Exhibitors at the ICAS Conference 2017


Here you can find a list of the exhibitors who are attending the ICAS Conference 2017.

ICAS Principal Partner and Headline Sponsor of the Conference: Investec Wealth & Investment

InvestecInvestec Wealth & Investment are delighted to be the Principal Partner of ICAS and headline sponsor of the annual conference. We are one of the largest investment management firms in the UK and are committed to providing a bespoke personal service for individuals, trusts, charities and intermediaries including accountants. Our aim is to build long term relationships with you and your clients so you are confident in the knowledge that their financial affairs are being expertly looked after.

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Breakfast Briefing Sponsor: Brodies LLP

BrodiesBrodies LLP is Scotland’s largest law firm, delivering legal services of the highest quality to Scottish, UK and global organisations. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brussels, the award-winning firm offers legal advice to private and public sector clients both in the UK and internationally in its core business areas of corporate and commercial; energy (both renewables and oil & gas); real estate ; dispute resolution & litigation; banking and financial services ; employment, pensions and benefits and trust and tax. The firm has more teams and individuals ranked top tier in the independent legal directories than any other firm in Scotland. Brodies has established a specialist Brexit Advisory Group with experts across the breadth of the firm to provide clients with a ‘one stop shop’ for pragmatic and informed legal advice on the issues raised by the vote to leave the EU.

Find out more about setting up a private business planning session to discuss practical implications for your business here.

Support Sponsor: MyFirmsApp

My Firms AppMyFirmsApp is the world’s leading provider of branded mobile Apps for Accountants and Bookkeepers.

Why is it so important to have an App? Because your current and future clients use Smartphones (over 90% of us do) and it’s often the first and last thing we turn to each day.

Having a custom app for your firm brings everything together for your clients  in one easy to find place, in one App, in your brand - making life simple for your clients whilst differentiating your firm and giving you a reliable ROI.  You get your firm on the home-screen of your clients smartphone with the confidence knowing it’s the only App approved and compliant with UK professional associations. That's why it’s been named best mobile App in 2017 by Accounting Today Magazine.

Join us to explore the brand-new platform, trial it for free and discover exactly how it delivers amazing value to firms just like yours.

Insolvency & Restructuring Community Partner: Close Brothers Asset Finance

Close BrothersFounded in 1987 by a team of finance specialists, Close Brothers Asset Finance and Leasing has grown to become a leading asset finance company in the UK. While the team may have grown, the same founding principles remain – we provide finance for businesses we fully understand and offer practical solutions that enable them to succeed. Having specialist knowledge means we are able to give prompt decisions, letting our customers get on with doing what they do best. Close Brothers Asset Finance and Leasing is about tailor-making finance solutions rather than off-the-shelf products. This is why we continue to refine our relationships and enhance our products in order to deliver more effectively for our customers and suppliers. We are proud to be a member of the Close Brothers Group. Close Brothers is a leading UK merchant banking group providing lending, deposit taking, wealth management services, and securities trading. Established in 1878, Close Brothers Group plc employ 2,900 people, principally in the UK, are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are a member of the FTSE 250.

Industry Expertise:

  • Agriculture Finance
  • Aviation finance
  • Construction finance
  • Engineering finance
  • Manufacturing finance
  • Marine finance
  • Materials handling finance
  • Packaging finance
  • Plastics finance
  • Print finance
  • Transport & logistics finance
  • Technology Services
  • Waste management & recycling finance
  • Woodworking finance
  • Specialties - Asset Finance, Hire Purchase, Leasing, Sale and HP Back, Refinancing.

If you want to discuss possible finance options please contact us on 01355 572 370.

Member Offer Partner: Lugo

Click & InvestHere at Lugo, we are delighted to offer all ICAS members a free IT health check for your business. Simply quote #LugoLove when you get in touch.

