Margaret Beckett told the Commons: ‘I am pleased to confirm that so far – as predicted – it is businessas usual in the United Kingdom. In what is believed to be the largest co-ordinated project since the Second World War, thorough and detailed planning across government and the national infrastructure, both publicly and privately controlled, ensured a smooth transition over the date change. ‘There is no doubt this work had to be done – the millennium bug was shown to have the capacity to wreak havoc among those services which, though essential, we take for granted. Problems were corrected swiftly because organisations prioritised and put business continuity plans in place.’She added: ‘In the wider public sector NHS trusts and government agencies found problems that needed to be fixed. Problems in gas repayment meters and in electricity prepayment meters were found and fixed. And elsewhere in the private sector, everywhere from finance to food, transport to telecoms, major potential problems were found and fixed in time. There were and no doubt will continue to be further minor glitches.’ Millennium Bug Campaign THE BUG BITES BACK?
Cowgill Holloway and Warings Business Advisors have merged, with a range of growth plans in the North West put in place
New growth opportunities in Aberdeen, North East Scotland, are being invested in by Grant Thornton
If businesses do not take cyber security seriously in their business planning regulators may do it for them, the ICAEW has warned
The Financial Reporting Council has issued guidance regarding the annual reporting of 1,200 large and smaller listed companies. The letter highlighted the key issues and improvements that can be made in the 2016 reporting season