Friday's lowdown news includes a mentoring programme, comments on how accountants are 'winning' from the Morrisons chairman and our last ever 2015 self assessment tip.
Morrisons' chairman's 'accountants win' comments
New chairman Andrew Higginson said the accountants are winning in the supermarket price war, at the expense of innovation and honesty with customers.
He spoke at the Advertising Association’s Lead conference in London this week.
While saying that all public companies have to deliver for shareholders, “but too often the accountants win”
Using an example of his local Express store, he said he bought a bottle of wine for £6 that had been reduced from £12.
“It was a perfectly nice bottle but there was no way it was £12. They are kidding me. It was accountants chasing numbers trying to prove the unprovable,” he said. “You see that kind of dishonesty all the time. If you believe the Big Four they’re all the cheapest - I’m an accountant and reality is none of them are that cheap.”
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Townsend helps launch CIMA mentoring programme
The coach helped launch a new CIMA developed mentoring programme in Birmingham this week, which aims to offer a helping hand to members and students in the early stages of their career, or be considering a career change.
We did hear reports yesterdayof HMRC's self assessment system being temporarily offline - but bear in mind many websites, Aweb included, experienced downtime due to having to install a patch to protect against a new cyber security threat. But if it is down, please do post on Any Answers and we'll look into it! Today's the Revenue's biggest filing day, between 10am - 12pm and 2pm onward.