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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

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Pandemic Perspectives – PD Ports

Hear from business leaders on how they and their businesses have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Northern Society of Chartered Accountants for an informal chat with Jon Armstrong, PD Ports, on how they have been impacted in different ways by the unfolding crisis of the last few months and hear them provide their unique perspectives on the pandemic.

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This session with Jon Armstrong, PD Ports, will focus on how Teesport has had to adapt including the import and export of goods into the region.

Every few weeks a different speaker from a different key business across the Northern Society area will be interviewed and invited to talk about how the COVID19 pandemic has affected them. Unique insight and perspective will be given as they spend half an hour giving their reflections on the changes that they have witnessed and helped shape since the start of the year, both from an organisational and a personal point of view across the business as a whole.

We’ll also hear how business models have been forced to adapt and which new skills have had to be rapidly learned as the businesses have evolved

The interviews will cover businesses across different sectors including: Metnor Construction, Greggs, Venator, Tyne Theatre & Opera House and PD Ports and more.

About Jon Armstrong BSc ACA PD Ports

PD Ports one of the UK’s major port groups, operating in 13 locations across the country, connecting business and cargo with key global markets.

The companies ethos is built on creating trusted, long-lasting partnerships that allow them to understand customers and their unique requirements. They aim to be a seamless extension of business, providing in-depth knowledge and time-served experience to improve supply chains.

Throughout Their history, They’ve earned a reputation for being a reliable, safe pair of hands – a business that will be there when it’s needed and get the job done. There’re forward thinking and innovative, always going the extra mile to ensure what there’re offering is what their customers require.

Underpinning all work is health and safety. It’s at the heart of their work and number one priority. PD Ports commitment to health and safety has been recognised for the past two years by the internationally recognised RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) awards, achieving gold status in 2018.

PD Ports employs more than 1,200 people, owning and operating well-connected ports along the East coast of the UK; unlocking key markets in the North, South, Midlands and Scotland and providing access to the hub ports of Europe and further afield. Their trusted international partners stretch their reach far beyond the UK, allowing services to be delivered throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

With headquarters in Middlesbrough, PD Ports are also the Statutory Harbour Authority for the Ports of Teesport and Hartlepool, ensuring safe navigation of vessels, river management and maintaining channel depth.

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Pandemic Perspectives – Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Hear from business leaders on how they and their businesses have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Northern Society of Chartered Accountants for an informal chat with Keith Proudfoot, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, on how they have been impacted in different ways by the unfolding crisis of the last few months and hear him provide his unique perspective on the pandemic. 

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This session with Keith Proudfoot, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, will focus on how the theatre has operated over the past few months and looking into the future the importance of the ‘Panto’ on the business.  

Every few weeks a different speaker from a different key business across the Northern Society area will be interviewed and invited to talk about how the COVID19 pandemic has affected them. Unique insight and perspective will be given as they spend half an hour giving their reflections on the changes that they have witnessed and helped shape since the start of the year, both from an organisational and a personal point of view across the business as a whole.

We’ll also hear how business models have been forced to adapt and which new skills have had to be rapidly learned as the businesses have evolved

The interviews will cover businesses across different sectors including: Metnor Construction, Greggs, Venator, Tyne Theatre & Opera House and PD Ports and more.

About Keith Proudfoot BSc BFP FCA Tyne Theatre & Opera House

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Newcastle upon Tyne with an international practice; he moved to a small firm helping many SMEs through their first few years. He then headed Finance & Admin in a regional firm of Chartered Surveyors, before an MBO saw him as FD and Company Secretary of a group of estate agents and property management companies.

Keith was appointed Regional Director for ICAEW in the northern region in 2001, and also for ICAEW members in Scotland 2002, positions he held until December 2017.

Keith holds Trustee/Director and other voluntary roles on a number of local culture organisations and charities. He is currently the President of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants.

Beyond these roles and looking after his granddaughter two days a week, he is a keen follower of regional sport and participating in 12-car rallies and other more gentle events in his classic Mini.

