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9th January 2013

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Now that we are in 2013, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to ask members for their ideas for seminars in the year ahead, writes Paul Winder.

While our two managing partners’ forums and two tax forums remain firm fixtures on the MGI calendar, we also hold a number of seminars through the year on subjects of specific interest to members. With this in mind, what seminars would you like to see?

Our managing partners’ ‘mini-conference’, as it has become known, was a great success last year and I would like to repeat this in the early summer. It has been suggested that this year’s event could be extended at the beginning to include a session on the commerciality of each member firm’s audit work. I know that a number of member firms are struggling to recover the costs on audits, so please let me know if this is something you would find useful.

With regard to marketing, it has been suggested that we have a seminar on the subject of ‘What should a marketing department look like in a professional practice?’. Again, your thoughts on this would be welcome.

The younger partners’ forum was deferred last year as a number of people could not attend due to holidays. At the time, I asked for guidance on a new date but had only one response, so I am unsure whether to run this event or not. If you would be interested in attending such an event then please get in touch.

In a separate article elsewhere in this newswire, we talk about collaboration in relation to online accounting and the use of Cloud technology. This could form the basis of a separate gathering in its own right or may be part of our IT forum, although I appreciate that this could involve different delegates.

In previous years, we have held industry-specific seminars covering sectors such as charities, academies, doctors and services to the legal profession. If you wish to repeat these, or introduce any others, then please let me know.