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The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY FORUM

We are delighted to announce the return of the annual and eagerly-awaited Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020.

For the eighth year running, we are bringing together leading accounting firms, regulators and industry bodies; consultancies and advisors, law firm and tech vendors to debate the key challenges impacting the accountancy sector and the opportunities for growth that they represent.
This prestigious event returns to London and to the iconic Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Opened in 1908 and built in the American style, the hotel is now a symbol of English heritage.

Join us to celebrate all that is best and most innovative in modern accounting.

Our one-day summit, running from 09:00 - 17:30, explores market trends and new solutions with sessions encompassing both individual speeches and panel discussions under the following topic areas:

  • Transforming People, Process, Technology and Data
  • Digital Transformation of Accounting
  • The Cyber Security and Data Management Landscape
  • Trailblazing into the Future of the Accountancy Profession

DIGITAL ACCOUNTANCY AWARDS

After the Digital Accountancy Forum itself is over, join us for our evening event, the Digital Accountancy Awards!

We’ll be starting with a drinks reception and canapes, followed by a three-course dinner and awards ceremony.

The Digital Accountancy Awards is the industry’s premiere awards programme, recognising both rising stars and established leaders among the institutions who make up the global accountancy profession.

Our Awards, as always, will recognize excellence in accounting and we’ll commemorate the achievements of the past year from accounting firms and solution providers as well as identifying the outstanding individuals in accountancy.

We very much look forward to seeing you there in October 2020!

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Attend – book your seats now for the Forum & Awards

Speak- proud of your initiative then get in touch!

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Win- get your entry in to the Awards

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The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

With focused sessions, practical workshops, an exhibition and an evening Gala Awards dinner, the 9th annual Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020 offers delegates the perfect opportunity in which to share their experience, challenges and opportunities in accountancy.

 

STANDARD RATES

Firms, Networks & Associations – Forum and Awards Dinner

£565

Industry Solution Providers – Forum and Awards Dinner

£995

Awards Gala Dinner Ticket 

£350

 

SPECIAL OFFER

Bring the team! Get three tickets for the price of two. This special offer applies only to the standard rates shown above.

Book your tickets now, contact:

Zoi Kotzampasi 

T: +44 (0) 20 3096 2587
E: zoi.kotzampasi@arena-international.com

The annual event brings together decision-makers and specialists from a variety of key sectors with various job titles that include: 

  • CEOs
  •  CFOs
  • Partners
  • Policy & External Affairs Manager
  • Managing Directors/Project Directors
  • Strategy Advisors
  • Head of Standards and Financial Reporting

 Company Type:

  • Accounting Firms
  • Regulators and Industry Bodies
  • Consultancies and Advisors
  • Law Firms
  • Tech Vendors

Terms and Conditions

Costs: All rates are subject to VAT where applicable

Changes: We reserve the right to change event details if necessary, although we will endeavour to keep all changes to a minimum. We will inform you as soon as possible of important changes, for example name or date changes.

Cancellations: Cancellations without a substitute delegate received a month prior to the event will be subject to a 20% cancellation charge. Delegates cancelling after 1 September 2020 without a substitute delegate will be required to pay the full fee and no refund will be made. Cancellations must be received in writing or via email and will not be accepted over the telephone.

Substitutions: You may substitute delegates in writing at any time and will incur no penalty fee.

Force Majeure: We reserve the right to cancel the event by reason of force majeure, included but not limited to fire, flood, extreme weather conditions, acts of war or violence, malicious damage, explosion, earthquake, strike, civil disturbances, political unrest, riot, labour dispute, power cuts or any other extraneous variable beyond our control.

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The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

We are pleased to announce the confirmed speakers for The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

The program for The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020 is currently in production. We are at present conducting primary research with over 50 companies in the sector to ensure our content is focused and offers real value to attendees.

 

If you are proud of an initiative you would like to share with your peers, please get in touch with us.

 

Hannah Toms

Phone: +44 (0) 207 9366 855

Email: Hannah.toms@arena-international.com

 

Media Partners

If you would like to discuss a media partnership or represent a Press office keen to attend and cover the Awards, please contact:

 

events@arena-international.com

 


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The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

In association with

The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020 boasts a variety of exciting sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. Features include prime speaking positions on the main program, an exhibition offering suppliers a platform to network and showcase their solutions, and intimate roundtable discussion groups, enabling vendors to promote their solutions in interactive sessions.

