Opinion

Dirty business

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The battle to stamp out money laundering. In this, my latest article for Praxity Global Alliance, I look at the role of accountants in the war on dirty money. Accountants are in the front line when it comes to exposing money laundering. Is enough being done to fight it at domestic and global level?  One […]

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Ready for the cyber wars?

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Cybersecurity has become a top priority for senior management as organisations seek to protect against the growing threat of attack from individuals, organised crime networks and even governments. In this, in my latest article for Praxity Global Alliance, I outline the cyber dangers and what to do to protect your business. From destroying a company’s […]

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What next for the world economy?

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Global growth could come to an abrupt end due to rising trade conflicts and a dangerous cocktail of economic factors, according to the International Monetary Fund. It is calling for immediate action to ‘fix the roof’ before it caves in. In this, my latest article for Praxity, I look at the IMF forecasts for the […]

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Why blockchain matters

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Blockchain could become the ‘go to’ technology to settle financial transactions and carry out day to day business processes. Can you afford to ignore it? Fintech geeks have been banging on about blockchain for years as the next big thing to transform the way we do business. Now it’s beginning to happen. While many senior […]

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Helping not-for-profits

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The not-for-profit (NFP) sector faces an increasingly complex set of accounting challenges that escalate considerably in the international arena.  Charities, religious institutions and other not-for-profits need to address funding issues alongside complicated areas of financial compliance, risk management, tax relief and governance. These issues are exacerbated by what appears to be constant changes to legislation […]

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A problem of size

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It’s tough being a mid-sized business (MSB).  Too big to take advantage of government handouts and business breaks, and too small to have the influence and power of global giants, MSBs could be forgiven for developing an inferiority complex. Many MSBs receive little support in an increasingly competitive, regulated and technology-focused world. No wonder some […]

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Planet earth is dying

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Are multinationals taking the environment seriously?  For decades, global businesses have been under pressure to demonstrate a commitment to environmental protection. Climate-related disclosure could be the tipping point, heralding a sea change in reporting that might just make the world a better place. Whether you believe in global warming or not, and most people do, […]

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Writing great content

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What does the phrase ‘content is king’ mean? Many companies think it means writing as much as possible and pinging it to anyone who might be interested. This is a recipe for disaster. Do a quick google search, open a few web pages, check out your latest twitter feed. It won’t be long before you’re […]

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Lost in translation

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There’s a problem with global business.  It’s English. Companies increasingly need to translate corporate communications into English for a global audience. The problem is making sure nothing gets lost in translation, internally and externally. Even the best bi-lingual translators make mistakes. And if they don’t understand the business, its employees and its customers, they won’t understand […]

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Using the right words

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You don’t need big words to impress people. In fact, the opposite is true when it comes to business communication. “I love you,” for example. You can’t get much simpler than that. If used at the right time, in the right circumstances, these three little words can mean the world. Of course you’re not going to say […]