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Michael Brierley

Interview

Year ahead Q&A: Mike Brierley, CFO, Metro Bank

In the second of a series of CFO interviews, Mike Brierley, CFO of Metro Bank, outlines the key challenges he will be grappling with in 2015

27 Nov 2014

Picture of a busy shopping street in China

Feature

European mid-caps hungry for Asia growth

China is now becoming more cash-management friendly for FDs of European middle market companies, opening up more opportunities

18 Nov 2014

Blog

Off Balance: Fans race to Caterham's rescue

OB enjoyed Caterham's ingenuity in attempting to get back on the F1 grid

10 Nov 2014

News

£1.5bn writedown sees Serco go cap in hand to the market

Outsourcer faces huge writedown; covenant negotiations; and rights issue as poor contract controls and strategic blunders take their toll

10 Nov 2014

News

Rangers CFO and CEO quit as club confirms Mike Ashley loan

News of the pair's departure comes as the club confirmed it has agreed a £2m interest-free loan deal with Mike Ashley

27 Oct 2014

News

New Vue finance chief to help expansion drive

Experienced film finance chief Alison Cornwell is drafted in, as cinema chain Vue continues its acquisitive stance

21 Oct 2014

News

Grant Thornton urges government to back mid-sized businesses

Grant Thornton calls on government to show greater support for mid-sized companies as they drive UK growth

20 Oct 2014

News

Punch finally seals 'critical' refinancing

Debt for equity swap agreed with bondholders, including RBS and Lloyds, wiping £600m of debt off its books

08 Oct 2014

News

No difference between big banks, say UK SMEs

Britain's SMEs notice little or no difference in the service they receive from the biggest banks

16 Sep 2014

News

Currency risk costs British SMEs £10bn a year

SMEs must tread carefully to avoid falling into foreign exchange pitfalls

11 Sep 2014

News

Punch gains more support in restructuring bid

Pub group inches towards the requisite number of shareholders onside to allow it to financially restructure

05 Sep 2014

News

FLS lending to small businesses shrinks

Lending to SMEs via government Funding for Lending scheme contracts, Bank of England figures show

29 Aug 2014

Feature

REL Working Capital Survey 2014

Businesses are benefiting from an increased focus on working capital, but sustaining improvement remains a challenge, reports Richard Crump

28 Aug 2014

News

Big Yellow secures refinancing package

Self storage business Big Yellow Group refinances with Lloyds, HSBC and M&G Investments

22 Aug 2014

News

Punch outlines share dilution survival plan

Major restructuring of debt outlined by Punch, which will leave shareholders with 15% equity

19 Aug 2014

News

Sirius CFO leaves as board quits Sydney for York focus

Sirius Minerals' focus on York potash sees CFO Jason Murray leave during its relocation process

06 Aug 2014

Feature

What if... Scotland votes for independence?

Finance chiefs don't like uncertainty, and that's the one thing that seems guaranteed if Scotland goes independent, writes Peter Bartram

04 Aug 2014

News

Companies must raise billions to service growth demands

Companies need an extra €103bn of cash each year to sustain current working capital levels without impacting capital investment, PwC study finds

28 Jul 2014

News

Mondi packages up new €750m credit facility

International packaging group Mondi strikes better deal for its extended credit facility

14 Jul 2014

News

Growth revision shows 2009 recession shallower than thought

GDP may have reached pre-recession peak, according to data revision from the ONS

01 Jul 2014

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Latest Opinion

Macro View: Global markets witness big setbacks as yields fall

It would be complacent to conclude that the recent rout was a trivial blip. European stock markets still show net falls

Cameron's posturing putting the UK economy at risk

David Cameron is refusing to admit the unpopular truth that both immigration and the EU have provided big benefits to the UK

One code to rule them all: ICAEW calls for new approach to business behaviour

There needs to be a set of high-level, fundamental principles to promote a good culture of corporate governance

Latest Analysis

Employment Appeal Tribunal alters holiday costs for employers

Employers will need to make provisions for increased costs in light of holiday pay ruling, writes John Harding

CFO departs as Rolls-Royce announces job cuts

Mark Morris steps down as CFO amid financial turbulence at world's second-largest maker of jet engines

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