Aberdeen Standard Investments
Crown Commercial Service
exhibitor / sponsor
Faithful and Gould
Federated Investors (UK)
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Drinks reception sponsor
exhibitor / sponsor
Link Asset Services
MJ/MYB Public Spend
exhibitor / sponsor
PFM Financial Advisors
Royal London Asset Management
Safe as Houses
exhibitor / sponsor
Established in 1980, AAT is the world’s leading professional body for accounting technicians. We work across the globe with around 130,000 members in more than 90 countries. Our members are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world, including students, people already working in accountancy and self-employed business owners.
AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals, many occupying senior, well rewarded positions with thousands of employers, from public sector to blue-chip corporate giants.
We’ve spent the last 40 years building our reputation and delivering accounting and finance skills through cost-effective training in a way that works both for the employers and employees. The skills people gain from studying with AAT underpin the accounting profession, and are integral to the success and smooth running of a finance department.
We continue to strive to build practical finance skills across the world, and through our internationally recognised qualifications, courses and professional members we focus on meeting the needs of the industry, both for now and the future.
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to helping investors around the world reach their desired investment goals and broaden their financial horizons.
We provide expertise across a breadth of markets, asset classes and investment approaches. Approximately 1,000 dedicated investment professionals are located globally, close to our clients and the markets where we invest. Additionally, 500 client specialists work closely with investors and advisors to understand our clients’ needs and deliver world class investment solutions.
As at 31 December 2018, we manage €562.7bn (£505.1 bn/US$643.3bn) on behalf of governments, pension funds, insurers, companies, charities, foundations and individuals in 80 countries.
Aberdeen Standard Investments is a brand of the investment businesses of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments.
Through our public sector focused solutions we positively impact millions of people’s lives through continually investing in our people, partnerships and own technologies to stay focused on the market, customers’ and their stakeholders’ needs. We enable our customers to drive efficiencies and savings through focused, right-first-time software solutions that evolve with the changing needs of business.
Established in 2004 we want to use the experience gained recruiting senior finance/human resources professionals to offer a fresh and down to earth approach to recruitment. We base this on honest relationships, sound judgement and exceptional customer service.
Having seen some of the frustrations candidates and clients face, we saw an opportunity to move away from the methods adopted by large corporate recruitment brands. We wanted to provide a more personal service founded on transparency, flexibility and long-term objectives. Today, every member of the Allen Lane team shares this approach – we all view recruitment as a career and not a job.
Our success at Allen Lane is largely down to the recruitment and retention of some of the most established consultants in the recruitment market and we are proud to say that Allen Lane is a Fast Track 100 brand; having been acknowledged as one of the UK’s top 100 fastest growing businesses and as a Recruiter Fast 50 brand in 2012.
Since 2004 Allen Lane has developed a far-reaching influence and presence within the marketplace, but despite this significant growth in reputation and turnover, we continue to pride ourselves in offering a service more akin to a smaller ‘owner run’ business.
Over half of all local authorities in England rely on Analyse Local to provide an accurate forecast of threats to rateable value. To assist budgetary planning, the company provides accurate and timely information on the movement of the rating list. Forecasts are updated with the latest data every week, and any assistance and support is provided with any audit enquiry made in respect of the undertaken analysis.
Furthermore, over 200m of missed rateable value identified by Analyse Local has been included in the rating list. This has resulted in £180m backdated liability and £96m being retained by our clients. This product was developed in association with the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and, unlike rating surveyors who undertake rateable value appeals, Analyse Local has no potential conflict of interest issues.
Analyse Local also provides online business rates learning, an interactive software application that offers training and guidance in all aspects of business rates administration. The company also provides expert advice on individual cases, delivered by its team of RICS valuation practitioners.
Arlingclose is a UK company and proudly remains the market leading independent treasury management and capital financing advisor to UK local authorities.
The company provides its services to over 170 UK local authorities across all tiers of local government who seek quality, tailored, and specific advice free from conflicts of interest.
Our advice continues to generate significant and consistent added value for our clients through smarter borrowing and investment strategies reflecting the fast changing financial and regulatory markets of the here and now.
Please visit us on stand 62 in the exhibition hall to hear more about our Be brighter approach to treasury management and capital financing advisory services.
