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Blog summaryLast updated: 30-Jun-2015
Brand Values a blog from David Allen

As noted in an earlier blog, the topic of valuing ...

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 ...

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

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

Posted 11-Jun-2015 at 12:56
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 ...

Posted 04-Jun-2015 at 15:44
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.

Posted 21-May-2015 at 16:44
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 ...

Posted 20-May-2015 at 14:49
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 ...

Posted 15-May-2015 at 13:05
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 ...

Posted 13-May-2015 at 10:16 [Liked: 2]
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 ...

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

We've recently launched a new course from Wayne Bartlett, IFRS: ...

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 ...

Posted 16-Apr-2015 at 16:14 [Liked: 1]
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 ...

Posted 01-Apr-2015 at 14:43
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 ...

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

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

From management accountant to business partner

When is a management account not a management account? When they become a business partner.

A recent ...

Posted 09-Mar-2015 at 14:47
Assessing a reasonable profit by David Allen

At the outset of the budgeting process, how do you assess what would be a reasonable profit? In my experience, ...

Posted 04-Mar-2015 at 10:52 [Liked: 1]
Finance professionals need project management skills too

Back in the 90s the term 'project management' was the realm of IT teams with platforms such as Microsoft Project leading the way. ...

Posted 18-Feb-2015 at 11:00
Creating a winning business strategy

What's your role in developing your organisation's strategy? Do your clients ask you to help them develop theirs? ...

Posted 11-Feb-2015 at 15:01
Network Leadership: the new approach

Technological advancements and globalisation have changed the way we work in organisations. These days we can often ...

Posted 05-Feb-2015 at 16:28
Planning Ahead: Getting your CPD head on

The New Year provides the perfect opportunity for many of us to start thinking about goals, both professionally ...

Posted 27-Jan-2015 at 16:55 [Liked: 1]
New Year, New Skills

The key to success is planning now. Every year when you're required to set goals for yourself and meet these professional ...

Posted 07-Jan-2015 at 16:48
Is social media the next step in client care?

Social media is huge, and not only is it going to keep growing, it is also fast becoming a common form of customer ...

Posted 11-Dec-2014 at 12:40 [Liked: 1]
First Thoughts on Autumn Tax Statement from Gabelle
Tax experts Gabelle have been busy doing their
Posted 03-Dec-2014 at 16:51
We've launched Operational Cost Savings and Efficiencies

Almost every company has been affected in some way by the global economic downturn. Going bust can be the ultimate ...

Posted 26-Nov-2014 at 10:30
IT glitches – The curse of Auto Enrolment

You may well have heard of Dunelm, the retailer, who were outed by the Pensions Regulator for a failure of their ...

Posted 06-Nov-2014 at 16:59 [Liked: 3]
Accountants: Are you in?

It would be impossible for you not to have seen or hear the campaign from the government regarding workplace ...

Posted 05-Nov-2014 at 11:07
Being a mindful learner: paying attention

As a learner whether you're sitting an exam, reading material or taking an online course do you ever find yourself ...

