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How employers can help solve the savings crisis

Responding to ICAS’ fourth question of its Challenging Conversations on pensions, Iain McLellan and Jennifer Shaw, discuss how employers can help their employees become more informed about what they need to save for retirement. In a recent survey more than half (51%) of respondents believed that the Government’s minimum automatic enrolment contribution rate of 8%… Read More How employers can help solve the savings crisis

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Navigating the minefield of succession planning

Running a business can be all-consuming and, for many business owners, “firefighting” would be a common description of the working week. It’s no surprise that for many of them, thinking ahead to a formalised exit strategy is often neglected. Succession planning is difficult enough without the curve balls that life can throw at you. With… Read More Navigating the minefield of succession planning

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Impact of technology on financial services

The greatest challenges and opportunities for most FS businesses today stem from technology, says Tom Colraine. The financial services sector is exposed to rising threats from people who want to steal personal data, intercept and amend communications, misappropriate assets for their own use or hold organisations to ransom. Businesses need to continually improve their defences… Read More Impact of technology on financial services

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Charities urged to review safeguarding procedures

Following the International Development Committee’s report on Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, Victoria highlights the lessons that charities can learn. Medecins Sans Frontiers is the most recent international aid charity, following Oxfam and Save the Children, to hit the headlines as a result of serious misconduct allegations concerning the exploitation and harassment… Read More Charities urged to review safeguarding procedures

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Do you talk politics at work?

By Andrea Murad It’s a potentially dangerous topic at the dinner table, but about the water cooler? We examine talking politics at work. Politics may be an appropriate topic depending on the nature of your work, but even so, whether you’re figuring out political risk for a transaction or chatting with colleagues during lunch, you… Read More Do you talk politics at work?

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How tech can streamline your accountancy business

By Anthony Harrington If used correctly, massive advances in smartphone and app technology allow accountancy firms to become more streamlined, finds Anthony Harrington. If you remove all the technical skills and compliance issues, running an accountancy practice has a lot in common with any service-oriented operation. It all boils down to two major goals: making… Read More How tech can streamline your accountancy business