About the Ulster Society

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society is the oldest district society of the Institute and serves around 4,500 members throughout Northern Ireland. The Chairman is Niall Harkin.

The Ulster Society provides professional, educational and social services and events for its members (in practice, in business, in the public sector and charity/ voluntary sector) and is a strong voice for Northern Ireland's business sector. The Society also actively fosters relationships with other accountancy, professional organisations and government bodies.

 

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The largest professional body of accountants in Northern Ireland has voiced concerns over the impact that Brexit may have on the Northern Ireland economy, and on the peace process.   In a ‘Brexit Pulse’ survey of 424 accountants run by Chartered Accountants Ulster Society, 62% said that they expect Brexit to have a negative effect on their business. 28% said that they don’t know if Brexit will be positive or negative for their business while 10% felt that Brexit would be positive for their business.   When asked if they felt that the Northern Ireland peace process would be compromised if a hard border is put in place on the island of Ireland, 70% said ‘Yes’, 23% said ‘No’ and 7% said ‘Don’t Know’.   The survey also found strong support for the EU’s proposed ‘backstop’ which would keep Northern Ireland aligned with EU single market rules. 78% said that it would benefit Northern Ireland business, 15% felt that it would not be beneficial, with 7% unsure either way.   A clear majority of the Chartered Accountants who responded to the survey felt that the voice of Northern Ireland’s business community was not being heard in the local debate about Brexit (82%). 14% felt that the voice of business had been represented in the debate, with 4% unsure either way.   The survey was taken right before Tuesday’s rumours of a potential agreement between the UK and EU, and those surveyed were asked about the likelihood of a deal being reached. Almost half (49%) felt that a deal was likely, 37% felt that a deal was unlikely, with 14% unsure either way.   Niall Harkin, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society which represents over 4,600 Chartered Accountants in Northern Ireland, said: “Our members are sending a message that they feel Brexit will have a negative impact on Northern Ireland business.   “There is a strong feeling that the voice of the business community has not been heard in the local debate around Brexit. Overall the feeling from our members is one of uncertainty. There is some frustration that the democratic deficit at Stormont has been a significant impediment in representing the interests of Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations.   “The situation is moving quickly this week and it remains to be seen whether a deal between the EU and UK can be finalised and supported through all remaining hurdles. On balance our members feel that a deal can be done. If so we hope that we can move on quickly to a situation where businesses can have certainty on the future trading reality.”       Key findings in the survey include:   62% said that they expect Brexit to have a negative effect on their business. 28% said that they don’t know. 10% felt that Brexit would be positive for their business. 70% feel that the Northern Ireland peace process would be compromised if a hard border is put in place on the island of Ireland, 23% say that a hard border would not compromise the peace process. 78% said that the EU’s proposed backstop arrangement would benefit Northern Ireland business, 15% felt that it would not be beneficial. 82% feel that the voice of Northern Ireland’s business community was not being heard in the local debate about Brexit. 14% feel that the voice of business had been represented. 49% felt that a deal between the EU and UK was likely, 37% felt that a deal was unlikely. In terms of the breakdown of those surveyed, 41% work in business; 33% work in an accounting practice; 19% work in the Public Sector/ voluntary or not for profit sector; 7% in none of the above.

Nov 14, 2018

Slides from today's sell-out seminar 'Making Tax Digital - are you ready for 1 April 2019? ' are available to download from the links below: Making Tax Digital Leontia Doran 2nd October MTD Verna Gellvear HMRC For more resources and guidance on 'Making Tax Digital' please visit https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/knowledge-centre/Tax/making-tax-digital/home

Oct 02, 2018

The Ulster Society has announced a new sponsorship partnership with Hunter Savage, as part of the firm’s commitment to the Accountancy sector in Northern Ireland. The partnership will create and deliver two new events to complement the annual calendar schedule for Members. On Thursday 18 October we will be hosting our inaugural Young Professionals Belfast Food & Drink Tour with Caroline Wilson from Taste & Tour. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy some of Belfast's hidden gems and sample award winning food along the way. Another much anticipated event on Wednesday 14 November will be our Sparkling Seasonal Supper with local celebrity chef Paula McIntyre creating a tasting theatre in the Titanic Hotel Belfast.  This will be an amazing opportunity for the Ulster Society Ladies Networking group to enjoy a relaxed evening with Paula preparing, cooking and serving a selection of locally sourced produce along with hints and tips on how to create these in your own kitchen! Ronan Savage, Recruitment Director commented that he was delighted to have secured a three year partnership with Chartered Accountants Ulster Society by creating these new events we hope to provide further opportunity for members to network and enjoy a great social events alongside the best of Northern Ireland produce! Ulster Society Chairman Niall Harkin said "We’re very pleased to announce this new three-year partnership with Hunter Savage and to bring some exciting new events to our membership, in particular our Young Professionals Group and to our Ladies Networking Group. We look forward to working with our new partner to create some enjoyable events and great networking opportunities for our membership." Hunter Savage is a leading niche recruitment consultancy, specialising in Accountancy & Finance, Law, HR and Financial Services. The firm believes in adopting a personal, consultative approach to recruitment, tailored to the candidates and employers they work with. They work with ambitious individuals and employers, getting to know them in detail and helping to put together perfect partnerships.  Hunter Savage can be contacted on 028 9008 0031, or you can follow them on social media platforms to keep updated on jobs, news and events.

Sep 24, 2018