CPD Partner webinars, podcasts and video updates: free professional development
Our innovative CPD webinar programme aims to give you the flexibility and convenience to grow your professional development.
We offer a series of webinars both live and on-demand (from a whole host of technical experts, business leaders or ICAS partners) on a range of interesting professional development topics, so that you can easily ensure you keep your knowledge up-to-date as well having the opportunity to pick up hints or tips that may help you improve your skill-set.
Upcoming Webinar: Business Restructuring and Insolvency
Date: Monday 14 July 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 BST
With risks facing firms in every sector, the likelihood of struggling or even failing to save a business is currently higher than ever. This webinar, presented by BPP’s Charanjit Uppal, explores some of the options and protections available for businesses who may be finding it hard to survive. It will cover the basic concepts around corporate insolvency and the influence that senior leaders have during the process.
In addition, the session will enhance your understanding and knowledge of the following:
- The insolvency framework for businesses
- Key practical considerations for businesses emerging after the COVID-19 pandemic risks have been mitigated
- The options for businesses facing financial distress
- Recognising the role directors will play
Who is this session for?
While this webinar is aimed at a general business audience, we would highly recommend for business leaders, prospective insolvency professionals or those with a specific interest in insolvency. Due to the popularity of our training partner BPP's webinars, priority is given to current business professionals working in practice, firms and other commercial organisations.
About the presenter
This session will be led by BPP’s Head of Insolvency and Restructuring, Charanjit Uppal. Charanjit is a qualified insolvency solicitor who has over a decade of experience at BPP alone in teaching all aspects of restructuring and insolvency. His expertise is trusted as a consultant in advising companies and individuals in this field, including retailers and manufacturers.
On-demand video: Masterminds - The Growth Mindset
When leaders embrace a growth mindset they promote to their employees an environment of innovation, collaboration and conversations, all intended to accelerate growth. If you are a leader or high performer aspiring for progression, learn more about how the ICAS Masterminds Executive Coaching Programme from Leading Figures can help.
On-demand video: ICAS Gold Dust Career Insight Series
This video series features ‘gold dust’ insights from fellow CA members who have experienced exceptional and interesting career journeys since being admitted into the ICAS membership.
Popular Radio DJ Paul Harper from Heart FM speaks with a range of CAs to reflect on their key insights and career defining moments which have helped them get to where they are today.
The ways of learning are changing, technologies are shifting, people are watching, reading and listening more. Members are always online and ready to engage. And so are we, which is why we have a range of online learning resources and on-demand content to support your professional development.
If you have any suggestions on what future content you would like to see, please contact us.
Past Webinar: Current Issues in Financial Reporting – How am I affected?
With current developments affecting businesses of all sizes, our session explores the impact this will have on financial reporting for 2020/2021.This BPP webinar presented by Bruce Cowie (Head of Financial Reporting Programmes at BPP) and will enhance your ability to assess current and potential effects on a company’s financial reporting of:
- Recent IFRS developments
- Changes to FRS 102
Who is this session for?
This one-hour session is highly recommended for anyone involved in the preparation of financial statements for 2020/2021. This includes business owners and managers involved in the management of financial statements. In addition, it will also be useful to professionals who read and analyse financial statements.
About the presenter
Bruce Cowie is Head of Financial Reporting Programmes at BPP, having also delivered financial reporting training in the UK, Europe, Qatar, USA, South America, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Bruce qualified as a chartered accountant with Thornton Baker (later Grant Thornton) in 1984, and his experience includes a range of senior roles over 30 a year period. With a genuine enthusiasm for his subjects, Bruce has built a wide reputation for making the dullest topics interesting, engaging and understandable – with a focus on the practical application of financial reporting standards, and not just technical detail.
Past Webinar: What will the economy look like after COVID-19?
The fallout from the lockdown and COVID-19 is set to have major economic implications in the UK and beyond. This BPP webinar looks at key economic metrics and their associated influence on individuals and business. As these head to unprecedented levels, our training partner BPP explores what this means for you and your business. This includes:
- National Deficit
- National Debt
They also consider how governments and central banks will have to adjust fiscal and monetary policy to accommodate a post-COVID world - and what that ultimately means for everyone. In addition, the session reviews how financial markets reacted to the crisis, while considering what we could expect from them in the future.
Who is this session for?
This webinar is aimed at a business audience, including anyone with a general interest in finance.
