Are all accountants introverts?

About half of all accountants are extroverts, according to John Parkinson and Simon Taggar. So can personality tests really help you to select the ideal team? What’s the definition of an extroverted accountant? One who looks at your shoes when he talks to you, rather than looking at his shoes. (Pause for laughs.) You’ve probably… Read more »

The Accountant and Start-ups

Introduction The purpose of this article is to highlight those areas where an accountant through his own skill and knowledge base can add value to a new creation , whilst at the same time become part of the entrepreneurial team and display skills which are necessary to kick start a business. Is it only a… Read more »

Asset Based Lending

A Pragmatic Approach Introduction With the advent of more sophisticated risk assessment methods employed by Lenders, attention is being turned away from Commercial lending per se, traditionally either by a mixture of debt or equity type instruments with security in the form of a standard Debenture over all of the balance sheet assets, to a… Read more »

Bank Relationships

A recent survey by Close Invoice Finance revealed that Almost half (49 per cent) of business owners and directors have not seen their bank manager for a year or more; more disturbingly nearly a quarter (23 per cent) can’t remember the last time they met. It appears that they would rather see their Dentist than… Read more »


Ethics and Ethical behaviour is an old concept, it can be traced back to Ancient Greece and philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato concentrated on understanding the good in people and that in order to live well, a framework of friendship, pleasure, virtue, honesty and wealth all combine to fit into the Ethical framework. The… Read more »

The Intelligent CFO

From number cruncher to standard bearer Introduction There are various ways in which people see the world, a lot depends on situations and circumstances. What this article attempts to do is to identify what makes up the conceptual framework of ‘intelligence’ and how can this be applied to the role of the CFO and assist… Read more »

The Psychological FD

We have all seen the usual recession strategies, managing cash, , working capital controls, strict adherence to rules and rigid authority limits, in short a battening down of hatches. In these sort of times , Accountants hold the balance of power and decision making in the business, long gone are the over optimistic sales forecasts… Read more »


Introduction SME s face real challenges due to their size, they operate further down the supply chain and are often dependant on larger businesses for support. If they are in a fortunate position where their unique capabilities cannot be replicated they can act as a monopoly supplier and maybe control their own destiny with a… Read more »

Time management

There are a lot of techniques out there that you an try, but fundamentally this is about personality and the type of person you are. Attitudes On a straight line between pure altruism and pure selfishness everyone is at some point on the continuum, this point will vary over time, depending on age, over circumstances,… Read more »