By Declan Swan, CEO, UK200Group:
” It’s a little while since I last updated you on the UK200Group, so I thought it would be useful to summarise what we have been doing recently and highlight some dates for your diary.
Over the past few months, we have held several events including:
- The HR Forum led by Helen Spencer of Whittingham Riddell
- The Marketing Forum which was kindly hosted by Howard Worth and led by Jo Edwards of JE Consulting
- The Managing Partners Forum led by Cathy Revis of Fiander Tovell which focused on the results of the 2018 benchmarking survey.
For my part I have been visiting member firms around the UK. Most recently I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend and speak at Myerson’s partners meeting in Belfast. I also visited Essex where I was especially pleased to meet younger partners who have not been exposed to the UK200Group before. In addition, I was invited some weeks ago to meet the staff team at The Martlet Partnership who had some great ideas. On account of their direct feedback I am working on a letter for members to send to their clients to update them and re-assure them about Making Tax Digital (MTD).
As our profile rises, I have noticed that we are now receiving increasing numbers of membership enquiries from accountancy and law firms. Interestingly a remarkable number of would-be applicants fail to achieve our stringent entry requirements and are turned down. This may be because they are not members of a professional or regulatory body approved by us or because they fall short of our robust Quality Assurance and Standards (QAS) scheme. Beyond that it could be because they simply don’t share our members’ ethos of Building Better Together and are unlikely to fit. Whatever the reason, it reminds me that those who are members – be they new or long-standing – are part of a unique professional community which is known for its commitment to the highest professional standards.
Looking ahead, we have several events coming up:
1. Specialist Tax Conference on the 9 October 2018
2. Business Advisory Specialist Training Event on the 17 October 2018
3. Property and Construction Group – Specialist Sector Conference on the 18 October 2018
4. International Forum on the 14 November 2018
5. Corporate Finance Specialist Training on the 30 November 2018.
Finally, the UK200Group’s Annual Conference will be held on the 15th and 16th of November 2018. This year, the event will be staged at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. It features many excellent speakers, interactive sessions and networking. We will be joined by many of our Business Partners, ICAEW, SRA plus leading software providers. If you haven’t booked I would urge you to do so because this is the event where you can meet like-minded professionals from across the Group and beyond. We are also supporting a great local charity called the Teapot Trust who do some amazing work with children, families and young people facing chronic illness. It’s a great cause and during the conference we will be aiming to raise some funds to help the Trust in its good work.
I think that summarises where we are, and I will of course update you again in the near future.