The Crystal Ball

Can we predict what will appear in the next ACCA exam? Or to be more precise the Constructive Response Questions that will be set in the Applied Skills Papers? Then the big one, the topics that will be tested ACCA SBR, SBL, AFM, APM,ATX & AAA ? Well let’s take my...

Get on your Motorbike !!

It goes without saying that the last few months has been incredibly challenging for virtually all businesses. All areas have been affected to some extent by the pandemic. The recent situation has also highlighted that strategic decisions made in the past has led to...

IPO The Route To New Capital

Initial public offerings (IPO’s) seems to be the way to go when companies want to raise new capital. In 2012, we saw Facebook go the market for the first time , followed hot on its heels by Twitter in 2013. UK companies did not miss out on this trend with both the...

Love & Zoom.

It is not a surprise that the video conferencing business Zoom has benefited from the lock down. But the financials are staggering. Sales have virtually doubled from the pre-pandemic forecast. They expect to be around $1.8bn. Their ability to convert the free users...

Oil & Music – Don’t Mix

Sir Leonard Blavatnik may not be a person well known to many. Mr Blavatnik could once have been described as an Ukrainian oligarch. He once owned a substantial stake in the Russian Oil company TNK – BP. He sold this stake to shift into the music market. He was...

Hard Work & Charity

Today would have been my Dad’s 93rd birthday. Sadly, he passed away in 1984.He never saw his three sons grow up, let alone meet his 4 grandchildren. I learned two huge things from my late father. One, work hard. Does not matter how talented you are – work hard....

The Sharks are Circling

It is not unexpected that the UK borrowed just over £62 billion in April. This was as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has needed to fund both business support loans and the job retention scheme. The government’s independent...

History Must Not Repeat Itself

It is not unexpected that the UK Treasury & the Bank of England have imposed sensible restrictions on the use the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The limit has been lifted from £50m to £200m. These funds are there to keep companies in...

Big Mergers Still On The Cards

Recent world events have brought most economies to a shuddering halt. Stock market prices have factored in the lack of economic activity and the huge drop in current and future profits. Hence, it may have been a surprise to many, including me, when O2 and Virgin Media...