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Our insights section brings together a summary of key news articles, publications and thought leadership for our members produced and compiled by NEDA and our key Sponsors and Partners.

Publication22/04/2020
Understanding the Impact of Epidemic on High Growth UK SMEs

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the economy, where UK’s 3.8m SMEs are being particularly badly affected, mainly because they cannot afford to keep large cash reserves. With 16m being employed by SMEs this goes well beyond being simply a “business problem” but is a problem for society as a whole. 

 

News19/04/2020
FRC: Updated Guidance for Auditors on Audit Opinions during the Covid-19 Crisis

Two key objectives of any auditor are to obtain sufficient, appropriate audit evidence to support their audit opinion, and to then report their opinion on the financial statements based on the evidence obtained.

Publication15/04/2020
FRC: Updated Guidance for Auditors Affected by Covid-19

This Bulletin is intended to provide guidance to auditors affected by Covid-19 and is now also including ‘gathering evidence through remote means’. 

Publication15/04/2020
Covid-19: Business Continuity Guide for Governance Professionals

This is a useful and practical guide just released by PwC as a support on all governance and company secretarial issues during the unprecedented challenges we are facing with Covid-19. 

 

Publication14/04/2020
Willis Towers Watson 6th Directors' Liability Survey – What are the top risks facing Directors and Officers?

At a time when regulators and investigatory authorities are focusing unprecedented attention on personal accountability for company directors, the sixth edition of the report on directors’ liabilities has been published.

 

News31/03/2020
How China’s consumer companies managed through the COVID-19 crisis

McKinzey & Co conducted a virtual roundtable discussion with China-based executives at leading consumer-facing companies about their experience managing operations under lockdown.

Publication31/03/2020
AGMs and the Impact of Covid-19 - Supplement

Further to the initial guidance on contingency planning for AGMs during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, published on 17 March 2020, the Chartered Governance Institute has published supplementary guidance which reflects the Government ban on public gatherings of more than two people. 

News26/03/2020
FRC – Guidance for Companies on Corporate Governance and Reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’), Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’),  and Prudential Regulation Authority (‘PRA’) have announced a series of actions to ensure that information continues to flow to investors and to support the continued functioning of the UK’s capital markets. 

News25/03/2020
FRC guidance for auditors arising from the coronavirus pandemic

The Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’) has issued updated guidance for auditors which may be facing practical difficulties in carrying out audits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus).

Publication25/03/2020
AGMs and the Impact of Covid-19

The Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) has requested that all listed companies observe a moratorium on the publication of preliminary financial statements for at least two weeks. The Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’) has worked closely with the FCA and other regulatory bodies over the past few weeks and fully supports the FCA’s request.

News24/03/2020
FCA asks UK companies to delay results

The Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) has requested that all listed companies observe a moratorium on the publication of preliminary financial statements for at least two weeks. The Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’) has worked closely with the FCA and other regulatory bodies over the past few weeks and fully supports the FCA’s request.

News20/03/2020
QCA Guidance on S172 Reporting Requirements for Directors

The Quoted Companies Alliance (‘QCA’) has looked at the Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 (the ‘Act’) reporting requirements for directors and have summarised the latest position.

News18/03/2020
The business impact of Coronavirus: Legal support from Hogan Lovells

The heightened interest in the spread of Coronavirus and increasing impact on businesses large and small has drawn into focus the varied legal aspects that need to be considered.

News17/03/2020
2020 NED Awards - The Results

In this week’s Sunday Times, Mrs Moneypenny alias Heather McGregor argues that companies should be more radical in their approach when appointing their next NED by specifying no previous experience. 

News06/03/2020
CMA – Cheating or Competing Campaign

The Competitive Markets Authority, CMA, has issued a warning to businesses with a new campaign, which asks firms if they are “Cheating or Competing?” 

Publication05/03/2020
The Investment Association – Shareholder Priorities for 2020

The Investor Association (IA), the trade body that represents UK investment managers, collectively manage over £7.7 trillion on behalf of clients. They have just come out with a report addressing areas of priorities for shareholders in 2020. 

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