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Managing whistleblower events

Managing whistleblower events

When an organisation faces whistleblower allegatio...

M&S appoints John Lewis' Helen Weir as new finance chief

M&S appoints John Lewis' Helen Weir as new finance chief

Marks and Spencer Group plc has poached Helen Weir...

Less than a tenth of AIM board appointments in last three years were women

Less than a tenth of AIM board appointments in last three years were women

Seven per cent of non-executive board members appo...

Royal Bank of Scotland Group fined £56m for IT failures

Royal Bank of Scotland Group fined £56m for IT failures

The Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of En...

How valid are the Bank of England’s latest inflation assumptions?

How valid are the Bank of England’s latest inflation assumptions?

Notwithstanding its poor track record of forecasti...

Easyjet pre-tax profit soars

Easyjet pre-tax profit soars

Budget airline Easyjet plc has reported a 21.5% ri...

 

The Edge - Richard Northedge Takes on Corporate Finance

What of Sky and Vodafone if BT buys O2?

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BT’s mooted takeover of O2 is an aftershock of the dot.com boom. But buying back something it disposed of 13 years ago is a shrewd move, not a U-turn.

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group fined £56m for IT failures

5 DAYS AGO
Royal Bank of Scotland Group fined £56m for IT failures

The Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of England have fined RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank for an IT meltdown in June 2012.

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FCA fines five banks £1bn for foreign exchange failures

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FCA fines five banks £1bn for foreign exchange failures

City regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and UBS a combined £1.1bn, for manipulating the foreign exchange market.

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Majority of ASEAN businesses want more ambitious trade pacts

2 MONTHS AGO
Majority of ASEAN businesses want more ambitious trade pacts

The Economist Intelligence Unit and HSBC report shows ASEAN exporters see it as important that their governments sign FTAs with more comprehensive provisions, rather than just cutting tariffs.

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Questions to ask when joining a board

3 MONTHS AGO
Questions to ask when joining a board

How new directors can be equipped for the unique set of challenges faced by members of a board.

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HMRC targets finance directors: new tactics and capabilities

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HMRC targets finance directors: new tactics and capabilities

Tax avoidance schemes have been plastered all over the press of late as HMRC has stepped up its campaign against tax evasion.

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Make sure you don't overlook a capital idea

1 MONTHS AGO
Make sure you don't overlook a capital idea

The purchase of a premises from which to do business is one of the key financial decisions that a company has to make, and it goes without saying that financial directors should drive a hard bargain when it comes to negotiating the price. But that’s not the only place financial directors can be look...

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Scottish Referendum: A weak pound needn’t mean disaster for the UK’s importers

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Scottish Referendum: A weak pound needn’t mean disaster for the UK’s importers

With polls suggesting the Referendum is running a tight race, no one can predict the outcome of Thursday’s vote. However, with a sophisticated FX strategy in place, CFOs can ensure that their margins are protected, no matter which way the vote goes.

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How Big Data can help FDs to de-risk

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How Big Data can help FDs to de-risk

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about how Big Data analysis can be used, and the companies it can be used by.

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FAO-as-a-stack

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FAO-as-a-stack

As with many Business Process outsourcing services, Finance and Accounting outsourcing has traditionally focused on operational outcomes – more cash in the bank, lower costs or higher margins – with measures around outcomes delivered across revenue, control, cost, margin and working capital. The nex...

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Coping With The Time When Interest Rates Rise

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Coping With The Time When Interest Rates Rise

 

UK interest rates have been unchanged for five years. There has not been such a long period of stable rates since the Second World War, and when the Bank of England set the bank rate in October 1939 and left it untouched until 1951, the cost of money was 2 per cent – four times today’s officia...

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UK Companies Export Their Way To Growth

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In the first year of the financial crisis the pound fell further against other currencies than it crashed during Black Wednesday in 1992. It plunged almost twice as much as in the official 1967 devaluation. Yet despite sterling’s decline, exports have been slow to increase. Only now, six years...

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QROPS Budget proposal hailed as evidence of pension transfer market's maturity

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QROPS Budget proposal hailed as evidence of pension transfer market's maturity

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes could be afforded the same rights as traditional UK-based pensions if the proposal from the UK government in the Budget goes ahead.

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Longevity remains UK pension funds’ greatest risk

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Longevity risk is the greatest threat to most UK pension funds, according to a nationwide-survey of trustees.

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Total earnings for FTSE-listed SmallCap company directors jumps by 15 per cent

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Total earnings for FTSE-listed SmallCap company directors jumps by 15 per cent

In contrast, directors at AIM-listed companies saw their total earnings increase by an average of 5 per cent in the past year.

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Is It Time To Cap The Minimum Wage?

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Is It Time To Cap The Minimum Wage?

