We are very pleased to announce that Baker Tilly Klitou (auditors, accountants, tax and management consultants) have been awarded the Cyprus Special Exports Award for services for the year 2011. This is a great honour for our firm. This award is a recognition towards the quality of our services and the dynamism and persistence of our people, in achieving great results in our efforts to promote our services and our country as a business and financial centre. The annual Cyprus Services Exports Award falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This annual award constitutes an outstanding support towards the Cypriot economy but especially to the businesses in the service industry, which are the backbone of the economic activities of our country, accounting to more than 70 per cent of our GDP. The 2011 Cyprus Special Exports Award for Services opens new horizons for us and demands the setting of higher goals for the future. And we can only achieve this by working closely as one team – one cohesive force with our people and our clients. Committed in providing quality business solutions. Contributing towards the advancement of our country’s economy in these challenging times.
We at Quoracy.com would like to congratulate Marios and his firm on this prestigious award.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.
Make it Visual
Some things are hard to describe in words. In fact, many things are hard to describe in words. Try describing in detail the bedroom you spent your childhood in. My guess is that you will have a hard time describing it well enough for someone else to recreate it. The same is true for new ideas. Words may be a start, but they often lack the precision and clarity required to describe a new idea to someone else. Photos, sketches, and data visualizations can make complex ideas easier to understand and share. That’s why portfolios beat résumés, and young designers are still encouraged to carry a sketchbook.
This week, try recording your observations and ideas visually, even if just as a rough sketch in a notebook or a picture on your camera phone. If you think you can’t draw, too bad. Do it anyway.
Mind mapping can be an excellent way to get visual about abstract ideas. For example, check out the design thinking mind map used in Change By Design, which you also can see in my recent post, “Start Designing Your Life.
There were nearly two hundred likes on this and a discussion had kicked off which seemed fairly one-sided, with 42 people all agreeing with this premise in one form or another. Oddly they had all used words to express this agreement and not one picture could be seen.
I had to add the contrary view, and did so as follows:
I respectfully disagree with some of the premises in this article. We think with language – I defy anyone to frame a conceptual thought without it – and human language, at least the ones I know, bases on words.
I have looked at Mind Mapping and some of the other inventions of Tony Buzan, I have read several of his books and remain skeptical as to the practical use of them. As far as mind mapping is concerned, its main use in my opinion is to give people of an artistic bent an excuse for doodling in meetings, and at least some direction to the doodling they’d probably be doing anyway.
A tabular approach wins out every time – the human brain loves tables and rectangular things. That’s why we live in rectangular rooms in rectangular buildings with rectangular furniture. Placing any problem into a table immediately highlights areas which are uncovered, and ensures deeper and more consistent thinking on any topic. Even “out of the box” thinking is only possible if you’ve defined a box. None of this happens with mind-maps, which ensure a very subjective and random summary of any topic.
I thought it was worth taking a contrary position and maybe getting some thought and discussion going, so please don’t be offended at my detraction from your premise, which is certainly not intended in an agressive spirit.
I thought we could find out whether the mind-mapping is actually popular among the people who follow or at least stumble upon this service, so please take part in the following poll:
- Top 10 Mind Mapping Productivity Tips for Content Marketing Success (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
- Get Inspired and Organzied: Mind Mapping for Content Marketing (contentmarketinginstitute.com)
- The Best Websites and Software for Brainstorming and Mind Mapping (howtogeek.com)
- From mind map 1.0 to mind map 4.0: from 1000 to 2020 (mastermindmaps.wordpress.com)
A Baker Tilly Hungária legutóbbi „Business & Tax Newsletter” című kiadványát
a következő linkre kattintva tekinthet meg: Newsletter 5/2012
Az elmúlt hónapokban az Országgyűlés több adózást érintő törvénymódosítást fogadott el, amelyek 2013. január 1-től lépnek hatályba. Hírlevelünkben arra törekedtünk, hogy azon változásokat, amelyek sokakat érintenek, azonban csak a vállalkozások kis részének van konkrét tennivalója és bevallási kötelezettsége – pl. közműadó – csak megemlítjük. Ugyanakkor kiemelünk néhány olyan témát, amelyek kevésbé közismertek, de véleményünk szerint megismerésük előnyös lehet az önök számára
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címre küldött e-mail-ben jelezze.
- VAT: an introduction. (businesshelp.lloydstsbbusiness.com)
- TurboTax – Video: Social Security Tax – Who Is Exempt? (turbotax.intuit.com)
According to page 2 of today’s UK Financial Times, a UK National Audit Office report shows over 6.5m people waited more than 10 minutes to get their calls answered by HMRC, adding £33m to customer’s phone bills and wasting £103m of their time last year.
This snippet of information triggered a few things that I wanted to say to you this morning. The first of these is, that, despite the fact that it is obviously pretty dire that people need to wait so long to get their calls answered by the service they are paying taxes to fund in the first place, at least in the UK there is a body which is concerened at the loss of time and places a value, in monetary terms, on that loss of time by the customer.
Anyone who has spent any time either in government offices, or even banks or supermarkets in this part of the world will probably confirm that the idea that the customer’s time is valuable and should be respected is a rather alien concept. Not so long ago it was an utterly alien concept, but even today it is still a concept which they find rather hard to grasp.
Not as bad as China, though, from what I heard and also saw. People being expected to queue all day outside the Chinese consulate for their visa and then at the very moment that the scheduled closing time of the office came the shutters come down like with Kiosk Keith and that was that. The spare time of the employees was utterly sacrosanct, that of the customer not at all. This of course shows an elitist mentality, which can be found in almost all state sector offices to one or another degree anywhere in the world. Expect it and try somehow to deal with it.
Much less acceptable is the wasting of the customer’s time in business. If the customer is paying then they have a right to have their matters expedited and people who keep people waiting ought either to invest in more infrastructure to avoid it or to wonder if they are in the right business. Read more…
Writing in the UK Guardian today, (page 31 – if you cannot buy the paper, you’ll find it among the related articles below assuming it is still available if you are reading this in a few weeks), Polly Toynbee accuses the Big Four of being “at the heart of almost every tax-avoiding scheme”. She proceeds to comment on their grip of the audit market and that, despite grave failures in auditing the banks they have not been disciplined by professional bodies.
Thank you, Ms Toynbee! We at Quoracy.com would just add that their immense lobbying power at the level of governments and regulatory institutions – their virtual control as a cartel of almost every regulatory insitution for audit in the EU – has made them almost impossible to punish. At the same time the middle tier audit Firms, with far fewer blemishes on their records, are bearing a proportionately greater brunt of the reforms that these Big Four governed or influenced “independent” bodies have enacted or are in the process of enacting.
No doubt they hope that they can pass their latest trick of raising the audit thresholds, in which the hidden agenda is to weaken the next tier down from the Big Four even more in the hope that some of the firms disappear (already appears to be happening to PKF from what was spoken about at their recent Cuba conference, and the merging into BDO of three already of their G20 firms) and that others will tone down or give up their audit offer. After which time, of course, they will no doubt be ready to lower the thresholds once again, in order to grab what they can from the reduced state of their mid-tier competition.
You heard it here first. Or maybe you know it already. If you’ve been running a mid-tier audit firm, you probably know it only too well…
- Tories at half-time: cruel and inept, with worse to come | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian (dralfoldman.com)
- Should tax-avoiding companies be named and shamed? – video (guardian.co.uk)
- Britain could end these tax scams by hitting the big four | Polly Toynbee (guardian.co.uk)
- Be bold, Labour, and expose Osborne’s skivers v strivers lie | Polly Toynbee (guardian.co.uk)
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