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Member Update - February 2018
Xero Certification

Article by Mike Day, Director, UK Education Sector, Xero

I am writing this hoping you have at least heard of Xero? We have been quite the success story with thousands of Bookkeeping and Accounting Partners and more than 250,000 Xero subscribers in the UK and over 1,200,000 worldwide.

This short article is to introduce you to Xero Certification which until now has only been available to Xero Partners and in fact to become a Xero Partner staff need to be certified. 

For the first time there is now the chance to become Xero Certified via the International Association of Bookkeepers. In this fast paced and ever changing world it’s the ideal way to learn more about cloud bookkeeping.

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SARs – what do bookkeepers need to know?

For busy professionals with many competing priorities, due diligence may not always be at the top of the list.  However, it is a fact that serious and organised criminals target professionals within the accountancy sector to facilitate money laundering.  More than £90 billion could be laundered through the UK annually.

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New IAB events announced

Further events have been arranged for 2018 covering a range of highly topical areas including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Making Tax Digital.

Please click on the link below to find out more about these events.

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Auto enrolment: Key messages February 2018

Advisers, do you know when your clients need to declare their compliance with their automatic enrolment duties by? Find out today.

Over 1 million employers have now completed AE, but there are still over 200,000 who will need to declare their compliance over the next six months. If your clients are one of these employers, don’t let them stick their head in the sand. AE is automatic for workers, but not for employers. Help them to take action now.

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Get your FREE ticket for Europe’s most spectacular Business Show

Our friends at The Business Show are once again returning to the ExCeL London on the 16th and 17th of May 2018 with the most exciting and unique business event.

They have just announced that Simon Woodroffe, serial entrepreneur best known for founding the sushi chain YO! Sushi , will be joining this year’s line-up! Make sure to grab your complimentary tickets now to avoid missing out on hearing from Simon’s pearls of wisdom.

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Do you have views and expertise to share?

As a member, you will know how much valuable content is already on the IAB website. We regularly add news articles and blog posts that are relevant to professionals in bookkeeping and payroll, and would like to hear from any member that could contribute this type of content.

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Join the IAB Facebook group to gain further support for your career

Did you know that we have a Facebook group for IAB student and professional members? The aim of the group is to provide further support to you and a platform where you can interact with fellow members and get to know each other. 

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Could the GDPR become the next PPI platform for a generation of lawyers?

The onerous penalties for non-compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations – €20m or four per cent of annual turnover, whichever is the larger – have no doubt helped to focus the minds of senior management and to galvanise action around businesses in the UK.

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Email Fraud: Red Flags Checklist

Cambridge Global Payments has provided a checklist to assist you with identifying some of the red flags that represent common hallmarks of fraudulent behaviour when an email address has been compromised. The points do not necessarily indicate fraud and are simply points to be aware of while logging payment details and paying vendors.

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SFEDI and IOEE’s Celebrating Enterprise 2018 – Award nominations are now open!

SFEDI and IOEE are delighted to announce that the Celebrating Enterprise Awards 2018 nominations are officially open!

The awards ceremony will be held in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, on Wednesday 2 May 2018, bringing together key figures from the small business, enterprise and skills sector in the UK to celebrate and recognise the very best in enterprise learning and skills.

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Fairmile Accounting wants you!

Fairmile Accounting (www.fmaccs.co.uk) are a specialist accountancy firm, servicing the licensed trade, currently expanding a network of qualified bookkeepers: http://fmaccs.co.uk/work-with-us/

The work is home based and hours flexible (in conjunction with client delivery timeframes) with the scope to take on as many or few clients as you wish. Working from weekly scanned data (uploaded to the cloud), using QuickBooks (desktop version).

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The Word from Sarah: Barclays Insight

In her regular feature, Sarah Palmer tackles the issues that matter.

I will be running a series of articles which I have asked key people in the local business community to write. They all have a wealth of experience which they are happy to share. This month is from Jayne Cooke a Small Business Development Manager at Barclays.

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IAB Privileges: Award winning healthcare

vdoc private doctors solve 80% of patient issues after the first consultation – without leaving the office.

Through IAB Privileges you’ll get vdoc’s award-winning healthcare at the discounted rate of £4 p/m (minimum 12 months subscription) as a user. That drops to £3 p/m if you pre-pay for 12 months.*

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International - European Union grows at fastest pace for 10 years

The European Union economy grew at its fastest pace in a decade last year, figures from the EU statistics office Eurostat have confirmed.

The 28-strong EU expanded by 2.5% in 2017, its strongest performance since 2007, when it grew by 2.7%.

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