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Shop of little horrors: even before the organised chaos of the Christmas rush, Hamleys has already had a tumultuous year. Cathy Hayward explains how the business went private this summer after a dismal decade on the stock market--and asks FD Ian Parker how the firm plans to write a happy-ever-after for its toy story. Interview Dec 1, 2003 1647
Experts predict revival for equities: all the signs are there for a strong comeback next year. Nov 1, 2003 363
Key IT systems fail to deliver: vendors have been accused of a 'conspiracy of silence'. Nov 1, 2003 365
Secrets of the knight revealed: Sir Brian Pitman shares his insights on shareholder value with Cathy Hayward. Nov 1, 2003 376
They thought it was all over. Cover Story Nov 1, 2003 2359
Native programs: the task of installing new information technology is tricky enough at home, let alone in a foreign operation, which can pose a whole set of extra problems. Cathy Hayward asks the experts to share their experiences of rolling out financial software internationally. Nov 1, 2003 1615
Utilities 'not ready' for IASs: their lack of guidance has angered one industry expert. Oct 1, 2003 386
The right stripes? Six years on from the dramatic meltdown on Asia's tiger economies, the region is at last re-emerging as a genuine target for western investment. in the first of a series of features focusing on Asia in this issue, Cathy Hayward compares how far the major players have progressed on the road to recovery. Oct 1, 2003 1589
BBC accused of concealing costs: comparisons to Enron have been made in Parliament. Sep 1, 2003 376
Combined code wins plaudits: key proposals of the Higgs report have been amended. Sep 1, 2003 392
Spent forces? Is it right to pay vast sums to CEOs who exit under a cloud? Shareholders think not, and it seems that they are willing to do something about it. Cathy Hayward delves into conflict at the AGM. Sep 1, 2003 867
Getaway drivers. Sep 1, 2003 2093
Editorial comment. Editorial Jul 1, 2003 504
PFI consortium in risky head start: Cathy Hayward reports on unfinished business at a Mancunian housing project. (Private Finance Initiative). Jul 1, 2003 456
Pension safeguards under fire: government plans have been deemed counterproductive. (Final-Salary Schemes). Jul 1, 2003 385
Pitman defends CEO pay-offs: firms should take more care when drafting contracts. (Executive Rewarding). Interview Jul 1, 2003 427
Stand by your plan: the critical backlash that greeted Derek Higgs's report on the role of non-executive directors surprised even the author himself. Cathy Hayward finds that he's comfortable justifying his work, but somewhat weary of all the personal attention it has gained him. Cover Story Jul 1, 2003 1288
Precedent setter: although she's reluctant to draw attention to it, there's little doubt that CIMA's new president, Claire Ighodaro, is an inspiration to women and ethnic minorities in a profession battling hard to shed its 'male, pale and stale' image. She tells Cathy Hayward why she'll be happy to lose sleep over her new responsibilities. (Profile: Claire Ighodaro). Biography Jul 1, 2003 1420
Three-year glitch: much of the marketing froth that declared the new millenium as the e-procurement era has fallen decidedly flat. Despite this hiccup, the party's not over for electronic purchasing. (E-Commerce). Jul 1, 2003 905
UK business gets behind euro: Cathy Hayward reports on a lively debate on the merits of the single currency. (Single European Currency). Jun 1, 2003 420
Doubled indemnity: the costs of employers' liability insurance are spiralling in the UK as 'compensation culture' takes hold in this country. Well over 200,000 British firms are breaking the law because they can't afford the requisite cover. Cathy Hayward reports on how the government, businesses and the insurance industry are tackling the problem. (Insurance). Jun 1, 2003 1383
Director inquiries: the newspapers would have us believe that directors earn huge bonuses for playing golf. Cathy Hayward finds out what they really do, and explains why financial managers should be indispensable to the board. (Boards). Jun 1, 2003 816
FSA decides pay on pension type; the body has cut rises to final-salary scheme members. (Reward). May 1, 2003 376
Accountants shun flexibility; work-life balance is an option only for a small minority. (Employment Law). May 1, 2003 350
Whose side are you on? It's not too hard for finance directors and pension trustees to find out where their company's fund is being invested, writes Cathy Hayward--but they might not like what they discover. (City). May 1, 2003 859
Black-hole sums: the pensions industry is in dire straits and the cost of providing employees with a decent retirement income is spiralling. Cathy Hayward considers the alternatives available to finance directors faced with fund deficits and a stock market showing few signs of revival. (Finance Pensions). May 1, 2003 3508
Gulf evacuations create tax poser; expat employees could be liable for a massive bill. (Inland Revenue). Apr 1, 2003 426
