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How to make budgeting work in the real world

How to make budgeting work in the real world

Read a budgeting textbook and it all seems so easy. So why in practice are there so many problems associated with budgeting? In the real world things aren't what they seem to be in theory.

Posted 19-Jan-2017 at 11:03
Becoming a Finance Business Partner

Becoming a Finance Business Partner

Finance business partnering has emerged from changes in the business environment where organisations are thinking about their transactional finance activities and considering outsourcing them or moving them to shared service ...
Posted 11-Jan-2017 at 15:51
ISO37001 the latest international bribery prevention tool by John Burbidge-King

New Year – ISO37001 the latest international bribery prevention tool by John Burbidge-King

In October 2016, the International Standards Organisation published ISO37001, the anti-bribery management system. It was developed by more than 37 countries including ...
Posted 05-Jan-2017 at 12:52
A year of landmarks in P2P business lending by Andy Davis

A year of landmarks in P2P business lending by Andy Davis

Business lending through the new breed of online alternative finance providers – variously known as peer-to-peer or marketplace lenders – has continued to grow strongly during 2016 and several of the ...
Posted 22-Dec-2016 at 16:36
The tax times they are a changing by Ian Hayes

The (tax) times they are a changin' by Ian Hayes

Recently I attended the launch of "The Responsible Tax Lab", a group of diverse individuals and organisations with an interest in tax. The group included academics, tax advisers, accountants, representatives ...
Posted 22-Dec-2016 at 16:19
FreeAgents IPO marks a first for UK equity crowdfunding by Andy Davis

FreeAgent's IPO marks a first for UK equity crowdfunding by Andy Davis

On November 16, Edinburgh-based online accountancy service FreeAgent, which offers a cloud-based accountancy and book-keeping service for freelances and small limited companies, floated ...
Posted 22-Dec-2016 at 11:39
How to profit from a Ponzi scheme by John Taylor

How to profit from a Ponzi scheme by John Taylor

It seems a sad indictment of the human condition that even in this cynical 'seen it all before' age, greed still drives human beings to commit crimes and still makes victims of those criminals. Almost every month ...
Posted 20-Dec-2016 at 12:36
The future is taking shape by Lincoln Miles

The future is taking shape by Lincoln Miles

In the run up to Christmas not much thought is given to that period of time beyond 26th December – however, from a business perspective it looks like the clouds are lifting and regardless of whether you like the outcome ...
Posted 15-Dec-2016 at 11:16
What to do in a Changed World by Patrick Macdonald

What to do in a Changed World? By Patrick Macdonald

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to work... everything has changed.

At the start ...
Posted 12-Dec-2016 at 16:26
Thoughts prompted by the Autumn Statement by David Allen

Thoughts prompted by the Autumn Statement by David Allen

We should not have been surprised but we were. The political and economic establishment, we came to realise in 2016, are addicted to continuity.

Posted 08-Dec-2016 at 12:05
IFAC, The Pope and Good Governance by Lisa Weaver

IFAC, The Pope and Good Governance by Lisa Weaver

The place of accountancy in a social context is often overlooked, as we place prominence on impressive financial results, growth in monetary values, and share price rises. Achievement of these aims sometimes ...
Posted 06-Dec-2016 at 10:51
Maxamizing available cash by Bob Lyddon

Maximizing available cash by Bob Lyddon

With banks restricted in their lending it has never been more important to maximize the available cash within your own company.

Posted 02-Dec-2016 at 10:32
Robin Sykes shares his thoughts on the Autumn Statement

Robin Sykes shares his thoughts on the Autumn Statement

A week has passed since Philip Hammond's first (and last!) Autumn Statement.

By ...
Posted 30-Nov-2016 at 11:21
Autumn Statement 2016 by Rob Weaver

Autumn Statement 2016 by Rob Weaver

This was Philip Hammond's first and last Autumn Statement due to his announcement to abolish Autumn and Spring's Statement in the future. Hammond has developed a reputation for thinking like an "accountant" but, unlike the ...
Posted 24-Nov-2016 at 16:33 [Liked: 1]
Theresa May gives Research and Development boost with 2 billion pound investment

Theresa May gives R&D boost with £2b investment by Linda Eziquiel

On Monday (21st Nov) the Prime Minister announced that she wants to make Britain the 'go-to place for innovators and investors'. This is good news, particularly in light of the uncertainty ...
Posted 23-Nov-2016 at 10:10
Think strategically and overcome challenges

Think strategically and overcome challenges

In a time of economic ambiguity, it is important to be able to develop techniques for dealing with uncertainty and change.

...
Posted 16-Nov-2016 at 15:19
CPD to the beat of your life

CPD to the beat of your life (and a little bit of CPD as well...)

At the beginning of the year, here at accountingcpd.net we set ourselves two New Year's resolutions.

1. We'd like to help people achieve their longer term career goals
2. We'd ...
Posted 02-Nov-2016 at 17:01
Tax avoidance: The next steps by Alan Nelson

Tax avoidance: The next steps by Alan Nelson

"It doesn't matter who you are," said Theresa May last week at the Tory conference. "If you're a tax dodger, we're coming after you. If you're an accountant, a financial adviser or a middleman who helps people to ...
Posted 17-Oct-2016 at 16:43
The thin line between tax avoidance and evasion by Ian Hayes

The thin line between tax avoidance and evasion by Ian Hayes

"As a businessperson I have legally used the tax laws to the benefit of my company, my investors, my employees and my family," ... "It's my job always to minimise the overall tax burden to the greatest ...
Posted 07-Oct-2016 at 10:23
Adding value to data by Anna Faherty

Adding value to data – Olympic style by Anna Faherty

Accounting and finance professionals are no strangers to sharing numerical data. Providing information to colleagues and clients is, of course, a key component of many roles in this sector. But that doesn't ...
Posted 30-Sep-2016 at 16:16 [Liked: 1]
Managing stress at work

Managing stress at work

Accountancy can be a volatile world where customers, clients and competitors all face uncertain futures, so it's not surprising we all feel stressed at times. It is vital to know how to deal with to stress when it arises. That way, you'll ...
Posted 23-Sep-2016 at 16:18
The Seven Guiding Principles of Integrated Reporting

The Seven Guiding Principles of Integrated Reporting

The Integrated Reporting movement is gaining momentum. Despite this move to embrace Integrated Reporting, many accounting and finance professionals know little about it. In this week's blog we look over the ...
Posted 14-Sep-2016 at 11:29
CPD Inputs vs Outputs

Completing your CPD: Input vs Output methods

Inputs vs Outputs. What do they mean? Which should you use to fulfil your professional development?

We've created this useful infographic about the difference in Input and Output methods, and ...
Posted 26-Aug-2016 at 16:59
Auto-enrolment: What can I learn from what others have already transitioned

Auto-enrolment: What can I learn from others that have already transitioned?

It is now time for many companies to start undergoing their transition into automatic enrolment. However many larger organisations have already made the change and are there is plenty ...
Posted 24-Aug-2016 at 12:32
How to structure a presentation: lessons from Hollywood by Anna Faherty

How to structure a presentation: lessons from Hollywood by Anna Faherty

For many people, the idea of delivering a presentation to professional colleagues brings up images of standing in front of an audience and summoning up enough courage to speak. Being able ...
Posted 16-Aug-2016 at 12:54
4 questions to ask yourself when you need to business strategy fast

Strategy in a hurry? Here are 4 questions to ask yourself when you need a business strategy fast

We all know planning and business strategy take time. But sometimes you just don't have that time, right?

Posted 04-Aug-2016 at 16:30
What does Brexit mean for the future of RD by Linda Eziquiel

What does Brexit mean for the future of R&D Tax Credits? by Linda Eziquiel

The initial shock waves from Britain voting to leave the EU are subsiding, however the longer term impacts are yet to be felt. The big question for those UK companies claiming R&D ...
Posted 28-Jul-2016 at 16:57
The implications of Brexit on Financial Reporting by Lisa Weaver

The implications of Brexit on Financial Reporting by Lisa Weaver

The Financial Reporting Council has published an outline of matters that should be considered by preparers of half-yearly and annual reports in respect of the recent referendum vote for the UK to ...
Posted 20-Jul-2016 at 15:52
The only certainty is uncertainty by Stuart Warner

The only certainty is uncertainty by Stuart Warner
of Financial Fluency

One of the main impacts of the Brexit vote is uncertainty. This uncertainty, especially over the economy, will have a large short-term impact on most businesses.

