Small Practitioners Conference 2018

Designed and dedicated to support owners, directors, managers and employees working in small practices or as sole practitioners.

Date: 26 June 2018
Time: 09:30-17:00 BST
Cost: Institution members: £100 + VAT
Non-members: £220 + VAT
Venue:  The Institution of Structural Engineers HQ, 47 - 58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS 

About the Conference

Expert speakers will share practical advice on a broad range of essential topics to help small structural engineering practices thrive.

Tailored programme to focus on your business needs:
  • Maintaining your business
  • Growing your business
  • Planning for retirement/closing your business (in the next 5 – 10 years)
Benefits of attendance
  • Hear presentations by leading industry experts tailored to your business objectives
  • Master the fundamentals of a wide range of essential topics including contracts, recruitment, accounting, CDM and building regulations
  • Find out more about changes to the Institution’s code of conduct
  • Network and make connections with other small practitioners
Provisional Programme
09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Session 1: speakers
  Chairman's welcome
Rob Paul

Keynote address: Over 20 years and still going; The challenges of running a small practice
Lindsay Rutter, Rutter Johnson

Changes to Institution Code of Conduct and Ethics
Kristy McDonald, Disciplinary Manager, The Institution of Structural Engineers

Understanding CDM
Dr Mike Webster, Director, MPW R&R
11.40 Refreshments
12:00 Session 2: workshops
  Maintaining your  business
How to grow your business 
Planning for    retirement/
closing your business down (in the next 5-10 years)
Workshop 1  Understanding basic employment law
Sarah Bull, Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP 
Professional contracts
and terms of appointment
Rob Langley, Consultant, Muckle LLP
Pensions and tax
Naveed Riaz, CS Financial Solutions
Workshop 2
Accounting - cashflow and forecasting
Scott Osborne, Founder and CEO, Synergy
Growing too fast
Tim Hetherington
PII Insurance
Stephen Hargreaves, Director, Griffiths & Armour
13:05 Lunch 
Workshop 3
Professional contracts and terms of appointment
Rob Langley

Business strategy - planning for growth
Scott Osborne


Preparing to closedown - when and where to start. What are your options?
Workshop 4
Business risks
Scott Osborne
Understanding basic employment law
Sarah Bull
Handing over clients, mentoring and communicating with clients
Fergus Shaw, DWS Consulting Engineers
15:20 Refreshments
15:45  Session 3: Building Regulations
  Changes to building regulations
Alastair Soane, Director, Structural Safety
16:15 Open forum
16:45 Chairman's summary
17:00 Conference close


There will be chance for discussion at the end of each session.

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