What's going on - CIPFA in the North East

Recent events organised by CIPFA in the North East.

North East Accountancy Awards

Congratulations to the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Service for winning the Public Sector Finance Team of the Year Award. More details here.

Understanding the Apprenticeship Levy

CIPFA in the North East hosted a session on Understanding the apprenticeship levy on Monday 12 June at Newcastle Civic Centre. The session was aimed at managers and directors in public services, or those with a responsibility for training and development.

Dan Cutts, the Senior Business Development manager from CIPFA, outlined some of the challenges that are to be faced with the apprenticeship levy and opened up a conversation with the group as to how the Apprenticeship levy can be used to address individual organisation's requirements.

Annual Regional Dinner

On Friday 28 April, 90 CIPFA members and guests attended this year’s Annual Dinner, held at a sparkling new venue, The Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Professional Update session and Annual General Meeting

CIPFA members gathered at Gateshead Civic Centre on Wednesday 15 March for the half-day Professional Update session, and the Regional AGM.

Sixth Form Management Games

CIPFA in the North East's popular Sixth Form Management Games were held on Friday 10 and Friday 17 March.

Faster close breakfast meeting

On Friday 10 February 2017, almost 30 CIPFA members from across the region braved snow-laden skies to get to EY's offices in Citygate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a breakfast meeting on faster close of accounts.

Raman Sanghera from EY spoke about EY & CIPFA's initiative to support faster close. EY had an assured managed service covering monthly management reporting, final accounts to trial balance, and templates for final accounts. This linked to CIPFA's final accounts closedown 'big red button', which included project management and workflow mechanisms for the closedown process.

Paul Sheffield from BT South Tyneside talked about his experience of a dry run for faster close of accounts at South Tyneside Council. The key factors were:

  • get everyone on board
  • start planning early
  • review your existing timetable
  • build on what you already have
  • but focus on what needs to be changed.

Sixth annual regional conference

The sixth Annual Regional Conference was held at the usual venue of the Sage, Gateshead, on Friday 25 November 2016.

The Impact of Brexit on Public Services - seminar

On 29th September 2016, Gareth Davies of Mazars shared his thoughts on the impact of Brexit with delegates from across the region at a special evening event at Gateshead Council. 

Gareth set out a balanced, informative and comprehensive analysis of where he thought Brexit may affect public services. He used interesting figures, and there was also an economic summary to date of the impact, set against the backdrop of multiple economic problems that existed before Brexit, such as austerity and banking system weaknesses.

Gareth then talked through his analysis of potential impact in public services categories. The impact was broad, deep reaching and bigger than many of us imagined. Particularly worrying is the potential impact on universities, and given the prominence of universities in the North East, there is just cause for concern.

Gareth finished off with some tough questions for our local leaders, and particularly pertinent was “What is our future as a local area outside of the EU?” There were some probing and challenging questions after his presentation, and delegates seemed to be looking for opportunities as well as uncertain negatives as a result of Brexit.

The event was aimed to provide an opportunity for development and networking out of office hours, therefore we’d welcome any feedback on this or any ideas for future events.

Copies of the slides from the event are available.

2016 Golf Day

Congratulations to Campbell Dearden on retaining the Lady Lambert Trophy. Read more.

2016 North East Accountancy Awards

This year was the 10th Anniversary of the annual North East Accountancy Awards, and CIPFA in the North East once again sponsored the Public Sector Finance Team of the Year Award, and there were public sector winners in other categories as well.

2016 Annual Dinner

The 2016 Annual Dinner was held at the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Friday 15 April.

Professional update event

A Professional Update event – Grow Your Personal Development – was held at the Riverside Centre, Durham, on Wednesday 16 March 2016.