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Growing Gloucestershire Conference 2019

Growing Gloucestershire Annual Conference

This well-received conference, which has been running since 2003, brings together a wide business community skill set under one roof for one day a year. It attracts hundreds of people and provides the perfect platform for sharing ideas, expertise, good practice and networking with all business sizes.

The conference was originally intended as CPD (Continuous Professional Development) for institute members. It continues to serve that role but also acts as an invaluable cross function source of expertise and inspiration for all business people. The idea is gain a little bit of knowledge about a lot of things – not enough to make you expert but enough so that you know what you need to know or know that you need to know more!

Anyone can attend – you do not need to be a member of an institute or professional body.

The  conference seminars are split into four themes: Sustainability, Connectivity, Technology and Success.. The conference will also have four keynote speakers to stimulate personal development skills.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the Chartered Management Institute and the Federation of Small Businesses are the driving force behind the conference which, in 2019, is chaired by Chartered Management Accountant Jonathan Nicholls.

Founded in 2002, Gloucestershire Professionals is a group of volunteers representing professional institutes and membership bodies in Gloucestershire.

We share the common objective of helping the county’s business communities, public, voluntary and education sectors to share information, expertise and knowledge as well as ‘best-practice’ through our network of several thousand members.

Volunteer representatives from each body meet regularly to share knowledge, news, institute-specific events and plan the annual conference. New member institutes are welcome to join the group at any time.

The group is responsible for Growing Gloucestershire, a not-for-profit conference run annually, aimed at educating, ‘growing’ and sharing knowledge and fostering relationships.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants.

CIMA helps individuals and businesses to succeed by harnessing the full power of management accounting – not just accounting for the balance sheet, but accounting for business.

CIMA provides continuing professional development services, funds academic research, develops thought leadership, monitors professional standards, maintains a code of ethics for members, and works with external tuition providers and assessment services to provide the best study and examination experience.


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is the professional body for HR and people development – experts on the world of work and career partner to over 140,000 members around the world.

We’re the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, we’ve been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.

With hubs in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia, we’re the career partner of choice for 150,000 members around the world. We’re the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals, and our independent research and insights make us trusted advisers to governments and employers.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leaderships, dedicated to improving managers’ skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

CMI provides employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and practical online support that helps them to embrace change, create high-performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

With a member community of more than 140,000 managers and leaders, CMI promote high standards of ethical practice through their Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers to build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB is the UK’s biggest business membership group with over 160,000 members nationwide all of whom receive an unrivalled package of benefits to help with their day-to-day business needs.

Formed in 1974 as a lobbying group for small business owners, the FSB is now widely recognised as being the foremost voice for all small businesses and we work hard locally, regionally and national to ensure the needs and concerns of SME owners are firmly on the radar of politicians and other key stakeholders.

Here in Gloucestershire we have around 3,000 members covering every possible sector and our team work hard to represent and support all these members by highlighting issues and having regular contact with all those who have the power to affect the small business community locally.

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW)

ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 181,500 chartered accountants and students worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.

Key facts about ICAEW:

  • Name: The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), incorporated by Royal Charter RC000246 with registered office at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA
  • Founded: 1880
  • Headquarters:Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA
  • Offices: UK, Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Singapore and Vietnam
  • Members: over 153,000 chartered accountants around the world