Finance Indaba programme: SME Growth and Profitability - #findaba16

The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: SME Growth and Profitability, a two-day programme for finance professionals working for smaller firms and medium-sized businesses.

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Boardroom 1 (60 pax)

13 October 2016

10.15 - 11.00 Over 60 million entrepreneurs cannot be wrong - How to stay on top of your finances the easy way
Three presenters will give an insightful address on why QuickBooks boasts 63 million users and 1.3 million QuickBooks Online users worldwide. They will showcase the proven track record of QuickBooks internationally, the history of QuickBooks in South Africa, and what makes this software quick to learn and quick to use. A thought-provoking presentation on how QuickBooks as a brand caters to the financial needs of start-ups, growing businesses and financial professionals - now and into the future.
Hosted by: QuickBooks
Room: Boardroom 1

11.15 - 12.00 What does the accounting practice of the future look like?
Clients who consider their accountant a trusted advisor are nine times more likely to buy additional services. Plus, their contract tenures are likely to be around 4.5 times longer than those who think of their accountant as someone who just handles their taxes. Imagine a world where you're liberated from administrative tasks like data entry or rifling through last year's receipts, and instead have the time to spend with your clients helping them to grow their business and doing the things your clients really value. Steven Cohen talks adding value and how you, as an accounting practice, can do it.
By: Steven Cohen (Head of Sage One AAMEA)
Hosted by: Sage One

12.15 - 13.00 Failing to succeed
Sometimes our greatest lessons and discoveries are born out of our biggest mistakes. Real innovation lies in being brave enough to try something different, even if it means failing. Charles Savage, CEO of EasyEquities, shares the journey, not without its own roadblocks and detours, of how an idea to democratise the stock market grew into an award-winning industry disruptor.
By: Charles Savage (CEO at Purple Group)
Hosted by: EasyEquities

13.15 - 14.00 Managing your business the McDonald's way - lessons from a CFO
What if you could upgrade your company to an extremely high quality business which customers value and have great loyalty to. Where would you start? If you're going to learn from a small business that successfully did this, let's take a look at the most successful small business in the world, McDonald's. Even if you don't like fast food, there is no denying it is a hugely successful and very consistent business. What's more, they manage to do it at thousands of their restaurants all over the planet.
By: Zafar Mahomed (CFO at McDonald's South Africa)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

14.15 - 15.00 Selecting the right employee benefit proposition for your company
Evaluating which employee benefits package to use for your company is a complex project. The nature of these products is such that you do not want to have to make frequent changes to the arrangements, so making a sound decision based on all the facts and a thorough assessment of the alternatives is important. This discussion will give the time-starved, cash-conscious SME manager a list of the key considerations, as well as a brief survey of the landscape of available products.
By: Malusi Ndlovu (Product Executive at Old Mutual Corporate)
Hosted by: Old Mutual

15.15 - 16.00 Work smarter, not harder
Are you overloaded with information and unnecessary distractions every day? Do you finally want to get to grips with stress and procrastination; create time and focus to do your real work? In this workshop we share nine tips to help you work smarter and faster. These and dozens of other tips, tools and tricks that help you become super productive are brought to you by the number one European productivity trainer, Marcel van den Berg.
By: Marcel van den Berg (Director Western Europe at Think Productive)
Hosted by: Think Productive

16.15 - 17.00 A guarantee: Increase your turnover and improve your cashflow!
By: Martin Freeman
Hosted by: InvoSet

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14 October 2016

10.15 - 11.00 The role of the Tax Ombud - Three years on, where are we now?
SARS has very wide powers to take judgment and empty a taxpayer's bank account. When a taxpayer has a complaint against SARS, it is necessary to have an independent verification of what happened. You cannot have SARS investigation itself, as there would be no checks and balances and there would be no way to refute suspicions of bias, or cover up.That is where the Office of the Tax Ombud comes in.
By: Eric Mkhawane (CEO at Office of the Tax Ombud)
Hosted by: Office of the Tax Ombud

11.15 - 12.00 What does the accounting practice of the future look like?
Clients who consider their accountant a trusted advisor are nine times more likely to buy additional services. Plus, their contract tenures are likely to be around 4.5 times longer than those who think of their accountant as someone who just handles their taxes. Imagine a world where you're liberated from administrative tasks like data entry or rifling through last year's receipts, and instead have the time to spend with your clients helping them to grow their business and doing the things your clients really value. Steven Cohen talks adding value and how you, as an accounting practice, can do it.
By: Steven Cohen (Head of Sage One AAMEA)
Hosted by: Sage One

12.15 - 13.00 EFT Payment Solutions - a cost customer friendly and cost saving alternative to credit cards
By: Thomas Pays
Hosted by: I-Pay

13.15 - 14.00 Practical corporate solutions for SMEs
While a solid community of SMEs is a key driver to economic and financial growth, equally important is the role, responsibility, innovation and support of the corporate community to these SMEs. In this session, we will unpack challenges facing both SMEs and corporates, and discuss practical solutions, leveraging on new policies and practices.
By: Dean Davey (Director at SNG)
Hosted by: SizweNtsalubaGobodo

14.15 - 15.00 Is your business missing an opportunity to maximise it's potential? You should be partnering with the dti
By: Malebu Thompson (The dti)
Hosted by: The dti

15.15 - 16.00 Building for scale
By: Paul Kent (Sureswipe)
Hosted by: Sureswipe