Deloitte calls on West Midlands entrepreneurs to share their views

Business advisory firm Deloitte has opened its annual survey of UK entrepreneurs for its report ‘Entrepreneurship UK: 2011/12’ and is calling on businesses in the West Midlands to take part.

Now in its fourth year, Entrepreneurship UK has become a leading report reflecting the current attitudes, performance and objectives of entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Ashley Hollinshead, entrepreneurial business partner at Deloitte in Birmingham, said: “The Entrepreneurship UK survey is an opportunity for the region’s entrepreneurs to give their views on how they are feeling and their plans for the future. It’s about getting a better understanding of what makes entrepreneurial businesses tick.

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Deloitte launches employment tax school

The Cambridge Global Employer Services (GES) team of business advisory firm Deloitte has launched a unique Employment Taxes training school to provide organisations with an interactive training and learning forum for their employees.

The GES team will be running a year-long programme of training and knowledge building designed to help in-house accounting, payroll and HR teams get to grips with all of the main areas of Employment tax. Continue reading

Scholarship scheme supports local disability athletes

“On guard!” Wheelchair fencers Thomas Hall-Butcher (left) and Alan Sheriff (centre) with Deloitte Midlands practice senior partner Chris Loughran.

Business advisory firm Deloitte is providing financial support to a group of elite disability athletes from the Midlands as they pursue their ambition of competing at the Paralympic Games.

They are part of a group of nearly 100 athletes to receive funding this year through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).  TASS is funded by Deloitte and managed by SportsAid and has provided more than 500 financial awards to disability athletes over the last five years.

The current TASS athletes come from all over the country and compete across sixteen different sports, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair fencing and disability snowsports. Continue reading

Tax duo boost Deloitte’s Cambridge team

Christine Harris (left) and Lizzie Hill have been appointed directors at business advisory firm Deloitte

Business advisory firm Deloitte has boosted its tax offer in Cambridge with the appointment of two directors.

Christine Harris and Lizzie Hill both move from the firm’s London office.

Christine, who has been with Deloitte since 2005, will work in the firm’s private client services team. She specialises in advising high net worth individuals and their families on income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax planning. She provides UK and cross-border planning for clients living in the UK or overseas. Continue reading

Deloitte scheme gives school leavers a bright start

Deloitte has launched a new initiative to give school leavers the opportunity to embark on a professional career at the firm without having to go to university.

The business advisory firm is creating 100 A level entry roles across the UK as part of its BrightStart scheme.

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Digital forensics expert joins Deliotte

New man Paul Slater (left) with Adam Smith, head of Deloitte’s forensic and dispute services practice in Birmingham

Business advisory firm Deloitte has expanded its forensic and dispute services practice in Birmingham with the appointment of Paul Slater as assistant director.

Paul will be responsible for heading up the team’s new analytics and forensic technology business, which provides digital forensic and e-discovery services to clients. Continue reading

Deloitte launches crisis management smartphone application

No need for CDs with Deloitte’s new Bamboo app. Pictured is David George, associate partner in Deloitte’s information and technology risk practice in the Midlands

Business advisory firm Deloitte has launched a new smartphone application to help businesses manage disasters and crises.

The application, called ‘Bamboo’, is the first one of its kind in this field and is not reliant on mobile network connectivity to work.

Bamboo works by storing up-to-date disaster procedures and action-plans on employees’ mobile devices, such as the Blackberry or iPhone. Management can communicate with their employees immediately to inform them of an incident, verify their safety and location, and communicate necessary actions and contact details – all via their handsets. Continue reading