This month, we talk with Taswer Khan FCCA, the CFO at refrigeration business Güntner Middle East – his journey from Pakistan to Dubai and Toronto has been a cool experience, and shows how flexibility and an internationally-recognised qualification can combine to great effect.

We also ask if the eurozone economic bloc can head off a recession – the European Central Bank is tightening rates at the fastest pace in its history, just as companies and consumers are being squeezed by record prices.

Meanwhile, questions are being asked about the EU’s latest tax cooperation blacklist – it seems that some Caribbean territories are not happy about being implicated in tax avoidance.

And finally, although not suggesting that annual reports should be treated as fairy tales, the Bailey Network’s Peter Reilly urges companies to take a step back and think more about narrative and less about box-ticking. As he says, behind every great company is a great story.

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