Month: April 2018

Are unfair accounting practices paralysing SME R&D?

A new research project supported by i-mean business and Cambridge Judge Business School seeks to reveal the true extent of the problem. This is your chance to have your say. By Helen Gammons, Financial Director, Rotolight SMEs who commit to R&D often do so with a focused agenda to create advantage through internally created Patents… Read more »

Q&A session with Björn Lindvall, CEO and Founder of CreditSquare

In our latest Q&A session we’ve picked the brains of Björn Lindvall, CEO and Founder of CreditSquare, to explore finance and the SME. How would you rate confidence levels amongst SMEs when it comes to gaining access to finance at this point in 2018? We still feel that there is a significant degree of scepticism… Read more »

Finalists for the 14th FDs’ Excellence Awards revealed

Superstar Finance Directors including Graeme Weir of Virgin Wine Online, Haseen Naheem of Bighams and Richard Barley of pub group New World Trading Company, have all been shortlisted for the 14th FDs’ Excellence Awards. A record number of FDs have vied to become finalists in categories including Private Equity-Backed FD of the Year, International FD… Read more »

Finance directors are the new rockstars in 2018

This guest blog is written by Carlo Gualandri, founder and CEO of Soldo. He explores how solving problems that businesses face in the finance department is putting cash-flow management at the forefront of effecting huge change . . . Traditional banking has long languished in the dark ages, shackled by legacy systems, and until relatively… Read more »

Speaker interview: Chas Howes, Former CFO of Superdry

Chas Howes will open the FD Surgery London on 1 May 2018. When caught up with him to ask a few questions about his time as Chief Financial Officer at Superdry . . . How did you end up working for Superdry? After an early career working for large blue-chip organisations (Cadbury, Raleigh, Plessey, Grand… Read more »

Q&A session with Henry Pepperall, CFO, Exponential-e

Ahead of his presentation at the FD Surgery London 2018, Henry Pepperall, CFO at Exponential-e joined us for a Q&A session on innovation in the finance function . . . What role do you think a finance director should play in fostering innovation culture within a business? Firstly, be in the room when the conversations happen,… Read more »