• Discussion topic
    04/06/2014 - 9:40am

    Hi Everyone,

    Thought that you may be interested in a complete set of study notes for the CIMA Certificate C05 syllabus. These should contain all the info you need to pass the exam.

    You can take a look at the sample chapters here and sign up for free to get the complete set.

     CIMA C05 Notes

    There will be new notes for all certificate exams available for free by August-September 2014. Keep a look out on the website to see more.


  • Discussion topic
    17/05/2014 - 9:06am

    Hi All,

    Not sure if this is the correct place to post but I am looking for some advice.
    I have  approached my boss several times with issues I have found like invoices not being posted to the ledger but put on as cash book payments (so not accounted for as payables) and bank payments on wrong bank etc - This is making the banking hell in our company as we have 20 mil turn over and around 18 bank accounts.

  • Blog Entry
    06/05/2014 - 3:37pm

    Countdown has begun to the next CIMA examination diet.  How prepared are you in regard to the Code of Ethics and applying ethical thinking?   Being familar with the Code and how you apply it is an integral part of both studying and practicing as a management accountant.  Through the syllabus questions will arise on how you apply your understanding of the Code as well as your understanding of financial regulations and the law. 

  • Blog Entry
    07/04/2014 - 11:03am

    I recently took some time to read a new McKinsey report – ‘Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work’. If you, like me, are in your 20s and live in Europe you may just recognise yourself somewhere in the statistics.

  • Blog Entry
    13/01/2014 - 10:06am

    There's no dilemma about ethics because, as  highlighted in a previous blog and an article in April 2013 Velocity, failure to understand and/or address the ethical issues which are integral in all T4 cases is a "very dangerous strategy" which will lose you marks in the exam (T4 case writer feedback).

  • Discussion topic
    14/10/2013 - 10:00pm


    I have a brand new, unused set of:

    Study Text RRP £32

    P&R kit RRP £17

    Passcards RRP £10

    Classroom notes - Cannot attain these unless you pay for the course, at £100+ per day. 

  • Discussion topic
    02/07/2013 - 11:53am


  • Blog Entry
    13/05/2013 - 10:31am

    With the May exams looming, are you clear on how to apply an ethical framework to the questions posed? Ethical issues are threaded throughout all stages of CIMA exams (below) and you will need to be able to show you would analyse the situation appropriately and respond.

    Graph showing ethics in CIMA exams

    Being guided through the CIMA code of ethics is key and there are a number of resources available to help you think through how to do the right thing.

  • Discussion topic
    01/11/2012 - 10:25am
    I read an article that states accountants, who were once regarded as the watchdog of society, are now being associated with these scandals which have cost the public serious financial losses. Is this statement an actual fact? If so, how can accountants realize the significance of ethical compliance and how it affects the whole business environment?
  • Blog Entry
    23/08/2012 - 10:58am

    With P3 resit papers around the corner how comfortable are you with your ethical performance.  Are you going for gold or are you likely to be in the dark side of the grey zone, feeling shame alongside those from recent corporate scandals for not acting in the public interest.

    There are lots of resources to help you do the right thing in your exams, and the right thing professionally.

  • Blog Entry
    02/08/2012 - 3:06pm

    This week’s news headlines are full of Olympics glory.  It is a relief to have front pages celebrating the achievements of the world’s finest athletes, instead of unpicking the latest scandal arising from corporate misdemeanours. 

  • Blog Entry
    30/07/2012 - 4:53pm

    If we really put the 50 top managers behaviour under the microscope what would we see? Cameron is sticking to his hard line approach, but who is willing to 'cast the first stone?'

  • Blog Entry
    24/05/2012 - 10:39am

    In the week we launched the CGMA ethics theme I attended a lecture at St Paul’s Cathedral  given by the eminent professor of government at Harvard University, Michael Sandel on the moral limits of the market.  The “congregation” was at full capacity at nearly 1800.

  • Blog Entry
    10/04/2012 - 9:24am

    Follow the trials and tribulations of Tony Scales and his team at Miralux in this new weekly e-drama. Bookmark this blog and catch up with episodes every two weeks.

    In this episode, James Turner’s projects come in on budget and win environmental prizes. Surely that should keep the low-carbon campaigners smiling? However, it doesn’t help when James’ opponent happens to be his own sustainability manager, Tallulah. And he’s never sure whose side Cameron, the CFO is on either…

  • Blog Entry
    26/03/2012 - 9:33am

    Follow the trials and tribulations of Tony Scales and his team at Miralux in this new weekly e-drama. Bookmark this blog and catch up with episodes each Monday.

    Does Tony Scales, the new CEO of the Miralux Corporation, believe his own rhetoric s about ethics, the environment and the company’s hard line against corruption and fraud? Is he sincere or just the master of corporate rhetoric?

  • Blog Entry
    19/12/2011 - 2:27pm

    The final UN Global Compact meeting of the year focused upon Rio +20 UN conference on sustainable development, scheduled for June 2012.  The day the UK UNGC participants gathered in London, the announcement of the outcome of the Durban climate change meetings was still fresh.  After protracted negotiation a level of agreement was reached.  

  • Blog Entry
    08/12/2011 - 1:43pm

    There is a real competitive advantage to be gained by companies who set out to build sustainable businesses. That's the message that is coming loud and clear from the top of the corporate food chain.

  • Blog Entry
    06/12/2011 - 2:35pm
    I just taught a CIMA Academy today where we also previewed part of the forthcoming CIMA drama (film) "Words in Action"  and ran a workshop on defending against Fraud and Corruption. It was resoundingly clear from the delegates that the true defence against fraud and corruption is a strong and ethical culture, not reluctant compliance with rules. Thankfully!
  • Blog Entry
    14/11/2011 - 3:27pm

    Are you familiar with the CIMA Code of Ethics? If not, you should be - all CIMA students and members are required to comply with the code, and it comes up in exam questions at all levels.

    My colleague Tanya Barman writes an ethics blog - check out her latest post highlighting some important ethical lessons from an unexpected source.

  • Blog Entry
    14/10/2011 - 4:36pm

    The United National Global Compact (UNGC) meeting in London recently focused on anti-corruption initiatives globally.  In recognition of the overall cost to business, and wider economy and society of corrupt practices, principle ten of the UNGC is: "Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery."