The FD Surgery Manchester

November 2018

Venue TBC, Manchester

Returning in November 2018

With the popularity of our flagship event in London, we created The FD Surgery Manchester to meet the needs of FDs in the North of England.

Over 150 entrepreneurial finance directors enjoyed a day of in-depth discussion and networking at this debut event last year. It was such a success that we are already planning our return in November 2018. Watch this space!

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Highlights from 2017

  • The impact of Brexit on businesses in the North West – a no-holds barred debate on how to survive Brexit fall-out
  • The top-ten employment law pitfalls to look out for in 2018
  • Why opening your books to your customers could sometimes be a wise move
  • Is life as a private equity-backed FD for you?
  • A former Scotland Yard hostage negotiator gives a masterclass in negotiation
  • "The FD surgery provides an environment where interaction and discussion takes place"

    Helen GammonsRotolight, Financial Director & Business Affairs
  • "It was a really enjoyable event and exceeded my expectations"

    Cliff McConkeyAshfield Healthcare Communications, Divisional Director of Finance
  • "Really pleased the FD Surgery has come to the North West. The day was very well organised, all the hosts and speakers were engaging and it was good to meet other FDs. I left the event with 10 things to implement and consider, that has to be time well spent"


    Mark LightfootChess, Group FD
  • "I always enjoy speaking at events but I have to say, the FD Surgery was one of the best!"

    Chas HowesSuperdry, former CFO

2017 Programme

09:00  Registration

Registration open for all delegates.

09:20  Welcome

09:30  What can and did go wrong

The former CFO of Superdry charts the journey from a market town clothing stall to a £750m global super brand.

10:05  Health of a nation

The impact of Brexit on businesses in the North

  • Export demand
  • Currency volatility
  • Labour markets

  • Steve Barwick

    Director, DevoConnect

  • Mike Clinch

    Finance & Operations Director, Supreme Imports

  • Richard Halstead

    Membership Engagement Director - North, EEF - The Manufacturers’ Organisation

  • Clive Memmott

    Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

10:40  Opening your books: how transparency can help reduce business risk

11:00  Coffee Break

Networking and coffee break.

11:25  The cash flow clinic

Keeping check of your businesses vital signs 

  • Using technology to your advantage
  • Instilling a cash culture in your business
  • Negotiating with suppliers

  • Ben Barbanel

    Head of Debt Finance, OakNorth

  • Ricardo Laverty

    CFO, FD Innox Trading/

  • Ruth Topham

    Finance Director, Electric Systems / LEDClever

11:55  HR for FDs - part 1

The 10 biggest employment law changes to look out for.

12:10  HR for FDs - part 2

The People P&L: Marrying the responsibilities for finance and human resources.  

  • Erica Ingham

    Chief Financial Officer, Mediacom North

  • Isabelle Maddock

    Group Finance Director, James Cropper plc

12:30  Lunch

2 course seated lunch.

14:00  Prevention is the best cure: why it is vital to get cyber security on the board agenda whatever the size of your business

  • Paul Beechinor

    Finance & Operations Director, CYFOR

14:20  Is life as a private equity-backed FD for you?

The trials and tribulations of a management buyout

  • John Hammond

    Finance Director, East Coast Concepts

  • Jon Pickering

    Partner and Head of Manchester, NorthEdge Capital

  • Chris Poole

    Managing Director – UK Regions, Robert Walters

  • Phil Wong

    Finance Director, High Access

14:55  The art of negotiation - a master class for FDs

A former Scotland Yard hostage negotiator shares his top tips on securing your ideal outcome.

15:20  Have your say

An interactive voting session reveals what FDs in the North really think.

15:45  Networking drinks

Manchester 2017 attendees included… 

Manchester Outsourcing
Gem Scientific
Europa Worldwide
Amoria Bond
Lime Pictures
Alpine Facilities Services
Turning Point
Grace Cole
James Cropper
NorthEdge Capital
Regal Amusement Machine Sales
ITC Travel
Space Zero
Powell (UK)
Toxic Fox
Northedge Capital
Savannah Resources
Paramount Software UK
Beautiful Drinks
The Whitehouse Consultancy
MBL (Business & Tax Advisers)
LPW Technology
Carrs Foods International
Electric Systems / LEDClever
Crawford Healthcare
HMG Paints
Entertainment Magpie
2J Commerce
Upp B2B
Heimbach UK
4net Technologies
BJL Group
Unique Digital Software
100 Percent Group
High Access
National Union of Students
Palatine Private Equity
Mediacom North
Norcros Adhesives
Communicate Better
Peak Business Insight
EEF – The Manufacturers’ Organisation
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Ashfield Healthcare Communications
East Coast Concepts
Roberts Jackson
Cheetham Bell
Splash Damage
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Starcom Technologies
Riviera Travel
Beweb Direct
Be Amazing
Syncro Fire & Securities
RedEye International
AT Engine Controls
Web Applications UK

2017 Sponsors and Partners