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ICAEW "Suffering from Brexit blindness?"

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Postie has dropped a packet of 30 A5 cards through the letterbox.  They're all the same, featuring a blindfolded bulldog on the one side and some blurb on the reverse.

What is it exactly that we are supposed to do with them?

I seem to recall an exercise at school requiring us to come up with as many uses as possible for a brick, so to start us off, here's my intended use:

Spider catcher.  These A5 cards are just the right size to slide under a yoghurt pot used to initially trap the spider to keep it there whilst being transported out of the back door.  Based on current useage, I estimate they should keep me in spider catching business until about 2050.  Now.  Should I put them to stock?

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By JDBENJAMIN
17th Oct 2019 13:18

I've received mine too. They are all now in the recycling box. Why did the ICAEW think these cards were so important that multiple copies should be sent out to (I presume) every firm?

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By paulwakefield1
17th Oct 2019 13:36

In case you missed the email :-)

"In recent weeks, events have made it seem more likely that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) without a deal. As a result, the government are keen for business to begin preparing for such an eventuality. Whilst ICAEW has made it clear that a disorderly exit from the EU should be avoided, we are keen to distribute the government’s important and pressing message via our member network. To achieve this, we have successfully bid for funds from the Government’s £15 million Business Readiness Fund ( https://latest.icaew.com/41F5-UXIE-30Q62A-JX1XQ-0/c.aspx ).

It is your reach and insight into the business community that sets ICAEW apart from other business organisations, and we are asking for your help to connect with businesses in your area and advise them of the need to prepare for a no deal Brexit. ICAEW has produced an easy to understand leaflet which will outline the key issues that businesses should consider in the lead up to 31 October. These will be sent by post to ICAEW accountancy practices in the UK for you to distribute to businesses you are in contact with to signpost them to further and more in-depth resources on our Brexit Hub, including live and recorded webinars ( https://latest.icaew.com/41F5-UXIE-30Q62A-JX1XR-0/c.aspx ).

This will be an ideal opportunity for you to offer support to the business in an uncertain environment so please distribute these as widely as possible to businesses in the run up to Brexit.

Should you have any further questions, or wish to provide feedback from businesses with around No-Deal preparations, please email us at [email protected] "

I thought it might be quite useful but, having seen it, they have hit the recycling bin although the webinars might be interesting.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
17th Oct 2019 14:45

Come off it, that is not really a political position, its more basic fact that a disorderly no deal = massing ****ing mess economically.

NO serious commentator is saying any different. Even Boris is only using it as a scare tactic.

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By paulwakefield1
17th Oct 2019 13:51

In case you missed the email :-)

"In recent weeks, events have made it seem more likely that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) without a deal. As a result, the government are keen for business to begin preparing for such an eventuality. Whilst ICAEW has made it clear that a disorderly exit from the EU should be avoided, we are keen to distribute the government’s important and pressing message via our member network. To achieve this, we have successfully bid for funds from the Government’s £15 million Business Readiness Fund ( https://latest.icaew.com/41F5-UXIE-30Q62A-JX1XQ-0/c.aspx ).

It is your reach and insight into the business community that sets ICAEW apart from other business organisations, and we are asking for your help to connect with businesses in your area and advise them of the need to prepare for a no deal Brexit. ICAEW has produced an easy to understand leaflet which will outline the key issues that businesses should consider in the lead up to 31 October. These will be sent by post to ICAEW accountancy practices in the UK for you to distribute to businesses you are in contact with to signpost them to further and more in-depth resources on our Brexit Hub, including live and recorded webinars ( https://latest.icaew.com/41F5-UXIE-30Q62A-JX1XR-0/c.aspx ).

This will be an ideal opportunity for you to offer support to the business in an uncertain environment so please distribute these as widely as possible to businesses in the run up to Brexit.

Should you have any further questions, or wish to provide feedback from businesses with around No-Deal preparations, please email us at [email protected] "

I thought it might be quite useful but, having seen it, they have hit the recycling bin although the webinars might be interesting.

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By Matrix
17th Oct 2019 14:04

I don’t have mine yet. How do they know the impact of Brexit when no one else does? Are we covered from a PI perspective if we distribute and our clients take action and suffer a detrimental loss?

