From XU Magazine, 
Issue 37

The 2023 ICB Bookkeepers Summit: Inspiration, Innovation, and Bookkeeper Success

Bookkeepers assemble to be entertained, educated and inspired.

Xero boss Alex von Schirmeister will be kicking off this year’s Bookkeepers Summit: the only event dedicated to bookkeepers, featuring inspirational guest speakers, industry titans, legislative updates and bookkeeper stories.
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The 2023 theme is ‘Do it your way’; a celebration of the fact that there are many ways to be a bookkeeper. Whether you have ambitions to grow your firm, you’re keen to be part of a large team in industry or you’re happy – just as you are – there’s something for every bookkeeper at the Bookkeepers Summit.

Guest speakers

This year we’re joined by entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi who will share insight into her journey as founder of Coffee Republic and Buy Women Built - a campaign to bring consumer recognition to women-built brands in the UK.

Bookkeeping Royalty

The luminaries of the bookkeeping world will assemble for both the in-person and digital summit. As well as a keynote from Alex ander von Schirmeister of Xero, attendees at the Park Plaza Hotel will be able to learn about pricing from everyone’s favourite 6 Figure Bookkeeper Jo Wood FICB. Will Farnell will also be sharing his philosophy on placing bookkeeping at the heart of the accountancy function and Chris Downing from Sage  will be exploring the potential impact of AI on the lives of the nation’s bookkeepers.

Bookkeeper Stories

Be inspired by stories from fellow bookkeepers. Lara Manton MICB will be sharing what it’s like to do the books for a top US Reality show. Bookkeepers Clare Kendall FICB & Laura Murphy MICB PM.Dip will be talking about their top tips for networking and collaboration.

Key Legislative Updates

Everything you need to know about the latest AML legislation from the ICB experts, as well as Tax Updates from Paul Aplin OBE and Rebecca Benneyworth OBE and the latest news from HMRC.

Keep up to date with the latest tech and innovation

Learn how the brightest software companies are innovating to meet the changing needs of bookkeepers. Our strategic partners Xero, Apron, FreeAgent, IRIS Software Group and Sage are joined by a host of software vendors that are offering a range of innovative solutions.

LUCA Awards: The Oscars of the bookkeeping world

Everyone’s favourite part of the Bookkeepers Summit, the LUCA Awards Ceremony is the hotly contested awards ceremony for the bookkeeping world. The highlights include awards for new practices, ICB students, large practices and Bookkeeping Personality of the Year. The vendor space is also recognised, with awards for software, financial services and training providers voted for by the ICB membership.


The Bookkeepers Summit is a hybrid event, with both in-person and virtual events happening across Global Bookkeeping week. You can choose to join in as much or as little as suits you - but do join in!

Monday 6th November

In-person Summit

Park Plaza Hotel London

Be in the room where it happens! Join your fellow bookkeepers for a day of talented speakers, actionable insights, and unparalleled possibility. Hot lunch included. Hotel bedroom discount codes are available.

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Weds 8 November

Virtual Tech Day

Explore the best tech in the market to enhance your practice and streamline your work with demos from our software partners.

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Thursday 9 November

Virtual Summit

Our virtual summit draws together key industry speakers for practical insight and advice. Offering two tracks GO BIG or STAY STRONG you’ll find the right information for your personal journey.

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