Leadership & management

Insight / Economic trends: uncertain effect of higher UK interest rates

The Bank of England’s recent rise in interest rates marks the first tightening in policy for a decade and although it is unlikely to make a significant impact on households or business, the longer term outlook for rate levels could have more pernicious effects, warns George Buckley, chief UK economist at Nomura

Insight / EY rated best accountancy firm for student leavers

Ten accountancy firms feature in a new ranking of the top 100 employers in the UK for school and college leavers, with EY leading the way in a table drawn up by RateMyApprenticeship

Insight / Scottish financial services firms target women returners

Seven top Scottish employers including RBS, Standard Life Aberdeen and Prudential, have signed up to a government-funded programme to help professional women get back into skilled financial services jobs after an extended career break

Insight / Government pushes for greater top level boardroom diversity

The government is calling for FTSE 350 companies to make more of an effort to encourage senior level diversity, after research showed the percentage of women reaching top board positions remains low

Insight / FTSE 350 challenged to improve remuneration reporting clarity

Ahead of the next AGM season, FTSE 350 companies are being urged to take more action to address top executive pay transparency, including providing details on relocation payments and annual bonus targets

Insight / FTSE 250 exec pay challenges increasing

FTSE 250 companies have a way to go in improving transparency on senior executive pay compared to the FTSE 100 and are facing more challenges from shareholders on remuneration levels, which continue to rise, according to analysis by Deloitte

Insight / FRC publishes conflicts of interest for senior team

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a register of interests for its senior team for the first time, which reveals that chief executive Stephen Haddrill is married to a civil servant responsible for relationship management with the regulator, while several FRC directors have pension entitlements from employment with Big Four firms

Insight / FCA misses own senior leader diversity targets

Despite setting itself targets to increase the diversity of its senior leadership team, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has seen a fall in both the number of women and the number of individuals who identify as black Asian minority ethnic (BAME), according to its latest analysis

Insight / Millennial interviews: the audit manager

This week CCH Daily chats to Ashleigh Gurney, an audit manager at Deloitte, about how automation can be a great opportunity for audit and her dislike for mundane tasks, as she challenges herself to become a partner in five years

Insight / HS2 CFO quits following unauthorised redundancy payments

Steve Allen, chief financial officer at High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2), is to leave the railway infrastructure development company at the end of the financial year, citing a National Audit Office (NAO) report which was critical of some £1.7m of unauthorised redundancy payments

Tax / HMRC to recruit permanent secretary replacement for Troup

HMRC is to look internally and will only consider existing civil servants when recruiting a second permanent secretary to replace tax specialist Edward Troup, who is set to retire at the end of 2017

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 / Treasury Committee launches inquiry into women in finance

The Treasury Committee is to investigate women in finance, focusing on the Treasury’s women in finance charter and the progress made against it, in a bid to identify the barriers to women entering and progressing in the financial services industry

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 / Diageo tops corporate governance table

Drinks giant Diageo has emerged as the highest ranked UK-listed company for the quality of its corporate governance in the Institute of Directors (IoD) annual report on the health of large company boards, compiled by Cass Business School