Looking at the books, you can see a litany of accounting failures.

After my father died I found among his papers a booklet detailing the history of his mother’s family, the Goodliffes, over several generations during the 19th century, during which they built a thriving wholesale grocery business in the Midlands. In one passage it describes how Thomas Goodliffe, my great-grandfather, went on the first escorted tour…

Read more »

Rewarding failure

I read with interest an article by Prof Adam Leaver of Sheffield University published by Open Democracy recently. For anyone interested in financial reporting and auditing, and why they have failed to prevent corporate greed and business failures it is essential reading. In the article he looks at how Interserve, which has now failed, paid management bonuses…

Read more »

Anything at all that matters in life only does so as a consequence of its impact on our conscious mind

Have you ever wondered why relatively few entrepreneurial businesses achieve super success? It’s about one in twenty. Not very many. This should be surprising. Napoleon Hill said “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. There is no shortage of books, articles, websites and research about what makes a successful business…

Read more »

The financial crisis no one is talking about.

Auditing is not a sexy subject. But in recent years the auditors of our major businesses have let the public down to a staggering extent. Let me start by restating why audits were introduced. In the 19th century, to encourage trade, businesses were allowed to become limited liability companies, meaning that the liability of the…

Read more »

This couldn’t happen in your business…..could it?

You may not have heard of the company but you will almost certainly have heard of its brands Bargain Booze, Wine Rack, Bibendum and others, despite which Conviviality plc, the brand owner, went into liquidation last week after making three profit warnings in just over one month. Another example of an avoidable business failure by…

Read more »