We need auditors – and we expect more of them
May 13, 2019
In the last couple of months three reports or consultations have been published by the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on the future of auditing.
The National Minimum Wage reaches 20 – What lies ahead?
May 7, 2019
The National Minimum Wage celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. Its introduction provoked many dire predictions of business failures and unemployment but mostly these have not been borne out.
The housing shortage: could there be an easy solution?
April 24, 2019
The lack of affordable housing is a topic that I have dealt with in previous blogs. It’s a familiar subject and gives rise to many theories as to the causes and solutions.
Payroll: what you need to know in April 2019
April 16, 2019
It has been suggested that for many businesses the payroll function is the most complex process routinely undertaken.
Do we need auditors?
March 13, 2019
An auditor’s work is poorly understood, but many think that they know what it should achieve. Led by Government, change is on the way. So what will the auditing profession look like in a few years’ time?
Help for businesses importing goods from the EU
February 25, 2019
It seems increasingly likely that the UK will leave the EU in a few weeks’ time with no withdrawal agreement in place.
Research and development: a ‘key driver of productivity and prosperity’
February 11, 2019
R & D is a major driver of productivity and improves the prosperity of billions of people. But it isn’t just the preserve of the corporate giants.
The Future of Cake Shops and Auditors
January 31, 2019
Patisserie Valerie recently followed many other High Street names into administration. Questions are now being asked not only about the viability of this type of business model, but also about the quality of management and the apparent lack of reliable scrutiny of public companies.
Why can’t young people afford to buy houses?
January 21, 2019
Home ownership has for several generations been one of society’s fundamental aspirations. It is now out of reach for more than two million households. But the causes of the problem are disputed.
Subdued Christmas cheer on the High Street
January 11, 2019
Just before Christmas the music and DVD retailer, HMV, announced that it had appointed an administrator for the second time in six years. Hilco, which bought the company out of administration in 2013, claimed that a number of factors were to blame including business rate levels and live streaming of music and film.