Five things CAs need to know this week: 11 March 2019
A look ahead to some of the things happening in business, accountancy and politics this week.
1. Nominations for the Top Young CAs 2019 close on Friday
Each year, we look to recognise the best and brightest young talent of the ICAS membership to raise their profile and promote their work to fellow CAs and beyond. All CAs aged 35 or under are eligible for the competition, regardless of industry or location.
ICAS Chief Executive Bruce Cartwright CA commented: “Whether you are a Young CA yourself or know of a deserving candidate, I urge you to submit a nomination and join us in celebrating the next generation."
The deadline for entries is 11.59pm (GMT) on Friday 15 March 2019.
2. Brexit meaningful vote confirmed for 12 March
MPs will vote in support or rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May's final Brexit deal on Tuesday 12 March. If unsuccessful, successive days of voting will decide whether to block a no-deal exit or to extend the departure date.
As recently as last week, UK negotiators were still attempting to secure legally binding changes to the existing agreement around the Northern Irish border and potential backstop.
Final deal documents and the exact motion MPs will vote on are due to be published today (Monday 11 March).
3. The Big Tax Debate 2019 hosted by ICAS and CIOT in Edinburgh
The annual Big Tax Debate, co-hosted by ICAS and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) will take place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 12th March.
A panel of politicians and commentators, chaired by popular broadcaster Rona Dougall, will convene to discuss Scotland and its tax regime. They will discuss a range of tax topics, including what new options exist for raising Scotland's tax revenue and how tax policy can support wider economic growth.
This event is free and tickets are still available.
4. Chancellor to deliver Spring Statement 2019
Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his Spring Statement on Wednesday 13 March
This will be the first economic update from HM Treasury of 2019 and is expected to be limited to an economic update and response to the latest Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts.
Significant announcements are not likely due to the upcoming 29 March deadline for the UK's departure from the EU.
5. Results due from Standard Life Aberdeen, Old Mutual, Provident Financial, French Connection
- Monday: Interim due from River And Mercantile Group. Finals due from Banco Santander SA, Hutchison China Meditech Ltd, Kcell JSC, Microsaic Systems PLC, Old Mutual Limited and Silence Therapeutics PLC.
- Tuesday: Interims due from PRS Reit Plc and PureCircle Ltd. Finals due from 888 Holdings PLC, Computacenter PLC, Cairn Energy PLC, Domino's Pizza Group PLC, Forbidden Technologies PLC, French Connection Group PLC, Forterra Plc, G4S PLC, Gresham Technologies PLC, H&T Group PLC, Midwich Group Plc, John Menzies PLC, Pendragon PLC, Pennant International Group PLC, Surgical Innovations Group PLC and TCS Group Holding Plc.
- Wednesday: Finals due from Advanced Medical Solutions Group PLC, Balfour Beatty PLC, Burford Capital Ltd, Dignity PLC, ECSC Group Plc, EKF Diagnostics Holdings PLC, Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, hVIVO Plc, Lookers PLC, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC , Provident Financial PLC, Prudential PLC, Standard Life Aberdeen, StatPro Group PLC and TransGlobe Energy Corporation.
- Thursday: Interim due from Brooks Macdonald Group PLC. Finals due from Capital & Regional PLC, The Capita Group PLC, Just Group Plc, Marshalls PLC, Oxford BioMedica PLC and Savills PLC.
- Friday: Interim due from JD Wetherspoon PLC. Finals due from The Restaurant Group PLC.