Practice & Industry

Insight / Lord attempts to save SMEs with 30-day payment limit

Lord Mendelsohn is introducing a Private Members Bill to the House of Lords in an effort to tackle late payments and to strengthen the powers of the Small Business Commissioner

Audit / Green corporate governance vital to 2030 environment goals

Accounting bodies have called for listed companies to improve reporting on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in an attempt to meet 2030 environmental goals

Audit / Investors want more insight into relationship between board and employees

Companies need to improve their reporting on workforce-related issues by providing clearer and more consistent information about how staff link to the business strategy

Insight / Wealth series: advising an entrepreneur after a business sale – part 3

Ian Dembinski, head of client development at Rathbone Investment Management, explores the partnership between accountant and wealth manager in guiding entrepreneurs through the sale of their business and managing their wealth in the longer term

Insight / Mazars global reports hike in fee income to €1.77bn

Mazars, the international accounting and audit network, has reported a 10.4% hike in revenue to €1.77bn (£1.51bn) for year end 2019, marking record organic growth spurred by expansion in China

Audit / Insurance giant AIG hires Mazars for UK audit

Mid-tier audit firm Mazars has been lined up to take over the audit of AIG UK, the subsidiary of the listed US insurance giant AIG, breaking a 40-year PwC audit relationship

Insight / Financial stress worst in retail

One in five businesses are financially stressed, with more than 1,000 companies in situations of acute distress

Insight / Student loans repayment system overhauled

The government has promised a major revamp of the student loans repayment system, with the introduction of an online service designed to prevent overpayments at the end of the loan term

Insight / RSM invests in creditor services expansion

RSM is beefing up its creditor services business with a £100k plus investment, including substantial investment in products, people and premises, in anticipation of increasing activity as the UK economy comes under strain

Insight / Businesses must act on climate change, says World Economic Forum

Governments must work together to pressure business to take action on climate change because ‘the longer we wait, the more painful the transitional period will be’, are the findings of the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report

Insight / EY chief Steve Varley takes on global sustainability role

Steve Varley, senior managing partner at EY, is stepping down as managing partner of the UK firm to take on a role as global vice chair for sustainability at the Big Four network

Insight / Reinforcing KYC and AML processes

Stephen Baker, senior partner at law firm Baker & Partners explains the importance of Know Your Client (KYC) regulations and how to ensure compliance

Insight / Post-election business confidence at record high

Business sentiment has surged to an all-time high in the wake of December’s election, recording the largest increase in confidence amongst the UK’s biggest companies for over a decade, according to research by Deloitte

Insight / Big Four alumni at FRC: who’s running the audit regulator?

The Financial Reporting Council is set for a complete overhaul this year and heavy criticism of the regulator has seen a purge of top management with fewer Big Four alumni in key positions

Insight / MHA MacIntyre Hudson merges with Keens

Top 20 firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson has finalised a deal to merge its Milton Keynes operations with Keens Shay Keens MK LLP
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