About Tyne Theatre & Opera House 

The Tyne Theatre and Opera House is a Grade 1 listed theatre rated “in the top 4% of listed buildings” by English Heritage and is afforded a three star (the highest) rating by the Theatres Trust, “a very fine theatre of the highest theatrical and architectural quality”.

The importance of the architectural and theatrical heritage of the building is also recognised by The Associated of Historic Theatres in Europe and OISTAT (the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Technicians and Architects).

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Limited

In January 2015 the theatre was given a new lease of life when a new operating company, Tyne Theatre & Opera House Ltd was set up to operate and manage the business.

The Limited Company is the Preservation Trust’s subsidiary. Together with the operating company, the Trustees of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust are committed to restoring the theatre to its former glory and raising the necessary funds to ensure that its heritage is sustained for future generations.

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Managing cash flow as businesses emerge from lockdown

This roundtable (round your screen) discussion will offer practical advice about how you can manage your cash during this crisis, as well as put systems in place for the future.

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This 45 minute webinar will cover:

  • strategies for effective cash flow management in a time of crisis – from ICAEW member Steve Plaskitt
  • Access to business support, finance and funding to help businesses through the challenges Covid-19 – from Helen Lee

There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions during the session.

Relevant information for business can be found at https://www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk/toolkits/covid-19-coronavirus-toolkit 

 

This is a free event but pre-booking is required to be sent the electronic joining details

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Chamber Presidents Club lunch with Sir John Curtice in association with the NEECC and CISI

An exclusive invitation for ICAEW members to join the Chambers Presidents Club lunch.

An exclusive invitation for ICAEW and CISI members to join the Chambers Presidents Club lunch with prominent polling guru and Professor of Politics Sir John Curtice.

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The Chamber President’s Club are the largest and most influential businesses in our region employing over 250 people. Consisting of our largest public and private organisations including Colleges, Universities and NHS trusts.

The Chamber hosts three lunches each year for the most senior representatives from these organisations with past speakers including Frances O’Grady, Sir John Major, Nicola Sturgeon and the US Ambassador to the UK.

We’re delighted to join forces with the Chamber and CISI for this exclusive event with Sir John Curtice, polling guru and Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. Following the unpredictability of political polling in recent elections and referendum, it will be really interesting to hear Sir John’s take on the recent and future political climate.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to network with wider contacts and it’s anticipate this will be a very well attended event.

Tickets include a two course lunch with refreshments on arrival.

Dress code: Business/Smart Casual

This invitation is for ICAEW members that their organisations are not members of the President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club should book directly with the Chamber.

Bookings close on 31 January 2020.

How to book

Please click the ‘view’ button for further information and to book your place.

Once on the external site you will need to enter the following password to access the booking page: ICAEWCISI

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Latest update for members in business – Carlisle

Designed for accountants working in business giving technical and topical updates.

These updates are designed to give members in business essential updates and the opportunity to network with fellow professionals within the sector. Events are being held in various locations across the north of England.

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Topics include: Tax update; CABA update; ICAEW Business Team update; Automated accountancy & reporting systems; Financial reporting update; Cyber security.

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ICAEW Member No Charge
Non-Member £50.00 + VAT
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Venue in Carlisle TBC

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Tour of Tyne and Wear Metro

Join us for a tour of one of the most iconic methods of transport in Tyne and Wear.

We are delighted to announce that Nexus have kindly agreed to host a tour of the Metro control room, the traction maintenance depot and a city centre underground station.

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The Tyne and Wear Metro, which is owned and operated by the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive (t/a Nexus) opened in stages between 1980 and 1984 with extensions to Newcastle Airport in 1991 and Sunderland in 2002.

A large part of the Metro network was a conversion from the local British Rail network with some new sections of underground track and stations built in central Newcastle and Gateshead, linked together by the QEII bridge that spans the River Tyne.

