Practice Development

Insight / Ex-HMRC chief Lin Homer appointed to ICAS Council

Dame Lin Homer, who left her position as head of HMRC a year ago, is to join the ICAS council as a public interest member for a four-year term, the Scottish institute has announced

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

Insight / FTSE 100 CEOs earn 386 times national living wage

FTSE CEOs earn 386 times the pay of a worker earning the national living wage (NLW), according to research by the Equality Trust, which is calling for support from the public to put pressure on the government to introduce mandatory pay gap reporting

Insight / Female GSK CEO to get 25% pay cut

Emma Walmsley, the new CEO at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and one of just seven female FTSE 100 leaders, is to be paid 25% less than the man she replaced at the helm of the pharmaceutical giant, it has been announced

Insight / Smith & Williamson director appointed interim charity manager

The Charity Commission has appointed Adam Stephens, a director at Smith & Williamson, as interim manager to the Rav Chesed Trust, as part of the regulator’s inquiry into the charity’s administration and financial management in the light of its persistent failure to submit annual accounts on time

Tax / Budget 2017: £5m fund to boost return to work after career breaks

The Chancellor has made a commitment to encourage retraining after long career breaks with £5m of new funding to identify how best to increase the number of returnships offering people who have taken lengthy career breaks a clear route back to employment

Tax / Nil rate band to lift inheritance tax threshold by £100K from April

Changes to inheritance tax are set to come into force from 6 April with the introduction of the long-expected nil rate inheritance tax (IHT) break applicable when a residence is passed on death to direct descendants

Insight / ICAEW plans to rebrand image but no name change

The ICAEW  will be adopting a new brand from April 2017 after ‘a year researching [its] brand with key stakeholder groups’, a newsletter to its members seen by CCH Daily has revealed

Insight / Second ‘phoenix’ firm disputes Arthur Andersen legacy

A row has broken out after a European-based company has claimed to have resurrected the Arthur Andersen brand, more than three years after a US tax consultancy also laid claim to the Andersen name and announced the development of a global network