Posted 11-Jul-2016 at 17:00
SMEs, Growth and the Role of Accountants

SMEs, Growth and the Role of Accountants by Alan Nelson

In the current climate of post referendum uncertainty, accountants may hold the key to sustaining growth through the support they provide to the SME sector. Entrepreneurs are by nature dynamic risk takers, ...
Posted 04-Jul-2016 at 12:09
The ubiquity of uncertainty by David Allen

The ubiquity of uncertainty by David Allen

Throughout the EU Referendum campaign and its aftermath, one of the most frequently heard concerns was that the market / the city / big companies "don't like uncertainty".

Posted 30-Jun-2016 at 17:08
5 steps to valuating a business

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: 5 steps to valuating a business

Buying and selling a business is no easy affair and valuating a business is not as straight forward as you might think.

Posted 23-Jun-2016 at 12:52
FAST Standard: The 4 basic principles

FAST Standard: The 4 basic principles

When it comes to building a financial model, the FAST standard is used to minimise miscalculations and save companies from losing a lot of money.

Posted 15-Jun-2016 at 14:51
June is the new Jan

June is the new Jan: Setting your half year resolutions

It can't be denied that the best time to set career goals is when we are planning our New Year's Resolutions. It's the perfect opportunity to ask ourselves questions like, where do I want to be this time ...
Posted 01-Jun-2016 at 15:39 [Comments: 1]
5 tips to improve your work life balance

5 tips to improve your work-life balance

We all want to be successful in our careers and none of us want it to come at the cost of our social life. The pressure doesn't stop there. We also need to make time to keep fit, eat healthy and enjoy hobbies. When you ...
Posted 26-May-2016 at 12:45
IFRS spawning alternative financial reports

IFRS spawning alternative financial reports

We came across an article recently which suggests that due to the prescriptive nature of IFRS, companies are adding alternative reporting to annual reports and other corporate communication. Read it
Project Management: What to do when things aren't going to plan

Project Management: What to do when things aren't going to plan

It can be difficult when a project isn't going to plan. However, the best way to react to unexpected hiccups in the road is to make sure any corrective action is both appropriate and successful. ...
Posted 12-May-2016 at 14:22
Integrated reporting what do accountants need to know

Integrated Reporting: What do accountants need to know? by Lisa Weaver

The Integrated Reporting movement is gaining momentum. This is evidenced by more UK listed companies producing an Integrated Report, with approximately 20% of FTSE 100 companies ...
Posted 03-May-2016 at 10:42 [Liked: 1]
R&D tax credits which companies are benefiting by Linda Eziquiel

R&D tax credits – which companies are benefiting? by Linda Eziquiel

R&D tax credits are still too little understood. If you are a company director or their accountant – could you or your clients' be paying a high price due to lack of understanding?

Posted 27-Apr-2016 at 11:31
Building the perfect strategy workshop for your organisation

Building the perfect strategy workshop for your organisation

In a webinar hosted by accountingcpd.net author, Lincoln Miles, he revealed that only 10% of employees understand their organisation's strategy. This included not only understanding what the strategy was ...
Posted 20-Apr-2016 at 15:48
Until the whistle blew by John Burbidge King

Until the whistle blew by John Burbidge-King

"There's an unwritten rule at the firm—what we do away from Memphis stays away from Memphis." The Firm written by John Grisham and published in 1991.

Posted 11-Apr-2016 at 09:38
Performance Measurement Making sure your controls are appropriate by David Allen

Performance Measurement: Making sure your controls are appropriate by David Allen

An important feature of any financial control system is its compatibility with the enterprise’s orientation, of which we might consider two very different ones.

