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EU outlines simpler SME accounting

A draft EU directive calls for simpler SME financial reporting, no mandatory IFRS for small companies and a higher threshold for statutory audit

26 Sep 2011

European commission

UK struggles to duck Tobin tax

A financial transactions tax could hit London despite the UK mooting an opt-out of the Europe-wide proposal

23 Sep 2011

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TS at the City AM awards

TS was stunned by City AM awards' keynote speech and prize winners

22 Sep 2011

Financial reports 'must tell story'

Financial report preparers should focus on telling their business story and not see the job as a regulatory burden

22 Sep 2011

BIS: Simpler reports for better business

The Department for Business says simpler company reports will support investors and the economy

20 Sep 2011

Integrated reporting for cheaper capital, says KPMG

Integrated reporting could help companies secure cheap finance through improved relationships with capital markets, KPMG has posited

14 Sep 2011

BDO: Annual report users question value

Users of annual reports fear the documents are not reliable performance indicators, but rely on them nonetheless

06 Sep 2011

Economic recovery 'jeopardised' by simpler SME reporting

Plans to simplify financial reporting for small business could harm Britain's economic recovery, credit managers warn

01 Sep 2011

Firms should speculate to accumulate

No short-term change to the difficult outlook for business, but this will reveal opportunities for enterprising advisors willing to take a chance, says Scott Barnes

30 Aug 2011

Colin: Cause for celebration

Colin's take on other reasons Libyan rebels are cheerful

24 Aug 2011

New tax-beneficial business zones launched

More enterprise zones launched by the government

17 Aug 2011

Harlow hives off from Smith Cooper

John Harlow sets up independent insolvency practice

11 Aug 2011

Groupon rejigs accounting prior to $20bn IPO

Online deal business reconsiders how it presents marketing and subscriber-acquisition costs

11 Aug 2011

Wolseley FD hails "innovative" £820m refinancing

Two credit facilites for one, as Wolseley renegotiates to deals simultaneuously

02 Aug 2011

Xchanging buoyed by refinancing deal

Xchanging has a four-year financing deal and new CEO Ken Lever said it is making progress after accusations of "aggressive" accounting

01 Aug 2011

Advisors take backseat in quest for SME finance

Age and risk profile of a business key factors in the decision-making progress - advisors play a limited role in securing funds

29 Jul 2011

CFA: Don't skewer long-term investors

Investor spokesman Will Goodhart has defended short-term investors, saying there is no ideal holding period

26 Jul 2011

ICAS: 30% of financial reports must go

ICAS and New Zealand peer NZICA said financial reports should shed 30% to improve communication with users

22 Jul 2011

Will advisors rise to the SME challenge?

Helping SMEs consolidate and grow is vital to the UK economy. Do accountants realise their place in all this?

13 Jul 2011

Accounting insight 'more valuable' than cost counting

Accounting insight and strategy add more value than old-fashioned cost counting, a new CIMA report has suggested

12 Jul 2011

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Leader: Baker Tilly's naming nerves

Baker Tilly's impending name change opens up a range of possiblities, writes Calum Fuller

The Practitioner: R&D tax credit boon awaits clients

The Practitioner is gobsmacked at the opportunities for tax savings that R&D credits will bring for clients

Macro View: Soaring US dollar could unleash nasty global tremors

If upward pressures on the dollar escalate, its strength could become malignant and the blessing could become a curse

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New audit threshold reform – a threat or an opportunity?

What should smaller firms be doing to prepare for the impending audit threshold reforms? Having a strategy to work smarter, differently, than in the past is a must, writes Simon Warren

Colin: Chocolate coin meltdown

Colin ponders the impact of chocolate coins being pulled 'out of circulation'

Colin: No-go for new Tesco logo

Colin attempts a unilateral rebrand for Tesco

Taking Stock: Haslers' marathon man avoids comfort break

Better out than in for long-distance runner

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