Following 2014, the ‘year like no other’ to quote BBC Scotland, 2015 is promising to be another significant one for ACCA Scotland.
Welcome to the first Scottish Outlook of 2015.
A growing trend this year is school leaver recruitment – an area where ACCA members can assist by influencing the next generation – with many employers looking to develop this stream. Think of the difference we could make if every member were able to visit their old school and talk about their career and the benefits of holding a global accountancy qualification? Contact me if you’re interested in helping.
In the run up to the General Election we have already held three election debates (Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) with candidates from all four parties speaking. A fourth event took place in Aberdeen today (20 March). Teaming up with IoD Scotland these events provide an opportunity for members to get close to candidates and question them on the issues of importance to their businesses.
We’re only three months in, but this year we’ve already demonstrated ACCA’s unique position in the Scottish business community – holding a Women in Leadership event at Strathclyde University and a roundtable discussion (attended by Annabelle Ewing MSP Minister for Youth and Women's Employment) on ‘Who accounts for social mobility?’
Other events on our members’ network programme include a recent F1 themed talk in Aberdeen on building high performance teams and a budget breakfast with BDO in Glasgow.
I look forward to meeting with and talking to many of you over the course of the year.