Community Accounting Conference 2018

Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018, 15:00 - Thursday, 8 Feb 2018, 16:30


We are pleased to bring you our residential Community Accounting Conference, now in its 4th year. The conference offers an evening of networking over dinner and drinks on the Wednesday evening, in a relaxed setting in preparation for a full day of learning the following day.

The conference gives delegates a technical update and practical advice on the key issues facing Community Accountants and charities across the UK.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in providing services and support in finance, accounting and payroll to the voluntary and community sector.

This event is kindly sponsored by:


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Wednesday 7  February




DISCUSSION: How can webinars/digital toolkits help community accountants?


Pre-dinner drinks and networking


Networking Dinner

21.00 – 10.00

After dinner entertainment

Thursday 8 February


Registration and refreshments


Chair welcome and introduction
John O’Brien, Chief Executive, Community Accounting Plus and Lisa Healings, VAST


Opening plenary

Building a sustainable business

Opening the conference, charities will discuss how they have managed to build a substantial client base and successful business model, diversify their income as well as establishing an online presence.

CFG Community Accounting Special Interest Group Committee


Move between sessions


Stream A

Stream B


Session 1A

Regulation round up

This session will be a roundup of regulatory changes including SORP and the Directions and Guidance for Independent Examiners issues by the England & Wales Charity Commission, and how to manage them.

Ian Barrett, ACIE

Session 1B

Employment law and managing volunteers

This session will explore everything you need to know to help you work with clients who manage volunteers, including:
When managing volunteers what rules do you need to follow to make sure that you are compliant?
What information does the volunteer need to provide?
How do you treat volunteers differently from employees in terms of employment law?

Eric Burrow, Senior Manager, Buzzacott HR Consultancy


Break for refreshments


Session 2A

VAT Update

Find out the latest updates in VAT as well as guidance on partial recovery, reduced rate exemption and zero rates.

Simon Buchan, Head of VAT, BHP

Session 2B

GDPR and Payroll

In this payroll specific session, find out how GDPR will affect areas of payroll such as data and record management.


Move between sessions


Session 3A

Tax Update

This session will cover regulations in tax, common tax issues, any key updates or changes in case law and will explore the application of tax to different social change models; such as corporation tax for CICs.

Rachelle Rowbottom, Head of Charity Tax, BHP

Session 3B 

Marketing your organisation and starting a campaign

How do you market yourself to potential clients? How do you make the most of social media?

In this session, learn some practical steps around marketing your knowledge and services as well as creating a marketing campaign.

Kate Bines, Head of Marketing and Communications, CFG




Session 4A

 GDPR troubleshooting session

The new data protection rules will have a big effect in terms of you send and store information. Having correct data processes and knowing where information is stored in case of requests or in the case where erasure needs to take place.

This session will cover the new data protection guidance and some practical advice on making sure you are ready for their implementation. 

Bring your questions ready to put to our speaker.

Chris Beveridge, GDPR Specialist, Moore Stephens

Session 4B

Complying with money laundering rules when working with charities

What processes and procedures should you be including in your anti-money laundering and bribery policies? How should these procedures be implemented internally and monitored?

This session will update you on what you should be doing to remain compliant with anti-money laundering regulations as well as how you administer this policy within your charity.

Tim Pinkney, Director of Professional Standards, AIA


Break for refreshments


Session 5A


Hear from an expert on both spotting when your clients are at risk of insolvency, how to avoid it and what do you if you have concerns about your own or your clients ‘going concern’ status.

Peter Gotham

Session 5B

Payroll networking meeting

This session will feature a presentation on present and forthcoming changes to payroll legislation including Payments Services Regulations and how they affect payroll providers. It will also be a chance for those who work in a payroll function to discuss and share their questions and experiences along with best practice.

Alison McCrave, Voluntary Action Sheffield


Move between sessions


Charity Commission update

Jeff Prescott, Senior Accountant, Charity Commission


Close and end of conference

Venue Details


Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre25 Aytoun Street , MANCHESTER , M1 3AE

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Bookings & Prices


Overnight rate (7-8 February, includes dinner and accommodation)

  • Early Bird Overnight CFG Charity Member - £259.00;
  • Early Bird Overnight ACIE Member - £259.00;
  • Overnight CFG Charity Member - £279.00;
  • Overnight ACIE Member - £279.00;
  • Overnight Non CFG Charity Member - £299.00;

Day rate (8 February only, NO dinner, No accommodation)

  • CFG Charity Member - £139.00;
  • ACIE Member - £139.00
  • Non CFG Member Charity - £159.00;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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