ICAS and CIPFA join forces on professional qualification

ICAS and CIPFA have joined forces, offering their members the opportunity to secure a joint certification with both of the institutes. Part of the collaboration will allow UK-qualified CIPFA members to ‘top up’ their PQ qualification through the ICAS Pathways route, become joint members of ICAS and CIPFA, and gain full chartered accountant designation. The opportunity […]

BHS enters administration as Duff & Phelps fail to find suitable buyer

RETAILER BHS is to enter administration after its administrators Duff & Phelps failed to find a buyer, with the closure of 163 stores and the loss of 11,000 jobs. Administrators Duff & Phelps confirmed that although multiple offers for the business were received, attempts at a rescue deal collapsed because of the working capital required to secure the future […]

A generation gap in thinking: young and older adults disagree over best educational routes for career progression

New research into the mindsets of adults around choices of education for school leavers, commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has revealed that a generation gap in thinking around best educational routes for career progression. Over half of younger adults (18-24 year olds) think a university degree will give them the best chance […]

Seven attributes that make the perfect finance professional

A NEW international study from ACCA has outlined the seven most important attributes to succeed in modern business. Intellect, creativity, emotional intelligence, vision, experience, technical skills and a mastery of the digital world are seven key skill areas sought by employers now and in the future, the institute found. To define what the 2016 finance […]

OECD pursues input on multilateral instrument

THE OECD is consulting on how to tackle the challenges involved in implementing a multilateral instrument that will apply treaty-related changes when combating base erosion and profit shifting. The public discussion draft on BEPS Action 15 is seeking comments that should be focused solely on technical issues of implementation and on issues related to the development of a […]

Wilkins Kennedy announces Amersham merger with JR Antoine & Partners

WILKINS KENNEDY has confirmed a merger with Amersham-based JR Antoine & Partners, as of 1 June 2016. The merger came about following the retirement of a senior partner at JR Antoine against the background of an existing relationship with Wilkins Kennedy which, the firm said, “allows for an ideal partnership”. Wilkins Kennedy will take on […]

IFRS Foundation and IOSCO agree protocol on IFRS for capital markets

THE IFRS FOUNDATION and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have announced a statement of protocols in order to “facilitate transparency within capital markets through the development and consistent application of IFRS standards”. The bodies set out three central aims to improve the application of IFRS in their statement of protocol. These included discussion […]

HMRC to ‘bear down’ on tax planning in updated vision

A CLAMPDOWN on tax planning, a transformation of its services for taxpayers and delivering a professional, efficient and engaged organisation are the three key objectives for HMRC in its updated single departmental plan. The government department has outlined its main visions and objectives for the period between 2015 and 2020, while in the middle of […]