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As we edge closer towards 2012, the general sense of fresh-faced optimism and anticipation normally associated with this time of year seems to be somewhat lacking. Instead, a definite whiff of turbulence is in the air.
Can we ever have growth at all costs? As we head into 2012, perhaps the time is ripe to take stock of the current disconnect between business and society.
The announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement earmarking a further £1 billion for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is likely to see a third round of bidding for funds.
It’s a move that has been welcomed by Peter Cudlip, a Partner who heads up governance, risk and control services in the North of England for Mazars.
A round up of relevant news affecting the business sector, including information on funding from the Regional Growth Fund and how British companies can play a part in Libya's future prosperity.
With the UK's growth expectations at a near standstill, many agree that companies need more help from banks to get the economy back on its feet. So does the City of London have a moral obligation to support British business? And can making money in the financial services sector ever be compatible with business ethics? Two tricky questions for which everyone will have a different answer. We took to the streets of London to ask camp protestors and city workers alike for their thoughts and views.
Occupy London became the 1,000th protest camp to spring up around the world. The protesters at St Paul's are questioning the morality of banking and finance and calling for fundamental changes in wealth distribution.
The European Commission’s announcement to adopt proposals by Michel Barnier is set to clarify the role of auditors and introduce more stringent rules for the sector. The changes will not only reinforce the independence of auditors, but will offer greater diversity to listed companies and financial institutions (PIEs).
Strengthening the independence of auditors is a vital ingredient of any well run capital market. Deborah Benn examines what the changes announced by the European Commission (EC) mean.
What did we do without it? Technology - it has totally transformed the way we play, communicate and work. It has taken us beyond boundaries, not just in terms of the ability to create new products and business structures, but in our very expectations and the reliance we place on such systems.
The rate and pace of technological change presents a heady mix of financial opportunity and high risk for the technology, media, & telecoms (TMT) sector. We assess the latest challenges and opportunities.
As a global leader in corporate innovation, London is well placed to take on the challenge of societal change. So how is the capital shaping up to the current demands of economic recession and a public backlash against corporate selfishness? One way of finding out is by asking a firm at the coal face of London’s corporate operations.
London’s influence and centuries old reputation is world renowned. Hannah Beecham talks to David Herbinet of Mazars to get his opinions on how this much admired capital is facing the challenges of global leadership.
Lord Heseltine’s heady mix of business acumen and political knowhow shows no signs of waning. In fact, his torch to lead the regions and cities across the country back to economic growth, prosperity and full employment burns brighter than ever. Here he talks to Hannah Beecham on his vision for England’s provincial cities and offers some personal thoughts and strategies on what it takes to be successful in business today.
Lord Heseltine is back on the campaign trail. As the government's head of the Regional Growth Fund he's backing Boris-style mayors in every major city and believes we should take a leaf out of Germany's book on corporate ownership.
Diversity at board level presents both an interesting opportunity and challenge for companies. The opportunity lies in the wealth of untapped potential currently not present at board level or in senior positions. The challenge is in identifying and implementing actions that will deliver real change. The implication is that those businesses that successfully harness this untapped potential will benefit exponentially and achieve sustainable business success.
A new study considers how greater diversity at board level can help promote business success. We discuss the benefits of incorporating such a policy and how to implement it.
Outsourcing certain key functions allows a company to tap into services that can handle regular administration functions, such as payroll through to managing complex legislative changes as and when required. It also gives a company access to specialist staff and expertise. The key to a successful outcome is finding the right partner.
Outsourcing is an effective way for companies to offload the cost and administrative burden of a major function. We examine how to ensure the decision to outsource is achieved successfully.
Hachette UK is the country’s largest book publisher owning prestigious houses such as Time Warner, Hodder & Stoughton, Little Brown and Sceptre. But the name of today’s game in publishing is digitalisation and this company now offers over 10,000 digitalised titles. Here, CEO, Tim Hely Hutchinson talks to Hannah Beecham about current trends and explains how Hachette has positioned itself to make the most of the digital revolution in book publishing.
Tim Hely Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hachette UK, reveals his views on how the digital revolution is setting trends for book publishing and forging partnerships with the likes of Amazon.
Pension reforms, turbulent market conditions and increasing regulator involvement are combining to make the role of the pension trustee more challenging. With scheme deficits running at record highs, employer covenants need regular monitoring to ensure potential funding deficits are picked up early.
A three minute tour through the latest developments for trustees who are responsible for ensuring that employer covenants remain on financial track in tough economic circumstances.
Since it recovered from the economic crisis that hit the country in 1991, India’s economy has grown into a force to be reckoned with. By adopting western business ideals and creating a liberalised and free market economy, India has transformed itself into a dynamic and accessible location for companies looking to expand.
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and a global front-runner in the technology sector. Hannah Uttley explores the country’s success which is attracting so much foreign interest.
Social media presents exciting new opportunities for companies to interact with their colleagues across the business network, their customers and potential new clients. Which company couldn’t gain a little alpha from LinkedIn’s 120 million professional contacts, Twitter’s 200 million communicators, and the 750 million of us who chat on Facebook - all within easy reach of a smartphone?
If you’re not tweeting, linking in or promoting your company on Facebook, are you missing a trick or two? We explore how a company can harness social media to grow its business.
In response to the financial crisis, the government has brought in some dramatic changes to the financial regulatory system. In this quick Webinar guide, Thouraya Ftouh explores the structure of the new regulatory regime and its objectives.
From 2013, all UK financial services firms will be required to adhere to a new regulatory regime. Thouraya Ftouh, a Senior Manager in Mazars’ Banking and Financial services team explains how firms will be affected.
In May of this year, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) released a suite of new standards aimed at improving the accounting requirements for off-balance sheet entities and joint arrangements.
A look at some of the forthcoming changes to accounting rules that companies should be aware of. We assess the reasons why the rules are being introduced and next steps to take.
Secondments, both in the UK and overseas, are a useful way for companies across the commercial spectrum to give their staff experience in a range of different working environments and disciplines. It also allows specialist staff to gain on the ground experience with suppliers, customers or the public sector. For companies, it’s a great way to have someone on board who has vital expertise they can learn from.
Secondments can benefit employees of all ages. It’s a way for all parties to learn from each other and gain valuable life and work experiences. So how does the arrangement work in practice?
A list of the forthcoming Mazars seminars taking place over December and January across the UK. Including the changing role of the NED and an opportunity to meet technical experts and discuss business growth abroad.
Find out all you need to know on Mazars’ upcoming events and seminars including why you should attend and how to register for a place.
Insight Out is designed to deliver insightful reports on accountancy issues that cover all elements of business that may be relevant to our clients in companies large or small. It will work alongside the Business Club, launching late Autumn, where members will gain access to more detailed reports, seminars and events.
Insight Out is a digital magazine published by Mazars LLP ten times a year to keep you up to speed with the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing business today.