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In the UK, the debate has honed in on bankers’ bonuses. At the heart of the argument is how to measure individual success in business and whether the bonus system – in the case of Fred Goodwin, a knighthood – is the correct form of reward.
We face a huge generational challenge as electorates begin to question the distribution of wealth between the truly rich and themselves. So how can we reward success yet still encourage growth?
Revised proposals on the future of financial reporting in the UK and Ireland by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB), have seen a fundamental change in direction to proposals.
A round up of relevant news affecting the business sector, including the ASB's back track, employee benefits and auto-enrolment news, the latest HMRC crackdown and a warning on the effect of CFC reforms.
It's a tale of how the dedication and leadership of one man led to the foundation of the charity, Find A Better Way. The charity aims to develop new technology that will speed up the detection and removal of landmines around the world. Currently, more than 65 countries are affected by landmines, which claim thousands of casualties each year, many of them children. To clear the 110 million active landmines in place using current technologies would cost an estimated USD30 billion and take more than 1,000 years.
Deborah Benn talks to Manchester United football legend, Sir Bobby Charlton, about what inspired him to galvanise a group of experts to challenge the slow progress being made on ridding the world of landmines.
Every year a number of important changes take place that require a ‘use it or lose it’ approach to financial planning. This year it’s the turn of pensions where new carry forward rules will allow you to ‘mop up’ unused relief from previous years and make significant contributions to your retirement pot.
The start of the tax year in April provides a good opportunity to fine tune your personal finances. Assessing your options early will help to avoid costly mistakes and enhance your overall wealth.
Recent research on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity by the global management consulting firm McKinsey, shows that companies who make acquisitions on average perform better than companies relying on organic growth. They also have a higher probability of positive excess returns. And while finance is still difficult to come by, the ability to move quickly is key to snapping up a bargain.
A recession doesn’t necessarily preclude business development plans. We take a closer look at how a company’s balance sheet can be reinvigorated by acquiring or merging with another company.
In the March 2012 Budget, the government plans to announce progress on options for greater integration of income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs). Changes that will not only affect individual net pay, but has potential social security benefit implications.
Plans to reform income tax and national insurance may result in some far-reaching and unexpected changes. We assess the likely effects and next steps for companies.
Companies and investors focusing on the renewable energy sector are beginning to question whether countries struggling with tough economic constraints or burdened by sovereign debt issues can now afford to stick with the climate change pledges they have made. As a result, integrity and honesty at individual project level is becoming a much more important benchmark of success.
Does the recent saga on UK solar energy tariffs herald the need for the UK government’s environmental policies to be better aligned with economic reality? We examine the fallout of promises that threatened an industry.
Riding high on the trend to fill our homes with luxury scents, Wax Lyrical's approach to producing top quality candles and partnering with well known brands is now paying off. Hannah Beecham visited the factory in Cumbria to talk to Mike Armstead on how his vision has combined the best traditions of candlemaking with a modern business strategy.
Five years ago Wax Lyrical was on the brink of administration. Spotting its potential, Mike Armstead, revived new life into this Lake District-based candle maker, which now has an annual turnover of £11.4m.
Manchester is good at replicating its successes – from the twin footballing powers of United and City to the consistent renewal of its business heritage. Its adaptability to new and innovative business requirements has seen it become the location of choice for the BBC as well as Netherlands-based TV production company, Endemol.
If you think it’s impossible to succeed in a recession, then think again. We’ve put the spotlight on Manchester to find companies who are bucking the trend. It’s all about finding a niche.
There has been a great deal of interest paid to recent Treasury commentary on the challenges facing the PFI market, and what might be an approach to revitalising it. But of more immediate concern is the current funding challenge that faces PFI projects old and new in a world where money is hard to come by.
The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has suffered many slings and arrows over the years. So in a world where access to money is not easy to come by, is the answer to raise capital privately to finance infrastructure projects?
According to the latest findings from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) one in eight firms expect the economic situation to decline in the first quarter of 2012. Yet while the short term economic prospects look weak, a recent improvement in the rate of inflation is set to boost confidence over the year. Is now the time to take a long hard look at your company’s future?
If you’re looking to achieve a corporate deal in the next 12 months, then think carefully about strategic decisions you plan now. They could have an unwelcome effect when it comes to negotiations.
Whether pensions are defined benefit or defined contribution in nature, there are many hurdles to overcome. In this quick and easy to use Webinar guide, we talk through the main challenges for employers and how they can be tackled.
Employers under pressure to provide pension benefits to their employees may find some hidden surprises. Margaret de Valois, Director, Global Pensions and Investment Advisory at Mazars, explains.
Urban myth or not, the commonly quoted statistic is that one in ten new businesses fails before it is one year old and that – of ten new businesses that survive their first year – only one reaches its tenth birthday.
The government says it wants to help early-stage companies that find it difficult to raise external finance. But is the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) available on 6 April 2012 the answer?
Despite ongoing problems, the country – which holds 10 per cent of the world’s oil reserves – delivered a steady growth rate of nearly 8 per cent over the last year, a rate that many believe will increase to 10-11 per cent provided the government sticks to its promised path of reform on fuel and utility prices.
Nigeria has suffered a rocky start to 2012, embroiled by continuing civil unrest and an escalation of political turmoil. Hannah Uttley looks at the effect on opportunities for businesses and investors.
In the prevailing economic climate, internships have become increasingly popular among students and newly qualified graduates as a way to gain work valuable experience and differentiate themselves when it comes to applying for jobs. But companies need to ensure that there are no gaps in their employment policies if they want to avoid a fine.
Employers who treat interns as a source of cheap labour may not realise they could be breaking the law if they are not paying them at least the applicable national minimum wage rate. Tony Culpin highlights the issues.