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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

BCM and the latest update on the economy

Date: 22 September 2016 07:45 for 08:00

Type: ICAEW Governance and Research

Organiser: ICAEW

Latest ICAEW Business Confidence findings and a look at the current investment opportunities.

An overview of business confidence and the latest economic forecasts can provide valuable insights into how a rapidly changing economy is affecting business in the North East and the rest of the UK.

Presentations will be followed by discussions of the findings and implications for businesses. As well as answering questions, presenters will be keen to hear your views about business conditions in your area.

Business confidence – Keith Proudfoot, ICAEW Regional Director

The latest findings from the quarterly ICAEW / Grant Thornton Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) will give an indication of the overall direction of the economy, what is driving change and highlights the key concerns of UK.

The UK economy – Nick Swales and Ed Smith

Nick Swales, Rathbones Regional Director will introduce Ed Smith, Rathbones Asset Allocation Strategist, to provide a timely review of investment opportunities and then he will explain how to apply them.

Breakfast refreshments will be available from 07:45hrs in the café area, the briefing will start 08:00hrs in the Roxy Cinema. Please advise when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

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Keith Proudfoot

Keith Proudfoot

Organisation: ICAEW

Position: Regional Director, Northern and Scotland

Keith Proudfoot was the first Regional Director for the then 3000 members of the ICAEW in the northern region from 2001 to 2017 and from 2002 also for the 1400+ members in Scotland.

Now holding a number of unpaid non-exec roles with charities and NFPs, Keith has an extensive business support network.  He has continued to be involved with ICAEW members in the Northern region in a voluntary capacity.

Nick Swales – Regional Director, Rathbones

Nick started his career at Wise Speke, however, before joining Rathbones, he spent eight years at UBS where he became an executive director and head of the Newcastle office. Nick has significant experience in managing private client, trust, offshore, pension fund and charity portfolios.

As well as gaining a degree from Newcastle University Nick holds the CISI Diploma and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Nick has significant experience in helping charities. He is chairman of the Percy Hedley Foundation, a large charity in the North East of England providing educational, vocational and residential care opportunities for disabled people; a trustee of both the Newcastle University Retirement Benefit Fund and the University’s Development Trust; and a board member of CISI. Email: Nick Swales or Tel: +44 (0) 191 255 1442.

How to book

The easiest way to book is online by clicking the button to Book Online at icaew.com – you will be able to log into your account at icaew.com and pay with your debit or credit card.

You can also telephone the ICAEW central events booking team on 01908 248159 and pay over the phone.

Alternatively you can download a booking form or book by email.