Insight / Forecasting, skills shortages and cash flow pain points

As businesses face up to the ongoing fallout from the pandemic, Rob Binns, CFO of Access Group, considers the challenges facing financial teams from forecasting to cash flow pressures

Tax / Fintech sector review calls for extension of R&D tax reliefs

An independent review has set out a plan for the UK to retain its global leadership in fintech by helping the country’s financial technology firms to scale up, access the talent and finance they need, and deliver better financial services

Insight / Covid-19 loan schemes shell out £73bn to businesses

The latest Treasury figures show that the banking and finance industry has provided almost £73bn in support to 1.6 million businesses through government-backed coronavirus lending schemes

Insight / Making furloughed staff redundant: what you need to know

Alan Price, CEO at BrightHR, assesses the rules around redundancy and provides tips and advice on how to roll out a redundancy plan if staff are furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Insight / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors - Part 3

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Insight / Draft pre-pack rules set out role of evaluator

The government has issued draft pre-pack legislation in a bid to improve stakeholder confidence in pre-pack administrations with the creation of new requirement for an evaluator

Accounting / Guidance on holding company AGMs during Covid-19 pandemic

ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute has published new guidance about company AGMs and the impact of Covid-19, which reflects the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on companies’ ability to hold physical general meetings

Insight / Third of FTSE board positions held by women

More than a third (34.3%) of FTSE 350 board positions are now held by women with numbers rising from 682 to 1,026 in five years, final Hampton-Alexander Review report reveals

Insight / Gender pay gap reporting enforcement delayed to October

Due to the continued effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline for filing gender pay gap reports has been delayed for six months

Tax / VAT deferral payment scheme online service opens

Over half a million businesses who deferred VAT payments last year can now join the new online VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme to pay in smaller monthly instalments, HMRC has announced

Insight / Prime Minister sets out roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions

PM Boris Johnson has announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England with non-essential shops due to open on 12 April

Insight / Alvarez & Marsal launches portfolio advisory business

Professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) continues its growth and expansion with the launch of a global portfolio advisory business

Tax / Stamp duty holiday drives property sales

The stamp duty holiday, which is due to end in March, has restored housing transactions to the highest level since 2007 with tax take hitting £1.35bn in the last quarter

Accounting / CVAs – retain or reform?

Increasing use of company voluntary arrangements (CVA) have come under fire as a vehicle to avoid debt burdens. Tania Clench, legal director at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, considers these criticisms, the impact of recent developments in insolvency law and potential future reforms

Insight / Government delays review of business rates

The final report of the government’s fundamental review of business rates has been delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic and will now be published in the autumn