London Loves Business – Global CEOs prepare for takeover spending spree following boom in UK markets

In the past few months the UK deals market has taken off, which is set to boost mergers and acquisitions work for mid-sized firms across the country. This topic is something I discussed with London Loves Business in an article on global CEOs preparing for a takeover spending spree following the boom in UK markets. As a large amount of uncertainty that has lingered from Covid and Brexit melts away, we…

Yahoo Finance – UK M&A deals continue to rebound after pandemic

Great to speak to Yahoo Finance to discuss the state of the deals market and how the total value of M&As taking place across the UK has gone up significantly in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the first, as lockdown restrictions have eased. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the total value of inward M&A — foreign companies…

BusinessCloud – The background work which goes into a successful IPO

2021 is proving to be a record year for M&As with both start-ups and major corporations seeing a great deal of interest from foreign investors and private equity takeovers surging. From ASDA and Morrisons, to innovative new tech firms, this trend is set to shake up the rather staid landscape of the UK economy, and…

Wired – It’s finally time for the 15-minute neighbourhood

I shared Theta’s research with Wired as part of their 15 minute neighbourhood feature, it reveals that 10% of Brits have moved away from a city or urban area since the start of the pandemic, and 24% say they will no longer commute back into the city for their job. Interestingly in the US, according to office space company IWG, one…

City AM – Exclusive: Finance teams go remote as in-house may become a thing of the past

It was great speaking to City AM about the future of finance teams at the UK’s leading companies. In-house teams have proven, since the inception of Covid-19, to often lack the flexibility needed to adapt quickly and seamlessly while also carrying significant overheads. As such, many companies have adapted, relying on external firms such as…

London Loves Business – Record dealmaking continues for UK market following more private equity activity

Record levels of dealmaking in the UK and seemingly ever increasing private equity activity has hit headlines recently for a number of reasons. I spoke to London Loves business to discuss the state of the market and what could happen in the next few months. Mid-sized firms have disrupted the sector this year, taking on many large clients, and offering more tailored solutions….

Open Business Council – 1 in 3 Big Business Audits Fail to Meet UK Standards – FRC Reveals as KPMG is Fined £13 Million

Mid-sized professional service firms are set to play an integral role in improving UK professional service standards, a topic I recently discussed with Open Business Council. Mid-sized firms that are disrupting the industry in a truly unprecedented manner such as ours, at Theta Global Advisors, are seeing great success having worked on major accounts this year. Kwarteng’s proposals…

Business Travel News Europe – Remote working is changing business travel forever

I was delighted to sit down with Business Travel News Europe and develop a guest column discussing how remote working is changing business travel. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies and employees have seen the many benefits of working remotely. With lockdowns making commutes no longer the norm, and travel restrictions making business travel impossible,…

The European – Top firms call for Governmental support in UK’s return to office

I was delighted speak to The European about how calls from business leaders to the Government for mass return to the office could hinder productive employees. Employees have shown that working from home has been effective and are making more concerted calls for a degree of these new norms to be maintained post-pandemic. Testament to this is…

London Loves Business – Sunak’s roadmap for the dominance of “advanced and exciting” UK professional services

I was recently featured in London Loves Business in an article discussing Sunak’s roadmap for the dominance of “advanced and exciting” UK professional services. 2021 is set to be a record year for innovation in the UK professional services sector. We have been instructed on a number of deals and ESG strategies in the past few weeks and this looks set…

London Loves Business – Private equity adds to surging deals market

I recently spoke to London Loves Business to share my thoughts on the impact of a buoyant private equity market on the already strong deals market in the UK. 2021 is set to be a record year for M&As and other kinds of deals as a large amount of uncertainty, that lingered from Covid and Brexit, melts away. We have been…

London Loves Business – Season tickets for part-time commuters prove hybrid working here to stay

It was great to have our national study, which dissects the newly emotive measures that define productivity in the workplace, feature in London Loves Business. The key stats from our research showed that more than half (51%) of Brits agree that they have seen the quality of their work, or their productivity improve due to…

AAT Comment – Should your practice be going after bigger clients?

It was great to speak to AAT Comment to discuss whether accountancy and finance firms should be aiming for bigger clients now that the world has a new way of working. At Theta Global Advisors, our research has shown that confidence in small businesses has grown exponentially, and that SME accountancy firms have won previously inaccessible large clients over the last…

Business Insider – Nearly 40% of workers would consider quitting if their bosses made them return to the office full time, a new survey shows

I recently spoke to Business Insider about how employers need to be tuned into people’s mental health as staff return to the office. As shown in the article, a new survey has found that 40% of workers would consider quitting if their bosses made them return to the office full-time. At Theta Global Advisors, we…

The Scotsman – Scottish employees expect more empathy and understanding from bosses in post-pandemic world

At Theta Global Advisors, we recently unveiled research looking at the “newly emotive underpinning for productivity”, finding that employees now expect empathy and understanding. In Scotland, 30% of workers agreed that their employer’s failure to apply empathetic leadership with regards to their personal circumstances has resulted in their relationship worsening, meaning they are less inclined…

City AM – As accounting firms prep for busy period, non-Big Four players spot new opportunities

It was great to talk to City AM about what is shaping up to be a busy year for IPOs and M&A as well as the role that firms such as Theta are playing in catering to this increased demand. I can see 2021 being a big year for M&As and other kinds of deals…

Consultancy UK – Studies warn that unvaccinated workers could prevent the return to work

It was great to share some of our research with Consultancy UK which revealed that while 60% of workers expected their work to change drastically in the future, more than half of UK managers were considered “out of touch” with the processes required to facilitate a return to the office. Find out more about the…

Treasury Management International – Post-Brexit UK Finance Sector Changes: Should Treasurers Worry?