If you have a service or product you would like to showcase, please use the details below to make contact with our team.

Ray Giddings
Phone: +44 (0)20 7936 6512
Email: ray.giddings@arena-international.com



Gold Sponsor

At CaseWare, we develop cutting-edge software solutions that are changing the future of audit, financial reporting and data analytics. We continually work to produce a stream of successful product improvements, innovations, adaptations, and extensions. Our CaseWare Working Papers, IDEA, and Cloud platforms are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to change the way we think about and work with data. The result: measurable returns on efficiency, quality, and value for firms and their clients. Leading the industry of over 30 years, more than 500,000 users in 130 countries and 16 languages use CaseWare Solutions.


FreeAgent is the UK’s market-leading online accounting system designed specifically for small business owners and their accountants. Already used by over 70,000 small business customers, FreeAgent’s powerful end-to-end accounting solution is specifically designed to simplify the admin associated with your smaller clients, while giving you the robust features and proactive alerts that your practice needs.

Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform for small businesses and their advisors. Xero has more than 1.8 million subscribers in over 180 countries with more than 463,000 of those in the UK. The company has a thriving ecosystem of 800+ third party apps and 200+ connections to banks and financial service providers.

Xero has won a number of awards in the UK. These include Financial Software Provider at the 2019 FD Excellence Awards, Cloud Product of the Year at the 2019 National Technology Awards, Small Business Accounting, Practitioners’ Choice Award at the 2018 Accounting Excellence Awards and Best Bookkeeping Software and Friendliest Software Provider at the 2018 ICB Luca.  www.xero.com


Silver Sponsors

Allinial Global is a member-based association dedicated to the success of independent accounting and consulting firms. Since 1969, this strategic affiliation of legally independent accounting firms has fostered the independence, profitability, and continuous improvement of its members. Allinial Global is one hundred and fifty-one members strong and growing, with locations worldwide generating approximately $2.504 billion in collective revenues.

With dedicated regional directors who have extensive connections throughout the Americas, EMEIA (Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa) and the Asia Pacific regions, members of Allinial Global are committed to providing the most agile, flexible, and client-centric solutions anywhere, anytime.

Since launching in November 2016 Inflo has been embraced by the accounting profession and is leading a technology revolution. 

Inflo is a cloud platform providing an end-to-end data analytics solution, including data ingestion, process automation and analytical dashboard outputs. Inflo is intuitively designed to minimise training and integrates with existing software and methodologies to minimise the impact of change.

Inflo’s proposition is unique, partnering with firms to transform the service experience they can offer. This unlocks new ways of working with clients as well as capacity from the existing team to deliver these higher value and more engaging services.

Since 1999 Symphony - APS has partnered with over 500 Law Firms, Accountants and Consultants in the UK, USA and Australia. Initially specialising in practice management solutions, we have evolved to develop holistic, cross-platform expertise, encompassing business critical, strategic and functionally rich industry leading technologies.

 

Uniquely, we have also developed a methodology, trademarked Envision, which sits at the core of everything we do. Envision unearths the forces that are restraining business performance and platform choices, providing a space for action and directs focus on the forces that drive your future growth and Why.

 

Symphony - APS is proud to provide unique, best of both worlds, client lifecycle solutions.

Exhibitor

Circit is a SaaS auditing platform which enables the automation of audit confirmations with banks, brokers and law firms.

In 2019, Circit launched their innovative new product "Instant Confirmations" which brings the bank confirmation time to less than 30 seconds, eliminates the bank processing fee of £25+ and removes the fraud risk associated with the legacy paper confirmation request process.

As an FCA regulator approved company, Circit saves time and money for auditors and their clients, while simultaneously reducing operational risk.

For more information visit: www.circit.io

T-Tech is one of the fastest growing IT Consultancy, Support and Cloud Service providers in the UK, serving small and medium-sized accountancy practices. T-Tech strive to support firms with the latest advances in technology, whether that be implementing business processes through intelligent automation, or driving solutions such as making tax digital. T-Tech ensures that technology supports practices, not only in day-to-day operations, but also in strategies for growth and innovation.

Coffee Break Sponsor

At CaseWare, we develop cutting-edge software solutions that are changing the future of audit, financial reporting and data analytics. We continually work to produce a stream of successful product improvements, innovations, adaptations, and extensions. Our CaseWare Working Papers, IDEA, and Cloud platforms are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to change the way we think about and work with data. The result: measurable returns on efficiency, quality, and value for firms and their clients. Leading the industry of over 30 years, more than 500,000 users in 130 countries and 16 languages use CaseWare Solutions.


