10 things we learnt this week: 18 March 2016
A round-up of recent top content you may have missed from CA Today.
1. George Osborne’s 2016 Budget reduced corporation tax and made concessions on CGT
ICAS experts offered their analysis on the key points of the 2016 Budget Statement.
2. ICAS CEO Anton Colella outlined why it's time to scrap the Budget system
Anton Colella assessed the impact of previous measures laid out by the Chancellor and asked us to consider what the current approach to British budgets is doing for the nation’s businesses.
3. Bidding wars for Argos highlighted how far we have come
Columnist Angus McCrone took a look at the takeover tussle of the Home Retail Group and the pros and cons of moving away from the golden age of mergers.
4. Leading professionals and employers have set a new standard for apprenticeships
Professional bodies, including ICAS, have come together to develop the Professional Accountancy/Tax Technician standard as a route for school leavers to succeed in the sector.
5. VPs, Directors and MD are getting smaller bonuses
While banks have been offering junior members of staff bigger bonuses than ever before, those at the top of the chain have been taking a hit across the board.
6. The 2016 Admission Ceremony will be live streamed on Saturday
In one of the biggest annual events of the ICAS calendar, we will be welcoming more than 300 new members on Saturday, 19 March. Colleagues, friends, family and members can watch the event live from 1100 GMT on Saturday and access the recording on demand soon after.
7. EY announced 200 new apprenticeships for budding accountants
Monday marked the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 and with it came an announcement of 200 new apprenticeships at EY. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to gain a globally recognised accountancy qualification with either ICAS or ICAEW.
8. ICAS will be staging a major Scottish Election debate
ICAS will be staging a major debate in Edinburgh as part of the run-up to the Scottish Parliamentary Elections on 5 May.
9. London Stock Exchange agreed to merge with Deutsche Börse
LSE and Deutsche Börse have agreed on an “industry-defining merger”, which will bring together the leading global financial centre of London with the hub of Europe’s largest economy in Frankfurt.
10. Sleep is a costly business
A lack of proper sleep has been estimated to cost the UK economy £100 billion. Today is World Sleep Day and we put together our top tips for getting a full night’s rest.