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Opinion

Guest column: Gaining an R&D advantage

How developing your R&D can make all the difference in gaining a competitive edge

24 Oct 2014

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Feature

The hidden costs of lease settlements

Upon vacating business premises at lease expiry settlement of the dilapidations claim commonly leaves a significant dent in the balance sheet

22 Oct 2014

Analysis

No relief of payment obligations for third-party users

The use of third-party service providers does not relieve companies from payment card industry compliance obligations

24 Sep 2014

Opinion

The sharing economy has gone mainstream

Big businesses would be foolish to ignore the growing sense that the sharing economy has gone mainstream, writes John Hawksworth

22 Sep 2014

Blog

Fifa must red-card its old-fashioned governance structure

Fifa's current governance arrangements have proved unable to deliver effective leadership, accountability, transparency, clean business practices and public confidence

11 Jul 2014

Feature

Dealing with IT suppliers: negotiating nous

Buying technology is one thing - outsourcing tehcnology requires even more rigour. Gavin Wakefield takes us through the key questions and pointers

09 Jul 2014

Feature

Capitalising on culture

Effective risk culture is about achieving the right balance between the physical aspects of a risk management framework and those behavioural aspects

25 Jun 2014

Opinion

European companies continue to be impacted by the sovereign debt crisis

Despite signs of improving stability in the European economy, strong headwinds from the sovereign debt crisis continue to impact corporate defaults

16 Jun 2014

Blog

A Postcard From...Qatar: More than the 2022 World Cup

There is more to Qatar than the 2022 World Cup, but it's impact is evident everywhere

21 May 2014

Feature

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

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

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Latest Opinion

Guest column: Gaining an R&D advantage

How developing your R&D can make all the difference in gaining a competitive edge

Tech: Ignoring an increasingly complex world is not an option

Making things simple has been a hallmark of our past, but it won’t do for the future

The Secret FD: Black holes should be on CFO reading lists

At some point, some of us will have to face a potential black-hole problem. The Secret FD has experienced it twice

Latest Analysis

Tesco's fall from grace compounded by accounting blunder

Tesco's accounting debacle has set the supermarket back a long way, but does it have the wherewithal to bounce back? asks Chris Warmoll

Audit and risk committees must share greater responsibilities

FERMA and ECIIA outline need for collaboration between audit and risk committees following EU directive

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