Posted 06-Apr-2016 at 15:44
Social Media the brilliant Part 2

Social Media the brilliant: Part 2

Last week we took a look over some of the biggest social media mishaps of 2015. Now it's time for part 2. Of course there will always be cautionary tales of social media ...
Posted 24-Mar-2016 at 14:47
Social Media Blunders Part 1

Social Media the blunders: Part 1

In 2014 we wrote a blog on some of our favourite successful and unsuccessful social media campaigns. We wanted to highlight how easy it is for things to go wrong ...
Posted 23-Mar-2016 at 10:57
March Budget 2016 by Robin Sykes

March Budget 2016 by Robin Sykes

There are many changes in this Budget that will be helpful for entrepreneurs and investors – including lower business rates, corporation tax and CGT, and some beneficial changes to Entrepreneurs' Relief and the introduction of a ...
Posted 18-Mar-2016 at 16:05
How social media is changing by Anna Faherty

How social media is changing by Anna Faherty

It's five years since I first wrote the accountingcpd.net course Social Media for Accountants and, despite the fact that I have used social media more and more during that time, when I came to update the resource ...
Posted 15-Mar-2016 at 11:37
Hoogervorst reappointed as Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board

Hans Hoogervorst reappointed as Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board by Wayne Bartlett

Hans Hoogervorst has been reappointed Chair of the IASB for a second five-year term. He was first appointed Chair in 2010, succeeding Sir David Tweedie. However ...
Posted 08-Mar-2016 at 09:11 [Liked: 1]
IFRS Update 2 trillion of new balance sheet assets and liabilities

IFRS Update: £2trillion of new balance sheet assets and liabilities by Alan Nelson

The new IFRS 16 looks set to have a major impact. So what it is all about?

IFRS ...
Posted 26-Feb-2016 at 12:24 [Liked: 1]
Auto-Enrolment is here, what should accountants be thinking about

Auto-Enrolment is here, what should accountants be thinking about?

Using FSB's Pensions Auto-Enrolment Survey and ...
Posted 25-Feb-2016 at 10:32
Big capital investment decisions carry risk

Big capital investment decisions carry risk by Lincoln Miles

A quick scan of the Financial Times reveals some interesting facts. The latest word on the economy is that US growth slows to 0.7%, Japan adopts negative interest rate, France grew by 1.1% and Spain by 3.2% in 2015. With fluctuating ...

Posted 18-Feb-2016 at 15:08
Why Business Performance Management is still key in volatile times

Why Business Performance Management (BPM) is still key in volatile times by Alan Nelson

The world today is a more volatile place to do business in than ever before. Alongside increased economic uncertainty caused by greater and greater macro-economic interdependence, technology is forcing ...

Posted 29-Jan-2016 at 14:53 [Liked: 1]
Is your company ready for the new National Living Wage

Is your company ready for the new National Living Wage?

Come April 2016 things are going to be different for employers and employees under the new National Living Wage.

Posted 26-Jan-2016 at 14:53
What can you do to improve your career prospects in 2016

What can you do to improve your career prospects in 2016?

As January draws to a close and we've settled into the New Year we're making our decisions to stick to our resolutions or leave them behind. However, the one thing we definitely shouldn't let slip are our professional goals.

...
Posted 26-Jan-2016 at 14:47
Six silly grammar mistakes we may still be making

Six silly grammar mistakes we may still be making

Grammar is a part of every professional's everyday life. It's important for us to be coherent, whether we're writing an email, doing a presentation or simply talking one-on-one, yet so often grammar can trip us up.

Posted 26-Jan-2016 at 14:32
Five questions to ask yourself when implementing FRS 102

Five questions to ask yourself when implementing FRS 102 by Lisa Weaver

This year will see many UK companies implementing FRS 102. This will be a significant change, and preparers of financial statements need to carefully consider their implementation strategy.

Posted 20-Jan-2016 at 15:31
2016 is a big year for accountants

2016 is a big year for accountants by Lisa Weaver

For accountants, 2016 will be a significant year. The introduction of new UK accounting standards changes financial reporting requirements significantly for many UK companies. In particular, FRS 105 The Financial Reporting Standard ...

Posted 15-Jan-2016 at 11:20
Welcome to 2016

Welcome to 2016

Happy New Year. Welcome to 2016. What does that mean for you? Do you have big plans for the year ahead? What would you like to change this year?

Here at accountingcpd.net we would ...

