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Why The Gig Economy Is A Huge Opportunity

Author: Steve Settle MA (Cantab) MBA FCA, Managing Director—Asia, CFO Centre

Despite what you may have heard, working on a contingent or freelance basis has many advantages that are just not available to full-time employees.

It’s easy to get despondent about your future job security and finances these days with doomsday predictions of the impact artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, machine-learning, robotics and nanotechnology will have on the world of work.

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Carillion Collapse Shows the Danger for One-Client SMEs

Carillion Collapse Shows the Danger for One-Client SMEs

The collapse of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company, has exposed the enormous risk SMEs take by placing too much reliance on one major customer.

The construction company, which employed 43,000 people worldwide and had 450 key public-sector infrastructure projects on its books, went into compulsory liquidation on January 15th with £1.5b debts. That followed the failure of last-minute rescue talks between the company,

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What Fancensus.com can teach you about scaling up

Global curator of Big Data: Fancensus.com provides business intelligence to the Entertainment Sector. Specialising and delivering accurate real time analytical data to the gaming and movie industries; by gathering aggregating communication information, monitoring digital retailers and overall calculating industry performance benchmarks, Fancensus.com provides powerful insights into the data analytics which drive success in today’s entertainment market. Some of their prestigious clients include Disney, Ubisoft, Sony, Bethesda amongst others. However, it wasn’t always this way…

Like many entrepreneurs it started with a single idea.

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How To Avoid New Year’s Goals That Destroy Productivity

A funny thing happens on January 4th. It’s the day traditionally when people decide the mammoth New Year goals they set with such high hopes well and truly suck.

They look in the mirror and see that despite FOUR DAYS of exercising and dieting they are still not marathon or beach-ready.

By January 5th, the new running shoes will have been pushed to the back of the wardrobe and the bathroom scales will have been shoved out of sight.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas with your Part-Time CFO

On the first day of Christmas, my part-time CFO gave to me an introduction to business reporting and advice on creating a business strategy. 

On the second day of Christmas, my part-time CFO gave to me more ways to attract money, an introduction to business reporting and advice on creating a business strategy.

On the third day of Christmas, my part-time CFO gave to me the secret of lowering my tax liability,

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Our CFO Saved Christmas, Reveals Santa Claus

Santa Claus, now in his 1,747th year, reveals for the first time how his part-time CFO helped Christmas Inc. claw back from near-disaster.

“Last year we were hit by so many problems. Money problems. Health and safety issues. Capital funding problems. Bad PR. The lot.

Fake News

“Someone posted a story on Facebook last August that said I hated mince pies and was allergic to milk.

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Confessions of Part-Time, Portfolio CFOs

Leaving lucrative and secure C-suite positions mid-career to build a part-time portfolio might seem crazy but many of those who’ve done it say it is one of the sanest decisions they’ve made.

Take Michael Citroen, who at 58 years old is a 14-year veteran of the part-time portfolio job world. The former Group Finance Director (CFO) relishes the challenge and excitement of working with half a dozen SMEs in his role as a part-time CFO.

Keys for Cash Flow Management
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A True Toy Story: LEGO’s Incredible Turnaround Tale

A True Toy Story: LEGO’s Incredible Turnaround Tale

The story of how LEGO, the family-owned toy company went from teetering on the brink of disaster and hemorrhaging cash to delivering the highest revenues in its entire history and being voted the 2017 Most Powerful Brand in the World makes for a truly inspirational tale…

Fourteen years ago, LEGO’s Head of Strategic Development Jørgen Vig Knudstorp delivered the kind of assessment that most managers would gladly superglue their own ears shut to avoid hearing.

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The Spies Inside Your Company

Hear the words ‘corporate espionage’ and you might think it’s only something that corporate giants need to worry about.

But that’s not the case. Corporate espionage is something that can affect companies of any size. And despite what you might believe, the threat is highly likely to come from within your organisation.

The corporate spy could be a satisfied or disgruntled employee, a manager, or a supplier, according to Rick Orloff,

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