Although it is a locally owned railway, it is part of the national rail network. It has 60 stations which Nexus manages, with the exception of Sunderland station where Northern Rail are the facility owner. The network has approximately 78km of track on which 450 services operate each weekday.

Since 2010 Nexus has renewed or replaced track, overhead power lines, bridges and tunnels and has also introduced new technology by replacing key communications systems.

Throughout the decade, Nexus will have invested over £350 million, but this critical investment will continue throughout the next decade also, with Nexus currently finalising its application for new funding as part of the Government’s Spending Review 2019. This will be in addition to the £337 million that the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the autumn 2017 budget for a new fleet of Metrocars and new depot facilities.

The Metro employs over 800 staff and has a gross operating budget in excess of £100 million per annum.

The visit will include a tour of the control room, traction maintenance depot and a city centre underground station as well as a brief presentation on the history and future plans of the metro.

The tour will involve some walking and will include using steps. If anyone wishes to attend who is unable to walk a reasonable distance unaided or use steps please let us know as soon as possible, as it may be possible to attend the event given enough notice.

Numbers are strictly limited, and bookings therefore will be allocated on a first – come-first-served basis. Please therefore only book if you intend to come otherwise you could be taking a place that could have been taken by someone else.

Programme
Time Activity
09:30 Meet at Central Station Metro Concourse and then leave to travel to South Gosforth for a tour of the control room. This will illustrate the movement of the trains, CCTV, social media updates and how the controllers react if an incident occurs.
10:45 Tour of the current Gosforth Depot which is over 100 years old. The current depot services all the existing fleet and is set to be demolished and replaced in the next few years.
11:30 Return to Central Station for a brief tour of a working station and how it links back into the control room.
11:45 Walk to Nexus house where tea and coffee will be provided, listen to a presentation detailing the history of the Metro system, the operational strategy and the future plans. Plus, your chance to ask burning questions.
12:30 Wrap up of event at Nexus House.
Important Information

The use of cameras, phones or recording devices will be forbidden in certain areas and all attendees must:

  • Bring photgraphic ID such as a driving licence or passport
  • Wear sturdy, flat shoes and suitable clothing for a depot tour, such as a warm coat
  • Meet at 9.30am on the Central Station metro concourse by the ticket machines
  • Unless all the places have been taken beforehand, the closing date for online bookings is Friday 27th September 2019. It is essential that you specifically name all attendees as this information is required for Nexus security
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Visit to Greggs plc

Join us for a lecture from one of the most iconic food brands in the UK

In recent years the market Greggs operates in, and their customers’ expectations have undergone huge change with the result that their business model was coming under pressure – it was time for change!

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They’ve been on a journey to transform Greggs from a traditional bakery business into a contemporary food-on-the-go retailer, and while their plan is working the market is fiercely competitive and changing fast.

Join Greggs CFO, Richard Hutton to hear more about their transformation journey. 

Important information

Numbers are strictly limited, and bookings therefore will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please therefore only book if you intend to come otherwise you could be taking a place that could have been taken by someone else. The use of cameras, phones or recording devices will be forbidden in all areas.

Unless all the places have been taken beforehand, the closing date for online bookings is Friday 14th June 2019. It is essential that you specifically name all attendees, as this information is required for Greggs security.

Programme
Time Session
16:00 Meet at Greggs, contact and parking information to be supplied
16:05 Refreshments provided
16:15 ‘Greggs fit for the future’
17:30 Q & A session
18:00 Wrap up of event at venue
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Price No Charge
ICAEW Member No Charge
Non-Member No Charge

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Cloud Finance Strategies for Small Business

Cloud Finance Strategies for Small Business.

If you work in a smaller business or are an advisor to local businesses in the North East then this is an event not to be missed.

We will explore how small businesses can approach cloud technology automation, out-sourcing and optimising for value-added work

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We will discuss ideal states for small businesses finances to allow business owners and leaders to spend less time on finance work, but get more value add from their numbers.  We’ll show how the finance function should ideally evolve as the business grows, maximising time and resource investment. We’ll look at the ideal mix between outsourcing function to benefit from cloud based technology, machine learning and value-add apps/services, and when to bring more bespoke support in house.