Lugo are a Scottish IT company founded in 2003 in Linlithgow. Our roots are in the accounting & finance field and we truly value the loyalty of our accountancy customers over the past 14 years. We have certified support technicians based all over the country with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Inverness, providing local support to a variety of business sectors.

We supply, install and support robust IT systems and are proud to partner with market leaders including Microsoft, Dell and SonicWALL.

We’d be delighted to review your current solutions completely free of charge with no obligation. We are also here for your clients, so please do keep us in mind if existing IT support is not forthcoming.

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Liz Smith on 03300 242 242 or email liz.smith@lugoit.co.uk. You can also find out more on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Member Offer Partner: Wesleyan Bank

RBCWe work with accountancy practices to develop flexible and tailored finance solutions, both for short-term cash flow needs, as well as longer term investments. Whether you are considering a new IT system to improve efficiency and increase productivity with the latest technological advances in software or if you are looking to overhaul your existing office to give your culture and environment a shake up, we have a finance solution to support you in your objectives.

As well as a large portfolio of commercial products, Wesleyan Bank is also able to provide personal loans to accountants and their life partners. Whether you are looking to get away for a well-deserved holiday, make home improvements or buy a new car, our personal loans can help you spread the cost of big expenses over time.

For more information contact Laura Joyce on 07790801021 or email laura.joyce@wesleyan.co.uk


BPPAs an organisation with over 40 years’ experience specialising in professional education and development we are the trusted partners of many organisations across the world. Our programmes are designed in partnership with employers and respected professionals in the fields of accountancy, business and management, financial services and law. Having trained two thirds of the UK's accountants at some point in their career we understand the finance and accountancy industry.

Our courses meet the needs of ICAS members across the fields of accountancy, tax and financial services. Alongside the face to face programmes we offer an extensive portfolio of online courses and have recently introduced online live meaning delegates can keep up-to-date and achieve their personal development needs without leaving the desk. Our courses cover the following subjects: Financial Services, Business Finance and Taxation for those in either business or practice.

Find out more or conact a member of our team on +44 (0)330 0 603 303 or  LDicas@bpp.com.


LusonaBrightPay is a payroll and automatic enrolment software that makes managing payroll easy. BrightPay assesses employees for automatic enrolment and is integrated with 18 pension providers. Our latest features include automatic re-enrolment, seamless import from Basic PAYE Tools and other payroll providers, batch RTI submissions and a payroll journal export facility to accounts software.

The design of the user interface ensures the payroll software is easy to use, especially when it comes to completing tasks such as RTI submissions, CIS, auto-enrolment and submitting files to pension providers.

BrightPay is the perfect way to manage payroll for multiple employers. BrightPay includes unlimited employers, unlimited employees, auto enrolment functionality, CIS, P11D’s plus free telephone and email support. All this for £229 + VAT / tax year.

We’ve just launched BrightPay Connect, an optional cloud & HR add-on which provides automated cloud backup, online self service for clients and employees, online payslips and HR & leave management.

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ICAS Foundation

ICAS FoundationYour Background Should Not Determine Your Future

Too few young people from Scotland’s most deprived communities are entering the accountancy profession. The ICAS Foundation provides much needed financial support, to such students who wish to obtain a university degree in accountancy or finance.

In addition to a financial bursary, each student will also have the support of a mentor. The mentors are all CA’s who use their experience, in a facilitative manner, to support the career exploration and determination of the student and help them take their first steps into a professional career.

You can make a real difference by volunteering to become a mentor or donating to the ICAS Foundation. Donations can be made online at: www.icasfoundation.org.uk

For all enquires on the ICAS Foundation please email enquiries@icasfoundation.org.uk

Together we can make a difference.

The ICAS Foundation is a registered Scottish charity: No SC034836

Opt Pensions

LusonaOpt Pensions was established specifically to meet the demands of auto-enrolment and to assist small to medium sized companies with their new workplace pension responsibilities. We offer guaranteed acceptance and support you through both the implementation and running of your auto-enrolment scheme.

