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Director for Wales blog: April 2016

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  • Publish date: 06 April 2016
  • Archived on: 06 April 2017

Political Interest in our Manifesto and increased activities in West Wales are the key topics for this month’s blog

There has been mixed success this month in engaging politicians with our manifesto proposals.

At the beginning of the month I had a long awaited but very positive meeting with the Secretary of State for Wales, Steven Crabb, only to see him elevated to the Minister for Work and Pensions and replaced by Alun Cairns within weeks. Such is life. I will now be attempting to create a new relationship with Alun Cairns as soon as I can get an appointment. However Alun Cairns himself has been quick off the blocks by promoting the needs of the North Wales economy and tweeting his requirement to see Wales’ mobile network made available everywhere ASAP –one of our major manifesto points. 

Alongside this, Mark Reckless has made one of his first major speeches as a UKIP candidate in the up and coming Assembly elections and he has promoted another ICAEW proposal. He put forward that underemployed (his word) MPs should be utilised in the Assembly to increase the resources for scrutiny and avoid spending more on new AMs. You may recall we gained headlines for just this idea before Christmas.

On a different topic we are working hard to extend ICAEW activities beyond our Cardiff base and particularly across to West Wales.

In this year’s plan for CPD we have agreed to run new courses in Swansea and have already scheduled on 11th May the popular “Members in Business Update” which has worked so well for many years in Cardiff. If you are a member in West Wales and in business then this is a great way to ensure you are aware of the latest developments in tax, company & employment law and accounting and a great chance to network with colleagues form your area so why not book and come along. It’s free!

We are also working hard to create a training base for ACA students in Swansea and to this end are holding a “breakfast event” at Sketty Hall on 20th April for anyone who might be thinking of training ACA or CFAB (equivalent to AAT) in the near future. Don’t forget you no longer need to be in practice to train students. So if you might be interesting please get in touch with our Regional Business Development Manager Samantha.Starbuck@icaew.com or myself martin.warren@icaew.com and book a place (and some breakfast!). I think you will find it is much easy to train an ACA than you thought. 

Martin Warren 
Director for Wales