 

Britain’s unemployment rate has not been the economic indicator most closely watched by business, but the monthly data has taken on a new importance now the Bank of England is using it as the trigger for raising interest rates. And it gives companies a mixed objective. On the one hand, firms k...

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Mind The Skills Gap

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Mind The Skills Gap

As UK business begins to talk more assuredly of a recovery, the biggest thorn in the country’s side remains skills shortages. Even with unemployment at above 2m, there remain about 600,000 unfilled vacancies in the UK – the highest number for five years.
This affects businesses of every size and in e...

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Apple and Facebook are to freeze eggs for female staff: Should UK firms offer the same?

1 MONTHS AGO
Apple and Facebook are to freeze eggs for female staff: Should UK firms offer the same?

Gender imbalance is particularly high in the tech sector, so Apple Inc and Facebook Inc have decided to try and attract female talent a different way; by offering to freeze their eggs.

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Employee share schemes: too good to be true?

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Employee share schemes: too good to be true?

It was recently in the news that BT Group plc staff shared a "£1.1 billion pay-out" from an employee share scheme. Could other companies set up their own share scheme to deliver high levels of reward for strong performance?

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Leaders 'play it safe'

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Leaders 'play it safe'

What is needed is real leaders who challenge convention and innovate, cultivate creativity, lead by example in driving change, create an inspiring view of the future, challenge behaviours that are unproductive, make those decisions that might be unpopular but are the ‘right’ things to do, and tackle...

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Why financial services workers leave, and what firms can do to make them stay

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Retention is one of the most pressing concerns of employers worldwide, and financial services is no exception.

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Legal

A basic guide to trademark law

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A basic guide to trademark law

A trademark is any sign which is capable of being represented graphically and distinguishing the goods or services of one business from those of another.

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UK finance professionals believe Scottish independence makes no financial or economic sense

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Research shows that just one in ten finance professionals support the financial and economic arguments for Scottish independence, with 22 per cent remaining on the fence.

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Contracts That Do Not Guarantee a Minimum Number of Hours

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Contracts That Do Not Guarantee a Minimum Number of Hours

The latest information was published in the report Analysis of Employee Contracts that do not Guarantee a Minimum Number of Hours published on 30 April 2014.

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Revenue & Savings

Why should FDs adopt a ‘Bid/No bid’ process when tendering for contracts?

2 MONTHS AGO
Why should FDs adopt a ‘Bid/No bid’ process when tendering for contracts?

When it comes to tendering for contracts, it’s important that a company knows its capabilities and limitations, and this is an area in which FDs must take an increasingly influential role.

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Massive Marketing Opportunity for SMBs Through Customer Sales Data

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Massive Marketing Opportunity for SMBs Through Customer Sales Data

 

Partnership between Xero and Constant Contact empowers small businesses to turn financial data into hyper-targeted marketing campaigns.

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Seven things financial directors must ask their marketing teams

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Seven things financial directors must ask their marketing teams

Under the constant pressure of managing the finite resources of a company, it’s not always easy to make budgeting decisions on departments whose expertise may be far removed from your own.

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Why is marketing essential to a CFO?

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As marketing becomes an increasingly complicated and complex art form, collaboration and cooperation between the Chief Finance Officer and the marketing department has never been more important for success. Today, the speed of technological innovation is constantly changing the rules of the game.&nb...

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Why ROI must be at the centre of your energy-saving plans

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Across the board, FDs are frantically searching for new, innovative ways to curb their energy spend without having an adverse impact on overall productivity. In many cases, you need to spend money in order to save money in the long term, so FDs must constantly think about maximising ROI.  

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Organisations focusing too heavily on cost-cutting risk being left behind

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This is the conclusion of the Barometer on Change 2014, a report that questions the most senior leaders and managers at FTSE 250, UK multinational and public sector organisations.

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Technology

Automated recruitment: computer says no

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According to the JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) employers are twice as confident about the economy as they were this time last year and are widely planning on taking on more staff in coming months.

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The quiet evolution

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What ten years ago was largely a tactical solution to immediate needs in finance and administration is now a strategic business model achieving world-class outcomes.

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Leading transformation: the CFO as digital change agent

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Determining the true market value of an enterprise is becoming increasingly complex.

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Only a third of finance officers claim to work closely with the CIO

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Only a third of finance officers claim to work closely with the CIO

New research reveals the importance of closer collaboration between senior finance and IT functions for driving business growth and availability.

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Myths and misconceptions of cloud based phone systems

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It is clear that there are many misconceptions behind upgrading to cloud based phone systems. However, once explored these can more reliably be labelled "myths".

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The devil's in the data (location)

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As the cost saving benefits of cloud storage becomes increasingly more attractive to businesses, the need for companies to be more transparent with their data storage and more importantly the laws that govern them is even more paramount. So when it comes to the cloud, the mantra of "location, locati...

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