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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

Insight / Consultancy revenue hits £3bn at top accounting firms

The consulting arms of UK accounting firms, notably the Big Four, accounted for nearly 40% of all revenues earned in the UK consulting market in 2017, winning the majority of the work in the financial services market and representing the fastest growing firm segment, according to a report from Source Global Research

Insight / Non-disclosure agreements: what you need to know

Beth Hale & Nick Hawkins of CM Murray LLP examine the pros and cons of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in employment contracts in light of recent scandals and consider how they these legally binding documents can protect businesses and minimise disputes

Insight / Baldwins snaps up Rawlinsons LLP as targets east of England

Baldwins, part of CogitalGroup, has hit the acquisition trail again and is expanding into Cambridgeshire for the first time after merging with local firm Rawlinsons LLP

Insight / Milsted Langdon expands with Bristol acquisition

Regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon has acquired Bristol based accountants and business advisory firm Houghton Stone, bringing all staff on board as part of the merger

Tax / Excel skills no longer a ‘must have’ for accountants

CFOs no longer consider Excel as an essential skill and are more concerned about employees’ ability to adapt to new technologies, according to research by Adaptive Insights