Leadership & management

Insight / Charity trustees spent £68K outside its remit

A Charity Commission inquiry has found that trustees of Aid and Peace Trust were responsible for misconduct and mismanagement, after they failed to show how charitable funds were used and acted outside the charity’s stated objects, and the charity has been removed from the register

Insight / McBrides acquires Shea & Co accountants

McBrides Chartered Accountants is merging with Shea & Co of Forest Hill with founder John Shea joining the firm as a consultant

Insight / Price Bailey revamps board structure

Top 30 accounting firm Price Bailey is expanding the size of its executive board from five to six members and creating an operational board, to support growth and strengthen governance

Insight / Johnston Carmichael opens London office

Scottish based accountancy firm, Johnston Carmichael, has opened a London office as part of a strategic expansion of its financial services sector offering

Insight / Shareholder pressure to curb excessive pensions for top bosses

Listed companies are under pressure to align executive pension contributions with the workforce, after the Investment Association (IA) said it will give a ‘red top’, its highest level of warning, to any companies with existing directors who are paid more than 25% of salary as a pension contribution

Insight / How to keep business and personal finances separate

Setting a barrier between business and personal finances is an essential part of turning a business from a side project into a professional operation. Lisa Hogg, director at Wilson Field, explains

Insight / People in the news: HMRC, Mercer & Hole, Haysmacintyre, EY, AAT

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at Mercer & Hole, EY and Haysmacintyre, board appointments at HMRC, and 39th president of AAT

Insight / People in the news: BDO, Menzies, BTG Advisory

In this week’s accountancy career moves, hires and promotions at BDO LLP, Menzies, Johnston Carmichael, BTG Advisory and HW Fisher

Insight / Baldwins snaps up £1.6m Gardners accountants

Gardners Chartered Accountants, based in Holywell, has been acquired by the Baldwins Group which now has over 95 offices across England, Scotland and Wales

Insight / Using apps to manage your finances

Jonathan Amponsah CTA FCCA, founder of The Tax Guys, takes a look at a selection of apps to help manage business finances, keep track of accounts and maximise productivity

Insight / Smith & Williamson signs £1.8bn merger with wealth manager Tilney

Top 10 fund management and accounting firm Smith & Williamson has confirmed it is merging with Tilney in a £1.8bn deal to create an integrated group combining wealth management and professional services

Insight / Langricks merges with Michael Bell & Co accountants

Cheshire-based Langricks Chartered Accountants has acquired accounting firm Michael Bell & Co, formalising long-established ties to form a new expanded practice

Insight / Fish Partnership rebrands under Wilkins Kennedy name

The Fish Partnership has rebranded as Wilkins Kennedy after the accountancy firm was snapped up by fast growing Baldwins Group last year

Insight / PwC partners earn £765k as profitability breaks £1bn

Big Four accounting firm PwC has reported record fee income of £4.23bn as partners are set to receive a partner payout of £765,000 and group profitability breaks the billion pound barrier

Insight / Top 20 firm rebrands as Moore Kingston Smith

As part of the global rebranding of accounting network Moore Stephens, Kingston Smith is to rebrand as Moore Kingston Smith, adopting the network name for the first time