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Essential Technical Skills - Annual Update


23 April, 2021

9:00 am - 5:30 pm BST


Essential Technical Skills - Annual Update

Speakers: Emma Gilbert-Smith, Mercia Group; Marc Morton, Mercia Group; Phil Frost, Mercia Group

Location: Virtual

  • Format


  • Type


  • Duration

    Full day

This one-day Essential Technical Skills – Annual Update is for all accountants and financial managers looking to refresh their skills and knowledge. In a business environment that’s changing by the minute, it’s crucial that finance professionals keep themselves up to date, this conference will highlight topics of importance and refresh your knowledge in key areas.

The day will cover a variety of topics that are relevant to your role and count towards, or even fulfil, your annual CPD requirements. This is an excellent opportunity to achieve your CPD needs in ‘one hit’ and in one day.

Full description

Product information


Professional development

All learning resources available in the CGMA Store qualify for CPD for CIMA members.

Duration:Full day
Access:This is a live event. You will receive information about the location, materials, and attendance after purchasing.

Return and refund policy

Programme outline

The morning sessions will focus on financial accounting updates and will include:

  • COVID-19 accounting issues – changing requirement of auditors, going concern, loan covenants, onerous liabilities, accounting for grants and loans, common mistakes, profits needed for dividends.

-Changes in the last 12 months.

  • IFRS updates which are likely to feed through to UK GAAP – including feedback from FRC where people getting things wrong.

  • Other topical topics.

The afternoon sessions will focus on a tax update and will include:

  • Finance Bill July 2020.

  • Budget update and R&D tax credits.

  • HMRC tribunals and employment status.

  • VAT.

The full programme for the day will be available shortly.

Prices (inc VAT):

  • Early bird rate (CIMA Members and Students only) - £60 (valid until 11:59pm on 31 March).
  • Member and Student rate - £80
  • Non-member rate - £99

This conference has been held face to face over the last two years and below are some testimonials from delegates:

“Excellent informative course....and interesting speakers who made the day fun...”

“The Speakers were outstanding - thank you for finding such greater quality presenters it's a rare skill.”

“The speakers on both headline topics were way above my expectation in terms of ability to engage an audience and inject humour and real interest into what are often rather arid subject areas.”

“I think this is an excellent event. If time is limited than this is the MUST of CPD which I would recommend to all members to attend.”

Booking information

  • 23 April, 2021 / 9:00 am - 5:30 pm BST

    Location: Virtual

    Speakers: Emma Gilbert-Smith, Mercia Group, Marc Morton, Mercia Group, Phil Frost, Mercia Group

    Price: £66.67 (CIMA members only)


    VAT calculated based on event location


  • Emma Gilbert-Smith, Mercia Group

    Emma Gilbert-Smith

    Emma qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2007 and has worked in the Public Sector, Practice and as a VAT Officer for HMRC. Emma joined SWAT UK in 2014 and has been part of Mercia Group since the two businesses joined forces in 2016. She spends her time lecturing on VAT and tax matters.

  • Marc Morton, Mercia Group

    Marc Morton

    Mark joined HMRC in 1989 and undertook their full training exams. In 1996 he was made Deputy District Inspector for the Derby area and had detailed experience of all types of Revenue enquiries. Mark joined Mercia as an experienced lecturer and now provides a wide variety of CPD training around the country. He is also a well known contributor to professional publications and provides technical consultancy to the accountancy profession.

  • Phil Frost, Mercia Group

    Phil Frost

    Phil qualified in his home town of Sheffield. He worked for Financial Training for a number of years and was their midlands regional director before joining Mercia in 2001. He lectures to the accounting profession and to those in industry and commerce on accounting, auditing, and related legal and regulatory topics as well as specialising in charity and property accounting together with international accounting standards.

    In his spare time he now watches cricket and rugby as his playing days are behind him.