#AATConference, 10-11 June 2016


  1. AAT welcomed a record 260 members to the Birmingham Hilton Metropole for the 2016 AAT Annual Conference.
  2. Anticipation of the event started building in advance on social media, with many people tweeting about the upcoming #AATConference.
  3. In addition to our delegates, a number of leading experts from the accounting and finance world descended upon Birmingham to give talks, alongside our sponsors and exhibitors.
  4. Mark McBride, AAT President, opened the Conference by thanking our sponsors, speakers and attendees, and talked about AAT's vision for the accounting profession to be at the heart of businesses.
  5. Our first keynote speaker was Gary Turner, managing director of our lead sponsors Xero, who discussed the future of accountancy given technological advances, and the solutions that are being provided by cloud computing.
  6. Then it was time for attendees to select from a number of workshops. Steve Collings from Leavitt Walmsley Associates spoke on the new UK GAAP, Richard Simms from FA Simms talked about insolvency support, Thexton Training's Mike Thexton presented on VAT and cross-border services, whilst leadership skills was the topic of conversation from international speaker Sue Tonks.
  7. Following on from the workshops, delegates enjoyed lunch - and an opportunity to catch up with fellow attendees as well as speaking with the numerous exhibitors at the event.
  8. We were then into our afternoon sessions. This included an interesting update from HMRC on Making Tax Digital, which prompted a series of questions and remarks from members. Other sessions included CIPFA's Alison Scott on public sector reporting, and an employment law update from Toni Trevett of CompleteHR.