Even though it’s a short discussion, participants should leave with some clear actions and ideas on new things to pilot to move towards a fully cloud based and automation finance function.

This event is aimed at small business finance managers, business owners and accounting firms serving small and medium sized businesses.

Speaker

Oliver Deacon is a qualified ACC Executive Coach, a former Finance Director at Microsoft and a Fellow of the ICAEW. Beside his love of numbers, Oliver’s true career passion has been building great teams and coaching individuals to achieve their full potential.

With first-hand experience of the future of finance, Oliver has helped teams manage change through integrating the skills and tools of the next generation of strategy and analytics professionals and leaders.

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Teesside Joint Supper 2020

One of Tees Valley’s most popular pan professional networking events.

A fantastic opportunity to network with professional service contacts throughout Teesside. Early booking is recommended.

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The evening will be a great opportunity to network as over 150 professionals representing more than 43 organisations in accountancy, banking, law, IFA’s and IP’s across the Tees Valley attended last year’s event.

The evening will include a three course meal followed by a quiz.

19.00 start and formalities conclude by 22:00, networking and bar available until 23:00.

Menu: 

Starter
Cream of carrot and coriander Soup

Main
Roasted honey and mustard basted rack of pork with chive mashed potato madeira jus and roasted root vegetables
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Goats cheese and spinach tart topped with sauté mushroom, feta and butternut squash*

Dessert
White chocolate and raspberry brulee cheesecake with raspberry coulis
Coffee & mints

*Please confirm at time of booking if the vegetarian option is required or if you have any other dietary requirements.

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Price £21.67 + VAT

 

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Visit to Nissan Manufacturing UK factory in Sunderland

Join us for a tour of one of the most productive car plants in Europe.

We are delighted to announce that Nissan Manufacturing UK (NMUK) has kindly agreed to again host a tour of its car manufacturing plant in Sunderland.

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The NMUK plant was opened in 1986 and became the sole supplier of the Nissan Bluebird to the UK market. Ongoing development has brought Britain’s largest car plant to today’s impressive employment figure of circa 7,000 people and the fastest in UK Automotive history to reach the three million mark with one model, the Nissan Qashqai.

During a full tour of the site, we will get the chance to visit the Press Shop where steel panels are pressed with over 5,000 tonnes of force, the Body Shop which is home to over 1,000 robots and Final Assembly where around 3,000 parts are fitted to the car body.

The visit at its plant just off the A19 on Washington Rd, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 3NS, will comprise a short introductory session followed by the tour at 5pm. As the tour will involve walking up to 3 miles, it is physically demanding. Anyone who has a heart pacemaker fitted cannot take the tour.

Numbers are strictly limited and bookings will therefore be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please therefore only book if you intend to come otherwise you could be taking a place that could have been taken by someone else.

The use of cameras, phones or recording devices is forbidden and all attendees must:

  • Wear long trousers, long sleeved tops and enclosed, flat, sturdy shoes;
  • Having parked, please check-in at the main security gate at 4.15pm. You will then be directed to an on-site meeting point. Please be aware of traffic conditions at that time!

Unless all places have been taken beforehand, the closing date for online bookings is Friday 1st February 2019. It is essential that you specifically name all attendees as security will check all visitors against the list of bookings that they will have received in advance.

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Price No Charge

Numbers are strictly limited and bookings will therefore be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please therefore only book if you intend to come otherwise you could be taking a place that could have been taken by someone else.

Programme and security
Session Description
16:15 Check in at main security gate
Introductory session
17:00 Tour of plant*
20:30 Close

As the tour will involve walking up to 3 miles, it is physically demanding. Anyone who has a heart pacemaker fitted cannot take the tour. Wear long trousers, long sleeved tops and enclosed, flat, sturdy shoes.

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