About the presenter
This session was led by Kevin Tilley. Kevin is a highly experienced financial trainer, with a demonstrated history of success across the financial services industry in both exam and non-exam training. With a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Kevin started his career in investment management. With 14 years of professional experience in training, he is skilled in training delivery, exam preparation and coaching.
Past Webinar: Thriving in Uncertain Times
During challenging times the most resilient organisations are prepared with strategies to overcome a potential crisis. As it stands, we are currently experiencing a period of unprecedented global uncertainty due to geopolitical events, the COVID-19 pandemic and major economic consequences.
This one-hour webinar from our training partner BPP Professional Development, is designed to introduce some of the tools to adapt, stay relevant and flourish during uncertain times – achieved in-part with the increasing pace of disruptive technologies.
During this interactive session, find out how to:
- Find the language to acknowledge an uncertain future
- Consider how to build defences against the next crisis to hit a business
- Reset forecasting approach of future performance
- Re-evaluate ways of working against the need for agility
- Identify the human skills finance managers will need to thrive
This will enhance your ability to:
- Categorise potential future shocks
- Be ready for the next crisis
- Adjust forecasting skills to make them fit for more unpredictable times
- Select and adopt new ways of working and higher-level ‘human’ skills
Who is this session for?
While this webinar is aimed at a general business audience, we would highly recommend for business finance professionals who want to develop the skills to help them adapt and be prepared for any future turbulence or crisis.
About the presenter
This session was hosted by Roy Chambers. Roy is a finance professional with international senior commercial experience in a major plc and a background in finance training. He combines experience with development skills to improve business finance through better strategy, evaluation, decisions and leadership. Roy consults for businesses in various sectors. His courses reflect hands-on knowledge of leading finance functions, managing strategy and planning, and acquisition projects.
Past Webinar: Managing Remote-Working Teams
As more employees switch to working remotely, firms are being faced with new ways of motivating their staff. Working online has temporarily become the norm during COVID-19 – which some employers may continue once restrictions are lifted. Our training partner BPP, ran a free webinar to give practical advice for managers needing to motivate and manage staff remotely.
The webinar reflects on different management styles and the impact your leadership can have on your direct reports. In particular, it explored different ways of how to motivate staff who work remotely.
This webinar should help you with enhancing your ability to:
- Develop a management style that fits with your strengths, your organisation’s objectives and the needs of your remote worker
- Consider a variety of motivational techniques that will maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of your team
About the presenter
Dave Culley has 15 years’ experience delivering workshops and training in accountancy, business management, technology and personal development. During his career, Dave Culley has been responsible for programme design, authoring content and providing tuition both face-to-face and online.
With technical expertise that covers business strategy and management, financial management, business technology, corporate governance and ethics, Dave’s knowledge is founded on practical experience as a business leader, as well as memberships of the ACCA and the Institute of Leadership & Management. In addition, his current research areas include big data, Artificial Intelligence and the future of the accountancy profession.
Past Webinar: The Essential Business Survival Guide for COVID-19
Listen to advice and expert guidance on the government schemes designed to help businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
As the UK introduces a wave of measures to help businesses, this webinar explored what they are and how they work. These include:
- The Corona Virus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme)
- The self-employment income support scheme (the taxable grant scheme)
- Business rate holidays
- Deferring VAT and self-assessment payments
- Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
- Government support for home-workers
Do these government schemes cover everyone?
There are scenarios where not everyone is covered by the measures, and some of the new options introduced lack detail or clarity from the government. This webinar looked at those who can benefit, and those who don’t, while detailing how anyone who isn’t covered might cope during this period.
About the presenter
The session was led by our training partner BPP’s Head of Tax, Michael Steed - a Chartered Tax Adviser, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Tax and former President of the ATT. A Cambridge graduate with extensive tax experience, Michael is a regular contributor for taxation and accountancy magazines, covering a diverse range of tax issues including IR35, contractor taxation, the gig economy and lots more.
Past Webinar: 2020 Spring Budget
Webinar: 2020Spring Budget
Following recent developments in parliament, the first budget statement following EU withdrawal took place on 11 March 2020. Our training partner BPP ran a free online webinar on Friday 13 March 2020, giving an overview of the main announcements and what they could mean.
This webinar featured expert analysis and a live Q&A with BPP's Head of Tax, Michael Steed, on what is likely to be a critical statement for business and personal finance matters beyond next year. Michael, who is an experienced tax consultant and lecturer, is also a former ATT President, current co-chair of the ATT's Tax Technical Committee and BPP's Head of Tax.
