Leadership & management

Insight / An FD’s guide to surviving uncertain times

From budget reviews to cashflow control, extraneous events like Brexit and potential political instability, finance directors can protect their businesses from external factors by putting an effective risk management plan into place, says Phil Scott, managing director at FD Recruit

Tax / Registration open for online Apprenticeship Levy service

Employers affected by the introduction of the apprenticeship levy will have to register online to manage their schemes, on a new web portal set up by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) prior to the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April 2017

Insight / Brexit to increase demand for accountants

Accountants will be increasingly in demand during the Brexit process as companies look to reshape their business models in the post-EU environment, according to a joint study into the attitude of MPs commissioned by ACCA and AAT

Insight / Professional services firms urged to consider employee trust ownership

A North London architectural practice, BB Partnership Ltd (BBP), has adopted a 100% employee ownership model and is predicting that most UK practices will move to this model in the future, in a move that may have an impact on other professional services firms including accountancy practices

Insight / US management consultancy chooses London for European hub

Management consulting firm Kotter International is to make its first move into the European market with the opening of a London office and has set its sights on growing its European client base

Practice Development / Workplace fears and the effect on accounting professionals

Fears in the workplace are affecting half of accounting professionals as well as stalling job progression. Lee Biggins, founder and managing partner of CV-Library, explains what is holding accounting professionals back and how employers can help them to overcome these fears

Insight / Editor’s comment: futureproofing profits at accounting firms

Profitability is being squeezed at accounting firms despite seven years of sustained growth at the Top 75 accounting firms in the UK. Sara White, editor of Accountancy on the trends to watch and prospects for the profession

Insight / Call for wider skills and greater diversity in CFO role

Aspiring finance leaders need to go beyond traditional number crunching and develop new skills if they want to take on the chief financial officer (CFO) role in the future, according to an EY global survey of 769 finance chiefs

Insight / Tobacco giant backtracks on CEO pay rise after shareholder fury

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Brands, has lost out on a £3m pay rise after the company faced anger from investors, in a move that could see other FTSE 100 companies cutting the bonuses of their top bosses

Insight / Dealing with staff bereavement

Nearly half of HR departments admit they do not have agreed policies in place to cope with the aftermath of the death of an employee and even more have no procedures for supporting staff diagnosed with terminal illness

Insight / Future proofing your accounting firm: tips and advice

The accounting profession is facing a crossroads and 2017 marks a year of unbundling and testing accounting models as succession and merger pressures escalate for firms. Keith Underwood, MD of Foulger Underwood considers survival techniques for accounting practices

Insight / Barratt’s CFO leaves role after 14 months

The Board of Barratt Developments plc has announced that chief financial officer (CFO), Neil Cooper, has left the company with immediate effect just over a year after he joined

Insight / Scottish schools face financial management issues warns CIPFA

Current proposals to reform the £5bn per year Scottish education system could expose schools to significant financial risks, because of a lack of the necessary skills and governance framework, according to CIPFA Scotland

Insight / CIOT announces 2017-18 presidential team

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has confirmed its team of officers for 2017-18 with John Preston set to take over as the institute’s new president from the current postholder, Bill Dodwell, in May

Tax / BEIS launches review of Scottish limited partnerships

The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to undertake an official review of limited partnerships in the UK, focusing particularly on alleged 'criminal' exploitation of Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs)