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Automated recruitment: computer says no

Automated recruitment: computer says no

According to the JobsOutlook survey from the Recru...

Colt Group appoints Hugo Eales as Chief Financial Officer

Colt Group appoints Hugo Eales as Chief Financial Officer

Colt Group S.A. has appointed Hugo Eales as Chief ...

Tesco's profit dives 90 per cent

Tesco's profit dives 90 per cent

Tesco plc's pre tax profit has fallen 91.9 per cen...

The Edge - Richard Northedge Takes on Corporate Finance

Greece is still in intensive care

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Greece has spent six years among the walking wounded and now thinks it is walking so well it can discard its crutch. It is wrong: without the support it will be back on its knees.

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HMRC targets finance directors: new tactics and capabilities

HMRC targets finance directors: new tactics and capabilities

Wednesday, 15 October 2014  |  Tessa Lorimer, Special Counsel, Withers LLP

Tax avoidance schemes have been plastered all over the press of late as HMRC has stepped up its campaign against tax evasion.

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Financial management

Economic growth slows amid Eurozone fears

Economic growth slows amid Eurozone fears

Friday, 24 October 2014  |  Marcel Le Gouais


The UK’s rate of economic growth slowed to 0.7 per cent in the three months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Legal

A basic guide to trademark law

A basic guide to trademark law

Tuesday, 19 August 2014  |  Luke Moulton, Paralegal in the Intellectual Property team at Wright Hassall

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

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Revenue & Savings

Technology

Automated recruitment: computer says no

Automated recruitment: computer says no

Friday, 24 October 2014  |  Simon Lindrea, regional director, Michael Page Banking and Financial Services

According to the JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) employers are twice as confident about the economy as they...

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Governance

Barclays Bank plc most complained about financial services firm in first half of 2014

28 DAYS AGO
Barclays Bank plc most complained about financial services firm in first half of 2014

Barclays Bank plc is the most complained about financial services firm, in terms of the number of complaints received in the first half of 2014, according to the latest data published by the Financial Conduct Authority. Barclays received 278,426 complaints, which, while a 10 percent decrease on the ...

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Time to act as regulation comes under renewed scrutiny

1 MONTH AGO
Time to act as regulation comes under renewed scrutiny

In the wake of the Co-op bank scandal, Bill Midgley considers how a change in our approach to regulation could avoid such situations being repeated.

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Majority of ASEAN businesses want more ambitious trade pacts

1 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

2 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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HMRC targets finance directors: new tactics and capabilities

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HMRC targets finance directors: new tactics and capabilities

Tax avoidance schemes have been plastered all over the press of late as HMRC has stepped up its campaign against tax evasion.

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Make sure you don't overlook a capital idea

21 DAYS AGO
Make sure you don't overlook a capital idea

The purchase of a premises from which to do business is one of the key financial decisions that a company has to make, and it goes without saying that financial directors should drive a hard bargain when it comes to negotiating the price. But that’s not the only place financial directors can be look...

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Financial management

The end of UK inflation targeting?

21 DAYS AGO
The end of UK inflation targeting?

Since the financial crisis, central banks have cut interest rates to near zero levels, leveraged their balance sheets through quantitative easing and printed money.

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FCA restricts distribution of CoCos to retail investors

2 MONTHS AGO
FCA restricts distribution of CoCos to retail investors

In the first use of new consumer protection powers, the Financial Conduct Authority will restrict firms from distributing contingent convertible securities to the mass retail market from 1 October 2014.

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

1 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

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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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FAO-as-a-stack

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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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Coping With The Time When Interest Rates Rise

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Coping With The Time When Interest Rates Rise

 

UK interest rates have been unchanged for five years. There has not been such a long period of stable rates since the Second World War, and when the Bank of England set the bank rate in October 1939 and left it untouched until 1951, the cost of money was 2 per cent – four times today’s officia...

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UK Companies Export Their Way To Growth

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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

QROPS Budget proposal hailed as evidence of pension transfer market's maturity

14 DAYS AGO
QROPS Budget proposal hailed as evidence of pension transfer market's maturity

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes could be afforded the same rights as traditional UK-based pensions if the proposal from the UK government in the Budget goes ahead.

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Longevity remains UK pension funds’ greatest risk

17 DAYS AGO
Longevity remains UK pension funds’ greatest risk

Longevity risk is the greatest threat to most UK pension funds, according to a nationwide-survey of trustees.

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

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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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Is It Time To Cap The Minimum Wage?

3 MONTHS AGO
Is It Time To Cap The Minimum Wage?

 

Britain’s unemployment rate has not been the economic indicator most closely watched by business, but the monthly data has taken on a new importance now the Bank of England is using it as the trigger for raising interest rates. And it gives companies a mixed objective. On the one hand, firms k...

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Mind The Skills Gap

3 MONTHS 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 DAYS 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?

2 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'

2 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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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

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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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Organisations focusing too heavily on cost-cutting risk being left behind

1 MONTHS AGO
Organisations focusing too heavily on cost-cutting risk being left behind

This is the conclusion of the Barometer on Change 2014, a report that questions the most senior leaders and managers at FTSE 250, UK multinational and public sector organisations.

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Technology

Automated recruitment: computer says no

1 HOUR 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

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

2 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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Computer Power Makes Smart Cities Smarter

3 MONTHS AGO
Computer Power Makes Smart Cities Smarter

THEY look like trees from another planet. Tall, steel super-structures topped with wiry canopies, acting as frames for climbing plants and creepers. Sat against the backdrop of Singapore’s central business district these ‘supertrees’, which can reach 150 feet tall. They are attractions in their own ...

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Myths and misconceptions of cloud based phone systems

1 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)

2 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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