GDPR: the time to act is now!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May 2018 and represents a hugely significant, once in a generation, change in the rules on data protection that everyone needs to know about and prepare for. The GDPR applies to more organisations than ever before, sets out more onerous requirements for you more


PSC Update: Online Live and new UK locations

The Professional Skills Course (PSC) is a mandatory qualification which all trainee solicitors must complete before being admitted to the roll.  The qualification is comprised of a mixture of compulsory ‘Core’ modules and a number of ‘Elective’ modules which candidates choose themselves to suit their respective areas of interest.  As of 2018, BPP will offer more

CPD – The need to be adaptable in a rapidly ever changing world

For many Accountants (and other professionals), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is often seen in the context of compliance and a concern about receiving a letter explaining that you are one of a sample who are being asked to provide verification.  This is not unreasonable as mandatory CPD is typical of all leading professions. But let’s more

Financial Modelling training at BPP in 2018

In addition to telling us whether a packet of cigarettes and a pint of bitter will be more (or less) expensive next year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer presents a set of financial forecasts as part of the budget speech. If you are planning that once in a lifetime family holiday to see Mickey Mouse more

Online Classroom Live 2018: Try Before You Buy

Professional Development from the comfort of your own home We are excited to announce the release of our 2018 online classroom live dates. These highly interactive live online sessions are different to your typical  online course or webinar. We’ve designed the courses with interactivity in mind.  By attending live, delegates can talk with their presenters more

Blended learning: What’s the right blend?

When an organisation puts together a blended learning programme the main aim is to provide training that achieves the desired learning objectives, which in turn improves employee performance, which in turn improves business performance. By selecting the right blend of methods, mediums and technology an organisation can realise a number of benefits that improve the more

Amidst time pressures, how Online CPD can help you maintain your competitive edge

Has your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) become a tick box exercise, where you are frantically trying to cram training towards the end of the year, to meet CPD requirements? For many professionals, CPD is seen in the context of compliance. But let’s just stand back and consider the importance of CPD for a working professional more

BPP @ ICAS Insolvency Conference

BPP were delighted to attend the ICAS Insolvency Conference on November 14-15th at Gleneagles. As the chosen training partner for ICAS, we are providing both CPI and JIEB training for 2018 in Scotland as well as England & Wales. At the conference, we demonstrated the online classroom platform and in 2018 we are combining our more

Autumn Statement 2017: Demystify the Budget with BPP

My name is Michael Steed and I am the Head of Tax for BPP Professional Development. On 22nd November 2017, Philip Hammond will deliver his second Budget as Chancellor and at 13:00 hours GMT on 23rd November, BPP Professional Development will go live with its Demystifying the Budget webinar. In this webinar, I will be more

Examining the tax implications of the Sharing Economy

Michael Steed, Head of Tax, BPP Professional Development. Let’s start with a question: what is the sharing economy (aka the collaborative economy)? Simply put, it is the common term to describe the use of disruptive technology (smart-phones to you and me), by which consumers can share under-used resources between them and make money. The most more

JIEB 2018 and onwards…

Well here we are, coming up to 6 months since the new Insolvency rules landed. We hope you are getting to grips with the new dawn so to speak. Looking at more changes, the JIEB have this year also announced that the 2018 exams will return to the 2 paper format – one corporate paper more

IFRS 16: Leases on the Loose

“Special report on leases concludes that the distinction between operating leases and finance leases that is required by present standards is arbitrary and unsatisfactory. The main deficiency being that they do not provide for the recognition in lessees’ balance sheets of material assets and liabilities arising from operating leases” Date: 1996 and published by the more

IFRS 15 – Revenue Out with the old in with the new

IFRS 15 was first issued in May 2014. Ian Mackintosh, IASB vice-chairman at the time, praised the IFRS model for revolutionising the financial reporting landscape. He stated that IFRS has allowed for a “globally consistent language of financial reporting” and also thinks “accounting is on the cusp of becoming the world’s first global profession” thanks more

Finance Business Partnering: A look behind the curtain

The term ‘Finance Business Partner’ has been around for many years.   A multitude of companies have had a vision of business partnering but it would seem only a few have successfully achieved it.  Let’s just take a few minutes and reflect on whether it’s all worth it and, if it is, how we might improve more

Cyber Security – Minimise Risk in Today’s Culture of Computing

As the world continues to deepen its digital footprint, organised criminal gangs sitting on the other side of the screen are on the increase, acting almost like an unfortunate side-effect. Stories almost always focus on someone far away, like high ranking politicians, celebrities or big companies. But cyber crime and malicious hackers also target regular more

“You do not have to be deluded to work in the financial services industry…”

Very interesting article in this weeks Evening Standard about the City not being ready for MiFID II: BPP will help make sure you are ready for these big changes with our face to face course, MiFID II – New Requirements for Investment Managers, which offers the opportunity to prepare for these changes. The Markets in Financial more

Artificial Intelligence: How ‘New Thinking’ is Changing the World

Alongside the allure of croissants, our recent Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakfast event held in the heart of London managed to entice many on a rain-soaked Monday morning. We had over 100 people join the AI breakfast event and live webinar where our expert presenter, Pratish Sharma gave a fantastic overview of the fascinating developments in more

The arrival of the online court – a brave new world?

Amy Ooi is a GDL student at BPP, Waterloo campus. She is the new Justice Reform Analyst for the Pro Bono Centre, specifically reporting on the new online court. Amy completed a degree in English and German and has an interest in human rights and civil liberties groups. She is also interested in current reforms to more

The New Insolvency Rules – Are You Ready?

The new Insolvency rules come into force on 6 April 2017 and will see the biggest change in the insolvency regime since 1986. Here Insolvency expert Charanjit Uppal examines the industry impact and outlines the five biggest changes. more

Pro Bono Centre – Managing risks….The Streetlaw Project

Victoria Speed is Joint Director of Pro Bono at BPP Law School. Rachael Kirkup is Streetlaw Supervising Solicitor. This article expands on their presentation delivered at the UK’s inaugural Streetlaw Best Practice annual conference held at Birmingham University on 7th to 8th September 2016. With up to eight Streetlaw presentations per week running across eight more