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David Smith

David Smith is a founding director of Smithink. He is the external practice advisor to many firms participating in firm management activities to provide an objective viewpoint and an understanding of strategies that have achieved success in other firms.

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The struggle for accountability

As I have conversations with, and work with firms a constant theme is frustration with accountability. People unwilling to be accountable and others being unwilling to hold people accountable....

Report as though you are the client

As I’m sure you’re aware, big data and data analytics has the potential to transform the profession in analysing financial results and providing new insights to clients regarding the...

So what’s your attitude to IT?

Do you lie awake at night worrying about the cost of IT in your practice and feel that it’s a never ending black hole for your cash. Or do...

The Value-Added Proposition – Part One

Good profitability, strong cash flow, growing return and being client-focused go hand in hand. At practice level, most accountants believe this, but they have a hard time identifying specific...

Don’t let 1 July 16 become unaffordable advice day

As the clock continues to wind its way down to 1 July 2016 all firms need to be firming up their strategy to deal with the new licensing regime...

Allegedly unfaithful staff at Ashley Madison – who would have thought?

If the newspaper reports of rumours and opinions are correct, there seems to be increasing evidence that the well publicised hack of the infamous Ashley Madison customer data was...

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