Presentations will be led by expert speakers covering a number of thought-provoking and insightful topics, including Brexit, International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS), cybercrime, and wider business updates including employment law.
Introductory overview - A global economic outlook
A pertinent economic starting point and backdrop to the current unprecedented period of change.
1. Financial reporting 2017 - New UK GAAP: one year on and IFRS: the future of revenue
Ralph Tiffin, Paul Gee, Julia Bowyer and Anna Cowley
Given these uncertain times in the economy and ongoing regulator focus on the quality of financial reporting, this session will update you on the latest 2017 financial reporting developments including -
2. Company and Business Law Update
This update covers all the key developments in company and business law over the previous 12 months, with content and case studies reflecting the most recent developments prior to each course date throughout the year.
The session is focused on the practical application of the law for businesses of various types and sizes.
3. Effective management reporting and analysis
This session will explain how management reporting fits into the overall responsibilities of finance and will examine, with the help of a number of surveys, the key attributes of effective management reporting -
Practical guidance will be given on how to address these areas with a case study and a quiz. The outcome of the session will be practical advice on how to design or upgrade your management reporting and analysis systems and methods to enable you to add real value to your organisation and be a key part of the strategy delivery.
4. Brexit, Budgets and BEPS: a toxic tax mix or a refreshed business-friendly tax regime?
2017 is likely to be a whirlwind year of tax changes. Brexit negotiations, implementation of BEPS and two Budgets will all trigger a plethora of changes that your business will need to keep abreast of and respond to. Throw into the mix a new Chancellor looking to make his mark, and a raft of increasingly stringent anti-avoidance measures, and we have a combination of circumstances not seen together in living memory.
Chris Burns will make sense of it all as the story unfolds during the year. His session is designed to help you understand these changes, how they impact on your business and what you must do to respond to them.
As well as an essential review of changes to Corporation Tax, Employment Taxes and Value Added Tax, Chris will -
5. Employment Law Update including a 2017 focus on Attendance and Absence Management
Toni will be combining her annual employment law update with a special focus on attendance and absence – issues that every employer and line manager will have experienced at some point.
In the first section, Toni takes you through some of the recent and pending employment law changes.
Toni’s second session looks at attendance and absence management in the workplace. Not only will you be given an overview of the legal considerations in this area but you will also be able to focus on the practicalities when dealing with staff and and the procedural considerations. This section of the topic will be broken down into attendance, short term ill health, long term ill health and disability considerations.
6. Cybercrime – what every accountant needs to know!
As hackers up their game and attacks become more common and sophisticated, Dr Stephen Hill will assess how accountants can protect their financial data from cyber-attack.
Digital technology continues to transform and disrupt the world of business, exposing organisations to both opportunities and threats.
Cyber threats continue to climb, and business preparation is not keeping pace as highlighted by PwC's 2016 'Economic Crime Survey' which shows cybercrime as the second most reported economic crime worldwide affecting 32% of organisations.
With cyber-attacks costing UK businesses around £34bn a year (Centre for Economics and Business Research and Veracode), companies are still not adequately prepared for or even understand the risks faced.
Today’s increasingly sophisticated corporate criminals are able to penetrate a company’s databases in a variety of ways, using viruses, malware, stolen devices, phishing or even insiders with their own agendas.
The ICAEW recently highlighted that '...criminals have always tried to find the easiest marks with the richest rewards.' Finance departments have financial data with high value that can be sold on the dark web for secondary profit. There is also high potential for successful ransomware extortion. Nearly 40% of businesses were hit by ransomeware attacks in 2016, with more than a third of them losing revenue and 20% forced to shut down according to a report from Malwarebytes.
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