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Agenda

09:30

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Raymond Jack, Executive Director, ACCA Global

09:40

Panel Discussion

How to Survive the Pandemic by Getting Tech to do all the Hard Work

  • Analysing tech that enables team communication and business growth in a remote working environment
  • Understanding the way customers are now receiving information, and ensuring your data tech is up to speed
  • How forecasting with tech can monitor and measure the impact of change on your business leading to better business decisions
  • Integrating tech enabled solutions into the day-to-day to engage teams working remotely
  • Preparing technology use as part of crisis management and adoption of video platforms

Darren Cooper, Group Accountant, Travel Innovation Group

Tom Coward, Finance Director, Cytora

10:20

Fireside Chat

Know your Enemy – Developments in Cyber Security

  • How has the landscape of cyber security threats changed over the past 6 months
  • Identifying the risk to your business from cyber security breaches and how to mitigate them
  • Lessons learned from breaches that have occurred since March
10:50

Networking Break

11:10

SAP Presentation

Growing Your Business Through Digital Transformation

  • Embracing change and identifying where to start
  • The role of finance and internal collaboration
  • Challenges of scaling, staying efficient and keeping costs inline
  • Measuring the impact of digital transformation on your business processes

Cassie Petrie, Senior Director, SAP Concur

11:40

Expert Presentation

What Moves a Currency Market and the Economics Behind it

  • Discussing the bounce-back after Brexit, potential impact of the upcoming US election, shifts in global relationships and the global pandemic - macroeconomics factors affecting the currency markets in 2020 and beyond
  • Managing event risk - what are the potential outcomes of these changes
  • Protecting your business - what can you do to ride out and benefit from unforeseen changes
  • Examples and lessons learnt

Dan Vanderputt, Senior BDM/NAM, Cambridge Global Payments

12:10

​Lunch Break

13:20

Panel Discussion

Hiring the best talent and building a great team

  • Navigating a diverse talent pool – from graduate schemes and apprenticeships to sourcing top of the line senior team-members
  • Addressing gender and generational diversity within the finance function and finding the most productive way for diverse teams to collaborate
  • Discussing staff remuneration and competing with other employers in a busy market
  • Ensuring employee engagement and well-being in a changed environment
  • Understanding how to monitor systems to keep the team on track remotely

Edward Knighton, CFO, YO!Sushi

Simon Gretton, Finance Director, KBE Drinks

Sophia Meadows, Finance Director, Bloom & Wild

Paul Gordon, Managing Director SME & Mid Corporates, Lloyds Banking Group

14:00

Investor Discussion

Understanding Private Equity and Venture Capital Perspectives on Investing in SMEs

  • Understanding what investors are looking for in companies and leadership teams when considering new investment and after the deal is done
  • Engage with investment companies to discuss finance and taking into consideration the shift in time-lines over past few months
  • Silent partners or controlling force – understanding the role of Private Equity and Venture Capital within the company structure
  • Working with investors post-transaction, to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship

Andy Gregory, Head of Investments UK and Ireland, BGF

14:30

Case Study

The Role of the CFO in Planning for and Maximising Value on Exit

  • Planning for exit from the start to deliver the right model to outperform upon exit
  • Considering the crucial role of the CFO in valuation and deliverability of the transaction
  • Evidencing and articulating your company’s growth story during the exit process
  • Managing your time and prioritising to deal with the pressures of the exit process

Juliet Sturridge, Head of Finance, Matthews & Goodman

Tom Lewis, Interim Group Financial Consultant, Pharmaspectra

Rupert Levy, Group Finance Director, AgriBriefing Ltd

15:10

Coffee Break

15:30

Interview

Tracking the Journey from CFO to CEO

  • Planning your career trajectory and preparing early to make the jump successfully
  • Rethinking priorities in a new leadership role
  • Navigating team-relationship restructuring after your transition

Will Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Lovespace

16:00

Panel Discussion

Finding the Right Fit - Navigating Funding Options and Financial Risks

  • Understanding funding options that have become available in the last 3 months
  • From bank loans and ABL to venture capital and private equity - What is the right fit now?
  • Presenting your company as a must-see opportunity to potential investors
  • Collaborating internally with your CEO and leadership team to ensure a smooth transition and productive distribution of capital injections
  • Managing in the current climate and understanding funding options that are now available

Ricardo Laverty, CFO, Chemist4U

16:40

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Raymond Jack, Executive Director, ACCA Global

Roundtables

9.00 Top Tips for Scaling-Up - Lloyds

10.40 Working with PE/VC investors - David Bateman, CFO, Medina Dairy

Rupert Levy, Group Finance Director, AgriBriefing Ltd

12.10 Currency Management - Dan Vanderputt, Senior BDM/NAM, Cambridge Global Payments

15.10 Expense Management - David Smith, CFO, Roomex

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