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Northgate FD drives home centralisation

Chris Muir, FD of vehicle hire business Northgate, discusses centralisation, rebranding and the patience and honesty required to make such difficult tasks a success

28 Jan 2014

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Training is essential for equipping first time directors

Directors now have to juggle operational responsibilities with ensuring proper corporate governance across their organisations

24 Jan 2014

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A postcard from...China: Rewards from reforms

The second in our series of country briefings from the experiences of BDO's people. Simon Michaels talks about Chinese opportunities

17 Jan 2014

Career ladder pitfalls

The career paths of new and aspiring FDs will bear little resemblance to those of their predecessors

16 Jan 2014

Editor's letter: Beans and peanuts

Our 2014 FD salary survey shows average total pay has crept down

16 Jan 2014

Investing in technology should be at the heart of the business

Outsourcing of IT on a grand scale has created a dearth of capability and deep understanding

16 Jan 2014

Decision making has become difficult - everyone has an opinion

Tech savviness may be useful but it’s adding complexity to a CFO’s role, with too many opinions in the mix

16 Jan 2014

Year starts on an early bright note for the economy

If it is ‘the economy, stupid', the chancellor has got his timing spot on

16 Jan 2014

Comply or Explain - is it sustainable?

'Comply or explain' in governance requires trust between the corporate and stakeholders, while concerns over the regime should also be looked at head-on, says Jo Iwasaki

06 Jan 2014

Navigating the expenses tax minefield

It’s time for a change to the archaic UK tax system, but if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem explains Matt Lewis

23 Dec 2013

New funding methods needed for SMEs

The current lending system for SMEs is inadequate, writes Tradeshift CEO Christian Lanng

20 Dec 2013

Why the numbers add up for direct cash flow statements

Detractors must recognise that disclosure will bring benefits, not just for investors and analysts, but for businesses too

17 Dec 2013

Tackling late payment: An overdue consideration

To effectively tackle late payments companies should first understand the real root cause of the issue

25 Nov 2013

Editor's letter: New dogs, old tricks

Skipping beyond the cover, which illustrates an organisation that can trace its roots back 500 years, readers are confronted by a plethora of tech-based start-ups

25 Nov 2013

A festive workload is an unwelcome Christmas present

Like many other FDs, the Secret FD struggles to step away from the office without pangs of guilt

25 Nov 2013

Deceptive eurozone calm foreshadows new storms

ECB success produced complacency, and politicians failed to introduce vital but painful reforms

25 Nov 2013

Bring your own device, be your own boss

Social networking, mobility and clouds are empowering, but many businesses see them as an unknown threat

25 Nov 2013

An education in raising investment

Government funding decisions meant UPP had to find new ways to draw investors into higher education

25 Nov 2013

Shale gas could change the balance of economic power

Given the uncertainties surrounding energy supply, the government is surely right to encourage shale gas

25 Nov 2013

Audit exemption: reduced red tape or false economy?

Ditching your audit under exemption rules will be more detrimental to the business than the benefit of the short term cost saving

07 Nov 2013

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Latest Opinion

Is the Commonwealth good for British business?

Most research finds that being a former British colony has, at best, a neutral effect on economic growth

Geopolitical threats endanger growth prospects

New geopolitical threats are accentuating concerns that the global economy may be facing a prolonged period of low growth

The Secret FD's moral dilemma over pre-pack administrations

Pre-pack administrations raise questions of morality and integrity for finance directors

Latest Analysis

FRC nears end of Sisyphean task of implementing going concern

The FRC’s third set of going concern proposals attempted a compromise. Naomi Rainey looks at the corporate and investor positions

IFRS 9 leaves much open to interpretation

Judgement will play a key part in implementing new financial instruments standards, finds Richard Crump

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