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'It's about time': Bookkeepers relief at reconnection

For the 300 bookkeepers and partners who attended the October Australian Bookkeepers Network (ABN) Event in Cairns, the relief to reconnect with their ‘people’ was evident in the wake of two long pandemic years apart.

ABN Director and facilitator of the two-day event, Kellie Powell, said that the community atmosphere was like a family coming together again after overcoming hard times.

“This is an industry which has battled and overcome significant regulatory and professional changes over the last few years,” said Kellie. “All those who made the journey to Cairns have long been craving that face-to-face connection to tackle and celebrate overcoming those challenges.

“Our event was like turning a new chapter in a book with many of our community ready to move on together again.”

Pre-empting the mood of the industry, the ABN event program included health and wellbeing keynote addresses from business coaching experts like Josie Thomson and Lisa McInnes-Smith.

Other experts addressed delegates with practical ways to refocus on their business and set a course for refinement and growth.

“Delegates really appreciated advice from industry leader, Clayton Oates, about how to grow your income stream from within,” said Kellie. “A favourite was also Matt Burgess of View Legal, who managed to make ‘death’ a highlight with his advice on how clients can benefit from Estate Planning Advisory.”

In response to the evident demand for community reconnection, the ABN meets 2023 with a program of face-to-face activities for bookkeepers to attend.

“The ABN are pleased to ramp up our events ahead, having forged new partnerships with long standing and up and coming event providers like Accountex, and Accounting Business Expo,” said Kellie. “We support this with our own digital and audio forums, like Bookkeepers Radio, which our members still enjoy as ways to connect with each other.”

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