I recently spoke to Treasury Management International about the changes in the post-Brexit finance sector and how this could affect treasurers. With around 25% of the UK’s financial services business EU-bound, the remaining business with the rest of the world has had to become a focus for the UK banking sector while the political posturing…

London Loves Business – UK’s largest employers replace full-time office work with hybrid structure

London Loves Business has featured research from Theta Global Advisors in an article about replacing full-time office work with a hybrid structure. Our research has revealed that 57% of workers want to choose where to work to be the most productive and over a third (34%) of UK workers have seen their workplace’s headcount decrease and their workload increase…

Raconteur – Are finance leaders finally loosening the reins on remote work?

It was great to speak to Raconteur for an article discussing the Future CFO and the development of the employer proposition. For every employee who is raring to get back to HQ, there are others with “re-entry syndrome” and any CFO tempted to be prescriptive over return dates should think again. Rather than assuming everyone loves Zoom meetings as much as the CFO, asking each…

Daily Finance – Large audit firms blacklisted: How small businesses are restoring business confidence

I recently spoke to Daily Finance about why small businesses are essential in overhauling the audit and professional services industry successfully and restoring business confidence. Through our research we found that confidence in small businesses has grown exponentially, and that these same businesses have won previously inaccessible large clients over the last year. Moreover, two…

The Scotsman – Analysis: what is the best way to shape the workplace of the future?

I recently spoke to The Scotsman about how employers need to be responsive to their employees needs for where, when, and how they work to increase overall productivity. In our adaptation to working digitally, workers have shown that we can work remotely which has highlighted the importance of open communication with employees to maintain positive…

London Loves Business – UK’s productivity surged during Covid-19

We were happy to share our research with London Loves Business which reveals that a lack of flexibility from businesses has resulted in negative impacts on productivity, mental health and working cultures. It is great to see that productivity per worker during the pandemic increased by 0.4%, however, now that offices are opening again, it…

Local TV – WORKING FROM HOME: The uncertain future of office life

It’s great to see our research on where employees prefer to work featured across the Local TV network as we believe it is important to be flexible when returning back to working in the office. At Theta Global Advisors, we found that 57% of workers want to choose where to work to be the most…

Best Startup – SMEs leave room for optimism for the UK’s economic recovery

It was great to feature in an article for Best Startup that talks about the unprecedented success of small businesses during the pandemic. With SMEs accounting for three fifths of employment in the UK, their success is having ripple effects, employing more staff and giving our economy a much-needed boost. In our concerns for what…

Consultancy UK – PwC’s flexible working strategy ‘a step in the right direction’

Last week, PwC announced its official plans for their 22,000 staff in the UK to work from home between 40% and 60% of the time under their new flexible working structures. However, while this is a great step in the right direction from PwC, companies can certainly go further to account for the different experiences…

Consultancy UK – Majority of companies to adopt blanket ‘inside IR35’ structures

Associate Director at Theta Global Advisors, Patrick Hopkins spoke to Consultancy UK about the UK’s IR35 contractor tax reforms. At Theta Global Advisors, we found that more than two thirds (67%) of companies are moving to blanket ‘inside IR35’ structures as opposed to reviewing contracts individually. This comes in stark contrast to contractor and client…

MarketWatch – This accounting firm will let staff choose start times, and clock off early in the Summer

  I spoke to MarketWatch about how certain large firms and corporations plan to go back to working in the office. It’s great to see that PwC has told its UK based staff they can spend around half their working hours at home after the COVID-19 pandemic ends — and clock off early on Fridays…

London Loves Property – Why the City will never be the same again as Flexi-working rises

I was pleased to share our research with London Loves Property which revealed that a lack of flexibility from businesses has resulted in negative impacts on productivity, mental health and working cultures. At Theta Global Advisors, we found that 57% of workers want to choose where to work to be the most productive. Because of…

Sage – Missed Payroll? Here’s how your business can get back on track

I recently spoke to Sage about how businesses can prevent payroll issues in the future. Errors involving manual calculations on complex, one-off payroll areas, or missing information – such as new joiner details, tax codes changes or deductions – are key reasons for not processing payroll on time. However, these problems are decreasing as more…

BBP Media – Government encourages all businesses to bring staff back, but what if this is counterproductive for a recovering economy?