For over 50 years Bacs has been at the heart of the payments industry, processing more than 130 billion transactions since its inception half a century ago. Last year alone, 6.4 billion payments were made this way, including over 4.4 billion Direct Debits. A new record was also set on 29 November 2018, with 123 million transactions processed in a single day.
In 2018, Bacs joined Faster Payments and Cheque and Credit Clearing in becoming part of leading retail payments authority, Pay.UK, which aims to enable a vibrant economy by delivering best in class payment infrastructure and standards for the benefit of consumers and businesses everywhere.
BlackLine is a leading provider of financial automation software and the only one that offers a unified Cloud platform supporting the entire close-to-disclose process. BlackLine helps companies improve the accuracy and reliability of their financial reporting, achieve process efficiencies, visibility and control. The platform enables customers to move beyond outdated processes and point solutions to a ‘Continuous Accounting’ model. With Continuous Accounting, real-time automation, controls and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities, allowing the rigid accounting calendar to more closely mirror the broader business.
227,000 users across 2,700 companies in approximately 130 countries depend upon BlackLine to increase accountant productivity and elevate controls and compliance functions to enable you to thrive in this digital era. Many of our clients operate a SSC model while running BlackLine which helps to drive standardisation, process optimisation and to ensure KPI and quality goals are being met.
Capita Integrated Business Solutions and Capita Local Public Services, both part of Capita plc, are dedicated to making processes smarter and increasing efficiencies for organisations across the local government, health and education sector. As part of the wider Capita group, we are able to draw on specialist capabilities such as HR, and payroll, to ensure the very best market knowledge and outcomes are achieved for our clients. We combine talent and our technologies to offer flexible transformation to our clients. Over 30 years of industry experience allow us to fully understand the requirements of the public sector and to develop solutions that perfectly meet its requirements.
85 Queen Victoria Street
CCLA has managed local authority and charitable funds for 50 years.
The Public Sector Deposit Fund – a simple, low risk solution for cash.
The Local Authorities’ Property Fund – increasing income, diversifying risk.
CCLA Investment Management Limited and CCLA Fund Managers Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants, with over 232,000 members and students operating in 177 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.
Professionalism and ethics are at the core of CIMA’s activities with every member and student bound by robust standards so that integrity, expertise and vision are brought together.
Together with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) CIMA has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. CGMA is the global quality standard that further elevates the profession of management accounting. The designation recognises the most talented and committed management accountants with the discipline and skill to drive strong business performance.
The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.
As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world.
We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients.
Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.
Supporting the drive towards digital transformation and the need to minimise capital expenditure, FinancialsLIVE is fully managed and securely hosted by us. This means you no longer need to worry about having the technical infrastructure and expertise to keep your system up and running. FinancialsLIVE delivers all the key functions and is accessible any time and anywhere. Visit us on stand 24.
Crown Commercial Service
CCS is the UK’s biggest public procurement organisation. Increasingly, we’ve been using our expertise to develop solutions that not only service financial needs like insurance, but actively generate or recoup funds, like our Supplier Early Repayment Solutions (SEPS) and Spend Analysis and Recovery Services (SARS).
These tools can not only help maximise funding for your frontline activities, but you can rest assured that all our frameworks adhere to EU procurement regulations and suppliers have been robustly checked.
With over 14 years’ experience and 165 local authority clients, Datatank is the market-leading expert in detecting council tax discount, exemption and benefits fraud. We provide fully managed services and software tools such as our Connect Fraud Hub and Opus Case Management solutions to pro-actively detect fraud and to help you manage your cases from initial detection (and referral) through to prosecution. Our analysis, verification and intelligent data matching tools provide you with the information and intelligence you need to support your investigations and manage your caseload. Datatank has helped stop over £800million of fraud across the public sector, and our company mission is to develop innovative solutions, software and services to protect the public purse and tackle fraud.
Faithful and Gould
Faithful+Gould is a world leading integrated Project and Programme Management consultancy. We strive to build strong relationships by understanding the challenges our clients face, sharing their vision and helping them transform potential into reality.
We provide services to both central and local government, from high level strategy and policy support to delivery of individual projects, utilising a full spectrum of procurement routes. Our understanding of the public arena complements our private sector knowledge to provide a service which adds an extra dimension to the norm. We provide a range of services for: education, civic buildings, defence, leisure, prisons, social housing and local authorities.
