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.

 

Ulster’s Chartered Accountants gave out some early Christmas presents this week and provided a boost to local children’s charities by presenting hundreds of toys to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul Family Appeal. Chartered Accountants Ulster Society also raised £8,500 for Autism NI. This total will be doubled to £17,000 by the event sponsor Barclays.   The toys and funds were collected at the Society’s Christmas Charity Lunch at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, attended by over 500 Chartered Accountants.   Niall Harkin, Chair of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society said: “Our Charity Lunch is a major event for local business and a great opportunity to make Christmas a bit more special for thousands of children and families across Northern Ireland.   “It’s really important that at this time of year we can put a bit of magic into Christmas for local kids. Chartered Accountants have raised money and donated toys which will make a big difference. We’re especially pleased that through the support of Barclays we have been able to make this a bumper year.”   John Mathers, Corporate Development Director of Barclays said: “Members of the Ulster Society are extremely generous in their donations of toys and money which will help to make a real difference for many families who are in a less fortunate position.  Barclays is pleased to be match-funding the amount raised for Autism NI, which does fantastic work throughout the year with families right across Northern Ireland.”   Pictured at the Charity Lunch with just a few of the toys collected are John Mathers, Corporate Development Director with event sponsors Barclays; Niall Harkin, Chairman Chartered Accountants Ulster Society; and Zara Duffy, Head of Chartered Accountants Northern Ireland.

Dec 13, 2018

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