I discussed how flexibility is an essential for productivity in the workplace with BBP Media. Although the government is encouraging workers to return to the office, understanding what employees feel is best for their own health is more important. At Theta Global Advisors, we found that 57% of workers want to choose where to work…

Midlands TV – Britain’s productivity hits all time high in late 2020

Some of my comments and Theta Global Advisors’ research featured in Midlands TV recently. In our research, we discovered that 9 million people agreed that presenteeism – something which has been dramatically reduced with flexible working amidst the pandemic – is the main cause for their lack of productivity. This clearly shows that firms across…

Captive International – Businesses must invest more in cyber security for remote workers: Theta Global Advisors

At Theta Global Advisors, we strongly believe that businesses must invest more in cyber security for remote workers so I spoke to Captive International about why this is so important. In our research we found that more than half (57 percent) of IT decision makers believe that remote workers could expose their firm to the…

London TV – Reading the Roadmap out of Lockdown: why automatic return to the office is not the way forward

I recently spoke to London TV about why an automatic return to the office may not be the best way forward. Although some teams will have to return to the office for necessary collaboration, I don’t see offices reaching the occupancy levels of 2019 for a long time. Business leaders should not rush to get…

Fintech Futures – Budget 2021: What does it mean for UK Fintech?

In this Fintech Futures article, I spoke about SMEs and the Help to Grow Scheme. The Help to Grow Scheme will help small firms grow into an ever more digital world. The Budget says Fintech businesses can save time and money by adopting “productivity-enhancing software and transforming the way they do business”. Investing in new…

Pound Sterling – Corporation Tax Hike: “Incentive to Grow is Now Heavily Burdened” – Business Reactions

It was great to speak to Pound Sterling about the rise in corporation taxes that was announced in the Budget earlier this week. This week’s budget contained a rise in corporation taxes for the first time in 40 years, as the government looked to boost tax revenues following the huge expenditure cushioning the blow of…

Business Matters – Positive or negative? Business leaders debate elements of Budget 2021

In light of the 2021 Budget, I shared my thoughts on the Help To Grow scheme and the importance of system implementations with Business Matters in an article that features the comments of several other business owners. As the coronavirus pandemic has pushed investors to back future-facing and innovative tech companies, it’s great to see…

The Banker – UK faces tough battle for EU equivalence on Financial Services

Earlier this year, I spoke to The Banker about how the UK was facing a tough battle for EU equivalence on financial services. With Brexit complete, UK negotiators were, and still are, striving to reclaim selected access to EU financial markets. I stated that the UK has granted equivalence in a number of areas to…

Personnel Today – Goldman Sachs CEO pushes for return to the office

This week, I gave my thoughts to Personnel Today explaining that business leaders should not rush to get everyone back as soon as the government announces a start date. They should instead use common sense and judge on a case-by-case basis if their employees want to come back or feel safe to do so. Goldman…

BBP Media – The Office We Need: Heading Back in a Pandemic

I recently shared my thoughts with BBP Media about why flexibility is now a must, not an option for productivity and mental health. With companies adopting new policies and a substantial number of the workforce not wanting to return to working in the office, it seems it will be a while until offices look like…

Yahoo Finance – UK Financial Regulator Warns Bosses to Beware ‘Lockdown Fatigue’

We are delighted to see that an article in Yahoo Finance, discussing how lockdown fatigue is affecting businesses, has featured Theta’s research. In our survey of 2,000 employees, we found that 11.8 million UK workers — 57% of people — do not want to go back to the normal way of working (in an office…

London Loves Business – Half of staff could quit if not given flexible working

We recently shared our research with London Loves Business which shows that many workers are more comfortable working from home and do not want to go back to the office. This period has shown that employees working from home can be productive and while some teams will have to return to the office for necessary…

The Fintech Times – Theta Global Advisors: Are the Roaring 20s Coming for the Deals Market?

I was delighted to share my thoughts on what the future holds for the UK deals market with The Fintech Times. In this piece I discuss how the majority of 2020 was a slow year for the UK’s deals market as the uncertainty brought about by an ever-changing set of rules and demands on businesses…

Business Insurance – Remote workers could expose firms to data breach risk

In an article for Business Insurance, I spoke about why businesses should invest more in cyber security. In some of our research at Theta Global Advisors, we found that more than a quarter (26%) of workers have not been given appropriate training on how to perform their job during lockdown and more than half (57…

The Freelance Informer – Goodbye 9 To 5 Office Life: UK Companies Must Prep For Flexible Working Boom After Lockdown, Says National Survey

I recently commented on the benefits of working from home in an article for The Freelance Informer. From the removal of the commute to boosted productivity when working from home, I believe there are numerous benefits to flexible working that the pandemic has uncovered for millions of employers and employees alike. Many workers are enjoying…

Business Money – Deals market booms for accounting firms in 2021

In an article for Business Money, I discussed the boom of the deals market for accounting firms. As businesses look to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest, I can see a big shift towards smaller firms. It is easy to get lost in a sea of big clients if your firm is not a…

Manchester TV – Will 2021 be a boom year for the deals market?

