More than one in four of Britain's manufacturing SME's are having their potential for growth held back by a shortage of skilled workers according to a new survey.
MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms, has made the claim in its latest annual Manufacturing Survey, which sampled 400 mainly small and medium sized manufacturing and engineering businesses in the UK.Read more >>
The latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey has found that financial services firms experienced slowed growth in business volumes during the three months leading to September.
The rise in overall business volumes was at the slowest pace in two years, coming on the back of almost two years of strong expansion. However, overall optimism about business was stable due to over two and half years of continuous improvement.Read more >>
The issue of Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) is a concept that should be promoted among businesses, investors, governments and wider society, according to three leading professional, campaigning and business organisations.
In their latest joint paper, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Flora & Fauna International (FFI) and the Big 4 firm KPMG highlight the importance of NCA across a wide range of operations.Read more >>
According to revised official figures, the second quarter of the year saw the US economy grow faster than previously anticipated.
The surprise positive news was due to strong consumer spending, business investment and residential construction, according to the US Department of Commerce.Read more >>
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is going to consult on measures that need to temporarily be put into place to cover issues in the insurance industry surrounding the introduction of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments.
The new insurance contracts standard will involve significant changes, and the independent standard-setting body of the IFRS Foundation will provide a transparent process in the run up to its application in regard to the new financial instruments standard.Read more >>
A new academic report has found that women who graduate with a degree earn three times as much as those who do not.
According to researchers at the think tank Institute for Fiscal Studies, in association with Cambridge and Harvard universities, there is a £13,200 graduate premium for yearly wages.Read more >>
HM Revenue and Customs has set out how a business can reimburse employees for costs incurred by using electric cars for work purposes.
Previously, HMRC’s failure to recognise electricity as a type of fuel has been used by some companies as a reason for not making more use of the eco-friendly vehicles in their fleets.Read more >>
Corporate boardrooms must use "moral courage" to drive forward value, according to a global group of accountants.
The group, Chartered Accountants Worldwide, believes that the prevalence of social media and the overall culture of the digital age mean that there is now a direct link between value creation and ethics.Read more >>
Cyber attacks have cost businesses across the world more than £200 billion over the past year, according to new research from Grant Thornton International Ltd.
The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) surveyed 2,500 business leaders in 35 countries and found that in excess of one in every six businesses fell victim to a cyber attack in the past 12 months.Read more >>
Income tax receipts have unexpectedly fallen, and as a result, Britain’s deficit has risen to
£12.1bn in August. The figure represents the largest shortfall in government funding since 2012.Read more >>
The continued efforts by HMRC to clamp down on tax avoidance have seen definite results, according to a new announcement from Treasury Secretary David Gauke.
Under new rules introduced last year regarding accelerated payments, some avoidance scheme users have been hit by having to pay disputed tax up front.Read more >>
Yesterday, commodity prices declined and caused a 2% drop in morning trade on the UK market.
This meant the benchmark FTSE 100 fell below the 6,000 level, with mining shares leading the fall after commodity prices continued their downward trend.Read more >>
Daniele Nouy, the European Central Bank's supervisory chief, has said that the introduction of a new accounting standard for financial instruments will present a challenge for the banking industry.
The chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank said modelling for expected losses will be particularly affected.Read more >>
Deloitte reported aggregate revenues amounting to $35.2 billion in its most recent figures.
The new figures, covering the fiscal year ended 31 May 2015, were announced alongside the company's Annual Global Report, which also showed growth across the Big 4 firm's core practices, industry sectors and geographic regions.Read more >>
According to its chief economist Andy Haldane, The Bank of England's next move may well be to cut rates rather than raise them as has been widely expected.
The surprise turnaround would be due to the increased risk of deflation if the UK economy does not pick up in the second half of this year.Read more >>
New laws governing how businesses in the UK operate will come into effect on 1st October 2015 as part of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Returns and complaints policies, staff training and terms and conditions all come under the spotlight of the new regulations.Read more >>
Software giant Sage and Big 4 firm PwC have announced a new collaboration aimed at pushing forward global SME connections and growing UK activities.
The accounting software company and Big 4 firm are rolling out the new project in the UK before extending it across their international operations.Read more >>
Ernst & Young (E&Y) has merged with tax law firm Burt, Staples & Maner LLP in a move that sees the Big 4 firm expanding its international tax practice.
The law firm, based in Washington, DC, specialises in information reporting and withholding (IRW) and will be working closely with E&Y's worldwide network on international corporate tax reporting issues.Read more >>
A new analysis of ONS labour force data by Deloitte has dug deep into the stats involving the effects of automation on the UK economy.
The new study found that in the last 15 years, jobs in sectors such as technology, high-tech manufacturing, and financial and professional services have lost 800,000 jobs to automated process or machines.Read more >>
The chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, Hans Hoogervorst, has said the new IFRS 9 standard will give investors better insight on loan loss risks.
The IASB is the independent standard-setting body of the IFRS Foundation, which works with investors, analysts, regulators and others in the global accountancy sector.Read more >>
Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, has admitted that he hasn't a clue what will happen to oil prices in the coming months.
When posed the question by the BBC, Van Beurden replied: "The honest answer to that is I don't know."Read more >>
New statistics show that the public sector of the UK now only has 5.4 million workers, meaning it is at the lowest levels since records began in 1999.
The Department for Work and Pensions said the labour market figures saw a decrease of 16,000 in the second quarter, and overall public sector employment was down 59,000 over the last 12 months.Read more >>
Ernst & Young (E&Y) has released figures that reveal the best growth for the company since 2008.
With a strong performance across the width of its business and on a global scale, the UK's Big 4 accountancy giant saw revenues grow by 11.6% to a total of £18.6bn.Read more >>
With a Bank of England target of around 2% once again being missed, the latest figures show that the UK economy's inflation level has fallen back down to zero.
Sharp falls in both petrol and diesel prices played a major role, although they were not the only significant factors.Read more >>
A new survey conducted over the summer found that UK financial directors are more worried about the negative effects of a skill shortage than anything else.
China's economic slowdown and the possible of a 'Brexit' from the EU were seen as less of a threat to growth than the condition of the UK talent pool.Read more >>