News release

27th September 2011

One of the founders of 1990s Internet success story Freeserve is to speak at a directors’ business briefing in Lincoln next month.

Rob Wilmot will talk to delegates at the Duncan & Toplis Directors’ Briefing 2011 about the use of social media and give a first-hand account of dealing with a £1.6bn trade sale.

The one-day event for all company directors in the region will take place at the Bentley Hotel in North Hykeham on Wednesday 19th October 2011.

Other speakers confirmed for the event include:

  • Neil Carberry, Director for Employment Affairs at the CBI
  • Jane Everingham, Managing Director of Mercia Group Ltd
  • Marcus Wright, an economic advisor with Royal Bank of Scotland
  • David Lamping, Director of Claims at Cooke & Mason Plc
  • Mark Morton, Head of Tax at Mercia Group Ltd and a former Deputy District Inspector for HMRC

“Our Directors’ Briefing aims to provide company directors with a broad cross-section of topics that have direct relevance to their business,” said Peter Townsend, Manager Partner at Duncan & Toplis, who will be chairing the event.

“Its purpose is to allow company directors to recognise the key financial, tax and economic issues affecting their business before they become problems and to ensure opportunities are not missed.”

Mr Townsend added that Rob Wilmot’s talk would be of particular interest to delegates. “The impact of the Internet and social media is having profound implications for the way business is conducted,” he said.

“Directors need to be aware of all opportunities and threats to their business which will make a difference in giving them a competitive advantage.”

The Duncan & Toplis Directors’ Briefing 2011 is aimed at company directors with financial responsibilities and at heads of finance with commercial responsibilities.

Key benefits include:

  • updates on recent changes in financial reporting and tax
  • a better appreciation of the key risks affecting businesses
  • focused and structured presentations.
  • an understanding of how social media could enhance business operations

Places cost £90 (£75 + VAT) and can be reserved by calling Lisa Pask on 01476 591200 or by sending an email to

Notes to editors

Duncan & Toplis was established in 1925 and has since grown into one of the largest independent firms of chartered accountants.

The company has 10 offices throughout the East Midlands: in Grantham, Boston, Lincoln, Louth, Melton Mowbray, Newark, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford.

Duncan & Toplis offers a wide range of services to small to large-sized family businesses, from accountancy, audit and tax to payroll, human resources and computer services.

The business employs around 370 staff, of whom 85 are currently engaged in professional training.

Jez Ashberry
Shooting Star PR
01522 528540
t: @jezashberry