Why do accountants resist early change?

By |2018-07-08T15:09:50+00:00August 23rd, 2010|Accountants, Future|

I was reflecting on this idea the other day. The MD of a big IT software supplier was telling me how surprised he was that so many accountants had yet to pick up on the new obligations to file iXBRL tagged accounts. This will be relevant to all accounts filed from April 2011 re

The future of compliance services for accountants

By |2018-09-16T16:43:02+00:00June 22nd, 2009|Accountants, Future|

Many commentators seem almost contemptuous when talking about accountants who focus on the provision of compliance services. We’re told that fees are being forced down and that firms that focus only on compliance services face an uncertain future. I’m not sure I agree. If you have an established practice and know your clients well,

The future of auditing and assurance services

By |2009-06-15T10:05:54+00:00June 15th, 2009|Future, Uncategorized|

At a recent ICAEW conference on the future of auditing I realised how what was once a traditional service provided by most accountants, is almost extinct. It won’t die out completely but it’s certainly becoming more specialised as the number of companies requiring audits has fallen dramatically in recent years. And that trend is set