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OFT wields new investigative procedures

OFT’s adopts new procedures for investigating competition infringements – good news for companies? Asks Caroline Hobson

28 Nov 2012


In Your Business Series: The growth stage

In the second of a series of articles looking at companies from every phase from start-up to exit/sale Gary Jesson looks at the growth stage

26 Nov 2012

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UK companies buck universal optimism trend to see the bright side

UK business owners more confident about the future economy bucking global confidence decline explains Brendan Flattery

19 Nov 2012

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Change the focus of finance by seeing beyond the numbers

The key financial insights that can identify areas of value, and drive more profitable decisions, are in high demand, writes Deloitte's Malcolm Wilkinson

13 Nov 2012

Handing over money

The start of the employee ownership decade

Employee ownership is an ambitious plan, but represents the logical next stage of a journey that we've been on over the past three decades, Robert Postlethwaite

08 Nov 2012

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IT defence systems

If the biggest and the best can’t protect themselves from cyber crime, what hope is there for the rest of us? asks Lesley Meall

30 Oct 2012

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Step change: Diversifying to achieve growth

Businesses are considering ways to reposition themselves and diversify to achieve growth. Gavin Hinks looks at the FD’s role in making the risky venture a success

25 Oct 2012

A bad fit - square peg into round hole

Reporting rules a bad fit

Implementing IFRS for public sector accounting is like putting a square peg in a round hole, writes Peter Bateman

25 Oct 2012

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GAAR is coming - get busy

Companies need to stop wondering what might be coming and begin preparing for what will inevitably come into force, writes Kevin Hindley

25 Oct 2012


In Your Business Series: The start-up

In the first of a series of articles looking at companies from every phase from start-up to exit/sale Gary Jesson looks at starting up in the current climate

15 Oct 2012

Runes telling the future

Making sense of economic omens

There is a wealth of data out there. FDs must act as a filter for information that is relevant to the organisation’s future, writes Richard Crump

27 Sep 2012

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The ROI from advertising spend

Advertising can deliver highly effective messaging but doesn’t come cheap. How can the FD make sense of the ROI? Gavin Hinks reports

27 Sep 2012


Finance that is fit for pupose

A benchmarking survey by PwC looks at the requirements for an effective and efficient finance function, writes Richard Crump

27 Sep 2012

Stock market

Getting on the public list

Kate Ball-Dodd and Megan Paul look at the financial and non-financial reasons to list on a public market

20 Sep 2012

Outside the EU tent

Outside the tent

Twenty years after the launch of the single market, the UK’s hostile attitude towards Brussels could undermine the gains made, writes Phil Thornton

31 Aug 2012

Boxes of things not made in China

The charge to repatriate production

Asia remains a centre for cheap manufacturing labour, but there is a spate of businesses repatriating to the UK, finds Jaimie Kaffash

30 Aug 2012


Anti-bribery policies: Not as easy as ABC

It’s one thing to have an anti-bribery and corruption policy. But how good are the systems surrounding it?

29 Aug 2012

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Disturbing number of change programmes poorly planned

Organisations need to get better at change, or risk pouring money down the drain, writes Stephen Vinall

09 Aug 2012

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Claiming the pot of gold

For many SMEs, routes to finance are littered with pitfalls, but what are the alternatives to traditional bank lending?

04 Jul 2012

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SOS sovereign wealth funds

What are the chances of an FD in a mid-market company tapping friendly sovereign funds for much-needed capital?

04 Jul 2012

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