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Are you up to speed with developments in accounts and the accounting services you use or could benefit from? Are you prepared for new business developments? Do you feel isolated sometimes, without a peer group to share your concerns with? Business accounting events may have the answers you are looking for.
What happens in accounting and the wider world of business ultimately affects everyone, impacting on how you get paid, what you earn, the regulations you must follow, and what you pay out in taxes. Industry events are a key way of keeping abreast of what’s happening, and of staying ahead of the curve.
If you want to manage your SME finances as effectively and efficiently as possible, and make sure your business is both compliant and prepared for the future, then business accounting events are a great way of being in touch and fully engaged with all that’s happening in your industry, and ours.
You’re going to come away with valuable information, new ideas, practical tips and, at the same time, you’ll have had an excellent opportunity to broaden your networking base.
Industry events are a great way of meeting new people and making useful business contacts.
As a provider of accounting services in Burnley and across Lancashire, we regularly attend business accounting events, and we’re always on the lookout for new ones. Here are our tips for where to go, and what to look for.
Companies House Seminars
Though based in London, Companies House runs various events, many aimed at first time directors and SMEs.
Its free First Time Directors Seminars focus on issues such as company director responsibilities in relation to Companies House; and how to use Companies House as a free resource.
These events also cover issues around corporate fraud and identity theft, and how to protect your business from them, as well as compliance.
Typically, there will be representatives present from the Companies House team, the Office of National Statistics, the Department of International Trade and the Intellectual Property Office.
Accountant Networking Events
Award-winning accounting software provider ClearBooks runs its own series of Accountant Networking Events to help people keep up to date with new technology, new methods and the latest industry trends.
These events are free to attend while providing useful information about accounting technology and are an excellent networking opportunity.
They come in the form of open days and more informal, pub-based Tick & Bash social get-togethers.
Various other national accounting and finance companies regularly host regional events including seminars, conferences and networking gatherings, many specifically aimed at SMEs. These include RSM, PwC and KPMG.
You won’t always find they’re suitable in terms of subject or location, but it’s always useful to keep track, because you never know when something of specific value to your business can crop up.
Business meetups in Lancashire and Manchester
Meetups are a great way for local business owners to network with each other, provide mutual support, and gain valuable insight into the nuts and bolts of starting up and maintaining their own business.
Each Meetup will have its own themed approach, and some will be more geared towards beginners than
others, so it’s often a case of trying various ones out to find the right fit for you. These feel very much like grassroots affairs, but sometimes it’s reassuring to meet your peers alongside other professionals who can offer you specialist advice.
However, they can be an invaluable source of knowledge, providing support and face-to-face help.
You can check the Meetup site, or app, for events close to you, and search on a specific theme.
We’ve found a Manchester Small Business Support Group, where you’ll find advice on business accounting, writing business plans, marketing yourself, keeping records and legal issues affecting small businesses, among a host of topics.
Each of these meetups has a presentation and a Q & A session, accompanied by coffee, with a strong emphasis on networking and attendees learning from, and helping, one another.
Where you can find networking events
Fortunately, in today’s digital age, it’s never been easier to locate industry events in your local area. Eventbrite is a great resource, and search tool, for finding the right kind of business event for you.
You can filter your search by area, event category, date and price. Under the business event category, you’ll then see a drop-down list of sub-categories, including finance, investment and startups.
Listed events include tax seminars, and drop-in days hosted by accounting companies, alongside business expos and business networking opportunities.
Virtual networking through Webinars
You don’t always have to be physically present to benefit from professional accounting advice at events. Many companies and organisations now host online webinars focused on key accounting issues.
Webinars are a highly effective means of businesses making contact with target groups, and attendees gaining valuable knowledge and insights without having to spend time and money travelling.
This also means you’ve a broad selection of resources, local, national and global, including the British Library.
It hosts regular webinars on topics such as lean start-up philosophies and practices and an introduction to copyright.
Get In Touch
Just because it’s your business doesn’t mean you need to go it alone completely. There’s plenty of support out there, and attending industry events is a great way of tapping into it.
Whether you’re after accounting services in Burnley, or useful information about industry events in Lancashire, please get in touch. We’re happy to help.
Give us a call on 01282 902456, email email@example.com or visit the contact page on our website and fill in the contact form – we’ll reply as just as soon as we can.