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10 reasons why Accountex 2018 is a big hit!

Welcome to Daily Insight, which today comes to you live from Day Two of Accountex 2018, the UK’s leading event for the accounting and finance profession. But first, Day One. And a Big Tick all round. Visitor numbers were up by about 9 per cent. Exhibitors gave it a pretty much unanimous thumbs up. There […]

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Accountex team sets up for the big one!

New exhibitors. New speakers. New sessions. It’s all systems go. The Accountex team is  in London setting up the UK’s leading event for the accounting and finance profession at London’s ExCel on 23-24 May as we speak! So here’s a quick reminder of some of the key stats for this year’s exhibition. This year’s Accountex will […]

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Who’ll be exhibiting at Accountex 2018?

Today’s Daily Insight is longer (a lot) than usual because we are focusing on some of the magnificent 200-plus exhibitors at Accountex . The UK’s top event for the accountancy and finance profession has released the show highlights for 2018. At London’s ExCeL next week on 23-24 May, visitors will be among the first to […]

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Big Four accountants plan for break-up

The break-up of the Big Four accounting firms seems to be edging closer. The main story in today’s FT is that KPMG, Deloitte, EY and PwC have made contingency plans for a break up of their UK businesses. It’s a solution to the conflict of interest problem in the audit sector that’s favoured by politicians, […]

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Carillion demise may spark Big Four break-up

Good morning everyone … but not so good, I suspect, if you are involved with the Big Four/Carillion/financial regulation. MPs are not happy with the UK’s leading auditors. At all. In fact, our representatives at Westminster say the top accounting dogs are a “cosy club incapable of providing the degree of independent challenge needed”. They want […]

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How to solve the problem of late payments

Ten days ago I  focused Daily Insight on the upward trend of late payments and the consequences for small businesses and, by extension, accounting software providers. One of this year’s Accountex exhibitors has set up to address this specific problem for SMEs. They are Solna and they will be on stand 320 at ExCeL next […]

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The accountancy climatic flip – time for digital

As Accountex 2018 is just around the corner (especially if you live in east London), I’m handing today’s Daily Insight  over to one of t he event’s leading  speakers, Steve Cox, chief evangelist of UK accounting software group IRIS. He’s going to share his thoughts on the digital challenge for accounting: The extent to how […]

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Late payment rise points to role for software providers

I thought we’d just go slightly off-piste this morning, but not too far, I hope. I came across some interesting research by Euler Hermes, the trade credit insurance group, that reveals a rise in late payments. It shows that companies around the world are taking longer to collect cash from customers. And this can increase the […]

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Mel Stride looks into the future of taxation

What better way to warm up a cold and damp start to the week than with a few comments about taxation from Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury. On the tax system and the changing face of business in the not too distant future, he says: “Who knows where it’ll end up. “I’ve just […]

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