August 11, 2017 JAK No comments exist

  Global Data Protection Regulations A couple of weeks ago, we were asked by a user how Forecast 5 will handle the introduction of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. The response is that any data produced by Forecast 5 is under the control of the users; users determine where they choose…

May 14, 2017 JAK No comments exist

John Stokdyk, editor of AccountingWeb, described Accountex 2017 as “a bit of a ritual…where all the big beasts in the accounting world come down and put on ritual displays to attract the thousands of accountants who flock to the annual exhibition in East London.”   The not-so-big beasts benefitted as well. Forecast 5 was back…

May 7, 2017 JAK No comments exist

This year’s Accountex will take place at the Excel Centre, Docklands on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 & 11 May.   Forecast 5 will again be exhibiting and all will be very welcome to visit us at Stand 180.   As last year, the developer of Forecast 5, Geof Nightingale from Auckland, New Zealand will be…

April 29, 2017 JAK No comments exist

Coming to a town near you? As you pack your briefcase for Accountex 2017, how safe do you feel? Not very, according to Boris Johnson who warned last Thursday (April 27) that North Korea could pose a nuclear threat to Western Europe – but insisted in the Daily Mail that military strikes against the regime…

February 12, 2017 JAK No comments exist

Investigative journalism is claiming more scalps. Sir John Rose, former head of Britain’s engineering pride and joy, Rolls-Royce, is now under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, along with other senior members of his team, following allegations of bribery and corruption in the Financial Times. Rolls-Royce’s £671m payment, of which nearly £500m will be paid…

January 6, 2017 JAK No comments exist

I’d heard of Bitcoin, mostly in relation to the dark web, and I thought it was a yesterday thing. I woke up smartly on Wednesday when I saw that its value has risen by 163% and doubled in the last two months of 2016. It’s driven by the Chinese—but also countries like India and Venezuela…

December 21, 2016 JAK No comments exist

Like it or hate it, artificial intelligence and robots are either coming to your company or to one of your competitors any time now.  If you plan to fly away this Christmas, it’s likely you’ll check in without human help and if you go abroad, your passport will be scanned mechanically to allow you access…

December 12, 2016 JAK No comments exist

The weakening pound means your Brazil nuts are going to cost more this Christmas but in international currency terms you will be paying less for your Stilton. As a UK resident, perhaps this saving doesn’t add much festive cheer – but it would if you were a Welsh steelworker.   At the end of last…

November 9, 2016 JAK No comments exist

Well, the forecasters got it wrong again. Trump trumps America and the world’s superpower swings to the right, with the GOP taking the White House, the Senate and Congress.  This wasn’t the end of the Trump joke, as all the pundits predicted: it’s the end of the Democratic era.   How did they get it…

October 21, 2016 JAK No comments exist

Forecast5 is the latest supporter to join the Bloodhound SSC project: the British attempt to smash the world speed record by driving a vehicle at 1,050 mph in late 2018. Returning from visiting the project, Jonathan and Juliet Kipps, from Isle of Man based Kipps Business Reporting, Forecast5’s UK distributors, said they felt they were…