While George Osborne has been tireless in damping down expectations of a recovery in domestic demand and investment spend any time soon, he has been assiduous in trumpeting the importance of exports in the UK recovery.
The weak pound combined with the attractiveness of economies that have avoided the worst of the downturn together offer a life raft for UK businesses.
Some finance directors have concentrated efforts in markets where they believe there are premium rates of growth. The BRICs are now emerged markets, but other markets are ripe for expansion.
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Marks & Spencer is to cut more than 500 head office jobs and move hundreds of IT and logistics staff out of London in a bid to cut costs, as the retailer continues to post falling sale
European companies are struggling to register sustainable improvements in working capital performance, writes Neil Johnson
Debt financing opportunities are getting ever more interesting, writes Antony Perring, CFO of LEON