09.30 - Tea / Coffee & Registration
10.00 - Welcome: Steve Vickers, BMF Finance Forum Chairman
10.05 – David Day Samurai Security: Cyber Security
10.45 – Stuart Surridge, Rimilia: Intelligent finance automation solutions to control cashflow and cash collection in real-time
11.15 - Break
11.30 – Richard Howes & Sam Bird Bird & Howes: Understanding Business Rates 2017- 2021
12.00 – Nyssa Patel BMF: BMF Economic Forecast model
12.30 - Andy Scothern ECommonsense and Andy Flinn RDS: How preventing fraud and money laundering can simultaneously improve the customer experience.
13.00 - Networking Lunch
14.00 - Close of event
The event is free of charge for all BMF Members and is restricted to a maximum of 2 people per organisation. We recommend one of which should be a Finance Director or Controller.
Update on Criminal Finances Act
Sajid Ghufoor at Mazars who has presented twice on the Criminal Finances Act 2017 at previous BMF Finance Forums, advised that on 8th February 2019, the UK Treasury responded to a query raised by an honourable member of the Houses of Parliament in respect of the CCO legislation. In its response the Treasury advised:
“The Corporate Criminal Offences, introduced by articles 45 and 46 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017, were enacted on 30 September 2017. Neither offence is retrospective in nature. The domestic offence (Article 45) is covered by the functions of HMRC. However, the overseas offence (Article 46) is covered by the functions of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and/or the National Crime Agency (NCA). HMRC currently has less than five criminal investigations into behaviours occurring since 30 September 2017 for offences under Article 45. These investigations have been commenced since November 2018 and are the first in a pipeline of cases HMRC has under development that may have Article 45 implications.” Therefore, the Treasury’s response would strongly suggest that UK agencies are robustly enforcing the CCO legislation where there has been a facilitation of tax evasion. The above may assist as to members thoughts on how to proceed with regards to the Anti-money laundering legislation and the Corporate Criminal Offence legislation. Sajid.Ghufoor@mazars.co.uk would be happy to enter into dialogue with members who are interested or seeking assistance in implementing the said legislations.
For more information contact Richard Ellithorne at email@example.com