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28 Nov 08

CA Magazine editor scoops award

CA Magazine’s Rob Outram was named Business and Professional Editor of the Year in the Scottish Magazine Awards in Glasgow on Thursday night

21 Nov 08

Government likely to reduce corporation tax to 25 per cent

With the Pre-Budget Report scheduled for Monday 24 November, BDO Stoy Hayward believes it is likely that the government will use tax cuts focused upon the business sector to ‘kick start’ the economy. This comes on the back of the 1.5 per cent base rate cut recently announced by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

12 Nov 08

'One in five shops may be closed by the end of the recession': PwC

According to a survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers, one in five shops may close by the time the economy recovers. The firm has estimated that 3,600 shops may be empty if 10 per cent of retailers get into financial problems in the next 12 months and it has said internet shopping and the growth of new shopping centres will exacerbate the problem

12 Nov 08

Lenders recruit private equity experts in anticipation of large increase in business ownership

The banking industry is setting up private equity style departments as their ownership of businesses increases in the worsening economic environment, according to KPMG

10 Nov 08

Sharp fall in deal volumes countered by hold in company prices

Prices paid for private companies by trade and private equity buyers held steady in Q3 2008, but deal volumes fell sharply, according to research from accountants and business advisers BDO Stoy Hayward

10 Nov 08

Employer prospects worsen among small manufacturers on back of weak demand: CBI

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are cutting staff for the first time in 18 months, as demand for UK made goods at home and abroad weakens in the global economic slowdown, a CBI survey shows

10 Nov 08

Leaner times for hotels but Scotland outperforms UK

According to the latest monthly survey by PKF, rooms yield – the key industry measure of revenue – in Scotland’s hotels fell by 6.1 per cent in September against a UK fall of 3.9 per cent, a drop of 2.9 per cent in England and a fall of 11.7 per cent in Wales.

10 Nov 08

Company administrations shoot up 50 per cent from last year

The number of companies being placed into administration in the third quarter of the year was 50 per cent higher than during the same period last year according to statistics from the Insolvency Service. They show a total of 1007 companies were placed in administration in England and Wales in the last quarter, compared with 668 in the same period last year and 938 in the second quarter of this year

7 Nov 08

What might be in the Pre-Budget Report?

Alistair Darling will present his second pre-budget report amid a financial landscape vastly different from last October. Andrew Smith, chief economist at KPMG in the UK and Sue Bonney, head of tax at KPMG Europe, look at what it might include

7 Nov 08

What do you do now? Ethical dilemmas for CAs

Case study 2: Temptation at the tender. You’re working on your pitch for the crucial final stage of an audit tender that will be vital for you and your firm. Then the prospective client’s chief internal auditor offers to fax over your rivals’ presentation, complete with costings. What do you do?

5 Nov 08

Scotland could be a centre for dispute resolution

Scotland’s dispute resolution system could be developed and marketed as a just, integrated and efficient system that could see the country become the “Switzerland of dispute resolution”

5 Nov 08

Jobs outlook gloomy, and worse to come: KPMG

October’s Report on Jobs, from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG, signalled a continuation of the recent rapid weakening of the UK labour market

4 Nov 08

Fraud indicators rising as business grapples with economic downturn

The economic downturn has sparked a significant increase in the typical indicators of internal malpractices in organisations, in particular fraud, which can range from mis-stating performance figures to lying about expenses. Coincidence? Not at all…

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