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Planning for tomorrow and sneaking a peek at the Crown Jewels

Friday 30 September 2016

Derek Rhodes recently joined 234 fellow delegates for the 45th annual Kreston International Conferencein London to discuss the latest industry hot topics while soaking up the sights of the Capital.

Delegates from 43 countries were welcomed in London by Kreston Chairman, Bent Kofoed and Kreston CEO, Jon Lisby who provided an update on strategy and referenced the issues facing member firms globally. The packed agenda for the three-day conference focussed on the methods required to be a ‘Future Ready’ accountancy business and how to implement changes now to ensure future success and sustainability.

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Internationally recognised Author, Rob Nixon was the keynote speaker for the conference. He delivered thought-provoking talks giving consideration as to how accounting firms need to change to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by digital disruption.

Meanwhile, Economist, Rain Newton-Smith from The Confederation of British Industry presented an overview of the Economic and Political landscape of the UK and Michael Izza, CEO of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, spoke about forces for change and opportunities for growth open to the UK and the accounting industry in the future.

It wasn’t all work for Derek and his colleagues as they were also treated to a number of organised social events including a Medieval Banquet, a treasure hunt via a London bus, a trip to the Tower of London and a private viewing of the Crown Jewels followed by drinks and a dinner reception in the spectacular White Tower and Armouries.

Derek even found time to meet up with The Windsors during his visit.

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Derek said:

“This particular event is designed to allow British based Kreston International members like Alex Picot Trust to present ourselves to our international colleagues, catch up on industry hot topics and build our Kreston International networks; it was another huge success. The timing was particularly important as it took place just after the most pivotal of points in British history, the Brexit vote and each speaker provider some food for thought around this topic. Rob Nixon was particularly insightful encouraging us to consider the ‘firm of now’ and what changes we can expect as technology continues to challenge the way we work.”

Kreston CEO, Jon Lisby commented:

“London saw our highest attendance at an Annual Conference. It is excellent that so many of our members took the opportunity to visit the UK to both experience a fascinating and thought provoking business programme and to learn about our history and culture. To network with Kreston colleagues at an event, such as our Annual conference, is a great way to build trusted relationships, which in turn drives additional referral business.”