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9am Lowdown: PwC gets into bed with Google

29th Oct 2014
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Sorry to inflict such a disturbing mental image on you first thing on a Wednesday morning, but the ubiquitous web search/everything giant and the world’s biggest accountancy firm have just committed themselves to the digital equivalent of a celebrity wedding.

PwC gets into bed with Google

As part of an alliance announced yesterday afternoon, PwC will hook up its “rich client relationships” and unparalleled industry knowledge with the Google for Work suite of productivity tools and Android mobile apps.

The Big Four firm will also adopt Google Apps for Work for use by its 45,000 employees in the US and Australia. Keep an eye out for more news and reactions as the week progresses.

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Tesco supplier roll in the auditors 

Companies including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Coca-Cola have flown in audit teams over their UK operations following the accounting scandal at Tesco, the Telegraph reported. 

The recent crisis has set of 'alarm bells' in the industry about practices in the UK supply chain.

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Pfizer's tax inversion may yet go ahead

The drug firm's attempt to take over AstraZeneca was rejected earlier this year, but it said that such a deal could be a 'potential source of creating value', the BBC said.

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Divorcees top tax evasion informants list

Former spouses have topped a list of informants being paid by HMRC to provide information about tax evasion.

According to City law firm RPC, pressure from the Treasury to increase the tax yield for the exchequer has caused a steady rise in HMRC payments to informants.

The total now stands at £402,160 - a 30% increase since 2011 when it was £309,620.

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Ryanair in French trouble

The airline has got itself into €8.3m worth of trouble for violating French labour laws.

It was found guilty of paying French workers under Irish contracts to avoid French social security payments between 2007 and 2010.

Oh, lala. 

So today we're asking, do you use Google Apps in your firm? If not, what collaboration tools do you use (if any!)?


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