Past Webinar: AML compliance and a technology transition
ICAS and Amiqus presents the first instalment of a webinar series on AML compliance for accountancy firms. In April 2019, ICAS announced a new partnership with anti-money laundering and compliance specialists Amiqus ID. Amiqus ID provide ICAS members with a single point of access to the upfront and ongoing compliance checks required for clients and staff.
Watch this inaugural webinar to find out:
- why we partnered
- the AML responsibilities for accountancy firms
- how technology adoption can help you meet your compliance obligations
Past Webinar: Contemporary Financial Crime Risk Management
This free on-demand webinar recording explores the latest developments in financial crime risk management and examines what businesses should consider in building their risk management response. Chris Usher (Head of International Financial Centres at BPP) hosted this session and discussed the extra-territorial nature of international financial crime legislation, the role of increasingly emboldened international regulatory bodies and evolving typologies of risk such as tax evasion risk management and sanctions breaches.
Who will benefit from watching:
- Those with exposure to financial crime risk at any level.
- Those who work in compliance and risk management within the financial services industry and related professions including accountants, lawyers, estate agents.
- Those wishing to stay out of jail for breaches of financial crime legislation.
Past Webinar: Get ready for Making Tax Digital with QuickBooks
Join Mark McNee from QuickBooks for this ICAS exclusive webinar, as we discuss the MTD tools available for accounting professionals to comply in the shortest amount of time.
Watch this one-hour on demand webinar to:
- Get first-hand experience from the MTD beta and what’s next from HMRC
- Learn how to overcome the challenges facing your firm during the digital transition
- Develop a seamless plan to onboard your clients to cloud accounting software
- Have your questions answered in a live Q&A session
Jump start your Making Tax Digital journey with this free webinar.
Past Webinar: Financial Crime
The FCA and regulators across the world state that part of their responsibility is to ensure that the integrity of the markets is maintained. UK financial institutions are responsible for minimising their risk of being used for criminal purposes, particularly the facilitation of money laundering or terrorist financing - banks and other regulated firms must ensure that they, and their clients, are protected from any aspects of these crimes.
UK firms and individuals with responsibilities are continually being held accountable for failure to implement systems and controls which can act as a deterrent, the most notable Deutsche in 2017 for £163 million. This webinar recaps on the essential components of financial crime and provides a useful compliance ‘Checklist’ against which you can benchmark your own firm’s defences.
This session is led by Vivienne Bannigan. Vivienne is a regulatory risk professional with extensive experience in Wholesale Capital Markets in both the public and private banking sector in the UK and internationally.
Past Webinar: The top blind spots hidden in your finance data
What are the biggest gaps you need to watch out for to set your business up for success? Do you have visibility of all your travel booking data before it occurs? Are inefficient approval processes impacting your cash flow? And how accurate are the mileage expenses your employees are claiming? It can be a challenge to unpick when you don't have visibility over your entire travel, expense and invoice spend, but the costs of getting it wrong aren't worth the risk.
This free SAP Concur webinar shines a light on the biggest blind spots facing finance leaders in businesses of all sizes.
Past Webinar: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The GDPR came into force on 25 May 2018 and represents a once in a generation change in the rules on data protection. This webinar from BPP (presented by Keith Markham) summarises the key changes introduced and discusses the practical steps that can be taken to ensure compliance.
Keith Markham is a former in-house lawyer now working as a freelance training consultant. He has more than ten years’ experience of both practising and lecturing in the field of data protection and is the author of ‘A Practical Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation’.
Past Webinar: Finance Business Partnering
The concept of finance managers playing a fuller business role is not new. However, the current heightened sense of uncertainty, pressure on business performance delivery and accelerating advance of technology provide finance managers with a greater than ever imperative to develop their business partnership capabilities. This webinar offered through our training partner BPP and presented by Roy Chambers, provides an overview of the role, how it can be developed further and practical tips to succeed.
Roy is a finance professional with international senior commercial experience in a major Plc and a background in finance training. Roy combines experience with development skills delivering programmes that reflect a hands-on knowledge leading finance functions.
Past Webinar: Key Principles of Transfer Pricing
Transfer Pricing (TP) is a major strand of tax DNA that affects mostly multi-national corporations (MNCs) operating across international boundaries. This invasive principle demands that group members of MNCs price their goods and services between them on an arm’s length basis and this helps tackle the long-held practice of shifting profits artificially out of high tax environments into low tax environments.
The principles of TP were set out by the OECD and have undergone changes since their inception – most recently following the Basal Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. The rules lay down a number of methods that MNCs should adopt depending on the service or good involved in the transaction. Some are easier to apply than others.
