/ Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC Birmingham

2018 AIMS Annual Conference

Date: 13/09/2018

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, NEC Birmingham

AIMS is now in its 26th year. Our annual conference celebrates our franchisees, our partners and our team, all of whom have helped us get to where we are today and where we are going.

Our 2018 annual conference certainly proved that AIMS is not your average network of qualified accountants.

Our accountants travelled from far and not so far to be together under one roof not only to meet our valued suppliers but also to refresh their tax, accountancy knowledge and skills ensuring that each AIMS Accountant will always add value to their clients’ businesses with their professional knowledge and advice

After a day of workshops on all things “SME” including updates on tax and employment law, investments and of course making tax digital they enjoyed a gala dinner where achievements and performance were showcased and duly celebrated.

And if that wasn’t enough AIMS launched our modern and sleek new website and the new AIMS colours!

Take a look at our pictures below for an insight into event.

2018 Gallery


Our Sponsors

A huge thank you must go to our elite group of conference sponsors who contributed to the success of our 2018 event. A special thanks to our headline sponsor: Thomson Reuters – Digita

  • ” 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.”

  • “At Catax we help uncover the hidden value in your business or property, through Capital Allowances and the Patent Box tax relief.”

  • “GoCardless is honoured to sponsor the AIMS conference for the third year running. 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.”

  • “The BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency team are delighted to continue working alongside AIMS members and to help keep the wolf from a variety of AIMS members’ clients’ doors.

    Our respective businesses continue to grow by putting our clients first. In your case your clients are your customers, in ours they are our referrers, including AIMS Accountants for Business.

    We will do our utmost to ensure that your faith in referring prospect to us is rewarded by us continuing to give the best advice to your clients irrespective of the outcome for ourselves. If, and only if, a client absolutely needs our services will we seek a formal appointment.”

  • We at AIMS® pride ourselves that our Business Partners are the “top” in their field. This is a benefit for our clients because the better and closer we work with important Business Partners the better we are equipped to provide optimum service to our clients. Exclusively for business owners – the American Express Gold Business Charge Card could help our clients manage their cashflow and make doing business easier, all while helping them earn great rewards.

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  • “QuickBooks is the UK’s No. 1 partner to accountants.

    Our team is excited to partner with AIMS accountants time offering real time collaboration with your clients and a dedicated UK support team.”

  • “Cloud Direct migrates organisations to cloud technology without risk. Our services deliver business security, productivity and agility – giving ambitious customers the freedom to grow. Unlike the restrictions of traditional onsite IT, which is outdated by the time it’s deployed, our cloud solutions are founded on best-in-class technology.

    When combined with our 14 years of experience, this guarantees customers the best fit, even as their needs evolve.”

  • “Creative Auto Enrolment has proactively helped many AIMS clients over several years as the preferred partner for Auto Enrolment. Its sister company, Creative Wealth Management, offers a variety of services to assist AIMS accountants and their clients in personal and business financial planning.”

  • “AutoEntry and AIMS are excited to announce their forthcoming partnership, which will enable accounting firms within the AIMS network to save time and money through the elimination of manual data entry. AutoEntry has been developed to simplify the working day for practitioners, whilst providing the technology to make it easier to comply with laws, including the EU GDPR and MTD.”

  • “Vantage Fee Protect provide free protection insurance (TFP) schemes to accountancy practices for their clients and are the preferred provider for AIMS Accountants for Business. The schemes cover professional fees incurred defending a client in the event of an HMRC investigation. Schemes are tailored and include marketing, consultancy and comprehensive claims services. Please visit www.vantagefeeprotect.com for more information.”

  • “CRO provide professionally managed company formation, corporate secretarial and information services that add value and expertise to our customers’ portfolio of services.

    As a new AIMS partner we are delighted to be able to offer special discounts to AIMS members, new business referrals, professional advice and assistance with all company law matters by our dedicated experienced team”

  • “Receipt Bank is the easiest way to get the items you need from your clients, with no chasing and no data entry. This award-winning software offers a range of easy methods for your clients to submit in real time, so their records are always up to date. Once receipts and invoices are submitted, it extracts the key data with unbeatable speed and accuracy.

    Receipt Bank is proud to partner with AIMS to help franchisees offer more value to their clients. AIMS accountants have a long history of delivering exceptional client-centric business solutions. Receipt Bank’s technology takes this further, allowing them to drastically cut their costs, improve their service offering and deliver an exceptional client experience.”

  • “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. We understand that as an AIMS accountant your time is precious.

    At ASC, we know which lenders have the appetite to provide business finance, and we know how best to approach them – one lender even awarded us with their award for the “Highest Quality Applications”. We understand that you need time to develop your business and look after your clients’ interests, which is why we focus on arranging finance, so you can focus on running your business.”

  • “Clear Books provides HMRC-recognised Making Tax Digital software. We offer the only cloud-based Accounting Software with an online Spreadsheet for client data entry, and a feature-rich accountant interface for firms to use. With solutions available from only £0.99/month, we offer an affordable solution to Making Tax Digital.”


  • “Sage has supported accountants and bookkeepers in the UK for nearly 40 years and really value our relationship with AIMS. We are delighted to be a sponsor at the Aims Annual conference.

    Practices are facing a fast-changing environment – evolving client demands, advances in technology and major compliance regulations such as Making Tax digital.  For the next step in your journey, Sage is here to support you.”

  • Cashplus, the leading SME digital challenger to banks, has opened 120,000+ Business Current Accounts, offering fast and simple banking services. 650+ Accountancy partners use Cashplus to open business accounts for their clients online, within minutes. With access to transaction data via our API and integrated with major accountancy software providers, it’s now easier to provide efficient reporting for your clients.

  • There is a longstanding relationship between Pinders and AIMS Accountants that reflects the similar objectives of the two organisations, especially in terms of providing a quality and often bespoke service to our respective clients, in very varied situations. In addition, businesses like their owners can be both unique and interesting [not to mention challenging!], so specialist expertise and experience are equally of importance in meeting clients’ requirements. It is hoped that these professional values will continue for many years to come.