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Accountex 2019 : Thank you to all ICPA members

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Posted by: Tony Margaritelli | Last modified on 07/05/2019

Accountex 2019 has finished and my feet whilst still sore are not throbbing quite as much as they did throughout the two days of Accountex 2019 at the Excel Centre.

The annual event was attended by thousands of Accountants across the broad church that is our profession and the ICPA have been involved in each and every one of them since inception starting out at Earls Court.

I presented twice once on the Accountants in Practice Theatre which is only in existence at Accountex because of our campaigning for a stage dedicated to exactly that Accountants in Practice, and once on the Innovation Theatre.

So, it was put mildly a “full on” couple of days and when I wasn’t presenting, I was part of a 6 strong ICPA team manning our stand.

Throughout both days we were so pleased that literally hundreds of ICPA members came up to introduce themselves and shake my hand and what was really humbling was that they thanked me and the team for our efforts.

When we started the ICPA with the 6 founding practices I knew that the role we, and by that I mean Accountants in Practice, were playing in the profession was undervalued and that we were not getting the recognition we deserved nor the specialist help we needed because being in general practice is a specialism. 

As our ranks grew and grew 100, 500, 750, 1,000 to the present 1,120 member practices I feel we were vindicated in the stance we took, and the numbers speaks volumes.

What those numbers, special those they are, don’t convey is the warmth and sense of belonging that the members feel for the ICPA. They recognise that we are concentrating solely on them and their clients, we are always there for them and we support them like no other institute of organisation. We do not patronise them and we put them first in everything we do.

As member after member stopped by at our stand to insisting on shaking my hand and saying Hi it gave me and the team even more incentive to try harder and to do even better because these marvellous people deserve they very best and rest assured we will try our very best to deliver exactly that.