Realising the value of your business on exit

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As M&A markets pick up pace, are business owners giving appropriate consideration to their succession plans? According to figures released by Experian, the South West region saw growth in both deal volumes and deal values […]

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Businesses urged to make use of Growth Vouchers

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Too few businesses in the South West have discovered that they qualify for Government funded “Growth Vouchers” to help them boost their profits. This is the view of the grants expert at Bishop Fleming, fast […]

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Governors’ Handbook Update

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The DFE have published an update to the Governors’ handbook. The changes to the Governors’ handbook are detailed on pages 123-124 and we would recommend that all governors are made aware of them. Any governors that […]

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Guidance on Related Party Transactions for Academies

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The EFA have released some guidance on related party transactions in academies. This is a key area of interest for the EFA, and the Academies Financial Handbook has focussed on these transactions in the past and […]

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Provision of allergen information

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European Directives 2003/89/EC and 2006/142/EC From 13 December 2014 you have been required to provide allergen information when carrying out any activity in relation to the production, processing or distribution of food. This information can […]

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ACMF funding 2014/15 Round 1 & Round 2 spending deadline

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Both Round 1 and Round 2 2014/15 of the ACMF funding have the same deadline by which the funding must be spent. This deadline is 31 March 2015. Where projects have fallen behind the timetable, or […]

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DfE Character Awards application window now open

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The DfE have announced the online application process for the DfE Character Awards to recognise schools and organisations as a leader in character education. The government wants to celebrate the excellence and diversity in this […]

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EFA annual accounts

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The EFA’s annual accounts for 2013-14 have now been published and can be found here. These accounts include the accounts of 3,905 academies, which will have been prepared to 31 August 2013 whereas the EFA’s […]

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Lord Nash responds to claim academies have too much cash

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Increasingly Academies are being questioned over their levels of reserves and cash balances that they hold. Whilst Academies understand the need to hold these cash reserves, and attempt to explain their need and uses in […]

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The Big 4 should stick to their knitting!

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KPMG’s announcement that they have invested £40m in taking on the SME market makes interesting, if frankly amusing, reading. Systems, back office factories and automated everything makes great sense in a pure lean manufacturing world, […]

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