Sharpening an FD's soft skills

Honing the soft skills in your armoury is key to becoming a multi-faceted business partner that every CEO needs

31 Jan 2012

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Financial Director CFO panel

2011 was a treacherous year for those working in finance. Financial Director asks our panel of FDs what they think 2012 has in store

26 Jan 2012


Looking to pilot the Cloud

By piloting accounting in the cloud you can clearly judge and understand both the financial and the operational benefits, says Julian Sayer

26 Jan 2012

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Fleet management: The price of fuel

With the price of fuel on the rise, FDs need to be savvy about making savings on their fleet costs, writes Catherine Chetwynd

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

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Future imperfect

Forecasting is an inexact art at the best of times. Richard Crump asks how FDs are coping during the worst of times

26 Jan 2012

Death on the high street

High Street blues

Melanie Stern finds three finance directors of businesses who see little but opportunity in Britain’s stricken city centres and high streets

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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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

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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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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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