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By Tax Dragon
17th Oct 2019 14:56

"We enclose a leaflet that the ICAEW believes you should read, together with our fee for sending this to you. The views expressed in the leaflet are those of the ICAEW and may not reflect our own. Our insurers require that we do not tell you our views. Or give you advice. We can accept no liability for loss you may incur, whether such is caused by following ICAEW's advice, by ignoring it or otherwise."

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By Cloudcounter
17th Oct 2019 14:38

Ours arrived today, but I hadn't seen them until I'd read this posting.

Given that it's got a good old British Bulldog on the cover, the whole lot has gone straight in the recycling bin.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
17th Oct 2019 14:41

I returned mine.

Dont bin'em , send 'em back. They will soon get the hint.

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By lionofludesch
17th Oct 2019 15:53

ireallyshouldknowthisbut wrote:

I returned mine.

Dont bin'em , send 'em back. They will soon get the hint.

You have too much time on your hands.

And too many postage stamps in stock.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
17th Oct 2019 16:55

it took less time to stick some sellotape over the opened envelope entrance, cross out my details and write "return to sender" on the envelope than it took to post this to explain it. The return address was helpfully printed on the front of it anyhow, so presumably they expected a lot back!

No postage required for returns to sender.

I was going pass the post box anyhow.

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By lionofludesch
17th Oct 2019 17:34

ireallyshouldknowthisbut wrote:

No postage required for returns to sender.

There is once you've opened it.

I'm considering whether I need to submit an SAR.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
17th Oct 2019 17:56

heh, and can you take into account the general junk mailings we get which get the same treatment?

I always send 'em back. If I assume at least one a month for 15 years, that's probably 200 cases m'lord.

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By lionofludesch
17th Oct 2019 18:13

ireallyshouldknowthisbut wrote:

heh, and can you take into account the general junk mailings we get which get the same treatment?

I always send 'em back. If I assume at least one a month for 15 years, that's probably 200 cases m'lord.

Well, take care. Postage stamp fraud carries a jail sentence. The Charity Commission published a statement on it last November.

I'm not sure why you expect Royal Mail to bear the cost of you making some cleverdick point to companies who legitimately pay their postal costs. All you're doing is contributing to the falling standards of Royal Mail.

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By lionofludesch
17th Oct 2019 15:04

The world won't end on 1st November. It'll be reyt.

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to explaining to Mrs Lion that she's going to have to go through Customs to visit her mum in Holywood.

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By johnhemming
17th Oct 2019 15:08

I don't need to catch any spiders, but I do need something to catch kittens (or one particular kitten) do you have any suggestions?

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By douglas96
17th Oct 2019 15:20

I have also received 30 of these A5 cards in the post and have shredded them. I have also emailed ICAEW to complain about them. I saw the British Bulldog image as I opened the package and thought I had accidentally been sent a mailing by the Brexit party. The Brexit checklist is potentially useful but the image of the British bulldog blindfolded by the EU is overtly political and entirely inappropriate for the ICAEW. I am appalled.
I emailed my complaint to ICAEW's business strategy manager in the practice department - I was given the email address when I phoned the ICAEW.

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By Red Leader
17th Oct 2019 15:45

A poster above pointed out that these cards were sent out by ICAEW but funded by HMG. Most of the recipients appear to have binned them. An excellent example of how public money is wasted. Another example of course being R&D tax credits.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
17th Oct 2019 17:31

“we have successfully bid for funds from the Government’s £15 million Business Readiness Fund”

At least we know how they paid for the design, content, print, packaging & postage of your waste paper bin liners. Not me, I’m ACCA and they never waste a penny.

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By Justin Bryant
18th Oct 2019 10:45

Yes; I got these too this morning. What a scandalous waste of money!

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By North East Accountant
18th Oct 2019 12:10

Got my pack yesterday, the 17th October.

Fab timing considering the webinars printed on the reverse were on the 10th, 11th and 16th October!

At least glad ICAEW wasting the governments money on this rubbish rather than members subscriptions.

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By paulwakefield1
18th Oct 2019 12:31

To be fair (what am I saying?), the card is really pointing to the availability of the webinar recordings.

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