But TP is not just an international issue; it is also a national issue within the UK and will affect the prices that UK groups of companies charge between them.
HMRC is concentrating its efforts on TP issues as part of its drive to force MNCs to “play by the rules”. This year some 250 investigation cases will be launched by HMRC and they expect to recover some £1bn of tax.
But it’s not just TP – MNCs will also need to be aware that HMRC is also looking at Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) - a quasi-corporation tax at 25% (so appreciably higher than the UK background rate of 19% CT) that arises when companies artificially divert profits out of the UK and which can be seen as a souped-up version of TP. These investigations can be settled by adjusting UK TPs, so that more UK corporation tax is collected.
This BPP webinar looks at the issues and discussing some of the problems. Gary Buick and Michael Steed from BPP are joined by Jeremy Mindell.
Past Webinar: Breaking down the 2018 Autumn Budget
This on-demand webinar provides an overview of the main announcements from the 2018 Autumn Budget and what they mean for you.
On the back of the Chancellor’s key budget announcements, BPP's Head of Tax Michael Steed provides analysis on what could be a critical statement for business and personal finance matters beyond next year.
Michael has a wealth of experience as a former ATT President and is current co-chair of the ATT's Tax Technical Committee and BPP's Head of Tax.
This one-hour webinar provides a great opportunity for insights and CPD time for finance and industry professionals.
Past Webinar: Top 20 Excel shortcuts – get things done quicker
If you want to improve your speed and efficiency with Excel then your first step is to become familiar with some of the shortcuts that are available. The secret to success is to identify the things you do all the time, learn the shortcut, then force yourself to use it, every time. It will feel awkward at first but with a little perseverance you will be amazed at the difference and will never look back. Whether you are an accountant or any other professional if you use Excel then this webinar will be useful for you. This webinar was delivered by our training partner BPP's lead Financial Modelling trainer, Dave Marlow. In the session he demos some of the more useful shortcuts and provides materials to help you practice on your own.
Past Webinar: Financial Reporting Updates – IFRS 9, IFRS 15 & IFRS 16
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published three major International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) that will become effective in the next few years. Will you be affected? This webinar gives a broad outline of the new standards, looking at what’s changed and the potential impact these changes could have to you and your business, in the wider context.
Past Webinar: Reporting the impact of climate change - a new framework for financial disclosure
In this 45-minute webinar, hear from guest speakers: Mark Campanale, Carbon Tracker Initiative; and Jon Williams, Partner PWC and FSB TCFD member; about why including climate change in financial disclosures is becoming more mainstream, and what this might mean for the accounting profession.
Past Webinar: The changing world of audit and assurance
In an increasingly digital business world, where more information is readily available about a company’s performance which goes beyond the traditional financial statements, how does audit and assurance also need to evolve and what does it mean for the auditors of the future? Watch this webinar to find out...
Past Webinar: Essentials Skills for FDs and CFOs
In this short webinar, we heard from experienced finance professionals Garry Buick and Richard Mallet about the essential skills that they feel are required to be successful Finance Directors or Chief Financial Officers.
Past Webinar: Power of One
ICAS launched its ‘The Power of One’ campaign to help re-establish ethics at the core of business practices and to rebuild public trust in business.
Through their ethical behaviour, CAs are a force for good in the organisations in which they work. They can also influence those around them, and thereby help shape the culture and values of their organisation.
In this webinar former ICAS Chief Executive, Anton Colella explained the background to the initiative, explained the key themes of ‘The Power of One’ and provided an update on the core activity delivered and that of which was planned for the future.
Past Webinar: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
The world is becoming increasingly more connected, and increasingly everything is starting to become connected to everything else. It is becoming a truly digital world.
Digital in business has produced a fundamental challenge, how we take all of this data, turn it into information and knowledge and through scenario planning, turning this knowledge into economic value. Gartner predicts that 50% of the Fortune 500 will miss this transition and will cease to exist in their current state within the next five years.
Watch this webinar on the Digitisation of Business, by Matthew Smith, Global Head of Market Development for the Internet of Things at Cisco – where he outlines some of the macro challenges and some of the opportunities that can help steer your business along the road to a successful digital transition.
On-demand Video - the benefits of mentoring
On-demand Audiocast: Preparing for partnership
Becoming a partner can happen in different ways, but all require determination to refine your skills and step outside your comfort zone when reaching for success. Discover key qualities and techniques that are necessary for taking the next important step in your career, in this short audio interview.