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CA Magazine

August 2010

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Are banks to blame?

With economic forecasters and FDs predicting a few more dark clouds on the horizon, how much of this negativity can be traced back to the banking industry, asks Robert Outram

The Comeback Country

Scott-Moncrieff partner Gareth Magee recently visited the US operations of technology clients, which led him to consider the contrasting business styles on either side of the Atlantic

Opportunity knocks for FDs

Alan Thomson sets out his reasons for believing that more finance directors may make the move to the company chairman’s role

Inspectors call on auditors to sharpen up their act

AIU backs calls for auditors to raise the standard of their work

Lords to investigate Big Four’s hold on the market

Economic Affairs Committee to ask whether big four "domination" stifles competition

Watchdog in sale talks with firms

Audit Commission discusses partial sale to private businesses

Disciplinary body aims "to increase transparency"

AADB consults on rule change

Warning on over-regulating takeovers

ICAS warns on Takeover Panel's regulatory proposal

Insolvency profession welcome trust deeds report

Industry hails Scottish Government's move to regulate PTDs

Letters: The last word

Views from the CA Magazine readership

Movers and shakers

All the latest hot moves

Travel: Paris

The Paris Chocolate Show. Do you really need to know any more?

Bitter Medicine: Financial Directors survey 2010

Our survey of finance directors reveals a shift from slashing costs to carefully positioning for an advantage when the recovery comes, writes Richard Croasdale

Financial directors who's who

CAs in top financial roles across industries and sectors

Interview: Secure by design

Expansion brought architectural firm SMC Group to the brink, but from it arose Archial, with chief financial officer John Taylor now ‘keeping the numbers in decent shape’

Cover story: Room for growth?

Hotel operators, financiers, developers and others involved with the sector talk about this key industry. As Robert Outram reports, despite a tough couple of years, the industry is still upbeat

Power without control

The combination of powerful desktop PCs and readily available spreadsheet packages is a tempting option for financial modelling, but as Robert Li warns, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing

Taking a bite...

Franchising is a proven model, but there are a few traps to look out for, says Anthony Harrington

Storming success

Venture capital house Scottish Equity Partners may have eyes trained across Europe for opportunities, but it is still passionate about creating a more dynamic economy in Scotland, Robert Outram reports

Investing in the future

Stephen Quaile suggests some key tips on financing private and university education

The state of independents

Few sectors have escaped the effects of the recession, but as Tim Power reports, Scotland’s private schools are learning lessons from recent events – and looking ahead to a bright future

Independent body aims to simplify tax

New office's initial remit aims to help ease the burden on small businesses

VAT implications for employee benefit

ECJ case could lead to significant costs

Here is the nudes...

Are clothes necessary for reading the TV news?

Tax consultations begin

Holiday lettings, pensions, PAYE and associated company rules are all in the Treasury spotlight

Debt collectors appointed by HMRC to chase £140 million

Tax mans signs up four agencies

Government announces intention to review IR35

Key employment status rules set for change as HMRC suffers tribunal defeat

Full speed ahead

Should the accountancy profession applaud the fast pace of reform being pushed through by the IASB and FASB?

Fresh guidance on non-audit services

Auditors speak out against restrictions on non-audit services

New powers proposed for Bank of England

Prudential regulation to be added to Bank's remit

Carbon accounting regulations published

Groundwork laid for tracking carbon units

Stand up and be counted

Paul Proven highlights some key points in the new stewardship code for institutional investors

Hearts and minds

Julie Morgan asks: how can you make sure that ethics live in your organisation?

Takeover curbs are not so sweet

Paul Provan sets out the ICAS response to proposals for a new approach to the rules governing takeover bids for UK-based companies

All things being equal

Kenny Scott highlights five key issues for business arising from the Equality Act, which is set to come into force very shortly

The end of the tax return paper trail

The tax return is in the post? Not any more.

The middle way

Alternatives to courtroom confrontations grow in popularity

Essential reading

Failing to keep up on developments in the charitable sector could be a big mistake

Simplifying your annual PC renewal

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