Thomson Reuters Digita 10th Conference helps deepen understanding of the key issues accountants face in 2013

25 September 2012

September 25th 2012, Exmouth: The 10th Thomson Reuters Digita Annual Conference for professional tax and accounting firms returned to the beautiful lakeside venue of The Four Pillars Cotswold Water Park Hotel on 13 and 14 September 2012. Delegates from all parts of the UK gathered to take part in over 100 sessions covering all aspects of accounting practice operations and to listen to eminent speakers and presenters from the tax and accounting profession.

In his opening address, ‘Change is the only constant’, Andrew Flanagan, managing director Digita, spoke of the changes accountants continually face in technology and legislation and how Digita software plans to help optimise efficiency and flexibility by providing new products and methods of delivery in the coming years. Since 2009 Thomson Reuters has invested more than £4 million in the development of new products and functionality. This is set to continue at a similar level with increased emphasis on direct consultation with customers to ensure that new enhancements reflect their needs. As part of this initiative, valuable feedback was gained from delegates who visited the ‘We’re Listening’ booth, where attendees were given the chance to share their thoughts in a variety of ways including social media feeds and through one-to-one sessions with the management.

In her address to delegates, Francesca Lagerberg, head of Tax, Grant Thornton, echoed Andrew Flanagan by saying that there is likely to be a huge amount of change over the coming months and accountants will need to be resilient.

"From the tax adviser’s perspective, it is liable to be a time of opportunity,"
she added,
"with the planned tax changes making it likely that more tax-payers will look to their accountants for support"

Delegates took part in a lively ‘Question Time’ event where they were given the opportunity to pose their own questions to a renowned panel comprising tax specialist, Rebecca Benneyworth, past president of the UK 200 Group, Jonathan Russell, author and Excel guru, Simon Hurst and Paul Duffield, director of product design for Digita. Questions covered a range of topics, from tax avoidance schemes to whether HMRC concessions are tweaked to suit political purposes.

A Gala Dinner on the first night featured Nick Hewer from TV’s The Apprentice as after dinner speaker and a charity pop quiz raised £880 for CLIC Sargent, which will be matched by Thomson Reuters, thus making a total donation of £1760 to the charity.

The Digita Professional Suite is an award winning tax, accounting and company secretarial software platform provided by the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, the leading provider of technology and information solutions. Digita software is created in the UK for use by UK accounting professionals to add value to their practices.

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