We were absolutely delighted with the time which we were able to spend with members and affinity partners at our recent annual conference at Belton Woods in Lincolnshire particularly given that it has been over two years since members were last able to meet in this way.

After the need to re-arrange the event on so many occasions as a result of the pandemic was frustrating for all, we really appreciated the opportunity to meet in person and to share some great time together as a group and to hear some live laughter in a room full of people!

CharterGroup has always sought to be one of the UK’s premier national alliances of quality independent accountancy practices and our conference certainly demonstrated this commitment and passion for quality.

The sessions over the two-day conference on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 September covered topics including ‘creating success’, ‘building a digital practice’, ‘leadership through adversity’ and ‘addressing the numerous people and culture issues’.

We had a stellar group of presenters and our delegates heard from prominent figures in accountancy and business, including Mike Logue, Chief Executive of bed retailer, Dreams and Simon Halliday, the former England rugby international. Iain Wright, a former MP and current Managing Director, Reputation & Influence at the ICAEW spoke on how the profession should evolve and adapt to survive into the 22nd century and emphasised on several occasions the key tole of CharterGroup within the profession. There was also an extremely informative session from Rachel Wesley at CABA on managing stress in these challenging times.

The conference featured a range of break-out sessions, with opportunities to network and discuss how the profession can help businesses recover from the pandemic. There was also a gala dinner with some superb after-dinner entertainment from David Redfearn, the magician.

Derek Smith, Managing Director at CharterGroup, said: “It was great to see so many colleagues after such a long hiatus. The last 18 months have seen the profession tested in a way that it has not been for many decades and it rose to the challenge admirably.

“Now, with the economic recovery underway, we are looking towards new challenges as we help businesses return to profitability and deal with the impacts of changing technologies and social trends that will force us as a profession to adapt.

“I was delighted that both we and our affinity partners had the opportunity to showcase the many initiatives to help our members to develop and prosper.

“Our speakers and delegates were highly engaged with these issues and I know that our members came away with plenty of ideas to take back and apply in their own practices.

At a personal level it is a joy and privilege to be working with a team whose outstanding knowledge and experience of working within and with, and passion for, the profession can bring so many benefits to our members”