Where to Find the Cash You Need
A lack of cash can not only stall your company’s growth but also place its very existence under threat.
It doesn’t matter how profitable the business may be; cash flow problems can place it under severe pressure, according to the CFO Centre’s Chairman Colin Mills in his book ‘Scaling Up How to Take Your Business to the Next Level Without Losing Control and Running Out of Cash’.
How to Avoid Sleeping Like a Baby (And Why You Should)
Babies, as any hollow-eyed new parent will tell you, often sleep for just a few hours at a time which is why ‘sleeping like a baby’ is a practice best avoided if you have a growing business to run and need to be on top of your game during working hours.
Instead, sleep experts recommend you look for ways to get between seven and nine unbroken hours of night-time sleep.
What to Expect from a Part-Time CFO
The idea of hiring even a part-time CFO may seem to some SMEs a bit OTT—like paying Quentin Tarantino to make a 90-second home page video or booking Wembley Stadium for the company’s five-a-side friendly football match.
But for companies whose ambition is to get into and survive the coveted scale-up phase, hiring a part-time CFO makes perfect sense. They know that they’re getting a finance veteran,
What A Finance Director Can Do for Your Company
You might think a Finance Director’s role is confined to traditional finance activities, but today’s CFO can do so much more than count beans.
In the past, an CFO’s responsibilities might have been confined to high-level accounting such as providing timely financial statements and monthly management reports, managing investments and expenses, monitoring cash flow, and managing risk. But as the business landscape has become more complex over the past decade,
Why Hollywood Actors Should Get Training from FDs
You shouldn’t be surprised to discover that Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Hugh Jackman, Gary Oldman among many other Oscar-winning actors and actresses bear a grudge against Finance Directors.
It’s easy to understand why. For although the likes of Streep and Oldman have achieved fame, fortune and critical acclaim, they can usually only inhabit one role at a time. They take it on for a few months and then move on to the next.
The Rising Power of AI in Financial Services
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already transforming the way in which financial service companies are doing business.
More and more of them are using AI to process information on their customers, cut costs, save time, monitor behaviour patterns, assess credit quality, automate client interactions, analyse markets, assess data quality and detect fraud.
A pwc Digital IQ 2017 survey found that 72% of business decision makers believe AI will be the business advantage of the future.
Strategically Outsource to Maximise Efficiency and Productivity
If you’re looking for a quick way to cut costs, boost efficiency and improve productivity then consider outsourcing one or more of your business’ support processes.
Outsourcing has many benefits and can give you a greater competitive edge in your market.
It allows you to tap into a large international talent pool and benefit from external expertise. Your outsourced providers can provide services,
What if Bill Hewlett and David Packard had never got out of that famous Palo Alto garage? If they’d stayed a two-person company, we’d likely never have heard of them – and the history of Silicon Valley would have been very different. Instead, at its peak in 2011, Hewlett Packard had nearly 350,000 employees around the world.
There are many small startups of the size Hewlett Packard was back in that garage, and it’s important for governments to encourage entrepreneurs to found companies.
Managing cash flow is critical to the success of any business. Get it right, and shareholders, creditors, and employees are happy. Get it wrong, and the company could end up on the ropes like Carillion.
Cash flow problems can beset even profitable companies, particularly those experiencing rapid growth.
So, how do you protect your company from future cash flow issues?
Author: Steve Settle MA (Cantab) MBA FCA, Managing Director—Asia, CFO Centre
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