Posted 29-Oct-2014 at 16:44 [Liked: 1]
Lisa Weaver tells us about the updates made to Corporate Governance
The Pitfalls of Partnership Tax
Posted 07-Oct-2014 at 15:42
Social Media Blunders and Brilliance
Posted 23-Sep-2014 at 14:51 [Liked: 4]
Reports of Financial Crime double within year
Posted 17-Sep-2014 at 11:29
The Results are in
Posted 09-Sep-2014 at 12:13 [Liked: 1]
Successful Planning for Auto-Enrolment
Posted 04-Sep-2014 at 15:48
What challenges face businesses post auto-enrolment?
Posted 28-Aug-2014 at 11:08
Risk Management has been updated!
Posted 26-Aug-2014 at 10:35
What’s ticked off your GAAP checklist?
Posted 21-Aug-2014 at 14:43
Why don’t people report fraud when it is detected?
Posted 19-Aug-2014 at 11:18
How ready are you for new UK and Ireland GAAP?
Posted 15-Aug-2014 at 10:50
We’ve launched Preventing Financial Crime
Posted 07-Aug-2014 at 14:54
What’s expected of an accountant today?
Posted 06-Aug-2014 at 12:26
Bloomsbury Professional’s Financial Reporting for Smaller Companies now available with’s new UK and Ireland GAAP Programme
Posted 04-Aug-2014 at 12:13
UK's largest businesses have passed their staging dates for auto-enrolment
Posted 01-Aug-2014 at 12:18
Would you be able to identify a fraudster?
Posted 30-Jul-2014 at 15:25
New 21 Hour UK and Ireland GAAP Programme
Posted 24-Jul-2014 at 14:13
The importance of E-Learning
Posted 23-Jul-2014 at 15:48 went to meet CPA Ireland and ANAN in Dublin
Posted 18-Jul-2014 at 09:32
Sneak Peek at Anna Faherty’s Video Introductions
Posted 16-Jul-2014 at 14:09 [Liked: 2]
IFA are making changes to their CPD requirements
Posted 08-Jul-2014 at 10:39
Changes in Paternity Law and Family Rights
Posted 04-Jul-2014 at 10:33
Finding What You Want on Social Media
Posted 02-Jul-2014 at 10:30
FRSSE Muddle
Posted 25-Jun-2014 at 11:13
Revised course on Communicating Complex Ideas
Posted 20-Jun-2014 at 11:10
When should you be thinking about succession planning?
Posted 19-Jun-2014 at 16:08
John Mardle’s Top Ten Tips for Optimising Working Capital
Posted 18-Jun-2014 at 10:26
Revised course on Thinking Strategically
Posted 16-Jun-2014 at 10:34
Revised course on Strategic Financial Management

David Allen’s course on Strategic Financial Management has been on ...

Posted 13-Jun-2014 at 14:48
Changing Track by Lisa Weaver
Posted 12-Jun-2014 at 11:31
Author Interview: Lisa Weaver

Lisa has written six courses for Accountingcpd. Her most recent offering is a three-course ...

Posted 29-May-2014 at 12:14
Revised Course on Employment Law for Managers
Our course Employment Law for Managers has been updated and refreshed to take into account recent legislation changes about ...
Posted 28-May-2014 at 10:18
Auto-Enrolment: Are you ready for it?
Automatic enrolment - or auto-enrolment, as it is commonly known - is now a legal requirement for all UK businesses. Put ...
Posted 13-May-2014 at 15:38
The Five Simple Whys that make change happen
In her latest blog, Anna Faherty explains how Five Simple Whys can support productivity and facilitate change within ...
Posted 08-May-2014 at 15:10 [Liked: 1]
How Important is the New UK GAAP?

Over the next 12 months, accountants must prepare themselves and their clients for a fundamental change in ...

Posted 01-May-2014 at 12:53
Mind the GAAP

So, the UK and Ireland GAAP is changing, but are you ready for it? Do you know how it differs from the ...

Posted 14-Apr-2014 at 15:00
Key Performance Indicators: Now Updated

Key performance indicators enable us to control performance. They are powerful tools not because they tell ...

Posted 03-Apr-2014 at 13:07
New course on Growing Your Business Through Acquisition

There are only two ways to expand a business:

  1. Grow it organically by making more sales and ...
Posted 13-Mar-2014 at 17:02
Revised course on Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions
Top 10 tips when developing your invention

In his latest blog, IP expert and author, Rob Lucas shares his top ...

Posted 07-Feb-2014 at 08:44
Why Britain is not making the most out of its genius

It’s a little known fact that at the turn of the Millenium, the Japanese Department of Trade undertook a survey ...

Posted 30-Jan-2014 at 14:43
Five things you can do today to improve your career prospects

Professional coach and author, Marie Taylor, looks at five simple things you can do to improve ...

Posted 14-Jan-2014 at 11:17
The most important trends to understand in the world of business crowdfunding

Journalist and author, Andy Davis, identifies the most important trends in business crowdfunding. ...

