I had a particularly trying day at work today. I work in an open plan office, within a small manufacturing company. This means that I tend to passively 'absorb' all the stress from the other non finance functions.
A CIMA veteran shares his perspective on what the profession holds for those working in industry.
Like a lot of my peer group (40 somethings) I had a home computer in the 80's. In my case the Sinclair Spectrum. Browsing the Maplins catalogue, as one does, I saw that there is an updated version released.
November is very nearly upon us. This year the Movember foundation has come up with a new 'way' that doesn't involve growing a 'tache for the month.
In every company that I have worked in, there have usually been one or more 'core' software systems.
OK, I'll admit it - I like some of the routine that comes with management accounting - the steady cycle of weekly cash flow and credit control, month ends, payroll and annual budgets.
A while back, I blogged about an issue over the RTI file update for March this year. As far as I can tell, whilst my file seemed perfect from my print, there must have been some corruption as it travelled through HMRC.
Like a lot of small firms, we run a small fleet of vans. 5 'Transit' sized Vauxhall Vivaro, and 1 'car' sized Peugeot Partner.
Now, I am a bit geeky with vehicles (my office calendar is vintage commercial vehicles), but even I was a bit caught out by this.
I have been pondering Richard Hattersley's Aweb question on lost mojos. I have come to the conclusion that no-one really notices my work. It just takes place (along with the other members of my finance team) in the background.
Three weeks ago, I was in Gatwick, at awful o'clock, after a long drive, to depart on holiday with the family. Usual scene - tired child / wife on the chairs somewhere - grumpy husband sent to the overpriced departure lounge shops for sweets etc.
When logging on to HMRC for our company, it showed that we had overpaid PAYE. Now, I know we won't have done this so dug a little further.
It shows my payment of Class 1a NIC, but there was nothing showing as a corresponding liability.