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How can the UK’s labour market compete post-Brexit?

By Justine Riccomini The House of Lords hearings on how the UK labour markets could be affected by Brexit have raised some difficult questions. The main items which could negatively affect the success of the labour market post-Brexit are a mixture of local attitudes, over-prescriptive employment legislation, and the failure of UK and devolved Governments, local authorities… Read More How can the UK’s labour market compete post-Brexit?

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Tackling the unexpected

By Robert Outram Colin McLellan CA, Chief Financial Officer at travellers’ price comparison website Skyscanner and a finalist in this year’s 35 CAs Under 35, is one of the speakers at the ICAS Conference on 20 September.  The theme of the conference is ‘Expect the Unexpected’ and we asked him how his CA training and experience have helped… Read More Tackling the unexpected

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AIM-ing high: the FinTech that went from equity crowdfunding to IPO

By Hannah Downie Katherine Tenner CA and Chief Financial Officer at FreeAgent, the first Scottish FinTech company to join London’s Alternative Investment Market since 2012, on why the startup decided to list and the challenges in doing so. As CFO of FinTech startup FreeAgent, no two days are the same for Katherine Tenner. In addition… Read More AIM-ing high: the FinTech that went from equity crowdfunding to IPO

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Five issues on the minds of CEOs in 2017

By Andrea Murad Today’s CEOs have much to contend with when navigating a company towards success. Along with maintaining profitability, the challenges are unique, and no matter the industry or business size, companies need to align projects with goals to be able to expand. “It’s not just about sales growth, it’s about scale – meaning all… Read More Five issues on the minds of CEOs in 2017

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Pressure increases on asset management industry

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently published their findings following a market study of the asset management industry. Ross Middleton CA explains the implications. Whilst the study had a broad remit, the main emphasis concentrated on performance, charges and the level of competition within the industry, particularly in relation to those firms offering collective… Read More Pressure increases on asset management industry

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How accountants are out-hacking the hackers

By Mark Rowland With cyber security a bigger issue than ever before, firm’s “penetration testing” teams are working to stay one step ahead of the criminals. For most companies, “air gapping” a computer – disconnecting it from all networks and restricting USB use – is the height of security. But even a completely unconnected machine… Read More How accountants are out-hacking the hackers