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The end of the year is nigh

At the time of writing we are halfway through December. Whilst for many that means a scant ten days to go before Christmas; for 300,000 companies it means the deadline for filing annual accounts is looming large on the horizon. Company directors who have already filed their company’s accounts can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief. But for …

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Nominee Directors? Not in UK law

When is a director not a director? Yes you’re right, this is a trick question but the rights and responsibilities of company directorship is an area which can be misunderstood. Particularly so when people have been persuaded to add their names to the list of corporate directors without taking time to investigate the legal implications. In our last article we …

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Company incorporations and the role of the company secretary

No matter what else is going on in the world it seems as though our appetite for setting up new companies has not diminished. In fact, latest figures show that in the quarter to 30 September 2016 there were 154,685 company incorporations. Admittedly, in the same period just over 100,000 companies were dissolved but nevertheless the net company count as …

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Measuring the board

It’s time to take a look at board dynamics. At least, it is if the results of a recent PwC survey are anything to go by. Their annual corporate directors’ survey looked at a range of issues from board composition to investor engagement and some of the results may well surprise you. For example, would you say that your board …

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Creating inclusive workplaces

It’s time to change. So says the CBI in their latest drive to make workplaces more inclusive in order to deliver business growth and greater opportunity. In pursuit of this aim the CBI has launched a report entitled ‘Time for action: the business case for inclusive workplaces.’ The report, which should be compulsory reading for all business leaders and executives, …

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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act

In her first Conservative party conference speech as leader the Prime Minister, Theresa May, was outspoken on matters such as tax dodging and corporate governance. Highlighting the dangers of drawing those who are supposed to be holding business accountable from ‘the same narrow social and professional circles as the executive team,’ the Prime Minister said the government intends to publish …

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Culture at the heart of governance

When you open the business pages it is hard to escape the fact that governance and culture are amongst the hot topics of the moment.  Not that their importance in driving long term stability and growth has ever been in dispute; it’s just that when you’re dealing with recession or changing accounting standards or working out how to stave off …

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Measuring good governance

What is good corporate governance and how do we measure it?  Those are the questions which the Institute of Directors (IoD) set out to answer in their 2016 Good Governance report. Drawing on a combination of external sources and stakeholder perceptions the report ranks the corporate governance performance of the FTSE 100 companies. So who are the winners and losers …

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UK – Open for business

The pre-Brexit hustings may have warned of dire consequences for British business but initial indicators have, at the time of writing at least, proved the predictions wrong. In fact, the economic indicators for July are broadly positive with unemployment now being at the lowest rate since 2005, prices remaining steady and consumer spending on the up. Admittedly there may be …

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Diversity and inclusion

“A diverse, inclusive and vibrant organisation is one we should all strive to achieve.” This opening sentence from HMRC’s recently published diversity and inclusion strategy sums up the ongoing importance of diversity in the workplace. It’s an issue which we have written about before, and no doubt one which we will return to again in the future; simply because of …

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