I recently spoke to Manchester TV about how 2021 will be a big year for M&As and other kinds of deals. This past year has really allowed smaller firms to compete in a way that has been difficult in the past. There are no more advantages to a massive office in Canary Wharf when everyone…

The Guardian – The City of London is still eerily empty: Will workers and shoppers ever return?

It was great to have our data featured in The Guardian recently discussing how eerily empty the City of London has been. Although seeing London looking so empty and quiet feels quite melancholic, we found that actually, almost half (45%) of City workers said they want to continue working from home after the pandemic, as…

Vaccine rollout raises hopes of return to normal by Summer – but what will it mean for city offices?

News of the success of the UK’s vaccine rollout programme to this point has boosted optimism that we can return to normal this year. There are, however, a few things that are not likely to return to exactly how they were pre-pandemic, with City offices being one of them. The SME Club today featured some…

Biden, Brexit And The Big Four: The Future Of The Accountancy Space

The appointment of the new President, Joe Biden, is likely to have a major impact on finance, trade, climate change measures, global security practice and many other sectors, particularly in such a turbulent time. I discussed this and the impact of Brexit in the latest issue of Finance Monthly. With Joe Biden looking to have...

Intellectual Property Magazine – Navigating Change

I am delighted to have been featured in Intellectual Property Magazine discussing what UK professional services will look like after Brexit. The UK has finally completed its exit of the EU, and a new trading era has begun. However, despite the successful negotiation to reach a trade deal ahead of the 31 December deadline, little…

London Loves Business – Big M&A deals are back as Pandemic pain eases

Mergers and Acquisitions took a big dip in 2020 following uncertainty around Coronavirus, but 2021 looks set to see a big bounce back. This is a topic I discussed with London Loves Business as well as how now may be a great time for smaller firms to cater to this increased demand. This year has…

AAT Comment – 4 things that could reshape the future of audit

I spoke to AAT Comment about the likelihood of change in the UK’s audit sector and in my opinion, it will take a lot to persuade the non-audit side of businesses to happily split. The mid-tier firms face a catch-22, where none of them are going to invest in hundreds of specialist staff across hundreds…

Working Dads – New normal is here to stay according to research

We shared our research with Working Dads, which revealed that two thirds of UK adults said commuting was the most stressful part of the day. Consequently, 57% said that they did not want to go back to office life with 9-5 working hours after lockdown. Around half of the business leaders interviewed said that the…

HR Wire – 65% of Workers say commuting stress increased during Pandemic

Now that the UK is back in Lockdown, many business leaders will understand that the ‘new normal’ is here to stay, and this week I spoke to HR Wire about flexible, remote working and its impact on working professionals. At Theta Global Advisors, we suggest that businesses consider adapting to remote working and that they…

City AM – Professional services firms to be called on to help make sense of Brexit

I gave my thoughts to City AM about what the professional sectors could look like in the event of a no-deal Brexit. I believe that both legal and consulting firms will play an important role in helping businesses make sense of Brexit – whether it is deal or no-deal for the UK. “There is still a huge…

Accountancy Daily – People in the News: Knill James, Saffery Champness, GovGrant

Accountancy Daily has covered Theta Global Advisors LLP’s latest appointment of Patrick Hopkins as Associate Director. Patrick will lead Theta’s System Implementation practice and brings his years of experience to the team. Welcome, Patrick! Click here to read the full story: Accountancy Daily – People in the News

Concerns Over Mental Health Impact of Returning to ‘Normal Way of Working’ after the Pandemic

As the Pfizer vaccine roll-out was announced yesterday, Yahoo featured Theta Global Advisors LLP’s latest research on Brits’ sentiments towards returning to work post-pandemic. Some 11.8 million UK workers — 57% of people — do not want to go back to a “normal way of working in an office environment with normal office hours,” the…

“Not a Magic Solution”: Business Leaders React to UK Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccine

My thoughts on what the new Pfizer vaccine have been covered by BDaily News. We must remember that this isn’t a magic solution to getting staff back in the office and this process will take months, if not years, and businesses need to be prepared for this cross-over period.     Click here to read…

London Loves Business – Big Four Await Shake-Up

My comments have been featured in London Loves Business, discussing the latest report that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is set to publish reform proposals before Christmas that could lead to the separation of auditing and consulting practices. I commented: “There is a huge amount of heightened scrutiny on auditing services,…

Accountancy Daily – Big Four Face FTSE Non-Audit Work Challenge

I gave my thoughts to Accountancy Daily on the Big Four and their FTSE non-audit work. In the piece, I discuss the latest FRC Report and how mid-tier and boutique firms are now in a position to challenge the status quo of the Big Four monopoly and how firms like Theta Global Advisors LLP are…

Accounting Web – Tech Lowdown: PwC, AccountsIQ, Senta, PayDashboard and pirkx

Today, I spoke to Maddy Christopher and gave my thoughts to AccountingWEB.co.uk on the recent sale of LikeZero by Pwc. “Clients should minimise the use of their auditors for non-audit consulting services as much as possible. This will reduce actual conflicts of interest, reduce perceived conflicts of interest and increase public confidence both into auditing firms and…

