Month: November 2015

When your CFO could be damaging your business

There are six different types of CFO according to a study carried out by business software provider Epicor. And some could be hurting your business. Among those to avoid are strict traditionalists, the research finds, while revolutionaries are among the most successful. The most commonplace CFO, meanwhile, is the politician, while true visionaries are the… Read more »

New scheme unleashes £100m of loans for disruptive UK SMEs

A new European Commission-backed scheme has lined up £100m of loans targeting innovative UK SMEs, with financing provided by the European Investment Fund and Barclays. “There is a thriving startup scene in the UK and this agreement under the Investment Plan for Europe will give those startups a helping hand” said Jyrki Katainen, European Commission… Read more »

Data: The greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity for CFOs

The most successful CFOs are those that are embracing data and using technology to inform financial strategy, according to Adaptive Insights’ 2015 CFO survey. However, CFOs are bracing themselves for a deluge of additional data over the next five years, which is going to make their jobs increasingly challenging. Read the full article

A quick fire guide to fighting late payments

With 85 per cent of SMEs still struggling to deal with late payments despite 2013 legislation designed to stamp out this bane of small business, here is a quick fire guide to tackling reluctant payers. Read the full story

Who gets the FD job following a major merger?

Betfair’s Alex Gersh is set to take the CFO job when the company’s merger with rival Paddy Power completes, leaving Cormac McCarthy out in the cold. Here, Real Business examines other large-scale integration processes to find out how you make sure you pick the right individual for the top jobs. Read the full story

Three quarters of UK CFOs fear external threats to their business

Almost three quarters of UK CFOs believe their business faces a high level of financial and economic uncertainty from outside sources, according to Deloitte’s latest European CFO Survey. A renewed Greek debt crisis, concerns over Chinese growth prospects and equity market volatility have all conspired to dampen the optimism of CFOs. Perhaps surprisingly, meanwhile, CFOs… Read more »