Category: News

How FDs can become fully rounded leaders in the boardroom

Leaders in the boardroom

Written by: Raj Gandhi Several years ago, I took the decision to study finance directors who I thought embodied the concept of ‘fully rounded leaders’. Watching and listening to them I began to appreciate certain qualities and character traits which have been hugely helpful to me in my career, both then and since. First, knowing the… Read more »

Are you planning for the workforce of tomorrow, or yesterday?

Planning for Generation K

The spotlight is shifting, and a new generation has different demands to the widely feared Millennials. Employers need to get the most out of their recruitment budget, and ensure they’re not losing out on the best available talent. At Benefex’s Winter Forum, their clients were treated to a keynote address from world-renowned economist, author, and… Read more »

Investing in technology

Investing in Technology

During FD Surgery London 2018 we heard from Lee Hackett of Bluprint Global. He explored the future of sales and marketing and the resulting technology investment decisions on FDs’ shoulders. He guided attendees through the changing relationship with business, the power of data, and best practice. With key statistics and take homes, Lee helped shed… Read more »

Excellence award winners revealed

Excellence award winners revealed

The winners of the annual FDs’ Excellence Awards were announced last week in a wonderful celebration at the Royal College of Physicians, London. These awards are designed to recognise exceptional Finance Directors, as well as the lenders and advisers that service them. The FDs’ Excellence Awards were carefully judged by a panel of FD veterans… Read more »

Celebrating success

Celebrating success

Earlier this month we welcomed over 200 entrepreneurial finance directors to the Royal College of Physicians for our fourth FD Surgery London. Delegates were treated to an inspiring day full day of talks, networking, and roundtable discussion. Chas Howes, the former CFO of Superdry, kicked things off with his keynote – what can and did… Read more »

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 »