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The 9th Digital Accountancy Forum and Awards 2020

Date 29 September 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!

Partner – become an event sponsor

Win– get your entry in to the Awards


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.


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

 


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

Keith Maidment
E: Keith.maidment@arena-international.com

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.


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


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


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


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