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Annual Report Writer

So you’re the annual report writer this year.

For some people, it’s a pleasure to take time to write something long and substantial about their organisation or their team. For others, being required to write the company annual report is the equivalent of public speaking with no index cards and no powerpoint.

So this post is […]

By |May 3rd, 2014|annual reports, Editing tips, Report Machine's annual report blog, Uncategorized, Writing and editing tips, Writing tips|Comments Off on Annual Report Writer

How to structure your annual report writing like a pro: ASIC RG 247

Last week, I re-posted an article about RG 247 – Effective disclosure in an operating and financial reviews – ASIC’s regulatory guideline that asks for better writing in annual reports. Annual report writing can be a tricky business, but it’s not too hard if you’re on top of the financial statements themselves.

This week’s article goes […]

By |March 24th, 2014|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on How to structure your annual report writing like a pro: ASIC RG 247

Alaska Biennial Reports: How to use yours to create a traditional Annual Report

It’s just a form – or is it?

Alaska Biennial Reports for companies with even-numbered registrations are due to the central office in Juneau by January 2 in the new year (2014).

If you haven’t filled one out before, you can do it online at the Alaska state website, where you can download a tailored form […]

By |December 11th, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on Alaska Biennial Reports: How to use yours to create a traditional Annual Report

How you can use the Annual Information Statement to start your Annual Report

Lucky for many of us, the Australian Charities and Nonprofits Commission has given Australian charities an extension on the deadline for filing their Annual Information Statement. The deadline is now in March. (See the ACNC’s website for more information).The current AIS doesn’t require charities to report financial information or to even give any kind […]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on How you can use the Annual Information Statement to start your Annual Report

5 Ways Out of Annual Report Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed by the job ahead? Annual reports can be seriously heavy-going documents.

Even the most professional writers and editorial of annual reports get overwhelmed – the only difference is, the professionals have tried and true techniques for getting themselves out from under it all.

Remember, you are the Editor and somebody has to make the […]

By |September 26th, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on 5 Ways Out of Annual Report Overwhelm

Why I love writing annual reports for nonprofits

Two weeks ago, I wrote a suite of annual report templates for a nonprofit client whom I really like. I enjoyed the whole assignment, and the writing flowed easily.

I have thought some more about it since and came to the conclusion that it’s not just the client; it’s also the nature of the work. […]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on Why I love writing annual reports for nonprofits

Shanks PLC, in the UK – Annual Report builder

Today I spotted a simple, interesting web-based tweak to the online annual report: Shanks’ (UK waste management company) annual report builder.

The read can use it to create their own annual report, containing only the items that interest him or her and leacing out the rest.

Of course, this differs from what Report Machine is being […]

By |August 12th, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on Shanks PLC, in the UK – Annual Report builder

Annual report writing for accountants 2: how to comply with ASIC RG 247

Is your annual report compliant?
Last year, I started writing about how ASIC wanted companies to start including more meaningful information in their management commentary – that’s the writing part of annual reports.

Last year (2013), ASIC issued a regulatory guideline saying it wanted management commentary to relate more directly to the financials in the report, […]

By |July 31st, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on Annual report writing for accountants 2: how to comply with ASIC RG 247

UK business regulator announces new narrative requirements similar to Australia’s

United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced changes to its corporate reporting requirements that are similar to ASIC’s – but which go further, including environmental reporting elements. See the press release here: Better and simpler company reporting
Deloitte in the UK has provided a very thorough summary of the changes and […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Report Machine's annual report blog|Comments Off on UK business regulator announces new narrative requirements similar to Australia’s