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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Practical tax conference (Peebles)

Date: 10 October 2014 10:30 for 11:00 - 11 October 2014

Type: Tax

Organiser: NorSCA

Get up-to-speed with the tax issues that matter to your business – and your clients – at this our annual Practical Tax Conference. Our wide range of expert speakers including Rebecca Benneyworth, Peter Rayney, David Heaton, Paul Aplin and Carl Bayley will share their insights and expertise. It’s a great chance to learn all about the latest developments and connect with other tax professionals.

Whether you’re a general practitioner or a tax specialist, this two-day residential conference offers plenty of updates to help you reach your CPD goals.

As always, this year’s programme is packed with talks designed with small and medium-sized practices in mind. Many of the topics have been developed based on the feedback of past delegates, so everything on the agenda offers practical insights that will really benefit your business.

In addition to the formal talks, the conference is a great opportunity to connect with fellow practitioners, compare notes, exchange ideas and share experiences in a relaxed environment. There’s also the chance to chat with our speakers on a one-to-one basis.

This event is always popular with delegates and attracts many positive comments – here are just a few about last year’s conference:

  •  Brilliant and innovatively presented, appropriate and interesting –  back next year.
  • Excellent course and nice to interact.
  • The course delivered everything I anticipated and much more!  Next year is already in my diary to ensure I can come and enjoy.
  • Really beneficial, learned a lot in the day.  Nice to see everyone.
  • Great get-together – discussions are so useful and level of technical knowledge and experience not available elsewhere is really appreciated


Rate Cost inc VAT*
Residential delegates – single (+ accommodation £140) £276.00
Residential delegates – twin (each)** (+ accommodation £115) £276.00
Day delegate – Friday £170.00
Day delegate – Saturday £150.00
Special partner rate*** (+ accommodation £35) £20.00
Partner conference lunch – Friday £19.00
Partner conference lunch – Saturday £19.00

* There is a reduced rate for early bird bookings if booked by 31 July 2014. Please check the booking form for details.

Where accommodation is required an extra amount is payable in addition to the conference price. When booking, select the accommodation required and ICAEW will reserve your requested room type but please note payment for any residential accommodation will be taken by the hotel on departure.

Those booking to attend as a single delegate may take advantage of a VAT inclusive, special partner rate of £20 this includes evening meal and the quiz on Friday evening.  The £35 charge payable to the hotel on departure will cover bed and breakfast. Children/dogs can be accommodated; please contact Alison Tait to arrange.

Residential conference rates include all lectures, meals, refreshments and the quiz on Friday night.

Non-residential rate includes all lectures refreshments and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Delegates may extend their weekend to include accommodation on Thursday and/or Saturday evening.  Please contact Alison Tait who will confirm availability with the hotel.

** Twin rates are only available where booking is for multiples of two delegates

*** Special Partner rate is for a spouse to join the delegate when booking a single residential place


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Peebles Hydro

Peebles Hydro
Innerleithen Road
EH45 8LX

Tel No: 01721 720602


Bill Telford  – Telford Financial Training Ltd

Bill Telford – Telford Financial Training Ltd

Bill qualified as an accountant with an international big four firm in 1975 and has spent the last 30 years in education and training. In 2000, he joined Baker Tilly as National Training Director and he has served on both the ICAEW Council the Learning & Professional Development Board. He has recently retired as a partner with Baker Tilly and is now trading as a freelance lecturer and training consultant.

Carl Bayley

Carl began training as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 with one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms. He qualified in 1986, becoming a double prize-winner in the process, and began specialising in tax.

Carl is a popular speaker on taxation matters and frequently presents to groups of business owners, landlords, and professionals such as accountants, lawyers and surveyors. His highly acclaimed annual ‘Budget Breakfast’ for the Institute of Chartered Accountants has been running since 2002 and has outlasted two former Chancellors of the Exchequer.

Carl is a member of the governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Deputy Chairman of the Tax Faculty and a former President of ICAEW Scotland.


David Heaton

David is the author of CCH’s NIC annual and a contributor to Tolley’s Taxwise and Tax Planning annuals on employment tax issues.  Now based in Wiltshire, he writes and lectures widely, and advises businesses and practices of all sizes on PAYE, NIC and employee benefit matters, including status and intermediary issues, share schemes and associated valuations, and expatriate tax and social security.  He also advises on complex tax investigations, disclosures and settlements, especially covering remuneration schemes.

Heather Thompson

Heather deals primarily with tax and estate planning for individuals, trusts and family businesses. She advises on the use of onshore and offshore trusts for asset protection, succession planning, and as part of tax-efficient structures. She also advises family businesses on tax planning for disposal and succession, and advises private clients on the tax aspects of land transactions, heritage property and maintenance funds.

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.

Paul Aplin

Paul Aplin, Vice President of ICAEW (elected 2016), joined A C Mole & Sons with an honours degree in biology and chemistry in 1980. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985; a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1989 and became the firm’s first tax partner in 1992.

He has served as Chairman ICAEW Tax Faculty and until May 2016 chaired its Technical Committee. He writes for various tax and accountancy journals and is regularly quoted on tax issues in the national press. He is a member of the Tax Journal editorial board. Paul acts for a wide range of personal and company tax clients.

Paul was named Tax Personality of the Year in the 2007 UK Tax Awards for the part he played in persuading the government to reverse its decision to shorten the tax return filing deadline.

He received the Outstanding Industry Contribution award in the 2013 British Accountancy Awards and was listed as 7th in the Accountancy Age 2014 “Financial Power List” of people who influence tax and financial policy in the UK. He was appointed OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2009 for public service and services to the accountancy profession.

Away from the office he is a keen hill walker and climber, with a 21,000′ Himalayan and many high Alpine peaks to his credit; his other interests include photography (he is a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society), keeping ducks and walking his border collie.

Peter Rayner

Peter Rayney now practises as an independent tax consultant, advising owner managed companies, accountants, lawyers and tax practitioners on various tax issues.  He was previously with BDO for nearly 20 years and during the last five years he was BDO’s National Tax Technical Partner.  Peter chairs the ICAEW Tax Faculty’s SME Business Tax Committee.

Rebecca Benneyworth BSc FCA MBE

Rebecca Benneyworth BSc FCA MBE

Rebecca is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. She is a lecturer, writer and consultant on a variety of taxes, lecturing extensively throughout the UK, to accountants, business people and also to HMRC and the Treasury.

She has her own accountancy practice based in Gloucestershire, with a variety of small business and personal tax clients. During the last two years this has become a 100% digital practice.

She is Chair of the HMRC Digital Advisory Group, providing help and support to HMRC in understanding the challenges that Making Tax Digital presents to small businesses and their advisers. She is also a member of the Admin Burdens Advisory Board, an independent group monitoring the burdens the tax system impose on businesses.

Rebecca is a past Chair of the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW, and serves on the Tax Faculty Board. She is ICAEW council member for South West England, and was awarded an MBE for services to the tax profession in 2012.

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.