Raymond Doherty 20 Dec 2018 03:36pm

Most-read features 2018

This year our readers refused to be pigeonholed – showing interest in everything from finance in football (our interview with Tottenham Hotspur’s FD), to the fall out from the Carillion scandal (our profile of KPMG’s chairman Bill Michael), to the record response we had to the annual #economia50

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1. A day in the life: Matthew Collecott

Matthew Collecott, group operations and finance director at Tottenham Hotspur, on building the new stadium, taking the long-term view and not having Mondays off


2. Auditing culture

As the post-mortem into Carillion’s demise runs on, a joint inquiry by MPs from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and Work and Pensions Committee in May said a rotten corporate culture was both “responsible and culpable” for the construction giant’s catastrophic failure


3. Bill Michael: on KPMG and the profession

Number 20 Grosvenor Street is a typically smart Mayfair building. It sits comfortably in its fancy central London environs, surrounded by grand hotels and expensive retail outlets, boasting the discreet reception of a private members’ club, which is sort of what it is. There is little to suggest it’s also an outpost of Big Four firm KPMG


4. #economia50 2018

This year we had a record response from our readers and Twitter followers. Here are the top 50 most influential sources of finance news and information in social media, as voted for by you. There has been plenty of movement this year, as people’s social media influence has grown and the votes have fluctuated


5. Budget 2018

All the news, analysis, video and comment from this year's Budget


6. Industry challenges: Airlines

In many ways, the airline industry is booming. Such is the favourable price of oil, increased global mobility, the emergence of low-cost carriers attracting more customers than ever before and the consolidation of key airlines across the world, much of the industry is currently enjoying increased revenue streams


7. Innovation in financial technology

David Adams examines what the emerging financial technology services sector and its wave of innovations means for consumers, businesses and the accountancy profession


8. Swimming with sharks

Simon Mordant’s career in Australia has taken him from grubby backpacker to wealthy philanthropist. He tells Andy McLean how his work advising executives on mergers and acquisitions means he can now give back

9. Paul Eagland on the BDO merger with Moore Stephens

The BDO managing partner on what drove the Moore Stephens deal and why a merger with a firm of a similar size – Grant Thornton or RSM perhaps – to compete with the Big Four has been considered


10. ACA profile: Greggs FD

As group FD for Greggs, Richard Hutton has helped grow one of Britain’s most recognised brands. He tells William Ham Bevan about his journey, and why social responsibility is at the heart of his corporate mission