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39% of small businesses say that their accountant is their chief source of business advice, far more than mention any other source of advice. Indeed, the nearest rivals, consultants are only named by 15%.*

These numbers were collected by BIS, and t...

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Technical accountancy is a game not just of numbers but of words as well, and the words matter. If an issue becomes contentious, strong language (for example, ‘verification’ instead of ‘assurance’) could land its users in the...

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No conversation about the future of audit and assurance is complete without some thought given to the future of reporting. Let's talk about how to change the world...

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a small business needs fewer rules and greater freedom than a big one. We'll be co-hosting a debate in Brussels on 19 February on how chartered accountants can support small businesses - but what do you th...

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Two behemoths are ready to battle, but can Tesco's and Sainsbury's like-for-like sales figures tell us the real story? Taking a look at last year, maybe n...

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Over the past year, the Audit and Assurance Faculty have worked to get our technical ducks in a row on audit exemption. Now I'm looking for your feedback.

We're expecting a world in which most companies can choose whether or not to have an audit....
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One day the audit report could be replaced with a single assurance report covering the whole of the annual report and accounts. That's the conclusion of a new Audit and Assurance Faculty paper, The journey: assuring all of the annual report?

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A Secret Service

by Henry Irving on 01.11.2013 16:03

MI5 protects us all from many threats, seen and unseen – their successes are untrumpeted, their failures unclear (but probably very damaging). One thing they probably don’t perceive themselves as is undervalued: glorified in literature, film and in ...

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“Don’t wear a red bra.” That piece of advice is apparently one of the reasons why law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner took down a trainee blog on how to dress to impress.

Do you have your own set of audit clothing guidelines?

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How can chartered accountants best support their audit exempt clients? What do small businesses think? How about investors and lenders?

Join us at Chartered Accountants' Hall on 23 October for a panel debate bringing together these perspectives.