The FD Surgery Manchester

2 November 2017 | Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

The prognosis is good

Following the success of FD Surgery London over the past two years, FD Surgery Manchester has been specifically created to meet the needs of finance directors in the North of England. We have listened to your concerns in order to create a bespoke agenda that will help you diagnose and treat your business ailments!

Incorporating interactive roundtable discussions, in depth technical presentations and controversial debate, FD Surgery Manchester covers the issues that really keep you awake at night!

The agenda!

We want to make sure the agenda at FD Surgery Manchester meets the demands of Finance Directors in the North. That is why we take a collaborative approach to agenda building. This is your opportunity to tell us which of the proposed sessions hold the most interest for you and to make suggestions of your own.

To make any suggestions and/or put yourself forward to take part as a speaker, please email

09:30  Welcome

09:40  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

  • 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

  • Helen Munro

    Managing Director, The Whitehouse Consultancy

10:40  Life at the end of the funnel

The challenges of interim work in sectors ranging from cruise liners to a Benedictine monastery.

  • Jeremy Fletcher

    Managing Director, Transform Finance

11:00  Coffee Break

Networking and coffee break.

11:20  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

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.

12:30  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

How to protect your business from attack.

  • 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

14:50  Patient history

15:10  The art of negotiation - a master class for FDs

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

15:30  Have your say

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

16:00  Networking drinks

Plus, don’t miss our FD focused breakouts throughout the day…

08:30 - 16:00  The FD clinic programme

The FD clinic programme consists of a series of roundtable discussions taking place throughout the day of the conference, chaired by an FD Surgery Editor. Whether you are keen to learn more about a particular subject or have experience to share with others, these are highly focused and interactive sessions that will benefit all finance directors.  To register your interest for one of the below sessions please click here.

  • Funding / ownership structures
  • HR for FDs
  • IT for FDs
  • International trade

11:00 -12.30  Manufacturing support group - Curing the UK’s productivity crisis

An interactive session for manufacturing finance directors in the North. Please click here to apply.

  • Tackling the skills gap
  • R&D investment decision-making
  • Funding for manufacturing businesses
  • Harnessing ambition – from SME to the big time

Previous London attendees include… 

Adler & Allan
Aldbury FD Services
Alexander Charles Associates
Altrad Beaver 84 Limited
Amtico International
ATLOA Services
Aubrey Park
Bowman Power Group
Brita Water Filter Systems
ByBox Group Holdings
Castleman Consulting
Caxton Foundation
Centmetal Property
Cherlyn Electronics
Clifford Thames
Corporate Traveller
Desyncra Technologies
deVere Group
Distil Plc
Ebury Restructuring Partners
EIP Europe
Evgen Pharma
Extra Energy
Funding Options
Future Thinking
Gilpin Associates
Glenridding Associates
Global Counsel
Goggin Ltd
Hallmark Hotels
Harvey Nash
Henry Howard Finance
Independent Advisory Solutions
Infinis Wind
Institute of Directors
Intelligent Goat
Just Eat
Kann Consulting
Kelvin Hughes
Livingstone Partners
Lloyds Banking Group
Locala Community Partnerships CIC
Make Change Happen
Mall for the World
MDL Consultancy Services
MVF Global
NAHL Group
New World Trading Company
Nixolve Consulting
Novus Property Solutions
Oakland International
OCEE International
Payment Waiver
Paysafe Group
Pipers Hill Consulting
Quality Pet Care
Qubic Tax
REN Skincare
Romero Insurance Brokers
RS Connect Group
Scottish Widows
Shaylor Group
SME Finance Directors
Splash Damage
STA Travel
Stewart Group
T.H.Clements & Son
Tazaki foods
The Fold London
The Founders Group
The New World Trading Company
The Nostrum Group
Ultrasoc Technologies
V Westbrook
Vistage UK
Vital Ingredient
Wells Fargo Capital Finance
World First

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