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Insight / Tips and advice: preparing your accounting practice for sale

When accounting firms look to sell their business, it is essential to profile and prepare the business ready for a sale, from the critical financial data to softer information about management structure, client base and staffing splits, advises Keith Underwood, managing director of merger experts Foulger Underwood

Insight / Raising finance for business: tips and advice

Lots of businesses want to raise funds and often they will turn to their accountant for help in the first instance. Clive Hyman FCA of Hyman Capital Services provides a brief overview of the issues to consider from identifying finance sources, financial modelling and business valuations

Insight / CCH Daily Weekly News Alert - manage your preferences

Find out how to manage your preferences to ensure you receive a tailored newsletter with the essential tax, accounting and audit analysis every Friday afternoon

Insight / Wolters Kluwer sells CCH Information to Peninsula subsidiary Croner-i

Croner-i Ltd, a subsidiary of Peninsula Business Services Group, has acquired Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory following the sale of CCH Information, Accountancy magazine and Croner-i

Insight / Auto enrolment pensions will not provide adequate retirement income, warns ABI

The number of employees signed up to auto enrolment pensions has hit 7.5m but the low level of contributions by employees and employers is still too small to provide adequate future pension cover

Insight / CIOT revises Chartered Tax Adviser exams and opens up eligibility criteria

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has overhauled the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) examinations to ensure that the CTA continues to be as relevant as possible to the needs of tax professionals, and has removed the 'confirmation of eligibility' requirement

Insight / People in the news: Moore Stephens Intl, ICAS, BDO, PwC, Quantuma, MHA Carpenter Box

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, ICAS chief executive steps down to join Moore Stephens International, new trainees at BDO, Creasys and MHA Carpenter Box, Quantuma hires insolvency specialist and Ian Kenyon named first CFO of new UK Research and Innovation body

Insight / Jon Davies Accountants sets up Liverpool practice

Established Merseyside accountant Jon Davies has set up an accounting practice based in Liverpool, with a team of four senior client managers

Insight / Farnell: when is an accountant not an ‘accountant’?

Hiring an accountant is not always as transparent as one might think as anyone can say they are an accountant, regardless of whether they have specific institute endorsed qualifications. Sean Farnell, partner at Burgis & Bullock, says it is high time this shoddy state of affairs was reviewed and calls for tighter controls on who can call themselves an accountant

Tax / Catax and Croner Taxwise sign joint venture to cross-sell services

Specialist tax relief company Catax has signed a joint venture with fee protection insurance provider Croner Taxwise, a subsidiary of Peninsula Business Services Group, in a move to broaden its reach across the accountancy profession

Tax / Farming: prospects post-Brexit - part 4

With the prospect of Brexit less than two years away, for the first time in more than 40 years, the UK can create its own farming policy. National Farmers Union chief economics adviser Dr Andrew Francis considers the pros and cons of a new tariff environment for the farming community and their tax advisers

Insight / GDPR: what does it mean for businesses?

Next May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force, across the EU including the UK, and will be a game-changer in how organisations store, secure and manage personal data, says Ian Kilpatrick, executive VP cyber security for Nuvias Group

Insight / People in the news: KPMG, Carter Backer Winter, Milsted Langdon FS

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, KPMG announces the lead for its commercial mobility function, CBW expands its tax team in London, Milsted Langdon Financial Services has a new wealth management adviser, and Ferguson Litigation Funding has a new business development and client care specialist onboard

Insight / Majority of accounting firm bosses rated 'good' or 'excellent'

A survey of UK bosses found that 61% of those working in professional services including accounting and law firms are positive about their bosses although one in 10 (9%) were slated as 'poor' managers, showing that bad management habits still pervade certain firms, although accountants were some of the best performing managers

Insight / Rathbones pulls out of Smith & Williamson merger talks

Talks over a proposed £2bn merger between fund management firm Rathbone Brothers and Smith & Williamson have ended with no deal struck, reports Calum Fuller