Real Business FD Summit

Leading the Finance Function through Change and Innovation

15-16 May, The Montcalm London Marble Arch, W1H 7TN


15-16 May, London



Welcome to the Real Business FD Summit

More than ever before, the Finance Director’s role extends beyond financial responsibilities into ever more varied aspects of the business. And this is especially true of those working in the UK’s SMEs.

For 2019, we’re delighted to be launching a new format which delves further into the challenges and issues facing the UK’s finance directors. The FD Summit will host finance directors from the UK’s leading SMEs, bringing all together for two days of networking, learning and inspiration.

Our theme: ‘Leading the Finance Function through Change and Innovation’ will specifically address the challenges, changes and questions which keep SME finance leaders up at night.


  • Topics including tech innovation, funding options, HR and expansion
  • A focus on the increasingly varied aspects of the FD role
  • Varied format including panel discussions, case studies, round tables and Q&A
  • Fascinating stories from fellow FDs
  • Expert addresses from academics and industry specialists
  • 20+ hours of content and 8+ hours of networking


At each event, our dedicated team work hard to bring together the speakers you want to hear from on the topics that are close to your heart. A minimum of three months of desk, telephone and face-to-face research goes in to creating each programme – so, if you would like to participate, please contact Veronika Hepperle today.


The Real Business FD Summit is created and produced by Caspian Media, owners of SME title Real Business amongst others. Real Business was founded in 1997, and since then, has grown in tandem with Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit. As an SME in its own right, Real Business has gone through the challenges of life as an SME to get to where we are today; the UK’s most-read business resource that tells the truth about SME life.

The FD Summit builds on the success of the FD Surgery event series, which has provided a dynamic content and networking platform for finance directors from London to Manchester. With two decades of producing events for Finance Directors and CFOs, Real Business are now launching the FD Summit: a new event for the rapidly changing world of the modern finance function.

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