Yorkshire Post – Working parents have been hit hardest by lockdown

The Yorkshire Post covered Theta Global Advisors LLP‘s latest data this weekend, which revealed that working parents in Yorkshire have been hit the hardest across lockdown. More than half (51 per cent) of Yorkshire parents said their mental health has suffered because of the increased pressure and responsibility of helping their child with their home schooling. This was…

MSN – Government slammed for ‘discriminating’ against the self-employed

Theta Global Advisors LLP’s latest research report appeared on MSN yesterday. It looks at how working parents have been impacted the most by lockdown and I gave my thoughts on what can change. “Our research has shown that working parents do feel that they are under increased pressure and stress due to homeschooling during lockdown…

Yorkshire Evening Post – Pressure of lockdown homeschooling damaging mental health

As we make our way through the first full week in the latest national lockdown, I spoke with Abbey Maclure at the Yorkshire Evening Post, and shared some original research commissioned by the Theta Global Advisors team. It explores the impact of lockdown and homeschooling on working parents. The research found that the mental health of working parents…

TechRound – Interview with Chris Biggs, Partner at Theta Global Advisors

I spoke to TechRound about why I started Theta Global Advisors LLP, how the pandemic has impacted us and what is coming up for the business. “Theta was set up in 2016 as a disruptive alternative to big firms – we provide the same skill and experience but in a far more agile and hands-on manner…

Business Money – Why lockdown has shown professional services need to be in the cloud

Earlier today, I spoke to Business Money about why professional services need to take this opportunity of lockdown to fully migrate to cloud-based services. At Theta, we connect with our team and our clients via video conferencing software and can do this from anywhere in the world, just using a phone, tablet or laptop. We also offer…

Coffee Break – Will a Second Lockdown Ruin the Career Prospects of Parents?

With Brits entering a second lockdown, will the career progression of parents be negatively impacted? Your Coffee Break featured Theta Global Advisors LLP‘s research on how lockdown has affected parents and their career. If you are struggling to balance work and home life, especially during a second national lockdown, have a conversation with your manager and…

Daily Record – Scots think parents have been the worst affected by Covid-19

To try and manage the rising cases of Covid-19 cases across Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is setting out where local authorities will be placed under the new five tier system. I shared my thoughts with the Daily Record on how this will affect working parents, alongside some research conducted by the Theta Global Advisors team. It indicates that…

Business Money – Big Four’s Fee For Non-Audit Work

The 2020 edition of the Financial Reporting Council’s Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession contained a number of interesting points which I discussed with Business Money today. Including the fact that the Big Four’s fees for non-audit work for audited entities declined by 20.8% in 2019. There is a huge amount of heightened…

The National News – Square Mile 2021

Today, my thoughts and Theta Global Advisors LLP‘s data was featured in The National News. Thank you Alice Haine for your time last week. The latest data from Theta Global Advisors LLP shows that fifty-one per cent of City employees are currently working from home and do not expect to head back to the Square Mile until 2021.   Click here…

The National News – City of London’s Five-Year Rebrand Plan

This afternoon, I gave my thoughts to Alice Haine at The National News on the City of London’s five-year rebuild plan. This comes as the latest data from Theta Financial Reporting – Chartered Accountants and Consultants shows that fifty-one per cent of City employees are currently working from home and do not expect to head back to the…

Financial Accountant – Kickstarter Scheme – Summer Statement

Thanks to the Financial Accountant for covering my thoughts on the new Kickstarter scheme that was announced in the Summer Statement: “I can see the value in bringing in young people, but businesses should think through what’s available and if you can use it to see you through – ‘keeping the lights on’ and making sure…

Yahoo Finance – Coronavirus: One in three parents says childcare has held back their careers

Thank you to Tom Belger at Yahoo Finance for covering my thoughts and the latest research from Theta Financial Reporting – Chartered Accountants and Consultants on how the continued lockdowns are impacting the careers of parents. “The world of work has long presented additional challenges for working parents, and lockdown has only made this issue worse for many…

Financial Accountant – Kickstarter Scheme – Leap of Faith

Initiatives introduced by the government in the past six months have been wide reaching and will continue to have an impact well into 2021. I spoke to Financial Accountant to discuss what the Kickstarter Scheme means for businesses such as Theta, as well as the kind of business that is likely to make use of…

Interview with Robert Sherretta of International Investor – Covid19’s Impact on the World’s Workplace

Really enjoyed my interview by Robert Sherretta of International Investor – We talked through working issues both side of the Atlantic that Covid-19 has created. Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/Bborz3QNUsY

TMI – Treasury Management International – Returning to Work – Corporate Governance

I spoke to TMI – Treasury Management International last week about returning to work, how large firms are bringing their teams back, and how business leaders can bring their staff back safely if they choose to. Click here to read the article: Returning to Work – Corporate Governance

