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When business relationships turn bad

By Chris Sheedy From associations between staff and their industry partners in Big Four firms to interactions between accountants and clients in small public practices, the entire accounting industry is built on relationships. How then, does an accounting business ensure those relationships never turn bad? And how do they recognise it when they do? Leadership… Read More When business relationships turn bad

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Body language for international business

When conducting business in a foreign country or with people from a different culture, knowing the nuances of that culture will only help cement a positive working relationship. Andrea Murad investigates. Your first impression is very hard to undo, and it starts with your greeting. Using the right protocol to introduce yourself can sway a… Read More Body language for international business

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Audit debate off and running

By Bruce Cartwright CA, ICAS CEO Recently: The FRC has said it will review the scope of audit; The CMA has announced a market review; and The audit procurement process has been added to Sir John Kingman’s remit. ICAS welcomes these opportunities to engage in an evidence-led debate on all these inter-related subjects. I also… Read More Audit debate off and running

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Top role for CA boosts number of women in senior roles

Sue Dawe CA, EY’s Head of Financial Services in Scotland, has joined the accountancy firm’s UK Board. Sue’s appointment means that five of the 10 positions on the Board are now held by women, strengthening the diversity of the firm’s senior leadership.  Here Sue talks to Andy Harbison about her new role and how she… Read More Top role for CA boosts number of women in senior roles

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The evolution of hedge fund management

By Andrea Murad Robert McEwan CA, Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, discusses the hedge fund landscape, his role at one of the largest hedge funds in the world and challenges in the industry. Why did you decide to work in the hedge fund industry? I became intrigued by the financial services industry when I… Read More The evolution of hedge fund management

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Toxic tone from the top

By Chris Sheedy Toxic leaders exist only if the culture allows. What does a toxic tone from the top look like, and how can it be changed? At her first job interview after graduating from a Law degree in the 1990s, Katriina Tahka learned an important lesson about the way the business world worked at… Read More Toxic tone from the top