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Essentials CPD: plan ahead now

Now is the time to book yourself on to some of 2019’s essential line up of CPD training courses, tailored for LSCA members, with bookings now being taken up to December 2019.

June 2019


As part of its commitment to supporting you throughout your career, the LSCA’s continuing professional development programme, Essentials CPD, can provide the learning force you are looking for.

Designed and delivered by experts who are passionate about the profession, Essentials CPD will provide you with technical expertise to keep you up to date, maintaining your reputation for quality work and reinforcing your commitment to professional and ethical standards.

The LSCA’s 2019 CPD programme is designed to help you maximise your own potential and help your team to fulfil theirs.

What’s coming up:

Corporate Tax Review

This seminar provides an opportunity to update and refresh your knowledge on corporate tax issues, looking at the slightly larger business which may have some more complex corporation tax issues such as transfer pricing, loan relationships, loss capping etc.

Finance Act (spring)

This seminar will cover developments in the most recent Finance Act, focusing on those issues most important for the smaller practice and their clients. The impact of changes on previous advice, and any likely changes which might be necessary will be identified, and suitable solutions suggested for any practical issues that may arise from the legislative change.

Personal tax update

This seminar will cover changes in personal tax over the last 12 to 18 months covering the following tax areas: Personal income tax; Capital gains tax; Inheritance tax; Residence and domicile developments, offshore issues; The taxation of savings including pensions; Personal digital tax account developments; and, HMRC processes including simple assessment.

Tax update (spring and autumn)

This seminar, depending on the timing, will include an update on tax changes since the Spring Finance Act, and possibly any Budget content that has been announced. It will also examine some of the future proposals in tax, identifying situations where your advice to clients may have to change.

Tax update for OMBs and their owners

This seminar will provide an update on the topics relevant to owner-managed businesses, whether they are sole traders, partnerships or limited companies.

VAT current issues and problem areas

This seminar will focus on any recent developments in VAT, highlighting and explaining any changes and important case decisions. As it is unlikely that much will change in the lead up to the UK leaving the EU, the course will also highlight the current state of plans (if any) for a post-Brexit value added tax.

Accounting/financial reporting update (spring)

This seminar will cover changes made to FRS 102 and FRS 105 following the triennial review. Using examples and case studies, this seminar will take a practical look at the opportunities and pitfalls of transition for entities small, medium or large, and even micro companies.

Accounting/financial reporting update (autumn)

Using feedback from the QAD and ICAEW Technical Enquiry Service, this seminar will identify areas where accountants need to improve the quality of financial statements both for entities, large or small. In particular, the seminar will look at early adopters of the revised FRS 102 to identify problem areas and examples of good practice.

Accounting for ‘small’ entities (FRS 105, 102 (1A)

Since the withdrawal of the FRSSE many organisations have had to report either under FRS 105 or FRS 102 (with the option of 1a). This seminar looks at common issues that have arisen since adoption (for example directors and related party transactions) and looks at practical ways of dealing with them.

FRS 102 Update

In December 2017 the FRC released amendments to FRS 102 as a result of the triennial review. These amendments are mandatory for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019 (with early adoption permitted).

Audit assurance update (spring)

This seminar will take a fresh look at scepticism, independence and audit evidence using ICAEW’s new film, Without Question. When the faculty used the previous film, False Assurance, on its roadshow it received excellent feedback from delegates, some saying that it was the most useful audit course they had ever been on. So far the consensus is that Without Question is even better!

Audit and assurance update (autumn)

Formerly part of the Audit Essentials Roadshow, this seminar will provide a round-up of all the latest news in auditing for the busy audit practitioner using practical examples and case studies. The seminar will help auditors get to grips with the latest changes and what is hot in auditing. This is a topical event and the precise content will reflect that.

Techniques to bring financial information to life

Increasingly, finance departments are measured by their ability to deliver the key messages rather than demonstrate how they can routinely create large volumes of data. Management Information (MI) is a key way of demonstrating how finance can make a difference and be a catalyst for change. This seminar will show you effective ways to maximise your impact by simplifying MI, using MI to influence, and creating opportunities to maximise engagement.

Translating technical know-how into effective business partnering

In finance, we need to align ourselves to what the business has to achieve. There are growing expectations and demands on finance, at a time when we are under pressure, to show cost leadership and be more efficient. There’s a common movement throughout the finance profession to move from a ‘bean counting, information providing, transaction processing role’ to a ‘professional advisory and facilitating role’ where finance staff are seen as joint problem solvers. This seminar explores what’s needed to fully realise business partnering relationships.

Boost your resilience

This workshop explores ways of boosting resilience and coping more effectively with setbacks, both in and out of the workplace. You will examine what stress actually is and how you can spot it in yourself and others and explore the tools you need to develop a resilient attitude.

Leading resilient teams

This workshop will enable you to recognise signs of stress in others and implement strategies to develop your team’s resilience, improve their wellbeing and boost their performance. You will also examine each other’s leadership skills and the impact these can have on your team.

Mental health awareness

This workshop aims to raise awareness and understanding of the most common mental health disorders. It highlights important information on how stress impacts on mental health, dispels some of the misconceptions frequently linked with mental health issues and offers a range of practical strategies to support others.

Networking for novices

This workshop will help you identify what networking really is and why it is important, along with providing you with practical tools to be able to network and to do it effectively and efficiently. As well as face-to-face networking, social media platforms such as LinkedIn will be examined to see how they can help you raise your profile.

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