Posted 04-Jan-2016 at 09:35 [Liked: 2]
Resilience may be the defining factor for success

In the Twenty First Century resilience may be the defining factor for success by Leanne Hoffman

What is resilience?

Resilience is having the ability to overcome challenges, trauma, set backs, personal crises and obstacles and bounce back stronger, and wiser, feeling empowered. ...
Posted 22-Dec-2015 at 12:52
Understanding our emotional world

Understanding our emotional world: Why do we want to voyage to Mars but few want to find out more about their internal world? By Leanne Hoffman

Emotional Intelligence and Resilience have become buzzwords of our time. It seems we want to build skills in these areas and realise that this ...

Posted 16-Dec-2015 at 15:49 [Liked: 1]
10 gifs to help us bounce back from failure build resilience

10 gifs to help us bounce back from failure and build resilience

Recently author Anna Faherty wrote a blog on managing change by talking ...

The rules of engagement

The rules of engagement

Social media is the perfect tool to run alongside your business, from brand promotion to customer care, the benefits of being online are endless.

However, remember it is just as detrimental ...

Posted 03-Dec-2015 at 15:46 [Liked: 2]
Charities Tax System UK vs USA

Charities Tax System – UK vs USA by Tony Austin

The Clintons have decided that their charitable foundation should re-file several years' accounts with the IRS to be more transparent about the foundation's activities and sources of income.

Posted 25-Nov-2015 at 11:26
Bannatyne FD jailed for fraud

Bannatyne FD jailed for £7.9m fraud
by Juan Carlos Venegas

The recent case of Christopher Watson, jailed for defrauding the Bannatyne Group of £7.9m, is a classic example of fraud and contains the three elements of the Fraud Triangle: Pressure, Opportunity and Rationalization. ...

Posted 20-Nov-2015 at 11:08
Is Your Profit Changing

Is Your Profit Changing?
by Lincoln Miles

As we head towards the end of 2015, many organisations are beginning to produce their first financial statements under FRS 102 and are noticing that the reported profit figure may well look different under FRS 102 compared against old ...

Posted 16-Nov-2015 at 14:51
Youll never manage change effectively if you cant talk about failure

You'll never manage change effectively if you can't talk about failure by Anna Faherty

Change is a 'norm' of organisational life, yet something people often struggle to manage effectively. I knew that instinctively, but when I went researching for some stats about the success – or otherwise ...

Posted 10-Nov-2015 at 12:48 [Liked: 1]
Money laundering the fight goes on

Money laundering - the fight goes on – doesn't it? by John Taylor

There are two key issues in the fight to combat money laundering and corruption - which go hand in hand.

Firstly there is the question ...

Posted 04-Nov-2015 at 17:23
Cyber security can no longer be the sole responsibility of the IT department

Cyber security can no longer be the sole responsibility of the IT department by Jeremy Swinfen-Green

I feel rather sorry for Talk Talk CEO Dido Harding who doesn't seem to have been particularly well briefed about the cyber breach her company suffered last week.

Posted 30-Oct-2015 at 13:21 [Liked: 2]
The Robo Accountant

The Robo-Accountant?

Recent research from Oxford University has been picked up on the BBC website and turned into a neat gadget which enables you to type in your job title and find out how likely you are to be ...

Posted 26-Oct-2015 at 16:40 [Liked: 2]
How will the summer budget effect tax bills for landlords

How will the summer budget effect tax bills for landlords?

With the new Budget that came out in the Summer, there have of course been decisions made by the government that will result in changes to the tax system, and therefore changes that will effect working people.

Posted 23-Oct-2015 at 11:13
Taxation of non domiciled persons in the UK

Taxation of non-domiciled persons in the UK by Robin Sykes

As the government proposes some tweaks to the system of taxation for non UK domiciled persons, this tax adviser wonders whether the currents rules and the consultation miss the point and so whether wider reform should be considered.

Posted 13-Oct-2015 at 15:10
Five Space Age Lessons in Remote Communication

"Are you kidding me?" Five Space Age Lessons in Remote Communication by Anna Faherty

Last week saw the UK release of Ridley Scott's 'The Martian', a blockbuster movie starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut left for dead on Mars. The film has received glowing reviews, many emphasising ...