Our world-class expertise at scale delivers value to our clients, and the depth and breadth of our capabilities sets us apart from the competition. Our specialised services can be contracted from niche tasks to mega projects.
Federated Investors (UK)
Federated Investors (UK) LLP
Federated Investors (UK) LLP is a UK subsidiary of Federated Investors, Inc. Federated Investors, Inc. is one of the largest investment managers globally, managing $459.9 billion in assets as of 31 December 2018. With AAA rated Money Market Funds and a variety of separately managed account options, Federated provides comprehensive investment cash management solutions to public sector clients and pension funds, institutions and intermediaries, government entities, universities and colleges, insurance companies, foundations and endowments. Federated Investors (UK) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Federated is a member of the Institutional Money Market Funds Association (IMMFA).
Grant Thornton UK LLP
30 Finsbury Square
Grant Thornton UK LLP is a leading business and financial adviser with client-facing offices in 24 locations nationwide. We have a well-established market in the public sector, and have been working with local authorities and other public sector clients for over 30 years.
We are the leading firm in the local government and health audit market and we have over 180 local government and related body audit clients in the UK and over 75 local authority advisory clients. We are also the auditor and advisor to 150 health bodies.
Grant Thornton is the largest employer of CIPFA members and students in the UK, and we are pleased to be again sponsoring the CIPFA Annual Conference.
Indesser was founded in 2015 following a competitive tender process run by Her Majesty’s government. In partnership with the Cabinet Office we offer an effective, intelligent and proven way to responsibly recover the £22 billion of debt owed to the public sector. We provide a comprehensive range of debt management services to government and the wider public sector, including fraud and error, analytics, collection and enforcement.
insightsoftware turns financial and operational data into better business outcomes that drive growth and ROI. Through turnkey reporting and performance management solutions, insightsoftware provides real time access to data-driven insights in an efficient, cost-effective, and secure manner via integration with 130+ ERP systems and Microsoft Excel. Learn more at.
43-45 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LY
For more than 35 years, Invesco Global Liquidity has put investors first by offering a disciplined investment approach, high-quality products and distinguished client service and support. In this time, we have developed a range of treasury solutions and short-term money market funds across US dollar, sterling and euro currencies. With global assets under management of over $84.1bn (as at 31.12.16), managed on behalf of corporations, local government institutions, charities, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, we offer diversified investment and same day liquidity, whilst delivering a yield comparable to overnight deposit rates. Invesco Global Liquidity is part of Invesco, one of the world’s largest independent investment management organisations. Invesco’s sole focus is investment management – so with no distractions from competing interests, we are able to focus all our global resources on providing our clients with the investment expertise and personal service they expect.
Since 2004 JBW have become one of the UK’s most innovative and trusted partners to Local Government. With a focus that delivers better results for our clients through intelligent collections achieving the highest recovery rates, our unique person-centred approach and system-led methodology, ensures JBW do provide “Intelligent Collections with an individual approach” .
To understand how our fresh, customer-friendly collections and enforcement services can underwrite your performance, contact us today or visit us at www.jbwgroup.co.uk
11 Media Village
LG Futures purpose is to support the public sector in delivering improved and more cost effective services. We do this through providing bespoke advice, research, training and events, specialising in financial management and funding. This includes ongoing support to over half of all local authorities nationally through our subscription services.
We provide expert advice and research on a wide range of issues with funding implications, tailored to local individual circumstances. And our subscription services have been specifically developed to provide expert insight in particular on the key funding issues impacting upon local authorities including government grants, business rates retention, council tax and reserves. These services support councils in developing robust and effective medium term financial plans.
Local Government Chronicle
LGC provides the best possible insight to help councils transform local government and deliver better local services.
Free from political bias, LCG investigate and analyse local government’s biggest issues. We offer the best possible insights on policy and provide best practice case studies in Idea Exchange for what is working well for other councils. LGC’s purpose is to filter what’s important so leaders in local government can improve future planning, by facing tomorrow’s issues today.
Since 1856 LGC has been the independent voice at the heart of Local Government. Today, LGC’s monthly magazine, online services and events focus on most important developments and provide exclusive data and best practice to aid decision-making.
Link Asset Services
Link Treasury Services is the market leading provider of independent treasury management and financial services to UK public sector organisations.
