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When it comes to cyber attacks, banks need to up their game

When it comes to cyber attacks, banks need to up their game

By Robert Rutherford

The Financial Conduct Authorit...

UK's financial stability remains challenging, says Bank of England

UK's financial stability remains challenging, says Bank of England

Britain's financial stability following the Brexit...

Expert view: What makes a great CFO

Expert view: What makes a great CFO

Stacey Nicholl on why FDs require credibility and ...

Why the corporate world is waking up to the importance of sleep

Why the corporate world is waking up to the importance of sleep

By Dr Guy Meadows, sleep physiologist

Despite busin...

Autumn Statement 2016: the experts respond

Autumn Statement 2016: the experts respond

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered Britain's ...

Chancellor right to push drive for innovation - but is it enough?

Chancellor right to push drive for innovation - but is it enough?

By Sasha Yanshin, managing director, Strategy Desk...

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Financial management

Triple-lock pension is unsustainable, say MPs

Triple-lock pension is unsustainable, say MPs

Monday, 07 November 2016  |  DoF

The triple-lock safeguard on state pensions is "inherently unsustainable" and should be scrapped, according to a report from MPs.
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HR

Expert view: What makes a great CFO

Expert view: What makes a great CFO

Monday, 28 November 2016  |  DoF

Stacey Nicholl on why FDs require credibility and engagement both inside and outside the organisation

The CFO of today is a far cry from the rigid, num...

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Legal

Revenue & Savings

Survey reveals inheritance tax questions

Survey reveals inheritance tax questions

Friday, 04 November 2016  |  DoF

Nearly 60 per cent of adults in the UK aged over 45 are unaware that the individual inheritance tax threshold is £325,000, according to a new survey.

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Technology

Governance

Single market membership boosts GDP by 4%

4 MONTHS AGO
Single market membership boosts GDP by 4%

Remaining a member of the EU’s single market could boost the economy by 4%, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

The think tank assessed the benefits of remaining within the single market against membership of the World Trade Organization alone.

IFS research associate, Ian Mitchell, said: ...

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Bank chiefs tested on culture and ethics

1 YEAR AGO
Bank chiefs tested on culture and ethics

A city banking task-force is set to write to lenders quizzing them on company ethics.

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UK budget deficit estimated to be £40bn in 2020

1 YEAR AGO
UK budget deficit estimated to be £40bn in 2020

By 2020, the government will be forced to report a £40bn deficit instead of the planned £10bn surplus, according to a report by City University.

Economist’s Richard Murphy and Professor’s Ronen Palan study suggests that George Osborne could be forced to borrow billions of pounds more than forecast by...

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Former Tory treasurer to donate £1m to Brexit campaign

1 YEAR AGO
Former Tory treasurer to donate £1m to Brexit campaign

Former Tory party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas is to donate £1m to the Vote Leave campaign in the EU referendum. His donation would be the highest donation the Out cause has received.

According to the former co-treasurer, the referendum was the biggest political event in a generation.

“There are windows...

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HSBC to cut 8,000 jobs in the UK to reduce costs

1 YEAR AGO
HSBC to cut 8,000 jobs in the UK to reduce costs

HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, is planning to cut 8,000 jobs in the UK in savings drive.

According to the BBC , the bank has 48,000 UK workers and will make cuts in both its retail and investment banking operations.

Chief executive Stuart Gulliver said he wanted to ensure that customers made a distinction...

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Business travel expenses, “biggest time waster”

1 YEAR AGO
 Business travel expenses, “biggest time waster”

Each expense report for a business trip with accommodation takes an average of 20 minutes and creates processing costs of £37, according to a study conducted by Hotels Solutions Provider HRS.

Accounting for business travel expenses is one of the biggest cost factors and time wasters in companies, as ...

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Business leaders left reeling after Osborne’s payroll tax announcement

1 YEAR AGO
Business leaders left reeling after Osborne’s payroll tax announcement

Business leaders have been “left reeling” after George Osborne announced a £11.6bn payroll tax, claimed the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Companies will be charged 0.5% of their payroll from April 2017 towards the apprenticeship levy. The levy will be raising roughly £3bn a year for the following fou...

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UK firms under investigation for money laundering

1 YEAR AGO
UK firms under investigation for money laundering

Around 19 companies in the UK are at the heart of an investigation into one of Europe’s biggest money-laundering operations.

An investigation by The Independent and the NGO Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project has identified dozens of firms involved in a global web spreading from Birmingham...

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Financial management

Wellington launches fund with $300m hard cap

1 YEAR AGO
Wellington launches fund with $300m hard cap

 

Venture debt capital firm Wellington Financial has launched its fifth fund with $300m (£196m) hard cap of re-circulating equity commitments, AltAssets understands.

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Google funds Bloomberg’s rival Symphony

1 YEAR AGO
Google funds Bloomberg’s rival Symphony

Google discusses possible collaboration with messaging start-up Symphony Communication Services but no terms are finalised yet, as reported by The Telegraph .

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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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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Starbucks sales soar

1 YEAR AGO
 Starbucks sales soar

Starbucks has seen global sales increase by 18% in the quarter to 28 June.

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Toshiba overstates profits by £780m

1 YEAR AGO
Toshiba overstates profits by £780m

The chief executive of Toshiba will resign following irregularities with the company accounts.

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M&S triumphs in CSR category at Director of Finance Awards 2015

1 YEAR AGO
M&S triumphs in CSR category at Director of Finance Awards 2015

Marks & Spencer won the award for corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the inaugural Director of Finance Awards.

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UK Companies Export Their Way To Growth

2 YEARS 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

Green "must face up to evil he has done"

4 MONTHS AGO
Green

Sir Philip Green behaved in an "evil" manners towards BHS employees, commons work and pensions committee chairman Frank Field has insisted.

During Sir Philip's time at the helm, his family took more than £400m in dividends and rent payments from the company, which later collapsed at the expense of 11...

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Pensioners to get an extra £170 a year

1 YEAR AGO
Pensioners to get an extra £170 a year

Millions of pensioners will be receiving a boost to their pensions, by April of 2016, due to rise of salaries.

A “triple lock” guarantees that the state pension will increase by the highest of three rates – average earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent.

The move will add £3.22 to the current single pens...

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Barclays to cut jobs

1 YEAR AGO
Barclays to cut jobs

Barclays is planning to cut more than 30,000 jobs in the next two years.

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Reddit CEO resigns

1 YEAR AGO
Reddit CEO resigns

The chief executive of news sharing platform Reddit has resigned.

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More than half of British firms not using interns

1 YEAR 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

2 YEARS 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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Long-term sickness absence costs a UK business £770,000 a year

1 YEAR AGO
Long-term sickness absence costs a UK business £770,000 a year

A new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated the cost of long-term sickness absence at £770,000 per year for an average UK business of more than 500 employees.

At a macro level, the absence of six months or more equates to an estimated £4.17bn bill to private sector busi...

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

2 YEARS 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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Leaders 'play it safe'

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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?

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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?

2 YEARS 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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Tesco posts worst interim results in its history

1 YEAR AGO
Tesco posts worst interim results in its history

Tesco’s interim results for the first half of 2015 are more disappointing than ever. The underlying profits were £354m, 55% lower than in the same period a year before. Tesco has confirmed it will cost about £500m to meet the government's proposed National Living Wage rate.

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RWE npower CFO: Energy is a boardroom issue

2 YEARS 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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Technology

Automated recruitment: computer says no

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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

2 YEARS 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 YEARS 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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