Posted 12-Oct-2015 at 12:23 [Liked: 2]
Just One Bad Apple

Just One Bad Apple(s) by John Burbidge-King

A year ago most consumers would have fully trusted two major brands VW and Tesco. How in a short time things change! Tesco and their "Every Little Bit Helps" campaign made consumers comfortable; getting a fair deal from a company they could ...

Posted 12-Oct-2015 at 11:28
Moving to FRS 102 1A Small Entities face big changes

Moving to FRS 102 1A - Small Entities face big changes by Lisa Weaver

The withdrawal of the FRSSE in 2016 will move small entities under the scope of FRS 102 1A, or FRS 105 if they are small enough to qualify as a micro-entity. The changes are significant and need to be carefully planned ...

Posted 06-Oct-2015 at 11:51
Top tips for FRS 105 implementation

Top tips for FRS 105 implementation by Lisa Weaver

From 1 January 2016, companies that meet the eligibility requirements of a small entity have the choice to follow the new requirements of FRS 105.

To be eligible, ...

Posted 29-Sep-2015 at 09:32
Report from PwC highlights continuing differences between US GAAP and IFRS

Report from PwC highlights continuing differences between US GAAP and IFRS by Wayne Bartlett

A recent report from PwC emphasised that some significant divergences between US GAAP and IFRS still remain.

What questions should we be asking ourselves during an audit

What questions should we be asking ourselves during an audit?

With the use of judgement in financial reporting increasing it is becoming crucial for accountants and auditors to develop necessary skills in professional scepticism. But what is professional scepticism? And more importantly, ...

Posted 16-Sep-2015 at 13:21
To demonstrate professional scepticism you may need softer skills training

To demonstrate professional scepticism you may need softer-skills training by Lisa Weaver

The Financial Reporting Council, in its 2014/15 Report on Audit Quality Inspections, identified a common problem with audit quality, identified in many audit firm inspections as:

"Insufficient ...

Posted 16-Sep-2015 at 12:31
Top tips for auto-enrolment

Top tips for auto-enrolment

Automatic enrolment (or auto-enrolment) is designed to get more people saving for their future. People are living longer and cannot just rely on the Government for their retirement provision. This is not just a pension issue; this affects many aspects of business ...

Posted 08-Sep-2015 at 15:27
Employees are our most important assets or are they

Employees are our most important assets. Or are they?

In the introduction of a new consultation document, published last week, on the apprentice levy, ...

Posted 02-Sep-2015 at 09:47
Hear ye Eight tips to boost your listening skills by Anna Faherty

Hear ye! Eight tips to boost your listening skills by Anna Faherty

Dr John Ball describes communication as the "core activity" of the accountancy profession. Writing on ...

The first five steps of negotiation

The first five steps of negotiation

As with most things in business, preparation is key; a well planned negotiation can increases your confidence and your chance of success. However, negotiation is a scary prospect for many and when it's a merger or acquisition you're negotiating, the ...

Posted 18-Aug-2015 at 10:59
The tricky issue of bribery and corruption

The tricky issue of bribery and corruption

Bribery:
'Giving or receiving a financial or other advantage in connection with the "improper performance" of a position of trust, or a function that is expected to be performed impartially or in good faith.'
Bribery ...

Posted 07-Aug-2015 at 12:07
Can our anti-bribery and corruption course help your organisation?

Can our anti-bribery and corruption course help your organisation?

Ask yourself how blue chip organisations like Rolls-Royce and GSK could have fallen foul of bribery allegations, when they presumably had substantive anti-bribery procedures in place. Who is next? It's vital that your ...

Posted 06-Aug-2015 at 13:38
What more can you do for your clients

What more can you do for your clients?

Can you provide more to your clients than just accounting?

What a business needs from finance is evolving. There is a key strategic role in business to be played ...

Posted 30-Jul-2015 at 13:02
What is the FAST Standard and why should we be using it

What is the FAST Standard and why should we be using it?

According to research, 88% of spreadsheets have errors and

The Execution Process by Patrick MacDonald

The Execution Process by Patrick MacDonald

We all know that business is about strategy. The Economist's Schumpeter column says:

"In business, strategy is king. Leadership and hard work are all very well and luck is mighty useful, but it is strategy ...

