One of the largest exhibition and conference, Accountex is just around the corner. If last year’s stats are to be used as benchmark, over 6,500 accountancy professionals are expected to visit this accountancy event of the year. If you are accountancy or linked professional and have not booked your ticket yet, please do it today to grab your free ticket, worth £25 at the door. The event will showcase the leading industry innovators exhibiting their products, and the visitors will get a chance to see all the new products. It is also a great opportunity to hear about the accounting challenges and listen the industry leaders talk about the effective measures taken to overcome those challenges. Innovation in technology continues to disrupt professions and businesses alike and the oldest profession of the world is no exception. Accountex is a good opportunity to learn how the introduction of AI in the accounting world will change the accounting as we know it. Accountex will feature the top innovators and speakers of the industry and here is our pick of top five sessions that you should be on your diary.

1. Mark Lee: (The well-known author, blogger, speaker, mentor and debunker)

Mark is an influencer; he always has new ideas to engage his audiences with his incredible content. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and regularly writes to a blog dedicated for Accountants. Having a career of 25 years in accounting, he aspires to bring change for accountants by speaking and writing.

He will speak two very interesting sessions on 10th and 11th May. His first session will cover the topic ‘How to avoid negligence claims and worse.’ The second session will be on ‘Release your inner magic and secure more business’. This session will elaborate the practices that can differentiate your practice from other accountants. Both are very interesting topics and if we could, we would go for both. More details on this link:

2. Gary Turner: (The managing director and co-founder at Xero UK)

Gary looks after business interests of Xero across Africa, Europe and Middle East. Xero is the global leader in accounting software with 1 million subscribers worldwide.

Gary will be sharing his thoughts on ‘Accounting Megatrends’ in Accountex on May 11th. In this Key Note, he will speak on the future of accounting and how it impacts the small business owners and accountants. This session is essential for the accountants who want to hear from one of the renowned innovators in industry. Sessions details can be found on this link:

3. Rizwan Sharif: (Founder Receipt Bot and CEO Excelsious)

Rizwan Sharif is the founder of Receipt Bot: a bookkeeping robot. Receipt Bot is showcasing at Accountex 2017 stand 420. Rizwan provides business transformation consultancy to businesses and accountants. He previously worked as head of Business Intelligence with PwC.

Rizwan will be speaking at seminar: ‘Power Your Practice with Artificial Intelligence’ on 10th May 2017 at 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm, in Accounting in Business Theatre. It is going to be an interesting talk, taking into account that AI is gaining more importance in business world by the day and Rizwan brings significant experience of technology driven business transformation to the table.

4. Steve Pipe: (Strategist, Researcher, and author, AVN)

Steve is a renowned name in the industry of accounting, known for his critical insight and is rated as one of the best advisors to accountants. He runs, and is author of a really inspiring book “The world’s most inspiring accountants”, speaker and founder of Accountants Changing the World. Steve Pipe has four sessions in Accountex 2017, on a number of important subjects. Our most favorite one is:

Topic: ‘How to become one of the world’s most inspiring, respected and profitable accountancy practices’

Wednesday, May 10 – 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm,

More details about Steve’s sessions can be found here:

5. John Stokdyk (Global Editor, AccountingWEB):

John Stokdyk, the global editor of AccountingWEB, shares his 17-year experience in the industry of Accounting. He will speak on the topic ‘The Secrets of Practice Excellence’ on Thursday 11 May 2017, at 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm. Practice Excellence is something that every accountant and bookkeeper should be striving towards and hence we believe it will be great to learn from an expert on the subject.