Our team is drawn from the public and private sectors, combining extensive skills and deep industry knowledge with a strong public service ethos.
Our specialist advisory teams offer an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience providing an independent and responsive service to over 350 organisations
The quality of our service is supported by the largest treasury management, technical accounting and asset finance teams in the public sector.
Come and visit us at Stand 20 to find out how we can help you.
MJ/MYB Public Spend
The MJ is the UK’s leading weekly magazine for council chief executives and their teams of decision-makers in local authorities and allied sectors. It offers an insider’s view of what’s going on and what people are thinking in today’s ever-changing world of local politics – the latest news, comments, in-depth features and interviews, business analysis and the top recruitment vacancies.
Our website themj.co.uk provides the latest news, analysis, informed opinion and comment on all aspects of UK local government, from policy to service delivery.
MYB Public Spend – The smart, simple way to track local authority spend
MYB Pubic Spend is the online insight tool that provides public sector professionals with intelligence to help you save money reduce risk and deliver better value.
MYB Public Spend aggregates over 50 million invoices to allow users to find and compare data across all English local authorities, 233 NHS organisations, 51 Central Government departments and over 20,000 suppliers.
Moore Stephens Insight has been supporting clients to select, review, improve, change and re-implement finance and ERP systems for almost 30 years. We are technical accounting and business change specialists who can understand the finance and business needs of any organisation, building this into the relevant system requirements to deliver the best outcomes for our clients.
Our client focussed approach means that we help clients ask the right questions of themselves, their processes and their systems to ensure optimal efficiency and value for money. Guiding clients through business change and every aspect of end-to-end implementation, we work in collaboration with the chosen systems suppliers but remain systems agnostic. This allows us to offer objective, unbiased advice and provide value for money with recommendations based on your requirements and industry best practice.
Our client base includes major government departments, local authorities, the NHS and medium-large private sector companies: Services include:
- Strategic Finance services definition and accounting support
- Financial management best practice
- System review and optimisation
- System requirements definition, specification and justification
- System evaluation and procurement
- System implementation and consultancy services
- System support and service integration
- Interfaces, Data Migration, Integration, Legacy and Archiving
- Business and process change and transformation services
- Programme & project management, governance and assurance
- System and process review and health-checks
- Shared Services definition, on-boarding, optimisation and review
Our established methods and tools help to ensure risks are minimised and projects are successful; based on best practice methodologies that have been applied to many projects across industries.
We are ISO 9001 certified and for public sector organisations our services are available through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Management Consultancy Framework and G-Cloud.
To read more about Moore Stephens Insight and our services, please see our website: https://www.moorestephensinsight.com or find us on G-Cloud: https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/search?q=moore+stephens+insight&lot=cloud-support
4th Floor, Clareville House, 26-27 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EL
Morgan Law has an 18-year track record helping leading organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors recruit the highest-calibre professionals for important roles across business support, middle and senior management.
We’re an approved supplier of the Local Government Resourcing Partnership framework, recruiting executive and interim positions (Lot 1) and permanent roles (Lot 2) for local government organisations.
Our dedicated finance recruitment team specialise in interim, temporary, fixed-term contract and permanent vacancies at mid to senior level in finance and accountancy, including Chief Finance Officers, Section 151 Officers/Deputy Section 151 Officers, Finance Directors, Heads of Finance, Financial Controllers, Heads of Business Partnering, Service Charge Accountants, Systems Accountants, Financial Reporting Managers, Finance Business Partners, and Financial and Management Accountants.
We listen to the needs of both clients and candidates, ensuring that we find and place professionals with the skills and experience required to flourish in any given role.
Visit us at stand 36 to discuss your hiring needs or next career move.
Modern, integrated cloud applications from Oracle help you re-imagine your organisation. The best-of-breed cloud applications provide social, mobile, and analytic capabilities that help you to deliver the experiences that your citizens expect, your employees require and with the performance that modern Public Sector organisations demand.
As a Finance or HR leader, you shouldn’t have to struggle to share information across the organisation from disparate systems. A unified Oracle cloud suite brings together your HR and financial data to provide you with a deeper and consistent view into your organisation. This can also be easily extended to include multiple other sources such as operations, supply chain, purchasing and project data. Providing high quality information, in a timely manner, accessed using the devise of your choice and with an engaging consumer-like user experience, will dramatically enhance personal productivity.
