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Insight / Minister calls for more firms to sign Women in Finance Charter

More financial services and accounting firms need to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter and end the practice of encouraging a work environment where women are underpaid, underrepresented and undervalued, says City minister

Insight / Time management: getting to grips with the basics

Time management has become something of a pseudoscience with books, courses and to-do lists to enable us to organise our time better, but the irony is this all requires time. Gudrun Limbrick, lead consultant at WordWorks, looks at the effectiveness of time management and provides some handy tips on getting your work life under control

Insight / Data breaches: preparing for EU General Data Protection Regulation

Changes to data protection laws will have wide-reaching impact on UK companies and subsidiaries, with tough penalties for non-compliance when the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is introduced in 2018. Huw Beverley-Smith, a partner in the technology transactions group at Faegre Baker Daniels, considers the implications for accountants

Insight / Buying and selling companies: due diligence checklist

When buying or selling a company it is essential to follow a structured due diligence process from reviewing fundamental financial performance to the current management of the business. Clive Hyman, MD of Hyman Capital Services offers tips and advice on the key issues to consider in a step-by-step guide 

Tax / Accountex 2017: exhibitor highlights and what's new

On 10-11 May, Accountex – the UK’s biggest accountancy exhibition returns to London ExCeL. Here’s a first look at what’s new from some of the exhibitors for 2017, to help you plan for your visit and focus on the major software innovations for accountants and tax advisers:

Insight / BHP merger strengthens cloud accounting team

Top 40 accounting firm, Barber, Harrison and Platt (BHP) has merged with York-based Atkinsons Consulting Limited, adding eight staff to the practice and boosting its cloud accounting support company

Insight / Underwood: equity and profit share issues when selling accounting practice

Keith Underwood, managing director of Foulger Underwood considers the problem of diverging partner aspirations when merger multi-partner accounting practices and offers tips and advice on issues to consider when partners decide to sell out

Insight / TaxAssist Accountants reaches 200 shopfronts

TaxAssist Accountants, a network of small business specialist accountants, has gained it 200th shopfront after a new independent accountancy firm has opened in West Yorkshire

Insight / Dealing with high staff turnover at accounting firms

Many accounting firms, including the Big Four, are unaware of the full extent of the costs incurred when hiring a new employee. Dan Rogers, co-founder at Peakon, outlines the costs and impact of replacing staff and the implications of staff retention

Tax / Exports and the EU Customs Union: post-Brexit options

The Institute of Export & International Trade’s senior director of special projects, Mike Josypenko considers some of the implications for UK SME businesses of exiting the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union

Insight / ICAEW rebrands with soft launch of refreshed logo

ICAEW has rebranded with an overhaul of the website and the launch of a new logo, featuring the Economia woman from mythology - the Greek god of money - with a dagger and pair of pincers, arguably in a slightly more modern style than the current logo

Insight / Economic trends: testing the mettle

Despite being surprisingly resilient to Brexit concerns in the run up to 2019, Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, forecasts a period of turbulence for the economy as the UK heads towards unchartered waters

Insight / Cheques enter 21st century with one-day clearing

A new electronic image scanning system for cheques will reduce the current maximum of six working days to clear cheques down to one day using an industry-wide, image-based cheque clearing system

Insight / Adopting flexible working: useful tips

How can employers stuck in nine to five thinking free themselves up for flexible working? Jude Tavanyar, leadership consultant, explores the key issues for any organisation looking to move towards a flexible working approach

Tax / Rural broadband: how to improve access as Making Tax Digital looms

The postcode lottery for business-ready telecoms for rural enterprises remains a problem, only exacerbated by HMRC's rushed plans to roll out Making Tax Digital from 2018 onwards. Dave Millett, managing director of telecoms brokerage Equinox, asks what can be done