Are you connected?

Have you ever arrived in a finance department and thought that this place feels neglected? It seems remote and does not appear to be valued by the rest of the organisation. Any person with get up and go probably got up and left a while ago. Unfortunately, there seem to be too many finance departments like this around. Is this … Read More

For transformation finance has to be robust

Some of you may already be familiar with the LASER framework for assessing a finance function. Great finance functions are: Lean Accessible Speedy Engaged and above all Robust. The position of robustness at the base of this list is significant: it supports everything else. If accounts are wrong or controls are weak then you can be as lean and speedy … Read More

Don’t let your BS put you in La-la land

Whimsical musicals are all very good when you want to escape reality. They are, however, not what you need when reviewing where your business’s finances stand. This information should be coolly realistic propped up by the accountant’s core touchstone: a fully reconciled balance sheet. I sometimes hear some finance directors or accountants explain that they do not fully reconcile the … Read More

What seems to be the problem?

You run a business that has reached a decent size (let’s say, £12m turnover). You love what you are doing and want to kick on, raise some funding and scale-up to the next level (why not £50m turnover?). But there is a problem… Cash-flow is tight and you are not sure that your finance function is up to the job. … Read More

6 Finance Function Basics for ScaleUps

You’ve set up a business. You’re starting to grow and you are ambitious to scale-up further. You want to stay on top of your finances without going over-the-top. What are the basics that you need to put in place to be confident in your finances and be able to convince others to invest in you? This is my list of … Read More

What’s the point?

What’s the point? I am sure that there are quite a few of you out there who think this now and again. First, let me be precise in what I mean by the question: What is the point in running a good finance function? And the answer is…. happiness for all. What? The boring people with the calculators create happiness? … Read More

Why do we exist?

A deep question which it makes infinite sense to answer… not only if you are feeling spiritual but also if you run a business. I have recently read two business books that positively gush about the importance of clearly answering this most fundamental of questions. The first is Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why”. To get his point, my recommendation is … Read More

Fancy joining a revolution?

A finance function may not sound like the place to start, but changes in technology and working practices are transforming the plain old accounts department. These provide opportunities to create innovative solutions and services that transform the way that business finance is managed. Bellevue Partners’ mission is to help people in organisations run great finance functions. We like to do … Read More

Big Stuff for Finance Functions

As the senior manager of a finance function you know that new technology is transforming the financial management landscape. But you may not know which competencies you should be focusing on to keep up. If you want to find out the big stuff to concentrate on, this article is for you. The diagram above shows how the amount of effort … Read More

12 Ways to Improve Your Finance Function

There has been a fair amount of comment in the press that UK firms have been poor at improving their productivity. If you are a CFO or FD what can you do to improve the productivity of your finance function? Here are 12 ideas: 1. Paint a picture of what good looks like If each member of your finance team … Read More