Butterfly Man

The emerging middle class

Consumers in the west have never had it so bad but the middle class is expanding at an exponential rate across many developing economies, finds Phil Thornton

26 Jan 2012

Sharing the burden

Share the burden

A shared services model will do much more than reduce costs, writes Joe Kelly

26 Jan 2012

Mobile phone wallet

Money to go

The emergence of the mobile wallet is a great opportunity for business - if they tackle the security risks head on, writes Nikolaos Zacharopoulos

26 Jan 2012

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A tear in relationships

David Cameron’s veto of the EU Treaty has been hailed as protecting UK business, but will frosty relationships with the EU harm trade, asks Neil Hodge

26 Jan 2012

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Quotas not the answer to board diversity

Positive discrimination is not the answer to increasing female representation on boards, argues Dr Shima Barakat. The business benefits should speak for themselves

25 Jan 2012


Steering the succession process

CFO are often natural successors to the top job but you can’t leave the transition to chance, writes Ben Jones

23 Jan 2012

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Enron: 10 years on

A decade after the collapse of Enron, has the corporate world really learned any lessons, or will we see more company collapses and scandals? asks Peter Bartram

06 Jan 2012

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Phil Thornton examines what a fragmenting eurozone means for UK business

06 Jan 2012


Spy hard

In many organisations, data leakage is a disaster waiting to happen, warns John Walker

06 Jan 2012

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Softly, softly approach

Honing your soft skills is now key to becoming a multi-faceted business partner that every CEO needs, write Neil Wolstenholme and Simon Bennett

06 Jan 2012

A penny-saving jar for pensions

The right assumptions

FDs need to guard against ‘lazy’ pension scheme assumptions, writes Alan Collins

13 Dec 2011

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Testing times

A far more scientific approach to business testing will more than pay dividends, argues Jim Manzi

05 Dec 2011

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Gender is a business issue

This is not a gender diversity issue – it’s a business issue, says Clare Gilmartin

05 Dec 2011

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The future is crowded

Social technologies will be responsible for some seismic workplace shifts over the next decade, warns Karie Willyerd

29 Nov 2011

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Rhodes to recovery

Phil Thornton speaks to veteran economist Bill Rhodes about the future of the eurozone

24 Nov 2011

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The hidden horror story

When considering a role at a company in crisis, pre-appointment due diligence can help FDs decide whether it’s worth the career risk, writes Richard Crump

24 Nov 2011

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From little acorns…

With spin-offs on the rise across the UK, they are now serving an important purpose for a range of businesses, writes Christian Doherty

24 Nov 2011

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Economic outlook 2012

The economic omens for 2012 look bleak and the UK economy is expected to return to recession, finds Peter Bartram

24 Nov 2011


The year that was

Gavin Hinks looks back at the stories that affected FDs over the past 12 months

24 Nov 2011

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Words mean numbers

The language a business uses is pretty low on most FDs’ list of priorities. But changing how you communicate can make a big difference to the bottom line, argues Neil Taylor

23 Nov 2011

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