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Equity, not debt, holds the key to financing the future of the EU’s small business sector. The economic recovery could prove to be business angel’s shining moment. Professor Robin Jarvis, Head of SME Affairs at ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and member of ACCA’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) Committee, in the… » read more

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The dual challenges of climate and economy have led to a unique opportunity to re-build the global markets with systems sympathetic to climate change. Governments should hence respond to the economic conditions by implementing measures that will encourage environmental investments and a more sustainable approach from business. The trillion dollar bailout of the banking sector… » read more

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Carbon taxes will not be the panacea national governments are probably expecting and their challenge for the future will be to use tax policy as an instrument of positive change. Using environmental and green taxation to boost falling tax revenues needs indeed careful planning by government and policy makers. An essential requirement of green taxes… » read more

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We can only deplore that businesses that are not genuinely committed to the green agenda will use the economic downturn as an excuse not to invest in it. However, the debate should not be the economy versus the environment. Climate change needs to be tackled head-on and all the evidence has shown that putting this… » read more

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Albeit finance professionals’ optimism continues to depend substantially on the actions of national governments, the reliance on state assistance seems to have dissipated since the first quarter of 2009 and business confidence is now more clearly linked to expectations of future growth. According to ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)’ s global survey of… » read more

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In a new disclosure regime for offshore account holders called a New Disclosure Opportunity (NDO), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) claims this is “a simple and straightforward scheme”, aimed at those with offshore accounts that hold untaxed income. This is a great opportunity for offshore account holders, who should definitely take advantage of the benefits… » read more

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G20 leaders face a number of challenges when they next meet in Pittsburgh in September. Not least is that they must not be over optimistic about the economic situation, since that could actually reignite the financial crisis with economic indicators still predicting declining global growth and contracting output. They also face the threat of a… » read more

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