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A Simplified and Refreshing New Approach to Budgeting that your Management Team will Love

If you are looking to grow faster, your current way of doing your budgeting may well be restricting your growth plans way more than you think.

What if there was a much more organic way to think about budgeting? A way that doesn’t restrict and limit your business but enables the creative process and encourages innovation?

The following interview with leading FD, Phil Drury, explains through real world examples why the concept of Beyond Budgeting is such a powerful innovation for the modern day finance function.

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The FD Centre COVID Update: Lockdown 2 Government Support Measures

To download the update, click on the following link: Lockdown 2 Government Support measures update

If you would like to speak to one of our Senior Financial Directors on future proofing your business and how they can help your business in a range of areas, click here.

The information is constantly being updated in relation to the Government’s funding response to COVID-19. This publication has been written in general terms and may not include all relevant information. 

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The FD Centre COVID-19 Update: The UK’s Government Support Programme for Businesses

To download the update, including the full appendix, click on the following link: FDC_Covid 19 Government Business Support Measures 21.07.20

If you would like to speak to one of our Senior Financial Directors on future proofing your business and how they can help your business in a range of areas, click here.

The information is constantly being updated in relation to the Government’s funding response to COVID-19. This publication has been written in general terms and may not include all relevant information. 

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How to Get External Funding for your Construction Business

Using sound management reporting and project by project accounting would make it easier for construction companies to get funding from banks and other financial institutions to grow and scale their businesses, says Simon Parkins, a construction industry accounting specialist.

Many construction businesses don’t invest in good management information, says Simon, who has over 20 years experience in the construction sector and who is now a part-time FD with the FD Centre, UK’s leading provider of part-time FDs.

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“Joining such a knowledgeable team of professionals made the transition from corporate life so much easier for me.”

Jim Laslett joined the FD Centre in 2015 and has enjoyed the diversity that his new role brings.
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

After a chance meeting at a Christmas lunch in 2014, Jim decided to explore the opportunity of working with the FD Centre and later joined. Jim’s previous experience in retail and manufacturing has enabled him to look after a number clients from very varying industries – from an electrical wholesaler to a supplier of specialist products to fruit farmers,

Neil Methold
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“Being a part-time FD for the past eight years has meant I’ve been able to play a large role in my son’s life.”

Neil Methold, portfolio FD at the FD Centre in the Thames Valley
(part of The CFO Centre Group)

Neil, 54 has found the move into the part-time portfolio world beneficial in so many ways. Not only has he been able to enjoy more family and leisure time, but he’s also had the pleasure of coaching and mentoring people working within his clients’ companies. Neil now also mentors new Principals joining the FD Centre to help them at the start of their journey to a portfolio career.

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Why and How You Should Scale Up Your Business

If you consider what sets companies like eBay, Alibaba, Netflix, Google, Starbucks, Apple, Cisco and Dell apart from other companies, their ability to continuously innovate and create high growth will probably come high on your list.

So should the fact they’ve all successfully transitioned from start up to scale up status without losing their ability to be dynamic and entrepreneurial.

Then there’s the fact they’ve helped create thousands of full-time and part-time jobs throughout the world.

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Kent Catering Service Win Sheppey Business of the Year – 2 Years Running

Congratulations to our client Kent Catering Service Limited who have won the Sheppey Business of the Year two years running for 2017 and 2018.

Kent Catering Service Limited have continued to grow their business off the back of their commitment to a localised and timely service provision. The business continues to progress in a sector dominated by larger national players, with their key differentiator being their quality of service delivery.

At the 2017 Swale Business Awards,

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What to Expect from a Part-Time FD

The idea of hiring even a part-time FD 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 FD makes perfect sense. They know that they’re getting a finance veteran, someone with big business experience, who can provide the guidance they need to grow rapidly and help them to avoid the costly mistakes that so many ambitious SMEs make as they attempt to move into the Big League.

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Marlin PR Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Congratulations to our client Marlin PR who has celebrated their 10 year anniversary. Marlin PR had this to say:

Like any business, we started our journey with big ambitions and a bold vision. We wanted to shape an industry that was being radically transformed with the growth of digital and help carve out a new normal for brands seeking to integrate the best or tradition and digital comms. Tech was our heartland, our passion and reason for bounding into work in the mornings.

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