Compass, the catering company, has become the latest company to say it is
considering an HQ move as a result of proposed tax changes.
Richard Cousins, the chief executive, said that a team had been looking into
the move but promised no ‘snap decisions. Of course, we are looking at it, all
companies are. I get the impression that it is on everyone’s agenda,’
The comments follow announcements by several companies that they are leaving
the UK to become tax resident in Ireland. Both Shire, the pharmaceuticals group,
and United Business Media have said they are leaving due to the foreign profits
change being mooted.
The UK government is trying to prevent companies putting income-producing
intellectual property into offshore havens to dodge tax. But its mechanism for
doing so, by taxing ‘passive’ income, has worried UK businesses who fear the
rules will cast a wider net than intended.
The application of robotics in finance functions is moving faster than predicted. Although, companies are cautious in how they are applying artificial intelligence to ensure results first, many are stepping up their investigations
EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has defended the decision to order technology giant Apple to pay €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to the Irish government
Carillion has announced the appointment of a new finance director as it reported a rise in first half profits and sales led by strong growth in its support services business
The UK inflation rate hit its highest level in almost two years in July, suggesting that the sharp fall in sterling following the UK referendum to leave the European Union is forcing prices up