News briefs

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.