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The Business of Accounting (short reviews of three books)

As part of my exploration of the role of the Accountancy Practice as a provider of support and advice to small and medium sized businesses, I have read three books aimed at helping accountants define and develop their practices:

– “The e-Myth Accountant: Why Most Accounting Practices Don’t Work and What to Do [...]

Finding Best Practice in Accountancy Practices

I have been carrying out some informal research into the role of the Accountant as professional advisor to small and medium sized businesses.

A really useful source of information has been Steve Pipe’s ‘The UK’s best accountancy practices‘. Pipe provides case studies of over 40 UK accountancy practices, each of which provide fascinating insights as [...]

Is CSR relevant outside of the Corporate Sector?

There was an interesting discussion on the Mentors for SMEs LinkedIn Group this week.

Jonnah asked how Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) should take on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in their business and financial reporting.

In the debate that followed no one argued that SMEs were exempt from the requirement to be socially responsible. Indeed, [...]

What Steve Teaches Us

Many have commented on the death of Steve Jobs this week. I was moved by the thoughts of Business Coach  John Dennis. John quotes the speech made to Stanford University students in 2005, when Steve said:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me [...]