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For finance professionals working as the Finance Director of Financial Controller in an SME, the breadth of the remit and the variety of the issues they face is part of the appeal of the role.They are often characterised as self-sufficient problem solvers, overcoming a wide range of problems - both internal and external - that cross their desk on a daily basis.The list of challenges seems to grow each year; the uncertainty of Brexit being a notable addition to it in 2016, but with proactive leadership, clear planning and sound financial management the FD or FC can help their business turn these challenges into opportunities.
This year's conference will be crammed full of expert-led sessions to help you to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment. The day will begin with an opening keynote by Tim Robinson, founder and CEO of Doddle, who will share his story of growth with his presentation 'It’s a Doddle: how to grow your business' and ends with a closing keynote by Tom Stevenson, the financial journalist and author, giving a clear picture of post-Brexit 2017 economy.
By attending you will:
£128 + VAT
£160 + VAT
The ICAEW member, Associated Bodies and non-member rates include complimentary membership to the Finance and Management Faculty from the date of the conference until 31 December 2017. (This membership will be payable from January 2018).
30 minute breakfast seminar (until 9:15)
Why not think about number one for a change? The introduction of automatic enrolment has put pensions on the agenda of most small and medium businesses in recent years. But there has been much else happening to pensions rules, particularly for higher paid employees and those starting to think about taking benefits. Richard Parkin is Head of Pensions Policy for Fidelity International and is responsible for keeping track of the ever changing pensions environment. He will give an update of where UK pension policy is set to go over the coming years and what you need to be thinking about in respect of your own retirement planning.
Richard Parkin FPMI, Head of Pensions Policy, Fidelity International
Plenary presentation - Cyber Security: An action plan for the SME Sector
In our online world, data security is an issue for us all. Find out about the risks facing the SME sector and learn how to effectively respond to the threat through achievable responses built around the concept of Protect, Detect and Respond.
Understand how Microsoft have adopted a culture of “assume breach”, and analyse trillions of events per day using powerful machine learning processes. Learn how key insights from this data have enabled dynamic decision making to secure its environment and protect its customers.
Robert Hayes, Senior Director, Strategy & Partnerships, Microsoft’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Group
Business and law updateThis engaging session will cover recent developments in business law for small and medium sized enterprises. You will find out how changes to company and employment law are likely to impact you and your business. The session will cover:
Louise Dunford, LLM, LLB Barrister, Cert Ed
Refreshments and exhibition
BREAKOUT SESSION I
*Places on these sessions are limited. Please select your preferred session at the point of booking to register your interest.
Lunch and exhibition
Panel sessionFacilitator: Emma Jones, Founder, Enterprise NationPanellists:Will Napier-Fenning, Founder and Director, Kent FinanceTim Robinson, Founder and CEO, DoddleBarclays representativeFunding Circle representative
BREAKOUT SESSION II
2A. Survive and thrive: Building your resilienceThe way you react to challenges and setbacks is a reflection of how resilient you are. Resilient people don't dwell on the fact that things don't always go quite as planned, they simply learn from their experiences and move forward. This session explores ways of boosting your self-confidence and coping more effectively with setbacks, both in and out of the workplace. You’ll explore the tools you need to develop a resilient attitude and examine the differences between pressure (which can be positive and motivating) and stress (a natural reaction to too much pressure).After completing this session you will be able to:
Richard Jenkins, CABA
Keynote address: Economic insights2016 was a year of big surprises. Even more surprising was the market reaction to events like Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory. Looking into 2017, the outlook could be even more unpredictable, with a string of elections across Europe and the implementation of Article 50. Will markets and businesses continue to see the glass as half full this year or will there be a wobble if reality falls short of expectations? Tom Stevenson is a highly-regarded market commentator for Fidelity International and a columnist in the Daily Telegraph. He will provide an analysis of global markets and the likely winners and losers among the main asset classes and geographies before offering his top fund picks for a 2017 portfolio.Tom Stevenson, Investment Director for Personal Investing, Fidelity International
Closing address: Tax updateYour annual update with all you need to know to stay up-to-date with changes to tax regulations following on from the Budget and Brexit.Rebecca Benneyworth MBE, Owner, Benneyworth Training
NB. Programme may be subject to change
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