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praxity is an innovative, international alliance of over 700 offices of best-in class independent Participant Firms. Together, they share their combined expertise from strategic locations around the world, leveraging highly-customised business solutions and deep regional understanding – driving outstanding results and returns for clients in over 100 countries.

Collectively, our Participant Firms are champions for business globally, with an uncompromising, yet collaborative model for aligning and uniting ambitious, like-minded companies like yours. Independent expert advisers are hand-picked from more than 40,000 professionals – working seamlessly in multidisciplinary teams across international borders to meet every client need. Praxity Participant Firms have the capability, resources and scale to support clients ranging from small ambitious businesses to established global, listed organisations.


The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

Eligible institutions for the The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020 include:

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2020 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London in October 2020. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and three Awards for individuals.

Send your completed nominations to events@arena-international.com

Nominees should follow these simple guidelines to ensure their submission has the best chance of winning.

Submission Rules:

  1. 1. Submissions may be made either on behalf of your own company or in recognition of a colleague or partner firm.
  2. Your entry should be no longer than 1,000 words in Word format, no appendices.
  3. Your entry must address the award category explicitly; do not offer generic links to web sites, corporate marketing etc.
  4. Submissions should highlight the key differentiator and competitive nature of the project or implementation being cited.
  5. For all corporate categories (i.e. excluding those being made to individuals) it is made explicit that the Entrant, the Judges and the publications will treat any and all information in strict confidence.
  6. Any quotations or information to go into the public domain will be pre-cleared with the Entrant.
  7. For the Awards for individuals, any submissions (e.g. biographies) will be publicised on The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin and the winner will be decided by a subscribers’ vote. 
  8. Submissions made after the publicised cut-off date will be ignored irrespective of their relative merits.
  9. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to make no award for any specific category.
  10. The Editor and Judges reserve the right to move a submission to a more appropriate category at their discretion. 
  11. In submitting for more than one category each submission must be unique. 
  12. The Editor and Judges' decision is final.

Should you require further guidance on your entry please contact our Editor

Joe Pickard
E: joe.pickard@verdict.co.uk

Good luck in your submissions!

The Digital Accountancy Awards 2020 (incorporating The Accountant & International Accounting Bulletin Awards) will be announced at a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Hilton in London in October 2020. This year, as before, there are 16 corporate Awards categories and three Awards for individuals.
Full details of the judging criteria for each Award may be found on the downloadable PDF document, the Awards Information Pack.

CORPORATE AWARDS

NETWORK OF THE YEAR

The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months. Nominees must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

RISING STAR NETWORK
The winner of this award might not be a ‘household name’ but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market. Nominees must be compliant with the IFAC definition of a network.

ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
The winner of this award will have demonstrated the execution of profitable growth strategies. It will be recognised by the industry as a reputable brand that consistently delivers high quality professional services. The winner will have excelled in a number of key strategic and operational areas over the past 12 months.

RISING STAR ASSOCIATION
The winner of this award might not be a ‘household name’ but will have demonstrated exceptional growth, entrepreneurial flair and innovation in elevating its position in the market.

AUDIT INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
This award will be given to a practice, network or association, which has with a new initiative or innovation in audit made a major change in improving audit quality, efficiency or added value to clients. This innovation could be an addition to an existing audit product/process or a completely new initiative. Judges will look at the benefits and cutting edge thinking behind the innovation. This innovation may have occurred across the whole network/association or just within an individual firm or is a project.

ADVISORY PROJECT OF THE YEAR
This award will be given to a local firm or global network/association which has been working on an advisory project or projects of significant importance or scale demonstrating the organization’s advisory abilities. The judges will be looking at how a firm or global network/association has developed certain advisory capabilities and successfully helped clients with its expertise on specific assignment. Nominations are welcome from all advisory areas. Special consideration will be made for projects with a social and environmental impact.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Employer of the Year In this category the winning single firm or professional body will demonstrate its commitment to its workforce through staff retention strategy and innovative thinking in securing new talent. The winner will be widely acclaimed for the training and development of its employees as well as their benefits structure. Judges will look for evidence of creative solution to attracting and retaining talent as well as growing a diverse workforce and leadership.

SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
The winner will have demonstrated a commitment to go the extra mile internally with regard to sustainability via a specific initiative. The winning initiative or internal overall strategy would have been rolled out in the past year or launched as an addition to an existing initiative. Judges will be looking for a winner that demonstrates how it has integrated and reported the non-financial KPIs that are material and impact the bottom line while also having a societal dimension (for example, disclosures which help its stakeholders to have better overall understanding of the risks faced by the organization; effective use of reporting frameworks such as that of the IIRC; making a significant contribution to the community the organization operates in). Local, regional and global initiatives are all welcome.

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
The winner will have demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in the financial and accounting sectors by being a driver for change in other organizations. The winner will have developed solutions, tools, innovative thinking and products with the aim of helping organisations develop long term strategies towards a more sustainable economy.

ACCOUNTANCY SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning accounting practice software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

EXPENSE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning expense management software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

CRM SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR
The winning customer relationship management software product will showcase great levels of user satisfaction and industry leading product features. Nominations will be accepted from companies showcasing a new product or a successful addition of features to existing software.

COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
This award will recognise the work of a communications/marketing/brand ambassadors’ team across the whole range of accountancy stakeholders (firms, professional bodies, federations, standard-setters, regulators, etc.). The winner will have contributed to making successful a campaign that, while being relevant, has excelled in the way it has been communicated.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
This category will celebrate the success of a firm, network/association, professional body, regulator, professional federation etc., which has with its thought leadership initiative made a significant contribution towards trying to raise a particular issue, sparking or making a lasting impact on industry debates. Nominations welcome on thought leadership initiatives from the financial and non-financial arena.

PROFESSIONAL BODY OF THE YEAR
The winning professional body should wield a profound influence within the accountancy industry and beyond: including the finance and business world, government and society as a whole. The winner will be a top influencer that not only serves effectively its membership but also safeguards the public interest nature of the profession, as well as contributes to the values and skills that accountants should master.

ACCOUNTING CAPACITY BUILDING
The winning accountancy stakeholder will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing the profession in emerging countries and/or regions where it is acknowledged that the accountancy infrastructure can be improved. The successful organiZation will have contributed (financially and/or by sharing expertise through secondments or other means) to create a more robust framework for doing business, reinforce institutions and strengthen government accountability.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

YOUNG ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR
The winner of this award will have qualified in the past 10 years and will have made a significant difference to his or her employer. Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial flair, technical excellence and leadership potential. The young accountant will be a professional employed in practice, business, government or another organisation in which his or her accountancy skill has become an essential asset.


PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
We will be looking for an industry leader who is not scared to take a stand who is outspoken on the issues affecting the profession and who has made a significant contribution in the past year. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award recognises consistent levels of achievement within the profession over a number of years. Nominations are welcome from people in practice as well as business.

2020 judging panel TBC. Please keep checking the website for updates.

Finalists for the 2020 awards will be announced closer to the event. 

2019 winners 


Accountancy Software of the Year 
Inflo

Accounting Capacity Building Champion of the Year 
ICAEW

ADVISORY PROJECT OF THE YEAR 
SKP Business Consulting, a Nexia member firm

Audit Innovation of the Year 
PwC

Communication Campaign of the Year 
Nexia SAB&T

CRM Software of the Year 
Symphony

Expense Management Software of the Year 
Xero

International Accounting Bulletin Lifetime Achievement Award 
Raul Corrêa da Silva BDO Brazil

International Accounting Bulletin Personality of the Year 
Stephen Hamlet, CEO of Russell Bedford International

Professional Body of the Year 
ACCA

Rising Star Association of the Year 
Allinial Global

RISING STAR NETWORK 
Parker Randall International

Sustainability Champion of the Year 
IAPA International

Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year 
ACCA and CPA Canada for joint report

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  • Exhibitor
  • Exhibitor
  • Coffee Break Sponsor
  • Badge and Lanyard Sponsor

The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020


The program for The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020 is currently in production. We are at present conducting primary research with over 50 companies in the sector to ensure our content is focused and offers real value to attendees.

If you are proud of an initiative you would like to share with your peers, please get in touch with us.

Hannah Toms
Phone: +44 (0) 207 9366 855
Email: Hannah.toms@arena-international.com

    Event Sponsors

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  • Silver Sponsors
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  • Silver Sponsors
  • Exhibitor
  • Exhibitor
  • Coffee Break Sponsor
  • Badge and Lanyard Sponsor

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