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The story behind the shortlist…

The story behind the shortlist…

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Britain's growth more than expected

Britain's growth more than expected

Britain's economy has grown more than previously a...

What is fiduciary management?

What is fiduciary management?

Companies are increasingly turning to fiduciary ma...

Grexit and evacuations impact FTSE

Grexit and evacuations impact FTSE

Britain's top share index fell on monday following...

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Meet the judges...

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The finest minds in finance...

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Governance

Former Martin Brokers senior executives fined and banned for LIBOR failings

Former Martin Brokers senior executives fined and banned for LIBOR failings

Monday, 26 January 2015  |  Zarina de Ruiter

The FCA has fined and banned two former senior executives of interdealer broker Martin Brokers (UK) Limited for compliance and cultural failings at th...

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Financial management

Private firms bidding for NHS services accused of using

Private firms bidding for NHS services accused of using "tax havens"

Thursday, 26 March 2015  |  Carlisle Baker-Jackson

A number of private health firms bidding for NHS services have tax avoidance measures “at the very core of their business planning”.

Virgin Care, a sub...

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HR

More than half of British firms not using interns

More than half of British firms not using interns

Monday, 11 May 2015  |  Carlisle Baker-Jackson

More than half of British firms have never used an intern, a YouGov survey has revealed.

Businesses in London are more likely to offer internships comp...

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Legal

Revenue & Savings

British banks lose brand value

British banks lose brand value

Tuesday, 03 February 2015  |  Zarina de Ruiter


The Brand Finance Banking 500 has revealed that the UK's bank brands collectively lost 3 per cent of their value this year.

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Technology

"Big data is a total waste of time"

Monday, 09 February 2015  |  Freddie McMahon, director of strategy and innovation at Anomaly42

Data specialist Freddie McMahon says big data has absolutely no value in itself. So how can FDs extract value from data?

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Governance

Former Martin Brokers senior executives fined and banned for LIBOR failings

5 MONTHS AGO
Former Martin Brokers senior executives fined and banned for LIBOR failings

The FCA has fined and banned two former senior executives of interdealer broker Martin Brokers (UK) Limited for compliance and cultural failings at the firm.

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International audit standards revised

5 MONTHS AGO
International audit standards revised

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has released its new and revised Auditor Reporting Standards.

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Majority of ASEAN businesses want more ambitious trade pacts

10 MONTHS AGO
Majority of ASEAN businesses want more ambitious trade pacts

The Economist Intelligence Unit and HSBC report shows ASEAN exporters see it as important that their governments sign FTAs with more comprehensive provisions, rather than just cutting tariffs.

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Questions to ask when joining a board

10 MONTHS AGO
Questions to ask when joining a board

How new directors can be equipped for the unique set of challenges faced by members of a board.

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Business leaders warn against "Google tax"

7 MONTHS AGO
Business leaders warn against

Business leaders have warned against the chancellor's plan for a so-called "Google tax" of 25% on the profits that multinationals seek to divert outside the country.

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Autumn Statement: Business rates due for review

7 MONTHS AGO
Autumn Statement: Business rates due for review

The chancellor has announced a long-awaited structural review of business rates in his Autumn statement speech.

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Financial management

Scottish Referendum: A weak pound needn’t mean disaster for the UK’s importers

9 MONTHS AGO
Scottish Referendum: A weak pound needn’t mean disaster for the UK’s importers

With polls suggesting the Referendum is running a tight race, no one can predict the outcome of Thursday’s vote. However, with a sophisticated FX strategy in place, CFOs can ensure that their margins are protected, no matter which way the vote goes.

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How Big Data can help FDs to de-risk

10 MONTHS AGO
How Big Data can help FDs to de-risk

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about how Big Data analysis can be used, and the companies it can be used by.

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Private firms bidding for NHS services accused of using "tax havens"

3 MONTHS AGO
Private firms bidding for NHS services accused of using

A number of private health firms bidding for NHS services have tax avoidance measures “at the very core of their business planning”.

Virgin Care, a subsidiary of Richard Branson's Virgin Group Holdings Ltd, is claimed to have 13 holding companies between itself and its parent company based in the Bri...

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FAO-as-a-stack

10 MONTHS AGO
FAO-as-a-stack

As with many Business Process outsourcing services, Finance and Accounting outsourcing has traditionally focused on operational outcomes – more cash in the bank, lower costs or higher margins – with measures around outcomes delivered across revenue, control, cost, margin and working capital. The nex...

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UK Companies Export Their Way To Growth

1 YEAR AGO

 

In the first year of the financial crisis the pound fell further against other currencies than it crashed during Black Wednesday in 1992. It plunged almost twice as much as in the official 1967 devaluation. Yet despite sterling’s decline, exports have been slow to increase. Only now, six years...

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HR

FCA announces consumer protection ahead of pension freedoms

5 MONTHS AGO
FCA announces consumer protection ahead of pension freedoms

The Financial Conduct Authority will be introducing additional protection for those accessing their defined contribution (DC) pension pot from April.

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PMI axes merger talks with NAPF

5 MONTHS AGO
PMI axes merger talks with NAPF

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has closed talks on a merger with the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

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Non-exec pay rises

5 MONTHS AGO
Non-exec pay rises

After a plateauing of fees, the pay of non-executive directors in the UK's largest companies is back on the rise.

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Total earnings for FTSE-listed SmallCap company directors jumps by 15 per cent

9 MONTHS AGO
Total earnings for FTSE-listed SmallCap company directors jumps by 15 per cent

In contrast, directors at AIM-listed companies saw their total earnings increase by an average of 5 per cent in the past year.

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More than half of British firms not using interns

3 MONTHS AGO
More than half of British firms not using interns

More than half of British firms have never used an intern, a YouGov survey has revealed.

