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Should all organisations have a procurement policy?

Is procurement one of the most misunderstood and underestimated areas of business? Surely we’re essentially talking about buying things; yet even the word “procurement” makes the process sound more complicated than it needs to be. All organisations, however big or … Continue reading

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Interview with Huw Lloyd

What is your current position and where? I’m self employed; my company is called Forward Thinking and it’s a business advice and consultancy company.  I currently have a contract with Centre for Business; a business support agency for South East … Continue reading

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Are companies still investing in training and if so why?

For some organisations a Learning and Development strategy will seem like an irrelevant concept. It’s not something they’ve ever done and the benefits may seem long term at best and non-existent at worst so it’s not something they would start … Continue reading

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The finance challenge in small and medium sized charities

In 2003 I took on a treasurer role in an international network undertaking work in Africa, Asia, South America, run by a small employee base in the London HQ. Receiving income from several different donors all requiring reports on their … Continue reading

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Factors that help a business develop (ii)

Monitoring and feedback A favourite accountancy saying is you can only improve what you measure. You’ve written a business plan, you’ve got a to do list and you’ve even started doing things. You really should keep track of how effective … Continue reading

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Budgeting in practice

This is a presentation I gave to a group of finance and accountancy undergraduates at Cardiff University on budgeting in practice. As I was representing CIMA, my aim was to demonstrate the type of work and perspective a management accountant … Continue reading

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Factors that help a business develop (i)

Have a great idea or even a good idea It doesn’t have to be an earth shattering idea. It just has to be an idea about a product or service that people need even if they don’t realise they need … Continue reading

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How to implement a Learning and Development strategy

Surely the biggest commitment in implementing a L&D strategy has to be time. The difficulty in implementing a L&D strategy, apart from lack of funds, has to come down to trust. Employees may feel very threatened by the process of … Continue reading

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Budget update 2012

George Osborne’s third Budget speech took place on 21 March 2012. As with all Budgets in recent times there has already been much media coverage of the speech itself. In addition, much of the Finance Bill content was released for … Continue reading

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Sustainability for business

We endured an uncomfortable week at home last week. A big leak in the bathroom meant we had to turn off the water and there was a three day pause in life as we know it while a plumber was … Continue reading

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