Interviews

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Accountants urge caution on SME audit exemption

Mid-tier firms have highlighted the value of audit and questioned BIS plans to exempt more small businesses

07 Oct 2011

Libya

Video special: Libyan accountant on life in the war zone

Accountancy Age talks to a PwC accountant in Tripoli about the huge impact of the Libyan civil war on the business community

26 Aug 2011

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One year left for Ashtead FD

Ashtead FD Ian Robson steps down next year, to be replaced by CFO of subsidiary Sunbelt Rentals

28 Jul 2011

Profile: Tim Potter, managing partner, Hurst

International networks can be a boost for smaller firms competing hard for business in a mature market, writes Rachael Singh

04 Jul 2011

Profile: Andrew Pianca, chief executive, Crowe Clark Whitehill

Driving ambition: twice hired on the golf course, CCW chief Andrew Pianca says recruitment and development are key to future success

21 Apr 2011

The FD Interview: Julie Southern, chief commercial officer, Virgin Atlantic

Julie Southern is using her finance background to drive Virgin Atlantic’s growth strategy in her role as that rare animal in UK business – a chief commercial officer

18 Apr 2011

Profile: Phil Bentley, managing director, British Gas

British Gas MD Phil Bentley is one of an increasing number of finance directors to make to jump to the top job

22 Feb 2011

Profile: Ladislav Hornan, managing partner, UHY Hacker Young

Boxing clever: Ladislav Hornan has delved into everything from boxing to premiership football in his career at UHY Hacker Young

09 Feb 2011

Profile: Harinderjit Singh, senior partner, Price Waterhouse India

Restoring confidence: the Satyam scandal caused shock-waves across the globe and raised questions about auditing standards in India, but massive change is underway to redress those concerns

27 Jan 2011

Happy Hallidays - running an award winner

With an Accountancy Age Award in the bag, there is plenty for the managing partner of Stockport's Hallidays to be cheery about

24 Dec 2010

Profile: Ian Theodoreson, CFO, Church of England

Let there be light: Ian Theodoreson is pushing the Church of England to be more transparent, requiring subtle but powerful persuasion tactics

18 Nov 2010

Profile: Will Gardiner, CFO, CSR

Chips with everything: CSR’s products might power modern communication tools like Bluetooth and GPs, but CFO Will Gardiner is relying just as much on good-old-fashioned accounting skills

04 Nov 2010

Profile: Peter Montagnon, senior investment adviser, FRC

Head steward: Long the voice of institutional investors, Peter Montagnon now has the difficult task of encouraging those he once served to become stewards of the companies they own

21 Oct 2010

Profile: Julia Wilson, group FD, 3i

Julia Wilson’s focus on raising the finance function’s influence at 3i is delivering a smaller, but smarter business

07 Oct 2010

Profile: Baroness Hogg, FRC chairman

Baroness Hogg is walking in the footsteps of giants as chairman of the financial reporting council, but she’s driven to make her mark on the organisation

23 Sep 2010

Profile: Tom Singer, FD, BUPA

BUPA FD Tom Singer has to balance making profits with helping people stay healthy, from within an increasingly global and diverse business

09 Sep 2010

Profile: Jackie Hunt, CFO of Standard Life

Jackie Hunt has managed to carve out a successful career in the insurance industry but shies away from being a role model

19 Aug 2010

Profile: Seamus Keating, CFO of Logica

Logica is focusing its attention on europe, while embracing globalisation to reduce costs. CFO Seamus Keating thinks the balance is right

05 Aug 2010

Profile: Bob Humphreys, finance and IS director, Oxfam

After nearly three decades in practice, Bob Humphreys made the jump to the charity sector as FD of Oxfam, and he wears the position well

08 Jul 2010

Profile: Miles Hedges, FD, Open University

cutbacks to university and student funding leaves open university finance director miles hedges with plenty of homework to do

24 Jun 2010

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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

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

Bank raiding powers could put HMRC at top of insolvency pecking order

Will HMRC’s new bank raiding powers see insolvency practitioners pursuing it for funds taken illegally in the event of bankruptcy?

The Practitioner: The promise of the pension pot

The combination of pensions drawdown and enterprise investment tax planning makes the Practitioner's mouth water - but can the firm get its pensioners lined up in a row?

Leader: Charity begins at home

With so many accountants require support and counselling, an already charitable profession must consider where its efforts go

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Social networking: How does the Top 50 stack up?

Firms are failing to realise the business benefits of social media sites such as utilising LinkedIn

Colin: There's nothing like a well-thought-out plan

Colin wonders whether some SMEs are keeping it too simple

Taking Stock: When tax is stranger than fiction

Sometimes you just can't make it up, TS finds

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

IR35 has proven ineffective, but 'what are the alternatives?' asks Calum Fuller

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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.