The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants today (28 November) welcomed the opportunity to exhibit at TheCityUK’s first National Conference in Manchester.

The first time event was sponsored by CYBG plc and held at the etc. venues, Portland Street, Manchester, bringing together policymakers and senior business leaders from industry, politics and academia.

The conference provided an opportunity to explore the role and contribution of the financial and related professional services industry in enabling growth across the UK with discussions focusing on a variety of key policy issues, including skills, talent and infrastructure.

In addition there was emphasis on how the industry can enhance its work with policymakers to support and enable growth across the UK, based primarily around the recommendations in the PwC report ‘A vision for a transformed, world-leading industry’.

Mark Hoban, Board Director at TheCityUK presented the report, before an enthralling panel session and Q&A ensued with notable speakers including, Leigh Meyer, Managing Director of Citi and Mike Blackburn OBE, Chair of Greater Manchester LEP. Discussions naturally focused heavily on Brexit and the impact and issues it will and is already having on the UK Financial Services.  

Anjalika Bardalai, Chief Economist & Head of Research, TheCityUK made some insightful remarks on economic divergence across the UK, urging regional and national centres to focus on what sets them apart and seek to specialise their offering.

Commenting on the event, Philip Turnbull, AIA Chief Executive, said: “This first time event has been a great success, bringing together business leaders and senior representatives from the financial and related professional services industry who want to engage freely in policy discussions.

“We look forward to working closely with TheCityUK in the coming months and years.”

Other prestigious event exhibitors on the day included: ACCA, Chartered Bankers Institute, Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), The Law Society of England & Wales, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and Welsh Government.

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