Law.com UK | Legal Week – Rihan vs EY Case

I recently spoke to Law.com UK|Legal Week about the long term ramifications of the Rihan vs EY case. I said: “Whether this case will have major ramifications in terms of the day-to-day working of auditors has not yet been seen, but the ruling has sent shockwaves through the industry. Auditors are likely to need to further strengthen…

The Times – Returning to Work Report

Patrick Hosking, Financial Editor of The Times featured Theta Financial Reporting – Chartered Accountants and Consultants and its data from the Returning to Work Report today while discussing Schroders and its teams not returning to the office this year. Fifty-seven per cent of Londoners do not want to go back to normal commuting and working,…

Daily Mail – Watershed moment for workers

Read the Daily Mails article on workers attitudes to returning to work post Covid-19 and comments from our Chris Biggs… ‘I think it’s a bit of a watershed moment. From an employee’s point of view they might not feel safe going back into the office’.   Click here to read the article

Guardian publishes Theta’s research returning to work

The Guardian has published Theta’s latest research on Brits returning to work. With millions of us heading back to offices up and down the country this week, our data showed that half of working Brits do not want to return to pre-COVID working environments. More needs to be done to help people working in safe…

Bloomberg – Brits Don’t Want to Go Back to Working Pre-Covid-19 Office Hours

As offices and shops in Britain start to reopen, most business executives and their workers would rather not return to work in the way did before the pandemic our survey shows.  The results of our survey are featured in Bloomberg Business News today. Read the article here Or download here

Bloomberg – our survey on post covid-19 impacts to Londoner’s desire to use public transport

Bloomberg– Londoners have become afraid of public transport. Our latest survey looking at post-COVID-19 working environments has been reported in Bloomberg LP’s CityLab, as it found that 70% of workers in the Capital no longer feel comfortable travelling to work on public transport. Moreover, 35% of the surveyed U.K. residents said that going back to a…

Accounting Bulletin – how more nimble firms can now take on the Big 4.

COVID-19 has given smaller, more nimble firms the opportunity to take on the Big 4. Last week, we spoke to International Accounting Bulletin about how the Coronavirus period is helping firms take on the established Big 4 in the accountancy space. We offer the quality of large firm work at a far better value point…

Consultancy.UK: Mental health is paramount even more so during these times

This is the new norm, don’t let it impact your mental health for good.’ Today, We spoke to Consultancy.UK discussing how the working conditions brought about by the COVID-19 period will become the new norm and how to avoid it having a lasting impact on our collective mental health. We give our thoughts on how…

Accountancy Daily: Theta disrupting the market for big firm services

We are disrupting the market for big firm services and are constantly challenging the Big Four. Our Managing Director recently wrote a guest article for Accountancy Daily on this subject and how other firms can disrupt the accountancy sector through improved practices and a greater focus on work-life balance for staff. Read the article here…

Start of a revolution to take on the big firms

This week I spoke to International Accounting Bulletin and explained why the COVID-19 pandemic period may be the start of a revolution in the industry and the time for more nimble firms, like Theta , to take on the Big 4. Click here to read the article Click here to download the article

Mental Health awareness week – our comments to Tech Round

This year’s Mental Health Awareness week started on Monday and in light of this, we spoke to Tech Round on how those in the professional services can stay on top of the strain especially in a time of isolation. This is a difficult time for people who have not even been directly affected by the…

Business Money – taking on the Big 4

We spoke to Business Money about why is the time for challenger firms to take on the Big 4. The market will undergo a seismic change during this COVID-19 period so agile, more nimble firms may have an opportunity to provide a top-quality service that rivals a Big 4 product while being more personal and…

Only Strategic – our thoughts on the lock-down relaxation

‘Only Strategic’ spoke to our MD about how the COVID-19 lockdown period and comments from Chief Executive of Barclays Bank, Jes Stately, on how offices are likely to be empty once the professional services industries are allowed to return to work. We believe it could create a mass exodus from traditional office spaces for good….

Reuters features our comments on ‘Could this be the death of the water cooler chat?’

Could this period be the death of the water cooler chat? I spoke to Thomson Reuters about the importance of the social aspect of work for team cohesion and how to replicate this remotely. Click below to read the full report on COVID-19 from Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence on how to meet regulatory expectations when…

The Express and Star : Businesses need clarity before committing to new working arrangements.

Businesses need clarity before committing to new working arrangements. We join national business leaders in sharing our thoughts to the The Express and Star on the new returning to work announcement expected on Sunday from the Prime Minister. Businesses up and down the country need the confidence that we will avoid a double-dip lockdown so…

Should the Bounce Back Loan scheme put a spring in your step? ‘Contractor-UK’

Should the Bounce Back Loan scheme put a spring in your step? We gave our insights to contractors on how best to navigate the new Bounce Back Loan scheme that was launched by the Government yesterday. It provides most of the information a Personal Service Company should need about the help available and who is…

Will widespread home working continue even after lockdown? Our thoughts in Personnel Today

Will widespread home working continue even after lockdown? I spoke to Personnel Today to offer my thoughts on whether or not an immediate return to the office is the right thing to do. The government is set to unveil its “roadmap” back to work on Sunday, but will work from home be the new normal?…

