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Employee Ownership

EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP TRUSTS

Nov 24, 2021

Employee ownership is one of the fastest growing business models in the UK. As we come out of the pandemic it is widely seen as having a key role to play in re-setting the UK economy. Employee ownership is not a new concept – the likes of The John Lewis…

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Front cover of book Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

SHOE DOG – A BOOK REVIEW

Nov 24, 2021

This month’s book review is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike. I can’t believe I haven’t written a review of this book before. I’ve recommended it many times so it certainly deserves a belated write-up. I should say this is not a sports book, so if you…

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SPACS

SPACS – AN IDIOTS GUIDE

Nov 24, 2021

In several previous newsletters I’ve mentioned the increased use of SPACS, and given the popularity of this relatively new process, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to basics and provide a bit of an idiots guide to SPACS. A SPAC is a Special Purpose Acquisition…

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THEY ASK YOU ANSWER – BOOK REVIEW

Nov 1, 2021

This month’s book review is ‘They Ask. You Answer’ by Marcus Sheridan. Not only have I read the book, but I also had the pleasure of hearing Marcus speak for more than an hour at an Entrepreneurs Conference a few weeks back. If you ever get the chance to see…

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Phil Sheard Bexley Beaumont

WINDING UP PETITIONS

Nov 1, 2021

In April 2020, the UK Government took the extraordinary step of preventing creditor winding up petitions for those companies that had been financially adversely impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. The move was intended to try and prevent businesses being subject to aggressive debt recovery action that could ultimately lead…

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Due Diligence key

THE ART OF DUE DILIGENCE

Nov 1, 2021

Over the past few years, I have worked on a number of financial due diligence exercises for clients. This was either assessing possible/actual targets for acquisition, or on the other side, to provide the due diligence information to a third party to vet and review everything before it goes off.…

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23 BEST PRACTICES TO PREVENT FRAUD

Sep 28, 2021

Following on from last months article on fraud and preventing it and not relying on your auditors to spot everything, given some of their high-profile failures, here is a list of 23 best practices that will help prevent fraud. This is by no means a full list, but having these…

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Elizabeth Holmes holding a phial f blood

BAD BLOOD – A BOOK REVIEW

Sep 28, 2021

This month’s book review is ‘Bad Blood. Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup’ by John Carreyrou. This links to the news item this month concerning the current trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranus. The book charts the rise and then spectacular collapse of a…

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DON’T COUNT ON YOUR AUDITORS SPOTTING FRAUD

Sep 2, 2021

The government had previously called for a review of the British auditing industry following a series of scandals and failures in the auditing process. This includes many I have covered before including Carillion, Thomas Cook and Patisserie Valerie. In another recent case, PWC are being sued by the administrators of…

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