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Independent Advisers & Consultants Community

Practical support and guidance for anyone in an independent role, from those making the first step to those who have established portfolio careers, tailored to accounting and finance professionals. Whether you are an independent business adviser, part-time FD, interim manager or consultant you will be able to discover new networking opportunities with the Independent Advisers & Consultants Community.

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Choose how you learn with CABA

Fit an e-learning course around your schedule or work directly with our CABA’s expert trainers. ACA students, past and present ICAEW members and their close family can choose from 32 free personal and professional development courses and learn in a way that suits them.

Life as an independent adviser and consultant

Tools for business

Guidance on engagement letters, the ethical questions you may face as an independent consultant, what to do if there is a complaint, IR35 restrictions, practice certficates, professional indemnity insurance, risk management and how to write a contract.

Do I need a practising certificate?

In this practical 15 minute webinar we will help you decide if you need to hold an ICAEW Practising Certificate. Available now on-demand.

Do I need a Practising Certificate?

You may find the scenarios shown in Annex 2 particularly helpful as these cover different roles such as ‘interim managers’, ‘NEDS’ and ‘portfolio careers’

Technical knowledge

Practical guidance on technical matters for interim managers, independent advisers and  consultants.


TAXguides are published by ICAEW Tax Faculty to provide practical guidance to members on important developments to tax practice and policy.


ICAEW is the largest insolvency regulator in the UK. We offer the opportunity for ICAEW Chartered Accountants and non-ICAEW members to qualify and be licensed as insolvency practitioners with us. We also offer a comprehensive programme of support for our current and future insolvency practitioners including membership to our Restructuring & Insolvency Community.

Developing a digital marketing strategy

This guide provides an overview of some of the many management issues involved, for example the role of backup as a part of broader business continuity and resilience strategies. These highlight the fact that backup is not merely a technology issue but one that can go to the heart of the business's survival.

The power of branding

The Design Council's guide on how developing a brand can help improve your business and the perception of your service.

Cyber security

This resource centre provides a focal point for ICAEW members looking for support in managing cyber risks.

Cloud computing

News, opinion pieces and case studies aimed at helping members gain a better understanding of cloud services.

The Library & Information Service provides a hand-picked collection of industry press articles as a benefit of ICAEW membership. If you are unable to access an article, please see our Online resources troubleshooting or contact library@icaew.com


Timewise Power 50

Winners of the Timewise annual awards championing people and organisations who excel at flexible working.

Build a portfolio career

Article on the role of the non-executive director and how it can form part of a portfolio life. Provides advice for those looking to become a non-executive director including how to gain suitable experience.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access articles subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.

Independent Advisers & Consultants Community newsletters

Access existing newsletters for the Independent Advisers & Consultants Community.

February 2019

Topics covered include: developing personal resilience, CABA's business start-up support, deciding if IR35 applies to a particular engagement, MTD for VAT guidance on engagement letters and could career coaching benefit you?

October 2018

Important membership changes are coming to the Interim Management Community. From 2019 the Community will become the Independent Advisers & Consultants Community (IAC). The new community will be completely free for existing and new members.


Develop your personal brand

This online course uses the latest tools and techniques to explore what makes a successful personal brand. It also outlines how personal branding can help you to manage how other people see you, as well as improve your confidence.

Time management and personal planning

This online course explores strategies you can use to successfully manage your time and the ways this can improve everyday life both at work and at home.