Big Four

Compeition Commission

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

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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

Big Four book rise in audit fees for 2011

Big Four increase audit fees by 0.9%, compared to a 2.2% decline by their smaller counterparts in 2011

26 Jun 2012

PwC warned to improve in-house audit training by FRC

Partner training, appraisals, communicating with audit committees and ensuring audit quality is not jeopardised are all areas for improvement at PwC, says FRC

19 Jun 2012

Colin: Nevermind the quality

Big firms make big changes

18 Jun 2012

FRC: Big Four risk swapping quality for quantity in audits

FRC raises concerns that the drive to increase competition could be jeopardising audit quality

15 Jun 2012

Big Four to audit Spanish banks

Firms to gauge whether there are any more losses to eke out of Spain's banks, prior to their recapitalisation

06 Jun 2012

Accountants disappointed with low salary hikes

Of the 1,300 accountants surveyed most expected a salary rise of 13.5% compared to the average that was dished out of 10.3%

10 May 2012

KPMG blames payday blunder on human error

Nearly 11,000 KPMG staff will not receive their pay today as is the norm, due to human error at the firm

27 Apr 2012

Female accountants paid fifth less than male counterparts

Women accountants are closing the pay gap but still average just 81% of their male equivalents

23 Apr 2012

Big Four rank high up on corporate responsibility index

Big Four firms pick up gongs in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index awards

20 Mar 2012

Mid-tier firm sole entrant in best companies list

Johnston Carmichael is the only firm to make it into the best companies to work for in the UK league table

05 Mar 2012

Lords worried about watered down audit reform

Lords committee seems disappointed that the EC hasn't gone further in reforming the audit market

16 Feb 2012

Lawson urges tougher audit reforms from Brussels

Former chancellor urges European Commission to create rules for auditors

08 Feb 2012

Deloitte bolsters global services division

Big Four firm recruits sixth partner in six months to its global employer services practice

20 Dec 2011

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Leader: KPMG's SME move part of a worrying change to small practice landscape

KPMG's foray into the SME market will likely succeed, but it must convince clients it will ‘care' in the same way a ‘local' practice would

The Practitioner: Mastering a merger

The Practitioner calls for senior staff to step up to the plate: as clandestine merger meetings take place

The Practitioner: 'Tis the season to tidy up

The Practitioner lets loose with 'Deskgate', after losing the plot over yet another untidy area...

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David vs Goliath? Small practitioners pick apart KPMG's SME move

Storm erupts after Big Four firm announces it will take on high-street accountants and the mid-tier accountancy firms that focus predominantly on SME market

Colin: Captain Obvious joins the Lib Dems

Colin wonders what other bleeding obvious policies the Lib Dems will announce in the run-up to the election

Colin: Uber tax, Uber problems

Colin wonders whether Uber's customers could perhaps operate their tipping system in the same manner that the minicab business operates its app

Taking Stock: Multi-marathon men make a move

Loadsa marathons, and loadsa numbercrunchers doing the hard yards...

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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.

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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.