Your executives and managers will have access to data from across the enterprise thereby enabling much better decision-making and as a result your operations can be simplified, streamlined, and better able to support strategic initiatives, enabling you to lower costs and drive organisational flexibility. To learn more, call 0207 562 6822 to speak to an Oracle representative or email email@example.com
Oxygen Finance is a specialist provider of payment solutions and the leading global provider of early payment programmes. We work with organisations across both public and private sectors to drive savings, improve operational effectiveness and deliver against social value objectives. We have offices in the UK and US and work with a range of technology partners. Our expert teams are experienced at working on large-scale transformation projects and our robust systems manage billions of pounds worth of transactions per annum.
PFM Financial Advisors
Prederi provide expert advice, consultancy, project and programme management, learning and development alongside commercialisation. We work alongside our clients to help set the right strategies, develop pragmatic plans, deliver change, develop capability and address operational issues. Prederi challenge traditional consulting models, delivering flexible, tailored expertise at the right level and right pace. We work collaboratively with clients across the public sector to solve the challenges they face in their organisations and operating environments.
As the official magazine of CIPFA, Public Finance provides insight and analysis for public finance professionals in UK and beyond.
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Public Finance Innovation Awards
The Public Finance Innovation Awards celebrate and showcase people, products and services that demonstrate excellence and originality within public finance.
Entries for 2018 are open now.
Entry deadline: 18 September 2017
Save the date: winners announced 25 April 2018 at The Brewery, London
More information and to enter: http://www.publicfinanceawards.co.uk/
Royal London Asset Management
Royal London Asset Management is one of the UK’s leading investment companies. RLAM has built a strong reputation as an innovative manager, investing across all major asset classes and delivering consistent long term outperformance. RLAM manages over £123 billion of assets (at 31/3/19), split between equities, fixed interest, multi asset investing, property and cash, with a market leading capability in Sustainable Investing. Products include funds and segregated accounts investing in government bonds, investment grade, high yield and unrated credit, equity income and equity growth across global developed markets, as well as UK property and cash and short-term money market instruments.
Safe as Houses
Safe As Houses Investment PLC (SAH) are investment specialists working within the property renovation and regeneration market. With over 50 years’ experience within property development we have gained expert knowledge in developing properties for use as residential homes, assisted living and care homes. SAH can and will fund the needs of selected partners to allow them to secure future proofed, fit for purpose properties, which can be fully furnished and equipped.
SAH are currently seeking investment partners who are looking to make their money work hard not only for them but the good of society.
At Santander Corporate & Commercial, we believe in building long-term relationships by placing you, the customer, at the heart of what we do. We’ll strive to become your trusted partner and take the time to listen to you and understand your business needs.
We take great pride in our Communities division which sits within the Corporate & Commercial Bank and the team consists of Relationship Directors who are dedicated and focussed on the needs of our customers within the Local Authority, Social Housing and Education sectors.
We are consistent in all we do; a true relationship bank that has earned the trust of our customers by doing what we say, when we say.
Digital and ICT advisory services for the public sector
From ICT and digital strategy consultancy, to interim and flexible resourcing solutions, we work with Local and Central Government to analyse, improve and transform their services.
SWAP Internal Audit Services are excellent value for money offering first-rate quality at an affordable price. As a not for profit public sector company providing innovative assurance and business improvement services, we work with our collaborative professional networks to share knowledge and support the delivery of better public services across the UK.
Come and see us and find out more about other services we offer.
Unit4 is a fast-growing leader in enterprise applications for service organisations. It brings together a range of digital technologies, including “self-driving ERP”, which automates repetitive administration so that employees can focus more time on frontline services.
Unit4 is the UK’s leading supplier of business software to local government and is renowned for helping public services organisations do more with less. Unit4 provides software solutions to more than 1,500 public services sector customers worldwide, including central government offices, local government, healthcare providers, and law enforcement.
At Zurich Municipal, the public and voluntary sectors are our priority. And with over 25 years’ experience, we know what it means to provide indispensable support for your indispensable services.
Our full end to end, in-house team gives you everything you need – from experts who can help you prevent problems before they can occur, to claims and major loss specialists who will help get you back up and running, should an incident interrupt your vital work .
We know how important it is for you not to let the public down, so you can rely on us not to let you down.