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AAT joins Association of Professional Political Consultants

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AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) today confirmed that it has been approved as the latest member of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC).

AAT is the first accountancy body to be accepted as a member of the APPC and the first Awarding Organisation too.

The APPC is the regulatory and representative body for professional political practitioners. Its main role is to ensure the highest standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism amongst its members.

The APPC enforces high standards by requiring members to adhere to the APPC Code of Conduct and promotes understanding of the public affairs sector, and the contribution it makes to public life.

Phil Hall, AAT Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy, said: “AAT’s lobbying activity has always been completely transparent and ethical and will certainly continue to be so. As a result AAT is delighted to have joined the APPC, to be the first accountancy body to do so, and the first Awarding Organisation too.

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“We are firmly committed to going above and beyond minimum requirements across all areas of the organisation and membership of the APPC is yet another concrete demonstration of this.”

Mark Glover, Chairman of the APPC added: “The APPC is delighted to welcome AAT as our latest member. We look forward to working with them to demonstrate the importance of lobbying transparency and to promote the highest ethical behaviour through compliance with our code of conduct.”

AAT is also a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code, Women in Finance Charter and has secured Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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About AAT:

  • AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for technical accountants and bookkeepers, and has over 140,000 members in over 100 countries. We offer a range of qualifications that are open to all regardless of previous education or age, such as the AAT Accounting Qualifications that provide a non-degree route into chartered accountancy, and the AAT Bookkeeping Qualifications that can support business growth through accurate and up-to-date financial records. Students encompass a wide range from school and college leavers, to older people hoping to change their career or learn the skills to run their own business.
  • An AAT Accountant is a qualified accounting professional with the practical and technical skills needed to support businesses with their accounting activities. Typical job roles of an AAT Accountant include: Financial Accountant, Commercial Analyst, Senior Finance Officer, Payroll Manager, VAT Accountant and Tax Supervisor. An AAT Accountant in the UK can sign off the accounts for small companies that meet two out of three of the criteria of turnover less than £10.2 million, total assets less than £5.1 million and less than 50 employees. Currently over half a million businesses trust AAT Accountants and AAT Bookkeepers to service their accounting requirements.
  • AAT awards around 90% of all technical qualifications in accounting in the UK, and generous exemptions are provided by many of the senior UK bodies including ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW, and ICAS. AAT has been listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017.
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