ software is an integral part of AIMS accountants’ daily work. It’s because of this that AIMS members choose Digita over its competitors year after year.

2017 Charities

This years supported charities are:

Hospice care for children

Nominated by Neil Hinchliffe

Wildlife Hospital
Sport for the Disabled

Nominated by Theresa Parker

Community Project

Nominated by Steve Hunt

Training for the Educationally Challenged

Nominated by Paul Turner

Deaf Society

Nominated by Kate Moakes

Parent Support

Nominated by Mark Best

Enabling Children with Special Needs

Nominated by Andy Eagles

Visual Impaired Support

Nominated by David Dixie

Dementia Day Care

Nominated by Julian Rowley

Neurofibromatosis Support and Research

Nominated by Philippa Scobie

Supporting Children with Disabilities

Nominated by Jean Lawson

Fighting Illiteracy

Nominated by Anthony Mackenzie

Support Children with Special Needs

Nominated by Alan Baines

Support Children with Special Needs

Nominated by Tim Carney

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