Insight / People in the news: Wilkins Kennedy, Kilsby Williams, PKF

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointment at Wilkins Kennedy, hires at Kilsby Williams, Quantuma and Wilkins Kennedy and an interim CFO at Fulcrum Utility Services

Insight / Top 75 trainee interview: Mercer & Hole

In our trainee series, Zak Jakubowski talks to Molly Tait and Matt Pollard, audit trainees at Mercer & Hole, about long working days and their ambitions to become ACA qualified 

Insight / Women FDs fail to break glass ceiling at FTSE 100

A third of all board positions in FTSE 100 are now held by women, but female representation in senior executive roles is lagging with only 15% of finance directors at top UK companies being women

Insight / Succession planning: how to plan for order, not chaos

Succession planning is vital in any finance team where the future viability of a business can rest on a poor decision. Matt Weston, managing director of Robert Half UK, sets out the key steps

Insight / Points-based immigration system to prioritise most skilled

The government is to bring in a points-based immigration system from the start of next year, which will give priority to highly-skilled workers but will not offer a general low-skilled or temporary work route, raising concerns about the potential impact on the labour pool

Accounting / FRC warning on coronavirus risk to audits in China

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has contacted the Big Four firms to ask what contingency plans they have in place to handle audits for clients with offices in China, while ACCA postpones March exams in China

Insight / Accounting firm founder quits Baldwins Group

John Baldwin, founding director of acquisition-hungry Midlands firm Baldwins Group, now part of the Cogital Group, has left the firm with immediate effect, and has been replaced by Alyn North 

Insight / People in the news: Armstrong Watson, Kilsby Williams, EY

In this week’s accountancy career moves, associate partner at EY, hires at Armstrong Watson and Mazars, CFO at FinnCap Group plc and new Chancellor in Cabinet reshuffle

Insight / Dow Schofield Watts invests in Camlee Group

Accountancy firm Dow Schofield Watts has made a seven-figure investment in Camlee Group, a Manchester-based corporate finance boutique which provides business sales advice to SMEs, in bid to grow the business nationally

Insight / ‘Priceless’ Royal accountancy role up for grabs

The year has opened with a spike in demand for accountants, and top of the list is the Royal Household where the Queen is advertising for a management accountant 

Insight / Accountants shy away from lunchtime quickie

Nearly one in five (18%) Brits have had sex on their lunch break, although accountants are the least likely to have time for a lunchtime dalliance and prefer to have a work spouse

Insight / Top 75 trainee interview: BDO

Melissa Dube, audit trainee at BDO, talks to Zak Jakubowski about her decision to take the apprenticeship route to ACA qualification rather than a degree in mathematics and finance

Insight / Prenuptial agreements: what accountants need to know

Building a strong relationship is hard work in itself, but practical issues like tax planning and legal contracts should not be ignored. Katherine Marshall and Joanne Chilton examine the different relationship scenarios that may benefit from a nuptial agreement

Tax / Q&A: training costs and tax liability

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, tax adviser Laura Burrows CTA looks at tax compliance issues when deducting training costs from employment income

Insight / People in the news: BDO, Mazars, Kreston, Streets

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at BDO, Kreston and Mazars, and climate change lead for Deloitte