Posted 29-Nov-2013 at 12:45
Crowdfunding sites grow upwards of 100 per cent year on year

Journalist and author, Andy Davis, looks at whether alternative finance ...

Posted 21-Nov-2013 at 12:31
Making the right decisions for new ventures - more science than art

In her latest blog author, Anna Faherty, promotes a scientific approach to entrepreneurship. ...

Posted 12-Nov-2013 at 14:50 [Liked: 1]
Launch of new course on Alternative Finance

When businesses find it hard to secure finance from banks, they turn to their accountants for advice. But what ...

Posted 05-Nov-2013 at 15:34
New course on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Posted 24-Oct-2013 at 16:02
Rebalancing Resources

In his latest blog author Brian Plowman takes a look at how you can rebalance resources ...

Posted 14-Oct-2013 at 10:17
Top 5 courses for you

At we know ...

Posted 27-Sep-2013 at 12:17
Shoot for the moon: managing remote teams
New course on Financial Control in SMEs

The way SMEs approach financial control needs to be different to the approach of large organisations. SMEs ...

Posted 17-Sep-2013 at 13:57
An interview with David Allen
Updated Project Management Course
Get two online cpd courses for the price of one throughout September

As the year flies by your cpd completion deadline is drawing ever closer. Before you know it, you will be wondering ...

Posted 06-Sep-2013 at 10:57
Hans Hoogervorst comments on global adoption of IFRS author, Lisa ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 16:58
New online cpd course on Outsourcing have just launched ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 16:55
Launch of Anti-Money Laundering

Money laundering is something that happens in almost every country in the world. A single scheme can involve ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 16:51
Launch of Writing a Business Plan

A good business plan can ensure your great idea gets the backing it deserves; a poor one can undermine even ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 16:46
IFRS discussed at parliamentary hearing
Working in Accounting and Finance Teams

Teamwork skills encompass many things which are essential in today's business environment, and are one of the ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 14:02
Will lease accounting remain a controversial area of accounting?
Online cpd works best when it’s social

Last week, ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 13:55
Anna Faherty in International Accountant

Ethics and professionalism is a topic ever present in the accounting world and it is great to see author shortlisted at the E-learning Awards has been shortlisted ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 13:47
Risk Management Update

Our course on Risk Management, ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 13:42
How socially responsible is your business?

What is a corporation's role in society at large? What is their 'Corporate Social Responsibility'? This debate ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 13:39
Getting the most from staff working remotely during the Olympics
Succession Planning

For everybody, there comes a time when you have to consider your departure from business life, and wonder if ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 13:25
Launch of International and Remote Working

Whatever organisation you work in, you are bound to collaborate with colleagues who work at home, across the ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 13:22
New online cpd course – Becoming an Expert Witness

If you act as an expert witness or are planning to do so,'s ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 12:55
ACCA launch a new CPD focused area

ACCA have announced the launch of the

How to manage your team to high performance

The most effective teams are made up of individuals who can work together to a common goal and make the most ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 11:05
Fresh Thinking with respect to Cash
Launch of Managing your Transition to IFRS

Since 2005 all EU listed companies have been reporting under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 10:45
Cash Conversion Cycle (CCC) helping your business

John Mardle, author of

London 2012 is missing a social media trick author Anna ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 10:19
Launch of Grammar and Effective Writing for Accountants

Good grammar and writing skills are key communication tools for every professional. Using language incorrectly ...

