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Insight / Blick Rothenberg acquires Hazlems Fenton accountants

Blick Rothenberg, part of Cogital Group, is expanding with the acquisition of accounting firm Hazlems Fenton LLP, which primarily deals with entrepreneurial and owner-managed businesses

Insight / Top five crucial skills for the CFO of the future

With businesses embracing big data, new tech and digital media, the role of traditional CFO is evolving from financial expert to strategic partner, data analyst, talent curator and more. James Booth, chief financial officer at Instant Offices explains what this new era of the multidiscipline strategist means

Insight / Moore Stephens' revenue up 13% in wake of merger

Moore Stephens LLP has grown revenue by 13% to hit £137.5m in the year to 30 April 2018, up from £121.4m in 2017

Accounting / Jersey introduces US-style limited liability companies

In a move to compete with other offshore finance centres and attract US inward investment, Jersey is set to allow investors to set up limited liability companies (LLCs) for the first time 

Insight / Crowe acquires boutique SME accounting firm

Top 20 firm Crowe has acquired a Gloucestershire accounting practice that specialises in helping entrepreneurs as part of a bid to expand its offering to the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market with a cloud-based solution

Insight / HG Capital invests in Brightpay payroll software provider

Private equity firm HgCapital have invested an undisclosed sum in BrightPay, the Irish accounting and payroll software provider, ahead of government PAYE reform which will see Ireland move to real time reporting

Insight / Big Four need to learn from their competitors

Big accountancy firms need to pay attention to the way their smaller competitors operate and take it on board, says David Grunberg, founding partner at Grunberg & Co

Insight / Blick Rothenberg acquires specialist tax practice

Big Four challenger CogitalGroup has signalled its intention to expand its international reach as its London division, Blick Rothenberg, acquires Westleton Drake, a specialist private tax client practice

Insight / PwC creates 54 equity partners

PwC UK has promoted 54 equity partners, up from 31 last year, but says that progress on diversity is slower than the firm would like

Audit / Artificial intelligence and machine learning in accountancy - part 1

Much of day-to-day accounting, and in particular audit, involves dull repetitive tasks such as inventory and general ledger checking but such drudgery is apparently set to become a thing of the past with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Rob Munro reports

Insight / Data Protection Act 2018 enacts GDPR rules

The government has passed the Data Protection Act 2018, which ushers in major changes in the way companies handle and process personal data, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective 25 May

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 / 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 / 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 / ICAEW issues GDPR guidance for accountants

ICAEW has issued guidance and a quick checklist for accountants to ensure they comply with the General Data Protection Regulations, due to come into force on 25 May
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