10 things we learnt this week: 15 April 2016
A round-up of the recent top content you may have missed from CA Today.
1. Five tips to make your accountancy firm more productive
From cutting the paper trail to investing in cloud computing, this list will help streamline the productivity of any accountancy practice.
2. Which city pays the best salary for finance workers?
A report from the salary benchmarking site Emolument.com has shown that London may not be the most profitable city to work for finance employees.
3. The CA who swapped the boardroom for bamboo bikes
Olivia Ng CA, GSK internal auditor and ICAS Sustainability Committee member, shared the story of her time with a social enterprise in Ghana making bikes out of bamboo.
4. 1 in 5 accountants ‘have no pension savings’
A survey by Bower Private Clients found that one in five accountants have no pension savings. One in eight plan to entirely fund their retirement by selling their current house, or collecting rent from buy to let properties.
5. ICAS announced the line up for the Big Scottish Election Debate
The Big Scottish Election Debate will take place on 20 April and will feature John Swinney MSP, Ian Murray MP, Murdo Fraser MSP, Patrick Harvie MSP and Alex Cole Hamilton.
6. The government points towards a strong framework of insolvency regulation
The Insolvency Service’s Annual review of insolvency practitioner regulation for 2015 highlighted the productive and co-operative manner in which RPBs and the Insolvency Service work together in implementing legislative change.
7. The fickleness of family taxation
The creeping change from independent taxation back towards taxation of the family unit causes much confusion, observes Donald Drysdale.
8. Inside the incredible offices of Airbnb, Google and other top companies
With the average worker spending 1,842 hours a year in the office, we took a look at some of the most creative and impressive office spaces around the world.
9. Stress is causing finance workers to lose 25 days a year
Finance workers lose 25 productive days a year due to the effects of workplace stress, according to a new survey. This loss of productivity is estimated to cost the UK £57bn a year.
10. The options available to SMEs to raise funds
In order to bridge the funding gap, SMEs should look at alternative sources of finance. Grants and crowdfunding can often provide a good deal.