Education sector accountancy experts from Whitley Stimpson are taking part in three top-flight education-sector conferences in the next few months, starting with the Academies Show at the Birmingham NEC.
Whitley Stimpson director Andy Jones explained: “The education sector is constantly changing and evolving at present, and we are continuing to show how our knowledge and expertise can help academies keep pace with these changes.”
The company advises more than 25 standalone and multi-academy trusts nationally and has continued to build up its specialist team to cover the audit and assurance compliance reporting for the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The team also advises academies on a wider range of finance and governance matters.
Jones continued: “Although we are continuing to see the growth and development of multi-academy trusts, there is also now an emphasis on improving underperforming schools, which brings with it a number of challenges. We are also continuing to see an increase in mergers between academy trusts and transfers of academies between trusts. With this brings the need for strong due diligence on both sides as well as the need to structure growing multi-academy trusts efficiently.”
Whitley Stimpson’s education team will also be attending the Academies Event 2018 on February 28 at the AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester, where the focus of the event is on what the future holds for existing academies and schools considering converting to academy status.
The team will then be attending the Oxfordshire Academies Business Managers Conference at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, on March 6, 2018, where they are also sponsoring the evening reception and drinks.
Jones said: “We are really looking forward to taking to the road again after several successful years at other conferences. It’s always interesting to hear firsthand what academies, business leaders and governors are most concerned about. It’s not just about us advising them – it’s about us listening to them so we can offer the best support.”