Posted 08-Jul-2015 at 15:23
Brand Values a blog from David Allen

Brand Values a blog from David Allen

As noted in an earlier blog, the topic of valuing intangibles - especially brands - is doing the rounds again. Leading advocates of employing outsiders to put ...

Posted 30-Jun-2015 at 13:12
Intangible Assets a blog from David Allen

Intangible Assets a blog from David Allen

As a consequence of a study by Brand Finance plc in conjunction with CIMA, the old chestnut of assessing the value of a company's intangible assets is back in the public domain.

Posted 17-Jun-2015 at 14:57
Get CPD motivated and still enjoy your summer

Get CPD motivated and still enjoy your summer

What things would you rather be doing with your summer than CPD?

It can be difficult to persuade yourself to spend time completing your professional development ...

Posted 11-Jun-2015 at 12:56
The missing dimension of big data by Brian Plowman

The missing dimension of big data by Brian Plowman

Understanding all the costs that the customer relationship drives is vital to knowing which customers are profitable or not - and why.

Technology rushes on. ...

Posted 04-Jun-2015 at 15:44
How does the UK feel about the EU referendum?

How does the UK feel about the EU referendum?

There are two strong sides to the in/out EU referendum that is now likely to happen in 2017.

Those in favour of leaving the EU argue that it will be liberating, freeing ...

Posted 21-May-2015 at 16:44
What is the aim of negotiation?

What is the aim of negotiation

As an accountant, the majority of people that you negotiate with will be people or businesses that you need to maintain good relationships with long term.

Regardless of what ...

Posted 20-May-2015 at 14:49
What five more years of a Tory government could do for SMEs in the UK

What five more years of a Tory government could do for SMEs in the UK

Last week the results were in for the UK and David Cameron secured the next five years for the Conservatives winning an overall majority.

In ...

Posted 15-May-2015 at 13:05
Communication failures were at the heart of Labour's poor election performance by Anna Faherty

Communication failures were at the heart of Labour's poor election performance by Anna Faherty

Just days after the 2015 General Election, politicians, pundits and journalists alike had dedicated plenty of column inches to the reasons for such an unexpected result.

Posted 13-May-2015 at 10:16 [Liked: 117]
Tax avoidance hot topic for 2015 General Election

Tax avoidance hot topic for 2015 General Election

It's no surprise that a big focus on this year's General Election has been focused on what will be done to crack down on tax avoidance. Over the past few years there has been a steady uncovering of tax avoiders across the UK.

Posted 06-May-2015 at 15:33
We've launched IFRS The Structure of Financial Statements

We've launched IFRS The Structure of Financial Statements

We've recently launched a new course from Wayne Bartlett, IFRS: The Structure of Financial Statements. Wayne specialises in public sector financial management ...

Posted 30-Apr-2015 at 16:32 [Liked: 1]
FRS 102: Your next step in UK and Ireland GAAP

FRS 102: Your next step in UK and Ireland GAAP

Now you understand the theory of new UK and Ireland GAAP, it's time to get into the nuts and bolts of the technical, and really begin to implement these changes.

Perhaps ...

Posted 16-Apr-2015 at 16:14 [Liked: 1]
Would you say fraud is an inevitable cost of doing business?

Would you say fraud is an inevitable cost of doing business?

What would your response be if someone told you that fraud was inevitable in business?

Last June we launched Preventing Financial Crime – a great starting point for looking at good corporate behaviour and finding out ...

Posted 01-Apr-2015 at 14:43
Thinking ahead to the next steps in New GAAP

Thinking ahead to the next steps in New GAAP

The news has been everywhere, and every accountant knows about it. Since January 2015 the new GAAP reporting standards became mandatory. If you're in practice, you needed to be able to identify the best solution for each of your ...

Posted 25-Mar-2015 at 16:06 [Liked: 1]
What are clients expecting from accountants in practice?

What are clients expecting from accountants in practice?

It's no secret that accountants in practice today are facing an increasingly competitive market. With 48% ...

Posted 18-Mar-2015 at 10:35
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