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  • ICAEW working in partnership with the Community Foundation: The ICAEW Social Mobility Fund

    As part of our work with the Community Foundation, the ICAEW Social Mobility Fund has recently been launched. The £100,000 fund objective is to support projects which improve social mobility in the black communities: Providing support and inspi...
    • 12 Mar 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    The Chancellor’s Spring Statement next week has been trailed as not being a fiscal event. Consequently we don't expect to see any changes to the tax system next week, although we there may be some changes to government spending plans ...
    • 7 Mar 2018
  • Dear CEO, your reporting is not good enough

    In February the FCA wrote to the CEOs of IFPRU and BIPRU investment firms instructing them to review their regulatory reporting practices. The regulator is concerned about the quality of prudential returns, and the risks associated with inaccurate an...
    • 6 Mar 2018
  • Government Borrowing and Whole of Government Accounts

    Towards the end of last year, HM Treasury gave evidence to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the level of government borrowing and the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA). Whilst the transcript of the oral evidence is rather lengthy, the PAC publ...
    • 6 Mar 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the Week

    This week’s chart is on the subject of public spending, which in 2018 is expected to reach £22 trillion globally.   This is 35% of forecast global GDP for this year of £63tn. As expected, accounting for near...
    • 27 Feb 2018
  • What goes up...

    Interesting chart from Allianz showing the expansion in the monetary base as a proportion of GDP following the last decades monetary policy interventions... in other words Quantitative Easing (QE).  This is where the money to create the various ...
    • 27 Feb 2018
  • Without Question: the profession on screen

    On the back of the global success of False Assurance, our first educational film, we have invested in a second film, Without Question. The new film continues the overarching theme of professional scepticism but this time the script has extended the s...
    • 20 Feb 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    With recent news focusing on overseas aid for the wrong reasons, we thought it might be interesting to look at the UK’s international development spending in our chart of the week. In 2016 the UK Government spent £13.4bn on...
    • 19 Feb 2018
  • Shifting the business narrative: internalising externalities - a response to the Information for Better Markets Conference 2017

    For me the high point of the Information for Better Markets conference held in December was Jeffrey Unerman’s presentation Reporting on business’s external impacts: what do we know? This was a summary of research commissioned by ICAEW fro...
    • 15 Feb 2018
  • How do you improve your presentation skills?

    I have always dreamed of being a great orator – unfortunately it wasn’t to be. However, I do consider myself a competent public speaker. The feedback on my presentations is usually good and you have to accept that rarely does anyone pleas...
    • 8 Feb 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    This week the UK Cabinet is meeting to discuss future trading relationships after the UK’s departure from the European Single Market and Customs Union at the end of 2020. The result of these discussions could have a significant impac...
    • 6 Feb 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    With the UK preparing to agree its future trading relationships with both the EU and the rest of the world, our chart this week takes a look at the global economy. It illustrates the scale of EU and EEA single market that will continu...
    • 30 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    The NAO report last week on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and the collapse of Carillion has led us to focus on PFI in this week's chart. That PFI financing is more expensive than government borrowing for new infrastructure is a well rehe...
    • 24 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the Week

    After a short interlude while I was in Harare, meeting some of our stakeholders in Zimbabwe here is a delayed Chart of the week from last week. Here at home, the news has been all about the demise of Carillion, so this chart looks at the p...
    • 23 Jan 2018
  • What does the 25 year plan to improve the environment mean for accountants?

    On 11th January Theresa May unveiled the government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment. It was the first keynote speech on the environment by a prime minister since Tony Blair in 2000. 18 years after Blair’s address, the issues out...
    • 23 Jan 2018
  • Beware of unintended consequences

    Whenever there are major corporate scandals, one of the first questions asked is ‘what did the auditors know and why didn’t they forewarn us about the risks?’.  This often leads on to questions about the governance and oversigh...
    • 19 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    With the Chancellor and Brexit Secretary both in Germany today to discuss future trade terms, this week also sees the start of one of the more complicated budgeting processes in the world: the European Union’s multi-year financial framewor...
    • 10 Jan 2018
  • Supporting the gig-economy

    ICAEW’s vision is for a world of strong economies. We have been asking how economies can be built on fair and just societies, and how growth can be achieved within what nature can provide. Our support for the UN Global Goals is a key part of th...
    • 9 Jan 2018
  • Help us to maintain high standards of practice – apply now

    We are recruiting for ICAEW members to serve on our professional conduct and regulatory committees. If you have the experience to help us maintain and support high standards of practice and professional conduct and would like to serve on one of ...
    • 9 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    Happy New Year - I hope 2018 proves to be a successful, healthy and prosperous year for all! As has become usual at this time of year, this week's news in the UK is dominated by the debate on the adequacy of funding for the Nation...
    • 3 Jan 2018
  • An Uplifting End to a Successful Year

    I began my last blog by emphasising how busy I had been, touring South East Asia. This month may have trumped that, taking me to Mauritius, Dubai and India in the space of just ten days.   Mauritius My travels began in Mauritius, where we have b...
    • 20 Dec 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    We are wrapping up our series of charts of the week with a look at Santa’s balance sheet. This chart takes Father Christmas’s financial position immediately before the start of his deliveries to around 27.6m households across the UK...
    • 19 Dec 2017
  • Celebrating 2017 in ICAEW's Europe Region

    In our first regional newsletter, I said that 2017 is going to be an exciting and challenging one for ICAEW in Europe. And it has been.  We are talking about the big issues: informing the Brexit debate; tackling intergenerational fairness and pr...
    • 18 Dec 2017
  • Top five sustainability reads for Christmas

    At our last ICAEW Sustainability Committee meeting we asked our members to come up with the most inspiring sustainability content that they've encountered recently. We encouraged them to submit content in all sorts of formats &nda...
    • 14 Dec 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    As the year draws to a close, many of us will be taking stock of this year and thinking about what we will do next year.  In that spirit, today's Chart of the week looks at the £809bn of public spending planned for the coming financia...
    • 11 Dec 2017