Posted 03-Sep-2013 at 10:08
Business Performance Management, Culture Building and KPIs author Robin ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:47
Professionalism and Ethics for Accountants launches

From the Enron scandal and BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill to MPs expenses and Wiki Leaks, issues of trust, ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:37
High Pay for Directors

Lisa Weaver, author of’s ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:34 partners with ACCA

We are pleased to announce that ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:28
A costly case of poor corporate governance

Lisa Weaver, author of's ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:23
New courses to help you complete your cpd

In the past year ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:13
Employment Law for Accountants updated has today launched ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:07
Launch of Practice Management: Building and Growing your Firm are pleased ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 15:01
Corporate Governance Update
Managing risk in your business

It is difficult, these days, to pick up a newspaper or magazine and not find stories involving serious problems ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 13:54
Giving you an edge: how devoting half an hour a week to social media delivers benefits to accountants author, Anna Faherty, looks at the benefits of social media for accountants, and how a ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 13:46
A new series on Practice Management

Do you have an agreed strategy for your firm? Successful practices understand what makes them different. They ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 13:36
Cutting clutter – an issue of information overload? author Lisa ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 13:24
Getting women on board - an issue in governance author Lisa ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 13:19
Avoiding scandal with good corporate governance

The term "corporate governance" is recognisable to almost everyone because of the many shocking scandals ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 13:06
Social Media: the Golden Goose

With the launch of our new course, Social ...

If you’re job-hunting, make sure your social media profile is up to date author Anna ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 12:54
Social Media as a professional tool

Have you ever wanted to exploit the power of social media but been unsure where to start? Do you know what ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 11:59
Fraud is on the up! author John ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 11:51
Special offer course on ethics

Don’t forget you can still get a free hour of online cpd on ethics. The course, Ethical Issues in Professional ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 11:20
Engaging with ethics

Last week attended an event organised by the UK Inter-Professional Group (UKIPG) on ethics ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 11:15
Difficulties in implementing Continuous Improvement and-or Lean Six Sigma Part II

Robin Tidd continues his look Continuous Improvement ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 11:01
Difficulties in implementing Continuous Improvement and-or Lean Six Sigma Part I

In this two part blog author Robin Tidd looks ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 10:54
A new course announced recently met ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 10:31
Finding hidden cost saving opportunities Part V

Brian Plowman provides the last in his ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 10:26
Finding hidden cost saving opportunities Part IV

Brian Plowman continues his look at ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 10:20
Finding hidden cost saving opportunities Part III

Brian Plowman continues to look at examples ...

Posted 30-Aug-2013 at 10:16
Finding hidden cost saving opportunities Part II

Following on from his article on hidden costs, Brian ...

Finding hidden cost saving opportunities Part I
Is the dash for cash right for you?

In recent times most companies have had to be increasingly aware of their inputs and outputs yet this is ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 16:00
The price of budgeting

Every company needs to budget, it is a necessary part of success, yet can the price of implementing a budgeting ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 15:46
Accounting for changing price levels

Author David Allen looks at inflation in ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 15:41 forms links globally

Last week saw ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 15:36
New Course: The Road to Continuous Improvement
New Course: Managing Professionals for Results

Hot on the heels of the recently updated series of management courses today launches Managing ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 15:24
Updated course: Managing from Within the Team

Accountants and finance professionals are more often than not required to work within the team which they manage. ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 15:21
Updated course: Coaching Skills

Accountants are often asked to take the first steps as a manager early in their careers. The skills developed ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 15:18
Updated course: Leadership Skills

In the current competitive and complex financial environment, the ability to lead, pull a team together and ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 14:52
Assessing going concern in turbulent times

Recent economic turbulence has raised the significance of the basic concept of ensuring that a business is ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 14:48
Is the public sector catching up?

By David Allen

The last few years ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 14:40
Reactions to the ACCA ‘Where next for the global economy’ report

By Brian Plowman

I read the ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 14:28
New cpd course: Innovation

In times of crisis, innovation is particularly important. Organisations that ignore changes in their customers ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 14:23
How many taxpayer years are you worth?

By Anna Faherty

For non-accountants ...

Posted 29-Aug-2013 at 14:16
Who are we?

One plays in a rock band, another first coined the phrase Strategic Financial Management. One tweets for the ...

Posted 08-Aug-2013 at 12:07 – now launched with free cpd!

To celebrate the launch of we’re offering new members a free hour’s CPD.

This ...

Posted 08-Aug-2013 at 12:01
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