News Mr Michaels has only targeted increasing BDO's market share in the FTSE 350 from 3 per cent to 5 per cent by 2018

Accountants outside of the industry’s ‘Big Four’ will continue to suffer from “institutional prejudice” for another decade despite incoming regulatory reforms, the managing partner of BDO has warned.

Ladbrokes loses auditor in its bid to catch main rival William Hill

Ladbrokes has dumped its auditor as the bookie looks to close the gap on fierce rival William Hill.

Grant Thornton smashes into Big Four’s territory

Grant Thornton will double its FTSE 250 audit work by 2017 following hard-hitting reforms by regulators to smash the dominance of the Big Four accountants, the bean-counter’s chief executive has claimed.

Regulator accused of £110m error

Competition Commission's audit reform costs 'materially' underestimated, claim Big Four

Royal Wedding boosted sales, but not for long

Economists urged "extreme caution" about reading too much into a strong rebound in retail sales last month, as chains were boosted by the hottest April on record, a glut of bank holidays and the Royal Wedding.

Auditors under fire over role in bank crisis

Peers call for competition inquiry into 'oligopoly' of Big Four firms

Who are the winners and losers in Osborne's Budget for growth?

The Chancellor's attempt to kick-start the economy has had a mixed reception from the business community.

Legal endgame looms over remains of Stanford empire

A monumental legal battle over the liquidation of the business empire of alleged fraudster Sir Allen Stanford will come to a head in the Caribbean courts this month.

Sales boost for retailers ahead of crucial weekend

The hopes of retailers ahead of the busiest shopping weekend of the year were raised yesterday by official figures suggesting sales were resilient in November, despite the snow disruption at the end of the month.

Investment Column: Mouchel is a haven from the spending cuts

Hargreaves Lansdown; Vertu Motors

Financial services set for slowdown

Bounce in activity in second half of 2009 not expected to be maintained

Auditors under attack as the recession exposes failings

Watchdog says number of investigations has doubled as PwC is added to the list

So just whose pips will the Chancellor squeeze?

For 30 years the ranks of the rich have swollen while politicians turned their fire on other targets. Andy McSmith reports on the prosperous tribes for whom the taxman cometh

Housing: New homes to help first-time buyers

The GOvernment hopes to revive Britain's housing market with a series of initiatives to support homeowners, buyers and builders – but experts warned the measures were not enough on their own to generate a recovery.

High earners: Wealthy few to take the first hit from tax increases

Top rate rises to 50 per cent, while relief on pension contributions is cut

'No win, no fee' firm in line for auction

LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds TSB, has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to look at a £90m sale of National Accident Helpline.

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