From XU Magazine, 
Issue 25

Xero’s Gary Turner’s star turn at the Bookkeepers Summit

1000 bookkeepers convene for the first ever virtual Bookkeepers Summit!
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‘I first found out about Xero at the Bookkeepers Summit – if I hadn’t gone to that event I’d still be a little old dinosaur bookkeeper,’ says Lynn Watson a Certified Bookkeeper from Romford who’s living the remote-working dream and relocating to sunnier Italy this year. ‘Everything’s digital so you can work anywhere.’

The Bookkeepers Summit has gone digital this year too and takes place entirely online on 17th and 18th November in the middle of Global Bookkeeping Week.  Bookkeepers from all over the world are coming together online to socialise, learn, look to the future and have fun.  

Organisers at the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), who’ve been hosting the Bookkeepers Summit for the last ten years, spent four months selecting the perfect virtual event platform. ‘This is not your typical accounting conference! In fact it’s more like a week-long festival,’ says ICB director of communications, Ami Copeland. ‘We knew we wanted to do something really special to celebrate the incredible amount of support bookkeepers have been offering businesses this year.’

Having sold the first 500 tickets within hours of releasing them, Ami is convinced bookkeepers are desperate to reconnect. ‘I think bookkeepers are uniquely supportive and welcoming as a community. That’s why we’ve made sure our virtual event platform enables real connections. Tickets to the online Bookkeepers Summit 2020 give access to over 20 hours of CPD content being streamed on Tuesday 17th and 18th November. In addition to that, ticket holders get a week’s worth of networking on the virtual event platform and access to the recorded sessions on-demand for three months.

Tickets are still available: use coupon code XUMAG at checkout to save £15.  

Gary Turner and Xero - headlining

Gary Turner, MD of Xero UK and EMEA, is hosting one of the opening sessions of the event and explains, ‘At this year’s Bookkeepers Summit I’m going to talk about some of the immediate opportunities and challenges this climate presents and what I believe this means for the future of the industry.

‘It’s been a difficult year for many businesses, with huge challenges around new ways of working and maintaining resilience. We know that small businesses have depended more on their bookkeeper to manage this change. By focusing on the right support for your clients, for right now, you re-validate the role bookkeepers play in the small business economy.’  

Inspiring keynotes, Regulatory Updates and Brexit  

Joining Gary Turner on the virtual stage will be a diverse roster of speakers including Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation and Danetha Doe, an American ‘Money, Sex and Power Educator’. There will also be Certified Bookkeepers sharing their insights, and speakers from HMRC, the Office of Tax Simplification and the Home Office.

Technical workshops will cover the latest updates to Tax, VAT, Payroll, CIS, IR35 and MTD. An education track will be dedicated to helping bookkeeping students pass exams and supporting AATQB graduates who want to level up to Certified Bookkeeper status to start their own businesses.

‘Our fantastic keynote speakers will be sharing big ideas on running a business, hiring staff, harnessing tech, delighting clients and achieving your own financial wellbeing,’ says ICB’s head of partnerships Sobi Hariharan.

Looking to the future, together

‘Thought leaders like Nick Levine ACA and Starling Bank’s head of product will be discussing disruption, resilience, and the future of bookkeeping.

‘There’s a mixture of live-streamed and pre-recorded content and you can interact with every session, see who else is watching with you, send chat messages and post questions. You can watch on your desktop or download the app to watch sessions and network whilst you’re out and about visiting clients or just getting on with your life.’

The 2020 Bookkeepers Summit offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with brilliant bookkeepers and industry thought leaders to uncover tactical advice and proven strategies for your bookkeeping career.

Join the community online for TED-style talks, live panel discussions, speed networking, social gatherings, competitions, technology exhibitors, and a whole lot of mind-blowing, life-affirming fun.  

So many bookkeepers together at last! After a challenging year, don’t let anything stop you from getting upfront and social with your peers.​​

You can enjoy this year’s Bookkeepers Summit on your own terms, from the comfort of your own computer, tablet or smartphone. During Global Bookkeeping Week what better way to learn, mingle and have fun and share the joy of bookkeeping no matter what stage of the journey you’re at.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code XUMAG at checkout (case sensitive) to receive £15 off your ticket. (Hurry, only 100 coupons available).

Global Bookkeeping Week - Get involved

Use the hashtags #BookkeepersSummit and #GlobalBookkeepingWeek to stay up to date and connect throughout Global Bookkeeping Week. You can also download our toolkit with social media graphics and ideas for getting involved. Don’t forget to share them with your clients and employer!

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