The best industry blogs for accountants to read
As an accountant, you want to keep up with the latest developments in the sector as well as planned changes to tax, financial legislation and digitalisation. You might also be interested in learning new tips and tricks to help you in your business or reading expert analysis to help you understand what’s going on beyond the headlines. In days gone by, this might have meant expensive and time-consuming training courses or travelling to pricey conferences. But now, keeping up with industry news can be as simple as checking in regularly with a few easy-to-read, informative blogs. In this article, we’ve put together a list of our top sources of industry news to help accountants stay up to date.
AAT Comment is the home of the Association of Accounting Technicians, where they give their slant on the latest stories affecting accountancy firms, offer blogs sharing new ideas and time-savers for accountancy businesses, and highlight chances to have your say on the direction of the industry. There’s also a particular focus on careers, training and apprenticeships, which could be useful if you’re just starting out or if you are thinking of expanding your firm with some emerging new talent. They publish several blogs a week, so check back regularly for new content.
Constantly updated and with its finger on the pulse of the accounting and finance sector in the UK, Accounting Web is the go-to site for industry news, comment and advice pieces. If video is more your thing, they’ve also expanded their schedule of webinars, talks and Q&A sessions, which you can join in with live or watch later on demand. There’s something for every size and specialism of accountancy firm here. You can also subscribe to their newsletter to get the most important updates straight to your inbox – perfect if you’re short on time during the working week.
Crunch are famed among our contractors for their easy-to-use accounting software, but their Knowledge section is a goldmine of useful information for contractors and accountants alike. It will help you gain insight into the issues and problems that your contractor clients face as small business owners (and even support your own development if you’re a self-employed accountant yourself). They’re also often ahead of the game in tackling and understanding the impact of emerging trends like cryptocurrency and automation. Again, there’s a newsletter to subscribe to if you don’t want the hassle of having to check back in for new content every week.
With a focus on hard news and analysis, Accountancy Age is a good blog to head to if you want a quick overview of the latest industry developments without any distractions or puff pieces. Each article is accompanied by an estimated reading time so you know how long it will take you to get through – a useful feature if you’re busy but want to check in with the headlines. With a huge vacancies section and in-depth rankings of the top accountancy firms, Accountancy Age should also be your first stop for info if you’re considering a career move.
Accountancy Today’s news site features the latest updates about the world of accounting and finance. In particular, it keeps a close eye on the movers and shakers at all the big accountancy firms, making it useful for networking and career planning. For smaller businesses and self-employed accountants, it offers thoughtful comment pieces on industry developments, along with helpful advice and best practice guides. All blogs and news stories are tagged so you can easily filter the most relevant ones for your needs or interests.
Who else to trust as your vital news source but ACCA – the global Association of Chartered Certified Accountants? If you’re trained as an accountant, you probably hold an ACCA qualification or two. What you may not know, however, is that as well as being a professional body, they also work hard to carve a progressive path for accountancy as a profession. That means that as well as their regularly updated news section, you should also keep a close eye on their professional insights page, where they publish the results of their latest research. It’s all presented in digestible formats like reports, articles and videos, and covers topics from globalisation and sustainability to strategy and tech.
Of course, the whole FT site is useful for keeping up to date with developments in the world of business and finance, but did you know they have a special section for accountancy news? Add this to your bookmarks and you’ll soon have a one-stop shop for keeping up with the headlines that will affect you and your clients. We particularly like that the Financial Times can remain largely independent and offer an outsider’s perspective of the sector, though their stories do tend to put a bit too much emphasis on the Big Four at the expense of a broader view.
Kingsbridge Knowledge Hub
Don’t forget we also have important updates for accountants and other contractor partners here on the Kingsbridge Knowledge Hub. With a particular expertise in IR35 as well as our comprehensive knowledge of contractor insurance, it’s worth keeping plugged in to our news for the latest stories that might affect the contractors and PSCs on your client list. For more information on how we can work with you to help support your contractor clients, take a look at our Partnerships page.
This is not a sponsored article and neither Kingsbridge nor our staff has received any kind of promotional gifts or payment for featuring the above websites. Kingsbridge is not responsible for the external content on the sites.