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Cyber security: the weakest link in M&A transactions

Regular audits of cyber security and the security of potential acquisition partners should be at the very heart of the M&A due diligence process

22 Apr 2014

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Feature

Green skills can help turn rising bills into cost savings

It might sound like a simple task to cut your energy bills, but to capitalise on savings takes specialist green skills

24 Mar 2014

Feature

Transforming your business with data

Analysing payment data can help to forecast how customers will behave, which may help businesses to mitigate risks ahead of time

20 Mar 2014

Opinion

Prioritising prudence and conduct in a regulated market

Jim Muir looks at the role of the regulator in creating a more controlled market as the financial services outlook continues to improve

05 Mar 2014

Opinion

Calculating the true costs of commercial property

Before making a final decision on property, FDs should take into account hidden costs that could create a ‘black-hole' in their balance sheet

03 Mar 2014

Opinion

Accounting by design: Building cloud-based accounting architecture

Anne Howard outlines how the Cloud has provided the perfect architecture for agile and responsive accounting across her firm’s global operations

20 Feb 2014

Opinion

Business be wary, despite positive indicators

Conflicting stats cast doubts over the economic recovery, so mind your back, says John Alexander

19 Feb 2014

Opinion

Audit committee reporting less about the what than the how

Audit committee reporting still has a long way to go on the road to fuller disclosure

10 Feb 2014

Opinion

Training is essential for equipping first time directors

Directors now have to juggle operational responsibilities with ensuring proper corporate governance across their organisations

24 Jan 2014

Opinion

Why the numbers add up for direct cash flow statements

Detractors must recognise that disclosure will bring benefits, not just for investors and analysts, but for businesses too

17 Dec 2013

Opinion

Tackling late payment: An overdue consideration

To effectively tackle late payments companies should first understand the real root cause of the issue

25 Nov 2013

Opinion

Audit exemption: reduced red tape or false economy?

Ditching your audit under exemption rules will be more detrimental to the business than the benefit of the short term cost saving

07 Nov 2013

Opinion

New reporting burdens will fall on audit committees

The blunt use of disclosure as a government policy tool could be punsihing the many for the sins of a few

04 Oct 2013

Opinion

Book extract: The rise of interdependence

The drive to increasing interdependence and this drive has consequences for business leaders as much as for politicians

01 Oct 2013

Opinion

Auto-enrolment: The story so far

David Pye examines how auto-enrolment costs are shaping up, how opt-out and opt-in rates look, and what the future holds

24 Sep 2013

Opinion

Regulatory change and the prize of effective execution

Lessons learnt by financial services in coping with the avalanche of regulatory change can be leveraged by other sectors

19 Sep 2013

Opinion

On the same page: Keeping boards informed and engaged

Increasing travel commitments, frequency of meetings and disparate sources of information contribute to distractions inside and outside the boardroom

01 Aug 2013

Opinion

Rising import costs putting pressure on small businesses

An increasing number of SMEs are becoming frustrated by the government’s export led policy and the weakening of the pound, writes Alex Sullivan

16 Jul 2013

Opinion

In Your Business Series – Exiting the business

In the last of this series charting a business from start up to exit, Garry Jesson looks at the exit strategy

15 Jul 2013

Opinion

A quest for efficiency: How Kempinski redefined the month-end close

Kempinski Hotels expansion has brought complexities into daily operations, including differing time zones, languages and operating practices

09 Jul 2013

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