AccountingWeb: 0ur thoughts on difficulties dealing with counterparts in Human Resources during Covid-19

This is a difficult time for accountants to deal with HR…’ we have contributed an article to AccountingWeb today discussing the potential difficulties when dealing with our counterparts in Human Resources through a crisis like this. We talk about the importance of cloud connectivity, clear communication, managing expectations and even the strain on security and…

‘We must avoid a double dip lockdown or worse…’  our thoughts in Enterprise Management 360

‘We must avoid a double dip or worse…’  Today, Enterprise Management 360 has published our thoughts on how businesses can feasibly get their teams back to work in their usual premises. With fears of a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus cases, balancing having teams back in and keeping them safe will be the next large challenge…

‘Taxation Magazine’ shares our views on the Lord’s IR35 report

Yesterday I spoke to Taxation Magazine to discuss the impact that IR35 legislation has already had on contractors in light of the Lords committee recommending its scrappage. With a view to needed certainty – If the off-payroll working rules are put on further hold or scrapped entirely, contractors and hiring companies will lose out, and…

‘Too little too late’ – Accountancy Today published our thoughts on the Lord’s IR35 report

‘Too little too late’ – Accountancy Today has published my thoughts on the report from the House of Lords on IR35 which was released today. I believe it is ‘too little too late’ as many employers have already strived to make the adequate changes to become compliant with the off-payroll working rules and this report…

Employee Benefits – features Theta’s productivity research

‘Employee Benefits’ has featured Theta’s research in a piece discussing mental health in lockdown. This pandemic has forced millions of people to work remotely, which if not managed properly, can have a severe impact on people’s mental health. Theta specialises in remote and flexible working opportunities for chartered accountants and consultants. Please contact me if…

Business Money shared our data and comments on the ONS findings on professional services

This week, Business Money published a feature on Theta’s productivity data as the ONS announced that the professional services sectors were contributing to negative productivity growth. Chris Biggs said that this data shows the fundamental problem that the industry has with output levels, and while individuals may be trying to make small tweaks to how…

Our comments on managing remote teams feature in the International Accountancy Bulletin

Today, my comments have been featured in International Accounting Bulletin, discussing the importance of trust and leadership when managing a team remotely. With millions of Brits adjusting to their first month working at home, it can be a particularly difficult time for business leaders to motivate and manage their teams, but this piece should give…

The Sun’s Money section features our latest research and comments on the future of working from home

On Friday, The Sun published Theta’s latest research as well as my thoughts on the future of working from home. As I have said before, employers need to look at this situation as being the new norm, and supporting employees to work flexible once this pandemic is over will be the future of work. Read…

Internet Retailing publishes our comments on the ONS survey’s impact of Covid-19

Internet Retailing published my comments on the results of the first Business Impact of Coronavirus Survey by the ONS which stated that both business turnover and staffing levels are down. Despite these results, this period could fundamental change our relationship with work and working from home become the new norm. The option for flexible working…

BBC News features our research and commentary on the future of work and travel

BBC Newshas featured Theta research in a report looking into the future of work and travel. This period will change the way we work and at Theta, we are pioneering and embracing new working methods for chartered accountants and financial consultants. Contact us today to find out more about our work and click here to…

MoneyMarket publishes our thoughts on the Chancellor’s self-employed Covid-19 package

On Friday, Money Marketing published our thoughts on the self-employed package announced by the government last week. I stated that it could leave people in financial disarray and more clarity is needed for some self-employed advisors and accountants. Click here to read the story: https://lnkd.in/d64qa8A Or download it here: MoneyMarketing Self-employed package Thetas comments

‘The Express’ features our comments on the Chancellor’s self-employed workers support

Yesterday, The Express featured my comments on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of support for self-employed workers. I believe that while these measures are a step in the right direction, if this scheme doesn’t start until the beginning of June, millions of people could be in financial disarray for the next few months. Click to read…

International Accounting Bulletin – the new business ‘norm’?

International Accounting Bulletin has covered my thoughts in a feature on COVID-19 and how this state of working will become the new norm. This period will truly kick-start the fourth industrial revolution and promote remote working for those who never thought it was possible for them or their industry. If you would like to talk…

Employee Benefits has published our thoughts on productivity during the COVID-19 crisis

Employee Benefits has published my thoughts on productivity during the COVID-19 crisis, especially as many more people found themselves working from home this week, and could be continuing to do so for many weeks to come. “Working at home and connecting with a team via phones and laptops has never been easier. For small businesses,…

Verdict publishes our thoughts on the IR35 delay

Verdict published our thoughts yesterday on the postponement of the IR35 rules, which will now come in to force in 2021.   Read the article here: IR35 postponed due to ongoing coronavirus outbreak   Or download here: Verdict IR35 postponed

PERSONNEL TODAY has published our views on being productive working from home

PERSONNEL TODAYhas published my views on how to maintain and improve productivity when working from home, which is particularly important as thousands of people begin working at home this week. “With the advice coming from various sources that working from home may be the safest option, employers and managers need to ensure that they have…

