Insight / Accountex 2018: exhibitor highlights and what's new

On 23-24 May, Accountex – the UK’s biggest accountancy exhibition – will be held at London ExCeL. Here’s a first look at what’s new from some of the exhibitors for 2018, to help you plan your visit

Insight / Want a career as an accountant in the music sector?

From artists planning an international tour to record labels looking after numerous acts, the music industry can be financially complex, especially now that the sector is shifting from sales to streams. Tony North, co-founder and CEO of Centtrip Music, considers the various tax rules and complex accounting that accountants in this sector face

Insight / Collective redundancy and insolvency guidance updated

The Insolvency Service is to publish guidance for employers and insolvency practitioners to clarify how to manage staff redundancies during insolvency to address incompatibilities between insolvency and employment law identified in a call for evidence

Audit / Montagnon: business culture and ethics should be board priority

Peter Montagnon, associate director of the Institute of Business Ethics, on why creating a positive company wide culture has to start with the board and considers key culture indicators and how to use them to understand corporate behaviour

Insight / Baldwins on acquisition trail in Scotland with Sinclair Scott

Baldwins accountancy group, the highly acquisitve member of CogitalGroup, is continuing on the merger trail, and has expanded its presence in Scotland after taking over an Ayr-based accountancy firm

Insight / Shake up at networks as Robbins takes over at Kreston International

Liza Robbins has been appointed to succeed Jon Lisby as CEO of global accounting network, Kreston International with effect from 1 August

Insight / FS veteran Hargreaves blasts £24m into space

Financial services multimillionaire Peter Hargreaves who saw his career take off when he founded investment management platform Hargreaves Lansdown is following fellow billionaire Elon Musk by making his next move into space, with a £24m investment in the Goonhilly satellite tracking station in Cornwall

Insight / The Pensions Regulator commits extra funding to regulatory work

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) plans to toughen up its regulatory approach to failing and high risk pension schemes over the next three years as it increases the budget for monitoring and compliance following a spate of pension failures

Tax / MPs slate use of RPI for student loan inflation measure

The Treasury select committee has criticised the government over the ‘absurd’ decision to use RPI as the inflation measure to calculate student loan interest instead of CPI which is used for majority of government calculations, including benefit rises

Insight / FTSE 350 needs to name disability champions

FTSE 350 boards are being urged to take action to become more inclusive and assign directors specific responsibility for disability issues, after research by KPMG and disability consultancy Purple found almost 60% of businesses do not currently have a named disability champion at the board or senior management level

Insight / Tax partner gender hiring gap

Hiring in the top ranks of tax partners remain dominated by men according to an analysis of recruiting patterns around the world prepared by executive search specialist Wilkinson Partners

Tax / One tax mistake and you’re out

The Home Office is meddling with complex tax affairs and it is questionable whether immigration officers have the requisite tax expertise to refuse people leave to remain in the UK under section 322(5) of the Immigration Rules for tax compliance reasons. Andrew Hubbard, tax consultant at RSM considers the dilemma

Insight / Top tips: making the move from financial controller to financial director

Karen Young, director at Hays Senior Finance outlines what individuals need to do before making the leap from financial controller (FC) to financial director (FD), stressing the importance of getting involved in strategic projects and broadening technical knowledge

Insight / Crowe Horwath network rebrands to Crowe

Crowe Horwath International is to rebrand the network and the 189 international member firms will adopt the name Crowe globally

Insight / ECJ to rule on cap for high earners in Pension Protection Fund

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) may be forced to scrap its £35,000 annual compensation limit for workers whose employers go bust if the European Court of Justice (ECJ) supports a legal opinion that every employee is entitled to a minimum of 50% of accrued entitlements in cases of insolvency