Insight / £1m fund to aid charities improve digital skills

The government has announced a new £1m fund to expand training programmes for charities so that employees and trustees can improve their digital skills, including developing social media presence and online fundraising

Insight / Dow Schofield Watts merges with financial modelling firm

JL Advisory, which provides financial modelling services for public and private sector clients throughout the UK, has joined forces with accountancy firm Dow Schofield Watts as part of its growth plans

Insight / People in the news: Crowe, KPMG, Ayming

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a tax partner appointment at Crowe, KPMG appoints an international tax director in its London office, ex-KPMG partner joins Ayming

Insight / Boss jailed for fraudulently moving £51k in funds

The boss of a personal injury claims business has been jailed for 21 months and banned for seven years after fraudulently removing company funds in the months before the courts would make a winding-up order resulting in the closure of the business

Insight / How accounting firms can use chatbots to connect with clients

Melissa Hernandez, executive at Propero Partners, discusses the practical applications of artificial intelligence and the use of web-based chatbots by accounting firms to increase engagement with customers

Insight / 55% of charities fail to assess board financial competence

A survey of 200 charities suggests that the governance competency of charities continues to be deficient in financial matters and are failing to take advantage of available guidance and training

Insight / Brexit deal proposals prompt Cabinet resignations

A proposed agreement between the UK and the EU, including single market access for Northern Ireland and a five-year post-transition commitment to VAT, has prompted resignations from Cabinet ministers Esther McVey and Dominic Raab

Insight / Jail term for London grocer’s £120k VAT fraud

A London man who set up fake companies, including a jewellery shop and a holiday villas firm, as part of a £120,000 VAT fraud has been jailed for three years, following an HMRC investigation

Insight / Interserve hit by outsourcing worries

FTSE 250 company Interserve is the latest outsourcer to come under financial scrutiny following the collapse of Carillion earlier this year, and has been forced to issue a statement quelling rumours of potential difficulties after its share price slumped by up to 30%

Insight / Berketex Bride chain in administration

Sheffield-based insolvency firm Wilson Field is acting for Bridal Fashions Ltd, t/a Berketex Bride, after the fifty-year old wedding dress chain collapsed into administration, becoming the latest retail casualty on the high street

Audit / Technology driving corporate reporting change, says EY

Smart technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), increased use of non-financial data and innovative approaches to recruitment are changing corporate reporting, enabling companies to offer greater transparency and so increase public trust in business, research by EY has found

Insight / Charity guidance issued on changing financial year

The Charity Commission has published guidance on the circumstances and procedures for charities wishing to change their financial year, which vary according to whether or not the charity is incorporated as a company

Insight / Charities: what needs to change in the Charities SORP? - part 6

Sarah Perrin ACA looks at the key questions being considered in the governance review of the Charity SORP committee and process now under way, including whether the SORP-making process commands confidence

Tax / Small businesses urged to apply for broadband vouchers

The government is strongly recommending that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make use of a £2,500 voucher to help with installing high-speed broadband and increase rural communities' access to the internet

Insight / 11-year ban for financial investor over client funds abuse

A financial investor has been disqualified for 11 years after an Insolvency Service investigation found he had abused thousands of pounds worth of client’s funds which were invested in volatile foreign exchange markets