The FD Surgery Manchester

November 2018 | Venue TBC, Manchester

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!

2017 highlights

Our 2017 event saw 150+ FDs come together for a packed day of education debate and networking.

We ended the day with an interactive voting session which revealed what Northern FDs really think. View the results here.

  • "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

The 2017 agenda

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

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