Accountex 2017

The biggest accounting event of the year on May 10th & 11th at Excel, London


8 ways to get the most out of Accountex – a guide for visitors

There are times when a supplier gets the mix ‘just right’. And that’s what we believe the team behind Accountex have done since year one. As an event, it’s a very clever cocktail of suppliers, content and leading speakers that accountancy firms, Finance Directors and industry professionals all love.

From the outside, the event line-up may seem like a happy coincidence, but when you take a closer look at the speaker line up, the theatres, the support from associations and media partners, you’ll start to understand why Accountex is unique. For that reason, we believe every accountant in practice or in business should attend.

Having attended for over 7 years and being their since day 1 here are our top 8 ways to get the most from Accountex – our guide for visitors.

If you have not attended before then think big, it’s the largest event in the profession with 5,500 accounting and bookkeeping pros preparing to descend on ExCeL London next week for the UK’s largest independent accounting conference.

Jam-packed with 200+ exhibitors, 175 workshops and keynotes, and 15 dedicated theatres, Accountex provides plenty to see and learn across the two-days. But how do you make sure you’re making the most of this once a year event? Take a look at our tips below to help get your Accountex planning in order.

1. Leverage your investment of time

This year is going to be bigger than ever with over 200 + exhibitors, so it’s key to make sure you put together an action plan to leverage your investment of time and to get the best return on your investment.

Surrounded by more than 5,000 accounting professionals, Accountex is a great opportunity to make new friends, catch up with old ones and learn all about what your peers are up to within their practices. Touch base with fellow accountants and bookkeepers who you know are attending and arrange for a catch-up. If you don’t know anyone else going, get social on social media.

By searching for #Accountex on Twitter and Facebook, you can find others talking about the event – this is your chance to make a new connection.

When putting together your plan for the event – reflect on what you want to get out of the event as a business and at a personal level, what you want as an individual.

2. Pre-register for workshop sessions to avoid queues

There are a series of workshops where you can pre-register and reserve your seat for free. These are a fantastic way to ensure you hear the content you want and by booking in advance you get to avoid queues.

There are 7 workshop sessions running each day – full line up here

3. Choose your five must-see speaker sessions

It doesn’t matter how hard you try, there’s no way you can catch all 125 speakers at Accountex 2017. But what you can do is narrow down your top choices now. Take a look at the long list of speakers and sessions and pick out the ones that appeal to you most – or borrow our top five for inspiration!


The ‘big 4’ are targeting your clients

Fight back and reap rewards – David Oliver, global presenter and Sunday Times author

Selling to Serve

How to give and receive more value from your clients – James Ashford, leading author and presenter

What’s Next for Cloud Accounting?

Gary Turner, co-founder and MD of Xero UK


Any Accountant Can Show Their Client the Past

Learn How to Increase Your Fees By Showing Your Clients the Future – Amy Harris, co-founder of CrunchBoards

How to Become One of the Most Inspiring (and Profitable) Practices in the World

Steve Pipe, best-selling author and advisor to accountants

4. Plan which Exhibitors / Vendors you want to speak to

In a world where technology is adapting at record speed, finding the software and services that are right for your business and your clients can be a challenge. Think about the top three areas of your accounting or bookkeeping business that you’re hoping to improve, and let those areas guide you towards exhibitors that can provide solutions for your business.

It’s important to visit the new vendors to deliver a fresh result and maximise your return - allocate team members to research new products, software and attend new workshops.

You also may want to view the floorplan in advance, so you are ready and prepared for when you enter the event and make the most of the 2 days.

5. Visit MyFirmsApp at stand 1120

Join the us on stand for cool freebies, a chance to power your phone, grab a drink and see the leading App for accountancy firms – in the world.

Think One App, One Place, Your Brand – you can see the App free on stand, be taken through a feature rich walkthrough and if you wish see the MTDfB solution we call MyFirmsApp ‘Collect’.

Our experts will be on stand throughout both days delivering live demonstrations of the App platform, and see at first-hand how it can save you time, money, generate a return on investment, and comply with HMRC’s changes and quarterly reporting.

Our senior presenters will also be around to answer questions after their workshops and talk to you about your firm and how MyFirmsApp can help you differentiate from every other firm out there.

6. Download the Accountex App before you set off

Make sure you download the App before you leave home – fast Wi-Fi can be hard to come by at events like these.

The Accountex app is a great way to keep all the event information you need in your back pocket. Available for iOS and Android, the App provides information about how to get to the venue, what hotels are nearby, event start and finish times, a full list of exhibitors, news and offers, and plenty more.


Accountex 2017 Apple Download Link
Accountex 2017 Android Download Link

7. Be progressive

Go out of your comfort zone; prepare questions for exhibitors, partner programmes and Fintech companies to maximise the opportunity that Accountex provides.

Check out new conferences and do something you’ve never done before – Accountex is the biggest event in the profession and your one chance to achieve something wonderful and take-away a fantastic experience.

Finally quick reminder – bring some business cards

It’s vital at such a large networking exhibition like this and business cards are one of the most powerful marketing tools out there. You can engage face-to-face with customers and make sure that your contact details and brand are left with them. Emphasise an element – maybe a new product or module, or your company slogan, and make sure they are striking in their message – with your basic contact details and social/web details.