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Editors Blog : Read CA Mag editor Rob Outram's online diary


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January 2011

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Networks of trust

Interpersonal relationships have been critical to the success of the life sciences sector, and there are lessons in this for business generally, says Robert Outram

Beyond a joke

Robert Kerr argues that equalities legislation not only threatens to outlaw humour in the workplace, but also could leave employers faced with a mountain of red tape

Building a professional community

Alan Thomson explains the thinking and values behind the ICAS strategic plan “Connecting members and enabling discussion, and the sharing of expertise in a supportive professional environment, must be a key aim for this Institute”

Fishy business as state bears the brunt of fraud

UK fraudsters are all at sea for record-breaking year

Taxpayers hit with more demands for underpayments

HMRC approach described as "sympathetic"

Two banks fined for mishandled complaints

RBS and NatWest rapped over speed and thoroughness of complaints procedure

Prince urges green accounting push

Government and businesses risk presiding over “the greatest accounting failure the world has ever seen”

Quango cull botched says MPs’ committee

£1bn savings claim "probably exaggerated"

Resilience of financial services continues

Survey reveals a happy ending to 2010 for industry

HMRC investigation work doubles yields

Taxman learns to do more with less

Scott-Moncrieff acquires corporate recovery practice

Firm doubles existing CR team in major expansion

SNP MP attacks insolvency fee rates

Calls for investigation into "gravy train"

Levies, bonus taxes and FATs

The Government is dead set on relieving the banks of their small change, says Angus McCrone, and there may be more taxes to come

Movers and shakers

All the latest hot moves

Office Auntie - Unpalatable advice

Auntie responds to one reader whose help is often seen as a hinderance

Travel: In Glasgow

Comedy and the comforts of home

Mixed outlook for business travel

"Flying on business" report gives industry food for thought

Get closer

Air New Zealand embraces "cuddle class"

Gadgets: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Plus: Intercontinental's new iPad app

Finding funding

The life sciences sector is seen by many as one of the most promising in the Scottish economy. CA Magazine and leading law firm Biggart Baillie LLP brought together a panel of business experts, funders and advisers involved with the sector to discuss its potential growth and international impact.

The appliance of science

Anthony Harrington finds that while the challenges facing Scotland’s life sciences sector are great, so is the industry’s potential

Life sciences and the law

Colin Miller reviews legal developments in the world of life sciences and biotechnology

Interview: Stuart Patrick

As chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, CA Stuart Patrick is on a mission to help regenerate the city and bolster the local economy in the face of public sector spending cuts

In need of a lifeline

Life for charities on the front line of the “Big Society” is set to get tough in 2011, reports Richard Croasdale

Charities: Is VAT a cost or an opportunity?

Alan Davis explains how one charity found that a fresh approach to VAT can pay dividends

Charities: In business they trust...

The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust gives ventures a boost, with help

Surviving the perfect storm

How to maximise the return for donations received is a key question for charities, and David Thomson sets out his approach to investment for the voluntary sector

Good as gold

Exchange traded funds have been growing in popularity due, in part, to low charges, but in some cases they could lead to distortions in the marketplace, writes Martin Morris

Silver lining

As Guy Clapperton explains, cloud computing and virtual infrastructures can not only reduce costs but also increase data security

Spring clean before the tax man gets his broom out

PwC sets out and end-of-tax-year checklist

VAT rise to lighten the deficit

Helping the UK to shed a few pounds

No more rabbits in Osborne’s hat?

For once we have no need for a crystal ball to predict spring Budget tax changes

Pensions changes now and in future

Changes in the taxation of pension benefits will see reduced limits for high earners, while the Government is set to look to the Consumer Price Index for future increases

They said WHAT?

Keith Irwin presents a rundown of some of the worst human resources mistakes of last year, but warns that even the best employer has no excuse for complacency

FRC outlines principles for better dialogue

Watchdog looks to improve communication and reduce "clutter" in annual reports

FRC consults on its priorities and funding

Comments invited on 2011/12 Plan and Levy Proposales

New pension guidance published

A busy month for The Pensions Regulator

Law on judicial factors comes under scrutiny

Comments and suggestions due by April

UK and US audit regulators agree co-operation deal

Transatlantic audit information swap

Auditors face restructuring services ban

APB unveils planned restrictions to shore up confidence

FRC hits the road for views on boardroom risk

Update of Turnbull guidance may be on the cards

Balancing act

Sonja Gallhofer and Catriona Paisey preview the results of their research project Women’s Voices: Work – life balance of female Scottish chartered accountants

No more back handers

As the Bribery Act 2010 comes on stream, everything from corporate hospitality to business flights fall under the legal spotlight. Ken McManus looks at the potential pitfalls the legislation could bring to organisations during their day-to-day operations

Professional in purpose

The ICAS strategy document, Building a Professional Community, outlines the Institute’s objectives, vision and sense of purpose. Chief executive Anton Colella talks to Robert Outram about the thinking that underpins the document

Ahmad Siddiqui admits liability

Siddiqui admits to having failed to adhere to fundamental principles

Brendan Nelson nominated as Vice-President of ICAS

Nelson will succeed Sir David Tweedie in 2013

Charlie Clark: an appreciation

In memoriam

Making our voice heard

Paul Provan takes a look at the activities of the ICAS Business Policy Committee over the past year

Minutes of the Institute’s Special General Meeting

A Special General Meeting was held on 39 October 2010 at CA House, 21 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh. Minutes of the meeting are as follows:


In memoriam

SMEs get more time to comply with Bribery Act

ICAS welcomes reassessment of rapid introduction
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