Sunday Express features Theta’s research and our comments

The Sunday Express yesterday featured Theta’s research and my commentary in their financial section. I discussed the issues of productivity in the office that our research unearthed and why commuting is such an issue for many workers. Our research at Theta shows that a third of Brits are exhausted before they even get to work…

Government & Public Sector Journal publishes Theta’s Productivity Index in response to the 2020 budget

Today, Government & Public Sector Journal has published Theta Global Advisors’s Productivity Index after Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged £175b over the next five years to boost the output from the UK’s workforce. I spoke to GSPJ about the benefits of remote working, particularly in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, and how it can help…

Yahoo Finance exclusively features Theta’s Productivity 2020 Index

Today, Yahoo Finance has exclusively featured Theta Global Advisors’s Productivity 2020 Index, delving into the reasons behind the UK’s drop in productivity and how we, in the professional services, can rectify this. Our survey found that UK employees are failing to achieve optimum productivity due to a lack of training, poor management, and vast workloads….

Accountancy Today have published Theta’s comments on Gen Z and our profession

Accountancy Today have published Theta’s comments on what the sector needs to do to attract and retain the best talent of the future. We believe that the rise of movements such as Extinction Rebellion and the increased scrutiny of climate change has meant that young people are more concerned than ever with the ethics of…

Forbes – our feature on UK productivity

Forbeshas today published our feature based on productivity research we commissioned at Theta including my thoughts on the UK’s productivity issues. As the article explains, one of my objectives when leaving the orbit of the big four accountancy firms was to build a new firm that could offer clients the same big firm experience whilst…

‘Taxation’ feature our insights on last week’s HMRC IR35 clarification announcement

‘Taxation’ featured our Managing Director’s comments this week on the recent HMRC announcements on the IR35 rules… HMRC amends off-payroll working rules | Taxation

We spoke to Recruiter Magazine on the impacts of the latest IR35 announcement

Last week, we spoke with Recruiter Magazine to discuss the impact of the new IR35 rulings on the thousands of consultants in the accountancy sector. The government announced last week that earnings for services made before the 6th April would not be affected by the new rules, Chris Biggs argues that much of the damage…

Accountancy Today features our Managing Director’s comments on the latest IR35 announcement

Accountancy Today has featured my comments on how the latest information from the government on IR35 will impact self-employed workers in accountancy. HMRC announced last week that the new IR35 ruling would not impact earnings made before the 6th April. Read my views here:   HMRC announces changes to off-payroll working rules

Our thoughts in ‘Money Marketing’ on IR35 impacts to the financial advisory sector

This week, Chris Biggs Managing Director spoke to Money Marketing to offer his thoughts on what IR35 will mean for self-employed financial advisers and the financial services come April. The overall impact to businesses will depend on the size of the firm, number of contractors employed and how this number changes after April. He noted…

Evening Standard – our discussion on changing work and Gen-Z’

Our Managing Director spoke to the Evening Standard on recruiting Generation-Z and how the work place needs to change

‘The skills gap in accountancy’ – Accountancy Age features our thoughts

The skills gap in accountancy is a key issue for the industry to solve in the coming years. Today, Accountancy Age features my thoughts on how the problem can be addressed. “From what I have observed, there is a skills gap in experience rather than core skills which are more crucial to the success and…

Our interview with ‘Accountancy Daily’: IR35 and the profession

Our Managing Director Chris Biggs was interviewed by Accountancy Daily yesterday to discuss the contractor factsheet released by HMRC on upcoming IR35 rules and what it means for contractors and the firms that employ them. Many contractors are unsure about their professional future due to IR35. Because of this, companies need to communicate clearly with…

Theta enters strategic alliance with IAA-Advisory

Today Theta has entered a strategic alliance with the asset finance leading advisory firm IAA-Adviosry.  Between us we are able to offer a wide range of asset finance and leasing clients a full range of services and generate huge benefit and value to our clients. Chris Biggs commented: ‘We continue our growth in this sector…

IFRS 9 Impairments – a proportionate solution?

‘for mid-tier and challenger banks and lending institutions and consumer credit businesses, the challenge is equally demanding to that of the large global banks and in many ways requires the development of a more difficult bespoke solution that is proportionate, fit for purpose and not over engineered for ‘business as usual’ going forward.’ Background: Much has been…

IFRS 16 Leases – Leasing fatigue?

I started noticing sufferers of ‘leasing fatigue’ a couple of years back after the second IASB exposure draft. The (by then) fifteen years of debate were showing no signs of reaching an end – the majority of people didn’t believe that this topic would ever reach a conclusion (me included). However…..I hope we are all…

HMRC Issue consultation document on the future of taxing leases under IFRS 16 Leases

New options for how to tax leases once IFRS 16 has been adopted is open for consultation – this is going to be fundamental to lease structuring and potential impacts on reporting and commercial views of leases:  Options are: Option 1 – Status quoOption 2 – Accounts based regimeOption 3 – Accounts based with leasing allowance Option 4 –…