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No accounting for taste

No Accounting for Taste e32: KPMG exits small business market

7th Feb 2019
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This week the pod analyses KPMG's decision to close its small business accounting unit, asks if 'total flexibility' can solve accountancy's always-on crisis, and our software trendspotter brings you his spring buying tips.

Following on from last episode's self assessment extravaganza, this edition is a more mixed bag. The news that KPMG has decided to shutter its small business offering after five years in the market brought down a tidal wave of practice schadenfreude from high street accountants, but why did it fail? The pod pick over the bones and ask what the Big Four firm could have done differently.

We also profile the company hoping to shake forecasting tools out of their current malaise using CRM data and ask if applying the 'total flexibility' method could solve accountancy's talent recruitment and retention crisis.

Finally, ahead of the spring software buying season, we talk through the opportunities and potential hurdles faced by accountants looking to upgrade their tools.

Joining host Tom Herbert are podcast regulars Francois Badenhorst and Richard Hattersley, and in a rare guest appearance at AccountingWEB towers John Stokdyk joins the fray.

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Here are the links to stories discussed on the pod:

Don't forget, you can now contact the No Accounting for Taste team on our brand new email address at [email protected]. Please get in touch with any views or topics you'd like discussed on the show, any fan mail, or if you'd like to find out how you even join the panel for an episode.

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