Are they up to it?

10 Questions To Assess the Performance of Your Finance Function You’ve decided that you want to improve the performance of your finance team but where do you start? To work out how to improve anything, you need to start by working out how well it is performing now. The answers to the following questions will indicate how things are in … Read More

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

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