A recent study by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has found that accountants are increasingly regarded as "trusted expert counsel and key strategic advisers".
The study entitled The Future of the Profession*, which surveyed 2,000 professional accountants and spoke to 300 leaders in every sector across 19 countries over a two year period, set out to establish what makes the 'perfect professional' in 2016 and beyond, highlighting the seven qualities for success, namely:
Technical & ethical
Speaking at the launch of the report, Helen Brand OBE, ACCA’s chief executive said: “The accountant’s role has been revolutionised over the past decade, with finance professionals becoming leaders, trusted expert counsel and key strategic advisers to organisations whether in the public or private sectors.
“With this metamorphosis comes a requirement for a whole new set of skills. On top of technical excellence, professional accountants now require creativity, emotional intelligence and the vision to lead.”
At Beavis Morgan, we understand that having an adviser by your side who proactively gets to know your business and your unique goals is critical to success. As a team of accounting and tax professionals, we have been working with some of our clients for over 40 years, guiding them through the joys and the challenges faced at each phase of the business lifecycle. In order to provide our clients with the best advice and expertise, we remain committed to ongoing professional development for our own people and we make use of the latest technology available. These are just a few ways in which share our experiences and technical knowledge and deliver innovative, effective solutions to business challenges. We are proud that our clients tell us we are their most trusted adviser.
* The full ACCA report can be viewed online here