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The Financial Controller's Diary
A Financial Controller in a hi-tech small business writes about the trials of running a finance department...
I apologise for my absence from this column for a couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to sort out what looks sadly like it could be a case of fraud, perpetuated by someone I had a lot of time for.
BD was not at our office Christmas party last week. The following day he was in the office but left at lunchtime.
As we get ready for the VAT changes coming in next month, we’re having to put in place processes for invoicing our non-business EU customers using their local VAT rates and invoice rules.
After BD’s bombshell last week, I’ve been investigating whether I should indeed look at emigrating to Bermuda.
From pictures of it online, it looks a stunning place.
BD has been increasingly fed up since his “discussions” with CP about the budgets some weeks ago.
“CP doesn’t live in the real world,” he said to me over coffee last week. “He thinks he just has to wave a magic wand to make sales happen. It doesn’t work like that.”
I told BD the story of the bill for software support.
“We shouldn’t be charged for that,” he said. “Let me speak to [his contact there]. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.”
A couple of hours later he reappeared at my desk, fuming.
Last week seems to have been Software Frustration Week here.
Mrs Dragon still hadn’t received confirmation of her new tax code from HMRC by the time we ran the payroll last week. We had to use the tax code as notified by HMRC, especially as we had had confirmation from them over the phone that it was correct – but Mrs Dragon wasn’t happy to see the amount
CP and BD were not happy with each other over changes to the budget for our proposed increase.
I was go-between for their discussions and that wasn’t achieving anything, so I decided it was time to try a different approach.