Brown prepares `pick-me-up'; be prepared for more increases in national insurance. (Budget 2003). Apr 1, 2003 367
All disquiet on the home front: as FM goes to press, a short, sharp conflict in Iraq seems less certain and equity markets are falling. After its initial optimism, the City is suffering a severe attack of the jitters. (City). Apr 1, 2003 939
Firms urged to embrace flexibility: parents of young children are to gain new rights at work. (Work-Life Balance). Mar 1, 2003 437
Minister hints at new CSR law: regulation remains `a key tool', says Margaret Beckett. (Corporate Social Responsibility). Mar 1, 2003 404
Better late than never? The annual report is not nearly as useful to investors as companies might like to think, writes Cathy Hayward. But quarterly--or even real-time--reporting is becoming a practical option. (City). Mar 1, 2003 863
Uneasy jets: the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US proved ruinous for many of the traditional long-haul airlines, but low-budget operators are prospering at their expense--for now. As war in the Middle East looms, Cathy Hayward asks the experts what the future holds for an industry still in a state of extreme uncertainty. (Cover Feature The Airline Industry). Industry Overview Mar 1, 2003 1981
Sea changer: it wasn't until the early 1990s that the Royal Navy had a financial forecasting system, but the man who created it, Malcolm Cornberg FCMA, has tackled a whole raft of challenges during his career in Her Majesty's fleet. He talks to Cathy Hayward about reorganisations, resource management and Russian nuclear submarines. (Profile Malcolm Cornberg). Biography Mar 1, 2003 1571
Reporting model is `failing its task': firms are not communicating properly with investors. (Investor Relations). Feb 1, 2003 386
CIMA backs Higgs' proposals: but non-execs need even more support, says institute. (Corporate Governance). Feb 1, 2003 323
Sink or swim: Robert Todd's career took a sea-change for the better when he launched his own management consultancy. But, as he explains to Cathy Hayward, the process hasn't always been plain sailing. (Entrepreneur). Feb 1, 2003 826
Space manager: if you'd asked a boy in the 1970s what he wanted to do when he grew up, you might have expected him to say `train driver' or `astronaut'. The young Owen Barwell already knew that he wanted to be an accountant. But, as he points out to Cathy Hayward, few other career choices would have allowed him to work for both British Rail and Nasa. (Cover feature: Owen Barwell). Nov 1, 2002 1479
How to be good: the Enron and WorldCom affairs have led to a resurgence of investor interest in corporate social responsibility. Cathy Hayward finds out where the UK stands on the issue of mandatory versus voluntary reporting on CSR. (Cover Feature CSR). Oct 1, 2002 2141
Pickering's proposals `fall short': many stakeholders were hoping for more radical plans. (Pensions). Brief Article Sep 1, 2002 307
NHS receives shot in the arm; but the big cash injection will not be enough on its own. (Public Finance). Brief Article Sep 1, 2002 243
Artistic direction: as lover of fine art, Ian Blatchford, the new FD at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is happily mixing business with pleasure. He explains to Cathy Hayward why the job is never a case of painting by numbers. (Profile: Ian Blatchford). Sep 1, 2002 1559
System change puts FT in the pink: the publishing group has replaced a `mass of spaghetti'. (Technology). Brief Article Jul 1, 2002 340
M&S reveals survival secrets: Vandevelde cites a mix of short- and long-term moves. (Strategy). Brief Article Jul 1, 2002 398
Bread head: Adam Storey is determined to do for ring-shaped rolls what Starbucks has done for skinny lattes. The financial controller of high-street caterer Oi! Bagel explains his recipe to Cathy Hayward. (Entreprenuer). Brief Article Jul 1, 2002 857
Harry's gameplan: the fact that Henry Jackson Byrne has served one company for four decades is a decent indication of the value he places on loyalty and teamwork. The incoming president tells Cathy Hayward that CIMA must encourage its members to get more actively involved in spreading the word about what the institute has to offer. (Interview Harry Byrne). Interview Jul 1, 2002 1147
Dual listing in the US `adds to credibility': but experts warn of all the baggage that goes with it. (Capital Markets). Jun 1, 2002 326
UK firms to reform practices: companies are keen to avoid criticism from stakeholders. (Financial Reporting). Jun 1, 2002 332
Turn on, log in, take off: the cost of business travel can be reduced significantly by booking on-line, but that's not the only benefit the web has to offer. Cathy Hayward explains what's making firms click and go. (Travel And Entertainment). Jun 1, 2002 940
Let it be: the sheer hassle involved in supervising the rental of her own property drove Jacqui Mitchell to start a management service aimed at buy-to-let investors like herself. (Enterpreneur). Jun 1, 2002 857
