Top 50 Accountants

Posted on: June 30, 2009

Accountancy Age reports that of this year’s top 50 firms, 39 (78%) have seen their growth rates squashed and nine saw their revenues decline. Only nine saw their growth rate increased. 3,000 jobs in the top 50 firms were lost. In the next 50 firms, almost half had growth rates lower than 5%. The top […]

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British Professions Today – PM/Managing Partners’ Forum Summer Social

Posted on: June 30, 2009

Arriving at the fabulous roof top garden of Allen & Overy in Bishops Square at about 6pm last night, the weather was so hot, hot, hot that it looked like there might be a cloud burst. But we were lucky as the weather remained glorious. Sipping on chilled sparkling rose wine it was nice to […]

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Celebrity Divorces

Posted on: June 30, 2009

One of the weekend newspapers did a hotlist of the most expensive celebrity divorces: 1. Michael Jordan – 17 year marriage, £110m settlement 2. Neil Diamond – 26 year marriage, £95m 3. Steven Spielberg – £64m. Pre-nuptial on a napkin thrown out 4. Harrison Ford – £54m and share of future earnings 5. Kevin Costner […]

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Women in Business – Trends

Posted on: June 29, 2009

Private businesses 66% of privately held businesses (PHB) in the UK have a woman in the boardroom – compared to 94% in the Philippines, 88% in Russia and 81% in China. The International Business Report (IBR) by Grant Thornton interviewed 7,200 PHBs across 32 countries and 22% felt the pay gap between men and women […]

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Insurance industry facts from ABI

Posted on: June 24, 2009

Several of my clients are interested in the insurance industry. The Association of British Insurers provides an excellent overview of the (2007) UK market: • Largest in Europe and now second largest in the world – 11% of total worldwide premium income • Employs 309,000 people – a third of all financial services jobs • […]

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