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ICAEW West of England

Welcome to the home page of ICAEW West of England. Formed in 1903, we look after our 5,500 members throughout the west of England.


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Our area covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire (stopping just north of Salisbury), west to the Severn Bridge and south Somerset. We support members throughout their career and offer a range of services including:

  • CPD: technical courses and updates as well as soft-skills and leadership workshops
  • Connected Communities: local member forums, support at various transitional periods such as newly qualified, a move from practice to business and vice versa, career breaks and sector-specific initiatives
  • Networking: talks by leaders in business, discussion groups, roundtable events, social events, dinners and events with other professional bodies to broaden our members’ networks
  • Representing the interests of chartered in accountants to the wider business community and profiling the great work done by members in the West of England

About us

The society serves more than 4,800 members who come from a range of business and commerce, accountancy practices, the public sector and third sector roles. We are directly engaged in the development of the local economy and community and regards the promotion of the profession as an important part of its work. It also acts as a link between the ICAEW in Moorgate Place and members in the district.

How ICAEW West of England supports you

ICAEW West of England is a member organisation and we aim to both support our ICAEW Chartered Accountant members and ACA students in the West of England areas as well as supporting ICAEW national initiatives. We also aim to represent the views of members in the area to ICAEW in London.

ICAEW West of England is made up of Office Holders: a President and supported by a Deputy President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and other members of the general committee. The Office Holders and members of the general committee are ICAEW members who undertake their role in a voluntary capacity to support their membership body. They receive no remuneration for the time that they contribute to ICAEW west of England.  For further information about the committee structure, its meeting dates and minutes, or any other information contact Karen Evans.


BADCASS (Bristol and District Chartered Accountant Student Society) is the body that represents ACA students under ICAEW training contracts in the West of England area. BADCASS  provides support and organises events across the area, from social and networking events to wellbeing and soft skills seminars, as well as career and personal development events.

To find out more information or how to get involved contact Karen Evans.

Newly qualified through to 10 years - join The West of England Chartered Accountants Network

WECAN is a recently formed group, set up to provide networking, wellbeing, career and personal development events for members in this next phase of their professional journey.

To find out more information or to get involved contact Karen Evans.

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The primary role of ICAEW West of England is to provide support and meet the needs of all members, and to encourage meaningful communication between members and all parts of the ICAEW. All Chartered Accountants (ACA & FCA) and students training with the ICAEW are welcome to join this closed group.

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Latest news

How do we get our Regional Voice heard?

In this update from Martin J Warren, ICAEW Regional Director for the South West, He explains first-hand how vital it is for the regional voice to be heard by government, particularly in the current climate of uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Do we need town centres anymore?

Martin Warren, ICAEW Regional Director for Wales and the South West examines the need of the 'town centre' in the modern world.

Encourage new entrants into the profession

ICAEW West of England is keen to support this year’s BASE competition for 16/17 year olds, and would encourage members to act as mentors for participating schools in our region.

Plans to reintroduce local ICAEW town groups in the West of England

Historically, town groups mainly existed to provide CPD training for chartered accountants. As the number of training organisations increased and online courses started to appear, the need for local groups to organise courses diminished and so the majority of such groups fell into natural decline and folded.

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