Businesses in London are more likely to offer internships compared with more than 70% of businesses in the Midlands having never employed a paid intern, closely followed by the North (67%) and the East (61%).&nbs...

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Mind The Skills Gap

1 YEAR AGO
Mind The Skills Gap

As UK business begins to talk more assuredly of a recovery, the biggest thorn in the country’s side remains skills shortages. Even with unemployment at above 2m, there remain about 600,000 unfilled vacancies in the UK – the highest number for five years.
This affects businesses of every size and in e...

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Apple and Facebook are to freeze eggs for female staff: Should UK firms offer the same?

8 MONTHS AGO
Apple and Facebook are to freeze eggs for female staff: Should UK firms offer the same?

Gender imbalance is particularly high in the tech sector, so Apple Inc and Facebook Inc have decided to try and attract female talent a different way; by offering to freeze their eggs.

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Employee share schemes: too good to be true?

10 MONTHS AGO
Employee share schemes: too good to be true?

It was recently in the news that BT Group plc staff shared a "£1.1 billion pay-out" from an employee share scheme. Could other companies set up their own share scheme to deliver high levels of reward for strong performance?

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Leaders 'play it safe'

10 MONTHS AGO
Leaders 'play it safe'

What is needed is real leaders who challenge convention and innovate, cultivate creativity, lead by example in driving change, create an inspiring view of the future, challenge behaviours that are unproductive, make those decisions that might be unpopular but are the ‘right’ things to do, and tackle...

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Why financial services workers leave, and what firms can do to make them stay

1 YEAR AGO
Why financial services workers leave, and what firms can do to make them stay

Retention is one of the most pressing concerns of employers worldwide, and financial services is no exception.

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Legal

A basic guide to trademark law

10 MONTHS AGO
A basic guide to trademark law

A trademark is any sign which is capable of being represented graphically and distinguishing the goods or services of one business from those of another.

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UK finance professionals believe Scottish independence makes no financial or economic sense

11 MONTHS AGO
UK finance professionals believe Scottish independence makes no financial or economic sense

Research shows that just one in ten finance professionals support the financial and economic arguments for Scottish independence, with 22 per cent remaining on the fence.

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Contracts That Do Not Guarantee a Minimum Number of Hours

1 YEAR AGO
Contracts That Do Not Guarantee a Minimum Number of Hours

The latest information was published in the report Analysis of Employee Contracts that do not Guarantee a Minimum Number of Hours published on 30 April 2014.

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Revenue & Savings

Why should FDs adopt a ‘Bid/No bid’ process when tendering for contracts?

9 MONTHS AGO
Why should FDs adopt a ‘Bid/No bid’ process when tendering for contracts?

When it comes to tendering for contracts, it’s important that a company knows its capabilities and limitations, and this is an area in which FDs must take an increasingly influential role.

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Massive Marketing Opportunity for SMBs Through Customer Sales Data

1 YEAR AGO
Massive Marketing Opportunity for SMBs Through Customer Sales Data

 

Partnership between Xero and Constant Contact empowers small businesses to turn financial data into hyper-targeted marketing campaigns.

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Seven things financial directors must ask their marketing teams

9 MONTHS AGO
Seven things financial directors must ask their marketing teams

Under the constant pressure of managing the finite resources of a company, it’s not always easy to make budgeting decisions on departments whose expertise may be far removed from your own.

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Why is marketing essential to a CFO?

11 MONTHS AGO
Why is marketing essential to a CFO?

As marketing becomes an increasingly complicated and complex art form, collaboration and cooperation between the Chief Finance Officer and the marketing department has never been more important for success. Today, the speed of technological innovation is constantly changing the rules of the game.&nb...

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RWE npower CFO: Energy is a boardroom issue

7 MONTHS AGO
RWE npower CFO: Energy is a boardroom issue

Energy consumption needs to be discussed in the boardroom, says Jens Madrian, chief financial officer of RWE npower.

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Why ROI must be at the centre of your energy-saving plans

9 MONTHS AGO
Why ROI must be at the centre of your energy-saving plans

Across the board, FDs are frantically searching for new, innovative ways to curb their energy spend without having an adverse impact on overall productivity. In many cases, you need to spend money in order to save money in the long term, so FDs must constantly think about maximising ROI.  

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Technology

Automated recruitment: computer says no

8 MONTHS AGO
Automated recruitment: computer says no

According to the JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) employers are twice as confident about the economy as they were this time last year and are widely planning on taking on more staff in coming months.

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The quiet evolution

8 MONTHS AGO
The quiet evolution

What ten years ago was largely a tactical solution to immediate needs in finance and administration is now a strategic business model achieving world-class outcomes.

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Leading transformation: the CFO as digital change agent

8 MONTHS AGO
Leading transformation: the CFO as digital change agent

Determining the true market value of an enterprise is becoming increasingly complex.

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Only a third of finance officers claim to work closely with the CIO

10 MONTHS AGO
Only a third of finance officers claim to work closely with the CIO

New research reveals the importance of closer collaboration between senior finance and IT functions for driving business growth and availability.

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Myths and misconceptions of cloud based phone systems

10 MONTHS AGO
Myths and misconceptions of cloud based phone systems

It is clear that there are many misconceptions behind upgrading to cloud based phone systems. However, once explored these can more reliably be labelled "myths".

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The devil's in the data (location)

10 MONTHS AGO
The devil's in the data (location)

As the cost saving benefits of cloud storage becomes increasingly more attractive to businesses, the need for companies to be more transparent with their data storage and more importantly the laws that govern them is even more paramount. So when it comes to the cloud, the mantra of "location, locati...

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