FD profile: Simon Laffin

Company News FD profile: Simon Laffin

20y Tom Berry, Writer

FD profile: Simon Laffin

Simon Laffin is a finance man, not a retailer. But he learned a lot when his boss told him to spend four months managing his local Safeway. Even now h...

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FDs vital in troubled times

Company News FDs vital in troubled times

20y Michelle Perry, Writer

FDs vital in troubled times

An overwhelming eight out of ten finance directors this week said the role of FD becomes more vital at times of economic slowdown, reaffirming the imp...

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Boots defends switch to bonds

Company News Boots defends switch to bonds

20y Michelle Perry, Writer

Boots defends switch to bonds

Boots, the UK's largest high street chemist, has denied industry claims that it switched its pension funds into bonds to avoid a hit to profits caused...

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Receivers in at Photobition

Business Recovery Receivers in at Photobition

20y Philip Smith.

Receivers in at Photobition

Receivers from Andersen have been called in at Photobition, the troubled display graphics group, after banks refused to agree a restructuring of the g...

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Lloyd's FD attacks doubters

Company News Lloyd's FD attacks doubters

20y Chris Quick

Lloyd's FD attacks doubters

The finance chief of Lloyd's of London has hit out at those who have expressed doubts about the ability of Lloyd's of London to trade forward in the w...

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Heritage receiver faces lawsuit

Business Recovery Heritage receiver faces lawsuit

20y Chris Quick

Heritage receiver faces lawsuit

Grant Thornton is facing claims for damages understood to total several millions of pounds over its role in the collapse of housewares company Heritag...

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Healthcare index brought to life

Company News Healthcare index brought to life

20y Adriana Zea, Contributor

Healthcare index brought to life

The London Stock Exchange has today launched the techMARK mediscience index for emerging international healthcare companies. Read More...

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Brave new world for FDs

Company News Brave new world for FDs

20y Peter Bartram, Contributor

Brave new world for FDs

On 11 September so much was destroyed that business is still trying to pick up the pieces. It is clear now that the way companies used to work has gon...

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Directors suffer sleepless nights

Company News Directors suffer sleepless nights

20y Philip Smith.

Directors suffer sleepless nights

One in three directors have sleepless nights worrying about their company's finances, but many more are fundamentally ignorant of their responsibiliti...

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DTI review to rationalise grants

Company News DTI review to rationalise grants

20y AccountancyAge.com

DTI review to rationalise grants

Hundreds of government business support schemes could be merged into five or six strategic pots as part of the DTI's ongoing review of business suppor...

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Son of Railtrack delayed

Company News Son of Railtrack delayed

20y Michelle Perry, Writer

Son of Railtrack delayed

There will be no successor to Railtrack in place within the next six months nor will any private money be raised to fund its new structure, the beleag...

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BT's Bonfield quits early

Company News BT's Bonfield quits early

20y James Middleton

BT's Bonfield quits early

BT chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield will be stepping down from the position in January, a year early, with a golden handshake of £1.5m, the telco sa...

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Slowdown wipes out internet recovery

Company News Slowdown wipes out internet recovery

20y Damian Wild, Reporter

Slowdown wipes out internet recovery

The worldwide economic slowdown has wiped out signs of recovery in Europe's beleaguered internet sector, with up to 30% of dot.coms at risk of running...

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Treasury backs anti-terror plan

Company News Treasury backs anti-terror plan

20y Alex Miller.

Treasury backs anti-terror plan

The Treasury has today welcomed tough new measures to tackle terrorist financing. Read More...

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EU harmony to cost business £1.3bn

Company News EU harmony to cost business £1.3bn

20y Adriana Zea, Contributor

EU harmony to cost business £1.3bn

A proposal by the European Commission is likely to cost quoted companies across the EU about £1.3bn per year according to the Quoted Companies? Allian...

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Aitken settles terms with creditors

Business Recovery Aitken settles terms with creditors

20y Adriana Zea, Contributor

Aitken settles terms with creditors

Mid-tier firm Baker Tilly has reached an agreement with Jonathan Aitken?s creditors which would formally release the disgraced former cabinet minister...

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Boo exposes cost of CFO

Company News Boo exposes cost of CFO

20y Gavin Hinks, Writer

Boo exposes cost of CFO

The KPMG partner who served as interim chief financial officer at notorious dotcom failure boo.com charged the doomed startup £1,750 a day for her ser...

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Reuters releases first XBRL results

Company News Reuters releases first XBRL results

20y Philip Smith.

Reuters releases first XBRL results

XBRL, the revolutionary internet financial reporting language, has scored its first European success with the release of Reuters' third-quarter result...

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Analysts in the dark over goodwill

Company News Analysts in the dark over goodwill

20y Michelle Perry, Writer

Analysts in the dark over goodwill

More than three in ten listed companies are misleading analysts by keeping them in the dark over their goodwill amortisation policies, new research ha...

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SEC names enforcement chief

Company News SEC names enforcement chief

20y Michelle Perry, Writer

SEC names enforcement chief

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has offically appointed Stephen M. Cutler as enforcement director. Read More...

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Stock exchange loses LIFFE

Company News Stock exchange loses LIFFE

20y Adriana Zea, Contributor

Stock exchange loses LIFFE

Euronext, the merged Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels securities markets, has beaten the London Stock Exchange in its bid for LIFFE, buying the futures a...

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Former Marconi FD in pension payout

Company News Former Marconi FD in pension payout

20y Philip Smith.

Former Marconi FD in pension payout

John Mayo, the former Marconi finance director and deputy chief executive, is about to receive £500,000 in pension benefits following his sudden depar...

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US finance group eyes up Railtrack

Company News US finance group eyes up Railtrack

20y AccountancyAge.com

US finance group eyes up Railtrack

The government may not get its not-for-profit rail company if a potential bid by the US finance group Babcock & Brown proves suitable. Read More...

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Kvaerner gets Russian lifeline and CFO

Company News Kvaerner gets Russian lifeline and CFO

20y Adriana Zea, Contributor

Kvaerner gets Russian lifeline and CFO

In a last-minute rescue attempt, engineering giant Kvaerner has been thrown a one-week lifeline from its largest shareholder after the company said on...

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Profit warnings surge, says E&Y

Company News Profit warnings surge, says E&Y

20y AccountancyAge.com

Profit warnings surge, says E&Y

Up to 150 FTSE-listed companies will downgrade their profit expectations in the last quarter, Ernst & Young has predicted. Read More...

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CBI stands firm on interest rate calls

Company News CBI stands firm on interest rate calls

21y Larry Schlesinger, Writer

CBI stands firm on interest rate calls

The Confederation of British Industry says it will stand by its call for the Bank of England to reduce interest rates by half a percentage point, desp...

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Executives have a lot to learn, say experts

Company News Executives have a lot to learn, say experts

21y Liz Loxton in Harrogate

Executives have a lot to learn, say experts

Executives and senior managers have nothing to lose and everything to gainby admitting they don't know everything, delegates at the Chartered Institut...

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