AIMS Conference 2017

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.”