Officers, Council and Committee 2019-20.
ICAEW Chartered Accountants Birmingham & West Midlands
We organise events for members, ranging from CPD courses to annual dinners, social events and discussion groups, as well as representing the interests of chartered accountants in the district to the wider business community.
Clive Bawden has been re-elected for a second one-year term as President of ICAEW Birmingham and West Midlands.
A magazine for Chartered Accountants in Birmingham and the West Midlands
Businesses from across the region can now submit entries for the prestigious West Midlands Finance Awards, sponsored by ICAEW.
Ian Bush is a chartered accountant with an engineering background and a strong entrepreneurial drive.
The Worcestershire Group of Chartered Accountants (WGCA) 2019 Annual Dinner was held at Worcester Cricket Club on Friday 5 April.
The top performers in our globally recognised ICAEW CFAB and ACA qualifications and the Level 4 Accounting Technician Apprenticeship were celebrated on 16 April 2019 at an awards ceremony at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London.
Award-winning student Tom Ainge tells us his journey from music student to trainee accountant at Spencer Gardner Dickins
Tom Ainge began his journey to securing ICAEW’s ACA qualification with no prior experience in accountancy. At university, he studied music but decided to change career direction and joined Spencer Gardner Dickins (SGD) in Coventry in late 2017, the same time that the Level 7 Apprenticeship was launched.
Four Midlands-based members – Andrew Coulson, Gemma Jones, Roger Merchant and Alison Ollier – were elected to ICAEW’s Council through the Winter 2018 elections process.
On Friday 18 January a group of 35 young accountants from Worcestershire and Birmingham met at the University of Worcester Arena.
The society was formed in 1882 and serves more than 6,000 members in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and parts of the Black Country.
The society’s members come from accountancy practices small and large and from a range of business, public sector and Third Sector interests. The district society is deeply engaged in the development of the local economy and regards the promotion of the profession – especially among students – as a crucial part of its work.
It also acts as a link between the ICAEW in Moorgate Place and members in the district.
Links with other professional bodies
PIN WM is an Association of Professional Bodies based in the West Midlands for the purpose of :
- Networking between professionals
- Promoting CPD Events with Key Speakers
- Raising the profile of the member Institutes
Solihull Business Discussion Group
Solihull Business Discussion Group Program for 2018/19
11th October 2018 Anyone for Golf? Charles Hine
8th November 2018
Lapworth/ Henley Railway Paul Baker 10th January 2019
An Odyssey Adventure Andrew Lound 21st February 2019
The Birmingham Dogs Home Rachael Frost 14th March 2019 Topless in Stratford Geoff Holiday
11th April 2019 38th Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting Guest after Dinner Speaker Graham Hughes
All evenings start at 7 pm at the Old Silhillians Clubhouse, junction 5 of the M42
Chris Jacob FCA - Meeting Secretary
Netherwood Cottage, Arbourtree Lane, Chadwick End, Solihull, B93 0AZ
T: +44 (0)1564 775325 F: +44 (0)1564 776673 Office: +44 (0)121 733 3003
Chairman John L R Hare FCA,
Netherwood Byre, Netherwood Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire B93 0BB
T: +44 (0)1564 785454 M: +44 (0) 7768 321484 F: +44 (0)1564 785455
The Solihull Business Discussion Club is an informal gathering of chartered accountants, in practice, business and retired, where we invite speakers to come and talk to us on matters not directly related to our profession. For over thirty years the Solihull Business Discussion Group has been meeting on the second Thursday of the month October to April.
Anything but accountancy
In the mid 1970s ICAEW and BWMSCA set up a number of local discussion groups to encourage members to get together informally. For some reason Solihull Business Discussion Group is the only one that has survived.
The SBDG is a regular gathering of members of ICAEW who come together socially to hear a variety of speakers and to discuss topical and interesting matters over beer and sandwiches.
Members come from across the West Midlands area, not just Solihull, and the SDBG gives them the opportunity to network with similar thinking friends and colleagues in industry, commerce and the profession, and provides a regular meeting base for our retired and semi-retired colleagues.
The SBDG meets at the Old Silhillians’ clubhouse, Knowle, Solihull, Junction 5 of the M42, on the second Thursday of the autumn and winter months (October – April) at 7 pm.
In the recent past our speakers have been as diverse the Minister of the environment, Chair of the Solihull NHS Trust; we also had an evening with Sir Bernard Zissman and the tale of a Blacksmiths mate in the Royal Navy from Benin to Jutland.
In some cases it is probably the annual dinner combined with a wine tasting that keeps the members coming back. The evening takes the form of a combined four course dinner and wine tasting. Two wines are served with each course, plus a port; all you have to do is to identify the wines. Surprisingly all our well versed, expense account accountants, seem to fail miserably at identification without a price list.
Subjects booked for the 2012/13 season include the music of Shakespeare an insider’s story; a funny thing happened at the registry office, the round-the-world clipper race and the Queen’s jubilee pageant.
So why not come and join us at the Old Sils, Junction 5 of the M42 on the second Thursday of the month October to April, or just e-mail Chris Jacob at email@example.com to be put on the mailing list.
Solihull Business Discussion Group is the only one that has survived – could this be because we discuss - 'anything but accountancy'? To learn more, or to be placed on the mailing list please e-mail Chris Jacob at ChrisJacob@chadwick.demon.co.uk
Support for younger members and students
BCAG, Birmingham Chartered Accountants Group, is a Birmingham based social organisation for newly qualified chartered accountants.
BCASS has been in existence for over 125 years and continues to provide all trainee accountants in the Birmingham area with support and networking opportunities through a variety of activities.
Worcestershire Group of Chartered Accountants