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2022 Partners

About the Conference

Unlocking today’s potential for SME lending
With more SMEs than ever requiring funding for their business, there is a real opportunity for client-focused accountants to be more actively involved in meeting their SME funding needs.

Our 2022 conference was packed with insightful information and strategies for those who wanted to stay ahead of the curve, enhance their position as a trusted adviser and capture significant fees!

Our jam-packed, face-to-face program was designed around real-life case studies, teaching accountants how to manage seamless client experiences that generate successful lending outcomes, helping their clients get “finance fit” and “loan-ready”, and showing them how to navigate lenders’ assessments.

Our event addressed the key dimensions of managing the SME client relationship, giving attendees the right tools to take control, such as:

  • How accountants can consolidate the depth of their client relationship and generate additional revenue for their practice.
  • The SME client blueprint for success and equipped them with the tools and knowledge to become actively involved in the lending process.
  • Unlocking the full potential of SME lending by seamlessly blending planning with advice to forecast borrowing power.
  • Provided key insights into lender expectations and taught attendees why they are supportive of accountants as key contributors to the financing process.

We'll be back in 2023 to do it all over again. Keen to attend? Register your interest today to be among the first to know when we launch.

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Immediate, take-home value and tips for seamless implementation

Practical tools and other resources designed to help you create seamless SME client experiences

Access to a lending platform that mirrors the client journey and facilitates implementation, at your discretion

Knowledge to create additional revenue channels and maximise profits


Network with government officials, leading industry bodies, key solutions providers and your peers
Participate in a face-to-face environment
Have your questions answered by our expert facilitators, presenters and panellists
Get clear action checklists to plan and succeed

Who Should Attend?

Growth-focused accountants


Practice principals

Key business decision-makers

Strategic thinkers in accounting practices

BDMs seeking insights on the future of the accounting industry


16 JUNE 2022

Unlock the potential of SME lending

item.header.title John Sgambelluri Partner, Accendo Financial
16 JUNE 2022

Panel: Unpacking SME funding solutions

item.header.title John Sgambelluri Partner, Accendo Financial
item.header.title Dr Craig Latham Deputy Australian Small Business and Family Enterpris­­e Ombudsman
item.header.title Brian Willet Director, Fincare Accounting
16 JUNE 2022

Turn the language of finance into a language of action

item.header.title John Sgambelluri Partner, Accendo Financial
16 JUNE 2022

Panel: In conversation with chief risk experts

item.header.title Karla Poulton General Manager, Operations flexicommercial
item.header.title Christopher Maclean Board Advisor, Executive Coach and Strategic Risk Consultant, Risk Advantage Consulting
item.header.title David Bower Chairman, FSA Group
item.header.title John Sgambelluri Partner, Accendo Financial


John Sgambelluri
John Sgambelluri
Partner, Accendo Financial
Steve Lake
Steve Lake
Steve Lake Director of Partnerships, National Lending Group
Mallissa Vourakis
Mallissa Vourakis
Business Development Manager, ODIN Business Lending
Brian Willet
Brian Willet
Director, Fincare Accounting
Daniela Pasini
Daniela Pasini
National Director, Professional Services , Commonwealth Bank
Brendan Andrews
Brendan Andrews
Business Development Manager, Mortgage Choice
Todd O'Neill
Todd O'Neill
Managing Director, Xenium Group Pty Ltd
Paul Munt
Paul Munt
Managing Director of Property Lending,, Assetline Capital
David Fitzgibbon
David Fitzgibbon
Director, AltX
Cynthia De Vera
Cynthia De Vera
Strategy Manager Australia, Swoop

About the Awards

The broking industry’s event of the year

The Adviser is excited to celebrate the achievements of brokers in each state and territory, through an in-person awards night in the five major states. Following COVID-19 guidelines, this multistate awards night will be limited in capacity, so be sure to be the first to get tickets and secure your place!

The Better Business Awards not only acknowledges the brokers who are leading the charge in each state and territory – those with the most effective businesses, teams, marketing strategies and integrated offerings – but also the lenders and aggregator BDMs that are best servicing brokers’ evolving needs.

Key to successful broking is building up a local presence, and servicing clients in your immediate catchment area with dedication and skill. To be an outstanding broker, it’s not just about writing volume, it’s about customer service and dedication to the clients’ best interests.

The Better Business Awards provides an excellent platform for talented brokers and offices across Australia to gain recognition for their professionalism and dedication, and celebrate the best operators in each local market.

Keep connected with your peers and network with the industry’s best, face to face. Stay tuned for more information!

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Why Enter the Awards?

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Gain national recognition and elevate yourself or your business above the rest as up-and-coming names in the real estate industry and across Australia. The awards are open to all individuals and businesses operating in support of the Australian real estate industry.

How to enter?

Simply register

Download the category criteria.

Follow the criteria & submit an entry.

Save & confirm your submission. See you at the awards ceremony!

Key dates to remember

24 August
Nominations and Submissions Open

Nominate an entry or nominate a colleague and get the recognition you deserve.

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3 September
Nominations and Submissions Close

If you have any questions or need help lodging your submission, please contact us.


1 October
Finalists Announced

Make sure you are registered for updates here to follow the finalist announcement!

5 November
Awards night

Secure your place to sell out your awards night in your state.

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