Friday, April 20, 2007

ICAS To Go Global

The Scotsman reports that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) is to unveil plans to offer its "Chartered Accountant" qualification worldwide.

ICAS's CEO, Anton Colella, is quoted as saying that he is identifying major capital markets for expansion:

"People are looking for a premier accountancy qualification and that's what we provide. ICAS-trained accountants have a global reputation and the term CA is well-known. I want people to see the institute as one of the nation's 'jewels in the crown'. I don't think Scots realise the impact it has on global business."

It seems that despite reports of being on good terms with Michael Izza, Colella has no intention of merging with the ICAEW:

"We will stay ICAS and we will not be merging with any other body; it's just not on the horizon. We are the oldest and first and want to stay that way."

The dividing line between ICAS and ICAEW policy is clear. ICAEW believe that size matters, and that growth should be achieved by the short term fix of acquisition and absorption. ICAS believes in growth through "student sign ups", by marketing its qualification as the brand leader.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Ethics and The World Bank

It looks like the World Bank could do with a lesson in ethics and effective corporate governance.

Happy to oblige!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Accountancy Auction Now Closed

The auction of my collection of Accountancy magazines has now closed.

My congratulations to the highest bidder who, by bidding £100 and offering to pick them up from me, has won the auction.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Accountancy Auction

My thanks to Martin Waller of The Times, for featuring my Accountancy auction for the third time in his City Diary.

The auction closes this Tuesday at 17:00.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Accountancy Auction

The auction of my collection of Accountancy magazines will close at 17:00 this Tuesday 10th April.

The highest bid received, so far, is £100.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Praise Indeed

I see that The Times reports that Accountancy, the official organ of the ICAEW, has described me as "meticulous".

High praise indeed!

In other news, I have today received a bid of £100 for my copies of Accountancy, dating back to 1984; any other bids?