Opt Pensions recognise that when it comes to auto-enrolment, there isn`t a one-size-fits-all formula for success. Our system, known as Root, aims to provide a user-friendly online solution with tailored access for members, employers and introducers. Root has been designed by Opt Pensions using its extensive experience in the pensions industry and offers a unique online Auto-enrolment service.

From start to finish, Opt Pensions will manage your needs and provide a highly compliant, well-functioning workplace pension scheme that you can rely on to fit all of your auto-enrolment requirements. At Opt Pensions we will provide you with not only compliance, but compatibility, and the reassurance of knowing your workplace pension is in safe hands.

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Lusona“We are changing the face of Professional Recruitment in Scotland and beyond. We want to be different. Inspirationally different.

Lusona's main focus is on creating and maintaining high quality relationships. Aligned to this is a high quality service which is founded upon our value system. We operate across offices in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh, and cover every Scottish location.

Our specialisms are Accountancy & Finance, Audit & Risk and Tax. We only recruit in the professional space, incorporating permanent, temporary and fixed term assignments.

We are different for a few reasons. Firstly, we have no hierarchy. We work as a Team and everyone is valued. Secondly, we do not operate within a culture of micro-management. We have a professional environment with a key focus on delivering beyond expectation. Finally, it really matters to us that every single person who connects with us has a positive experience!”

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Quiver Management

QuiverQuiver Management is a European quality award winning coaching, leadership training and change consultancy company. We facilitate change and growth at an individual, team and organisational level, developing your leadership capabilities to inspire your teams to excel.

We help accountants and others step-up to and have more impact in their senior leadership roles. Through executive coaching we provide you with an external, confidential sounding board to help develop your strategic thinking and impact as a leader.

We provide bespoke inhouse leadership, coaching and mentoring training, ranging from short courses to qualification programmes, to support your business’ current needs and strategic ambitions.

We are delighted to offer ICAS members a complimentary Leadership Development Needs analysis. For more information, come visit us on our exhibition stand or look at our leaflet.

For more information please visit our website or contact Jan Bowen-Nielsen on 0131 215 1192 or by email.

Swat UK

Swat UKLooking for CPD courses and / or compliance support?

With SWAT UK, you can choose from hundreds of CPD courses online and you can access then all from just £29.50+VAT a month per person*. With hundreds of courses available on-demand, you really can tailor the CPD around you and your staff, without leaving your office. Learn more here.

What’s more, with our postal and electronic file review service, we can provide firms with audit compliance reviews wherever you’re based.

Helping accountants remain up to date and comply with the many industry regulations has always been at the heart of what we do. From sole practitioners through to multi-national organisations, accountants in the UK and beyond have been trusting SWAT UK’s expertise for over 40 years.

Come and see us at the conference or request a brochure at www.swat.co.uk/2017 to find out more.

*Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.swat.co.uk/unlimited for details.


X-VATThe vatman tech​ subscription from X-VAT is the ultimate VAT resource for accountancy firms, an online subscription service with unlimited email queries or calls, providing full support to manage VAT for clients.

Our ethos is technical excellence and compliance and our aim is to create an accessible and cost effective online VAT resource providing technical assistance and support, training and consultancy services to professional firms and other advisers.

We can deal with any type of VAT issue, either directly or through our specialist network, including registration and deregistration, assessments and penalties, Tribunals and Appeals, liability queries and international VAT through to the Special VAT Schemes, Partial Exemption, Capital Goods Scheme, Transfer of a Going Concern, Option to Tax etc.

We are based in Edinburgh but we have a UK and global reach online providing VAT training and consultancy services to Nigeria, the UAE and Saudi Arabia or anywhere required.

For any firms wishing to promote their products and services to the membership by exhibiting at the Conference, please get in touch with Jesse Kingston at THINK Publishing - jesse.kingston@thinkpublishing.co.uk for available opportunities.

To book your place at the ICAS Conference 2017, please visit our booking page.

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