We are delighted to have been awarded a KM Partnership Award on Wednesday 7 March, during a wonderful ceremony held at the Ashford International Hotel. Tracy Morrison, Marketing and Business Development Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Susan Robinson, Partner and Head of Charities and Not for Profit, thanking us for our support over the last year.
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The Department for Education (DFE) announced this month that there had been a 26% drop the number of apprenticeships being taken up in industry in the first quarter of 2018. There has also been a 40% fall in new apprenticeship entrants in the six months since the introduction of the new Government levy scheme in April 2017, when compared to the previous year. There is the added issue that skilled labour from the European Union are returning home as result of uncertainty surrounding the status of EU nationals.
Companies and organisations are increasingly at risk of cyber attack. We aim to take great care of the information we hold on behalf of our clients, so we are continually looking to evolve our cyber security and protect our systems from potential cyber attacks. We are therefore pleased to announce, following an assessment, that we have been accredited with ‘Cyber Essentials’.
In May 2017 the Charity Commission introduced new guidance for Auditors and Independent Examiners to report any matters of significance promptly to the Charity Commission for England and Wales. The guidance provided a list of matters which would be considered to be of material significance to the Charity Commission – dishonesty and fraud, internal controls and governance, money laundering and criminal activity, support of terrorism, risk to charity’s beneficiaries, breaches of law or the charity’s trusts, breach of order or direction made by a charity regulator, a modified audit opinion or qualified IE report and conflicts of interest and related party transactions. However, Auditors and Independent Examiner’s may also decide that other matters not included in the above list are in their judgement also considered to be reportable on the basis that they are also of a material significance.
In a time of political and economic uncertainty business and finance leaders from across Kent gathered at the Mercure Great Danes in Maidstone to learn what 2018 might hold in store for their businesses and how they should respond.
A bright future for any farm business starts with the basics and getting them right. Focus on what you can control as opposed to allowing yourself to be driven by the things you can’t.
Let technology make life easier
In business, it is best to focus on what you are good at, the majority of my clients are best when out and about making decisions to get the most from their farm, not doing paperwork! Why should they focus on paperwork when there is access to technology that frees you up from the office? This technology can provide access to real time information about farm finances, enabling faster and better-informed decision making. Now could be the time to make the move to an online accounting package in order to facilitate this.