Big Four

Big Four

Acquisitions the way to challenge Big Four, say readers

Accountancy Age readers overwhelmingly feel acquisitions are the best way to challenge the Big Four after this week's poll

14 Nov 2012

Big Four breakup

Firms vie over FTSE 350 audit market definition

Big Four and mid-tier disagree over Competition Commission definition of audit market

29 Oct 2012

Experian logo

RSM Tenon leaps to the top of UK M&A advisor table

Listed firm storms Experian table as second most popular advisor on mergers & acquisitions in the UK, up from 20th

24 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delays audit inquiry findings

UK watchdog pushes back provisional findings of audit investigation to January

17 Oct 2012

Big Four alumni's influence could restrict competition

Competition could be restricted by the backgrounds of those involved in the appointment of auditors, regulator finds

08 Oct 2012

Big Four audit tenders benefit from ‘virtuous circle’

Virtuous circle that increases Big Four chances of winning FTSE 350 audits operates in reverse for mid-tier

01 Oct 2012

No evidence of "tacit coordination" among Big Four

Competition Commission working paper on tacit collusion among Big Four goes some way to vindicate their stance on audit competition

25 Sep 2012

PwC overtakes KPMG as small-cap auditor

KPMG loses ten auditor clients in the last quarter, seeing it ousted by PwC as the top small-cap auditor

03 Sep 2012

Deloitte wins Dublin Airport Authority audit

Deloitte replaces KPMG as DAA auditor

28 Aug 2012

KPMG travails indicative of wider malaise

All of the Big Four are suffering from price competition for audit tenders, and limited opportunities for M&A and IPO work

24 Aug 2012

Leader: KPMG's cuts set out harsh truth about profits

A dip in profits, as well as more partners, set the tone for KPMG's future direction. But is cutting non-partners right? asks Accountancy Age

24 Aug 2012

Deloitte's 2012 revenues jump 11%

Deloitte posts £2.3bn revenues for 2012, with £789,000 average profit per partner

17 Aug 2012

Jon Sparkes takes Bishop Fleming tax role

Former PwC tax specialist to serve from Bishop Fleming's Plymouth office

13 Aug 2012

FTSE 350 use same auditor for an average of 11.3 years

Competition Commission finds FTSE 350 businesses that change auditor get improvements in price and quality

08 Aug 2012

Mid-tier firms rival Big Four for PLC clients

The mid-tier has its foot in the door with PLC clients, rivalling them cross-sector for work

01 Aug 2012

50 Shades of Firm: The Top50 +50

A myriad of business models and structures see firms differentiate themselves, but there are some worrying trends, says Kevin Reed

31 Jul 2012

The Top 50 +50 2012: Firms break the £10bn barrier

The Big Four lead push as the UK's top 50 accounting firms break the £10bn fee income barrier, in Accountancy Age's annual survey

30 Jul 2012

Big Four chiefs should aim for village fete roles

No rest for the wickedly busy ex-Big Four chiefs in retirement. But that road leads to hassle, argues Taking Stock

18 Jul 2012

PwC leapfrogs Deloitte as global networks boost revenues

Fee revenue growth rate increases, as emerging markets continue to bolster international networks

09 Jul 2012

E&Y brings 43 partners on board in the UK & Ireland

The past year has seen 43 partners join E&Y UK&I, with 548 appointed globally

04 Jul 2012

Page 6 of 13

2shotguests

How software as a service can meet the strategic needs of a growing business

Organisations are now looking for a software service that is cost effective, flexible, streamlined and able to meet the needs of the business both today and in the future

This web seminar will explain how finance directors can monitor and understand the various financial costs of staff turnover

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

social-networking

Auto-enrolment: Know the workforce - assessing workers

Who 'works' for a business? A simple question, but one that requires careful consideration as far as meeting auto-enrolment requirements are concerned, writes Stephen Rowntree

Taking Stock: Haslers' marathon man avoids comfort break

Better out than in for long-distance runner

Taking Stock: Rickard very Keen on its psuedonym

Rickard Keen's move to limited status sees some unusual detail at Companies House...

Colin: EY-ers cheer on partner profits

Colin wonders how EY partners reacted to their profit figures

Share Price Centre

Track the fortunes of UK-listed companies with our Share Price Centre

PI Insurance

Professional Indemnity insurance tailored to the needs of small- to medium-sized practices

Find Me An Accountant

Locate an accounting practice that meets your particular business needs

Newsletters

Get the latest financial news sent directly to your inbox

  • Best Practice
  • Business
  • Daily Newsletter
  • Essentials

Careers

Search for jobs
Click to search our database of all the latest accountancy roles

Create a profile
Click to set up your profile and let the best recruiters find you

Jobs by email
Sign up to receive regular updates with the latest roles suitable for you

Briefings

budget-management

Why budgeting fails: One management system is not enough

If budgeting is to have any value at all, it needs a radical overhaul. In today's dynamic marketplace, budgeting can no longer serve as a company's only management system; it must integrate with and support dedicated strategy management systems, process improvement systems, and the like. In this paper, Professor Peter Horvath and Dr Ralf Sauter present what's wrong with the current approach to budgeting and how to fix it.

cchcover

iXBRL: Taking stock. Looking forward

In this white paper CCH provide checklists to help accountants and finance professionals both in practice and in business examine these issues and make plans. Also includes a case study of a large commercial organisation working through the first year of mandatory iXBRL filing.