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April 30, 2008

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Strategy UK firm launches assurance scheme to evaluate supply chain strength

Hurst Accountants, a UK member firm of IGAF Worldwide, has launched a supplier assurance scheme to help clients evaluate the financial performance of companies in their supply chain and implement strategies to guarantee their integrity. The head of the programme, Helen Besant-Roberts, said companies “rarely look at” financial strength. The launch follows a successful supply chain assurance programme Hurst has been running for the past four years.

People E&Y’s UK tax leader moves to US

Ernst & Young International’s (E&Y) global tax services leader, Jim Tobin, is relocating from the US to the UK. Tobin has more than 30 years’ experience working for E&Y in international tax services. The main focus of his UK efforts will be on supporting E&Y’s market activities and assisting with the senior level tax recruitment programme. He will work closely with Paul Davies, head of tax for the UK and Northern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.

Strategy IGAF partnership to help with employee development

IGAF Worldwide has struck another third-party partnership for its members, this time with Becker CPA Review. The association said the new partnership will give member firms ‘preferred provider’ access to the company’s certified public accountant (CPA) review course, which helps candidates prepare for their CPA exams. IGAF executive director Kevin Mead said: “This alliance partnership with Becker is one of many ways that our association is taking an active role in providing resources to help member firms grow and develop their employees for the future.”

Corporate Social Responsibility KPMG UK expands VIBE project

KPMG UK is providing pro-bono advisory services to start up companies from London’s Afro-Caribbean community. The Volunteers Inspiring Black Entrepreneurs (VIBE) project is designed to help businesses progress from the difficult start-up stage and offers access to senior professionals from the firm’s business advisory team. KPMG advisory partner and VIBE mentor Bernard Brown said the project presented the firm’s volunteers with an opportunity to get back to grass-roots business.

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