Roll reversal: the payroll function has come a long, long way over the past decade. Cathy Hayward explains how specialists in the field have evolved from number-crunching administrators to sought-after strategists. (Payroll Management). Jun 1, 2002 1265
Slipping out: on the face of it, outsourcing the payroll function makes a lot of sense, because it allows companies to focus on their core activities safe in the knowledge that expert providers are on the case. But can an employer ever truly abdicate its responsibility for paying staff properly? (Payroll Outsourcing). Jun 1, 2002 1505
CIMA backs code for non-execs: the institute has put a range of proposals to the Treasury. (Corporate Governance). May 1, 2002 389
Anti-FRS17 lobby on warpath: the standard has exposed massive deficits in funding. (Pensions). May 1, 2002 417
Efficiency driver: Unilever is proud of its long heritage, but its finance director is determined that it learns from history and moves with the times--even if that might mean dropping established brands. Rudy Markham tells Cathy Hayward about the group's plans to expand by trimming the fat. (Interview Rudy Markham). May 1, 2002 1550
Buyers gain the upper hand in software market: exhibitors at last month's 2002 Softworld Accountancy & Finance show have been finding it hard to win new clients. (Technology). Apr 1, 2002 414
Trustees ill-equipped for task: researchers have uncovered a serious lack of support. (Pensions). Apr 1, 2002 363
Any colour as long as it's green: the days when a top-of-the-range company car came with any senior job may be numbered. Cathy Hayward explains the implications of the new tax based on carbon dioxide emissions. (Travel And Entertainment). Apr 1, 2002 958
Express purpose: as the new chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, Richard Bowker certainly has his work cut out. Cathy Hayward finds that he's relishing the challenge of restoring the system. (Profile Richard Bowker). Apr 1, 2002 1306
The prophet motive: forecasting software is becoming an increasingly attractive tool for organisations concerned about their future in an uncertain economy. Cathy Hayward asks the experts what such systems can--and can't--do. (Technology Forecasting). Apr 1, 2002 1340
UK businesses ignore euro risks: firms are failing to prepare for the new EU currency. (News Round-up). Jan 1, 2002 376
Call for share option changes: industry insiders are arguing that publishing employee share options as an expense would increase firms' financial transparency. (News Round-up). Jan 1, 2002 409
Net present value: a love of gizmos and sound business acumen helped Jonathan Elvidge to create a high street haven for present buyers. He tells Cathy Hayward about the rise of Gadgetshop.com. (Entrepreneur). Jan 1, 2002 844
Brief encounters: being an interim manager can give senior executives the job satisfaction they want without tying them down for life. Cathy Hayward finds out what it means to temp at the top end. (Feature interim managers). Jan 1, 2002 1646
Care shares: the days when annual reports were just a list of figures are long gone. New-style reports are glossy tomes packed with details about the firm's ethical integrity. Cathy Hayward finds out why wearing your heart on your corporate sleeve wins hearts, minds and purses. (Feature ethics). Jan 1, 2002 1853
Investors look for clear views; speakers at the event agreed that greater financial transparency is essential for winning stakeholder trust and further investment. (GBMW Round-up). Nov 1, 2001 414
Finance roles under threat as more jobs cut; Cathy Hayward reports on Railtrack's collapse, and threats of job cuts for finance professionals across the world. (GBMW Round-up). Nov 1, 2001 311
Cold calling: the telecommunications industry seems to have exhaled its last breath, but does it have the strength to revive itself? Cathy Hayward traces the demise of the telco business and asks whether there are signs of a pulse. (Feature telecommunications). Nov 1, 2001 1650
E-procurement is no panacea. Brief Article Oct 1, 2001 299
Low creativity hurts UK. Brief Article Oct 1, 2001 330
Disaster moves. Oct 1, 2001 1901
Rank and files. Oct 1, 2001 1567
Green index is too `black and white', says CBI. Brief Article Sep 1, 2001 358
Big Five call for faster tax reform. Brief Article Sep 1, 2001 403
Accounting for taste. Sep 1, 2001 1552
Game plans. Statistical Data Included Sep 1, 2001 1965
Car tax may backfire on pollution. Brief Article Jul 1, 2001 438
Start-ups need free cash help. Jul 1, 2001 361
Perfect harmony. Brief Article Jul 1, 2001 1770
Wish you weren't here. Jul 1, 2001 1958
Job cuts at HBOS hit finance chiefs. Jun 1, 2001 382
Wembley project faces relegation. Brief Article Jun 1, 2001 444
Pay a fair price for share options. Brief Article Jun 1, 2001 511
Travel agents. Jun 1, 2001 2135
Chain reaction. Jun 1, 2001 2663
Cybercriminals terrorise UK firms. Brief Article May 1, 2001 420
Foot and mouth crisis slaughters rural tourism industry across UK. Brief Article Apr 1, 2001 391
Watchdog accuses high street banks of victimising small firms. Brief Article Apr 1, 2001 381
Going for broke. Apr 1, 2001 1939

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