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Audit quality is paramount

By Bruce Cartwright Who do you trust? The 2019 Edelman trust barometer reveals that while trust in government, business, media and NGOs has declined over the last 20 years, people are placing more trust in their professional relationships. The headline takeaway of the global survey, however, is the growing trust divide. According to Edelman “the world is… Read More Audit quality is paramount

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CAs can help save the world

By Bruce Cartwright CA While my recent blogs have discussed the importance of the debate that’s currently engulfing UK audit, this rather fades into insignificance when we consider what’s happening to our planet. According to the IPCC we only have 12 years to restrict global warming to a 1.5° Celsius rise else we will significantly… Read More CAs can help save the world

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No-deal Brexit likely; business is not prepared

By Rob Outram A no-deal Brexit is either “very likely” or “quite likely” according to 65% of finance professionals in the latest Brexit Tracker Survey from ICAS in association with leading law firm Brodies LLP. The online survey also found that fewer than half (45%) of respondents believe their organisation is either “very prepared” or “quite… Read More No-deal Brexit likely; business is not prepared

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UK audit debate: the world is watching

By Bruce Cartwright CA Public trust was the overarching theme at this year’s World Congress of Accountants (WCOA). In fact, one of the keynotes was “The death of trust: accounting scandals that shocked the world” – sufficient to make the profession sit up and listen. It was clear from conversations taking place both on and off the… Read More UK audit debate: the world is watching

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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