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Features from January 2020

New thinking, practical advice and professional insight.

Three key lessons in regional SME funding

30 January 2020: the success of the SME sector is fundamental to the economy, and ease of access to funding for growth is key to driving that success. Jon Scopes, a strategy consultant in the SME sector and ICAEW member, lists the three key lessons SMEs should learn to gain access to finance.

Supercharge your networking – more than swapping business cards

30 January 2020: we are often told about the importance of networking; it’s all about who you know, right? In the digital age with the ease of a LinkedIn request, how do you build those relationships? Rachel Underhill, ICAEW’s Business Strategy Manager, has some answers.

Can job sharing work for accountants?

27 January 2020: splitting a single role between two employees can have many benefits for employers, including a broader skills base and the ability to use flexible talent - but how can staff be sure job shares work for them?

How mobile apps are revolutionising service industries

23 January 2020: from food delivery and fitness to farming and travel, apps are changing the way businesses work. With the trend set to continue, accountancy firms could be next in line for an app. Be inspired by five of the best service apps on the market.

Not scared to snitch: whistleblowing advice for accountants

23 January 2020: how does a safe whistleblowing culture benefit accounting firms? Elizabeth Richards, Head of Corporate Governance at ICAEW, examines the circumstances in which accountants might need to blow the whistle and the legal protections they receive.

How innovative firms are reshaping business structures

21 January 2020: the death of middle management, flatter hierarchies, egalitarian ideals: business structures are rapidly changing. Where does that leave the Big Four? We take a look at the firms shaking things up with innovative restructuring.

Eight top tips for wellbeing in the workplace

20 January 2020: we spend the majority of our time at work, so our wellbeing in the workplace should be of paramount importance. Sarah Dale, former PwC chartered accountant and now chartered occupational psychologist and founder of Creating Focus, shares her tips.

Have you got what it takes to become a partner?

15 January 2020: it’s often the career goal of young accountants, but becoming a partner isn’t for everyone. Do you think you’d make the cut? And do you really want the job anyway? We talk to the accountants who’ve been through it to find out.

Michael Izza looks ahead to Davos

15 January 2020: ahead of his visit to the World Economic Forum, ICAEW’s Chief Executive previews the manifesto and some of this year’s big initiatives.

How 5AMLD will affect accountancy firms

14 January 2020: discover four ways the new Anti-Money-Laundering Directive will affect accountancy firms with ICAEW’s integrity and law manager, Sophie Wales.

Five social media mistakes your business should avoid

8 January 2020: social media can be a phenomenal marketing tool for your organisation. But getting it wrong could mean a waste of time, or worse. Accountant and social media adviser Mark Lee highlights five common blunders your business should be avoiding, and what to do instead.

Climate change disclosures: what your business needs to know

8 January 2020: climate change poses serious risks to businesses, and investors and financial markets are demanding to know which companies are most exposed to this risk and which are best prepared to take action. Here’s what your business needs to know.