As the world reopens, and we welcome a hive of economic activity, how are you accelerating your efforts for business growth? With cashflow pain points, how do businesses gain a competitive edge in the new economy?
We examine shifts in business models, the growth of online business and digital first technologies, among the areas that will need investment. We speak to finance leaders on how they’re preparing to do that, while still controlling costs.
Darren Upson, VP Small Business, Soldo Darren has over 20 years’ experience helping B2B businesses grow. Prior to joining Soldo in 2018, he was instrumental in establishing accounting software firm Xero's presence in the UK market. In his current role, Darren is responsible for delivering value propositions to Soldo’s small business customers across Europe.
Michael Weedon, Chair FSB Retail and High Streets Policy Unit, Federation Small Businesses (FSB)Michael is presently Chair of FSB Retail and High Streets policy unit with Strategic Oversight for Growth and Localism. The Federation of Small Businesses are experts in business, and offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. It supports smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making organisation that’s run by members, for members.
Adam Wills, CoFounder and Director, CrosstownAdam is a co- founder and a director of Crosstown Dough Ltd. This is a gourmet doughnut and coffee concept that is in London. It has retail sites, online sales & delivery in London, wholesale to trade, mobile sales through branded vehicles at sports & corporate events. We have bought together a highly skilled team of food professionals and business people, successfully raising money from private individuals for the launch and growth of this business.
Ciaran O’Donnell, Founder, VirtualFDCiaran O’Donnell launched VirtualFD in 2010, on a mission to help new businesses who needed Finance Director level advice, but weren’t ready for a full-time role. Since then, he’s advised over 60 ambitious start-ups and fast growth businesses – to get funded, grow, prepare to sell, stay on track – whatever’s needed. He was named CFO/Finance Director of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards 2019. Prior to Virtual FD, Ciaran spent 12 years at Hutchison Whampoa, Three and Carphone Warehouse, in a mix of strategic finance roles.
Andrew Ball, Partner, Head of Hospitality, HaysmacintyreAndrew heads up the Hospitality team at Chartered Accountancy firm, haysmacintryre and has a wealth of experience in advising hotels, pubs, restaurants, golf courses and private members’ clubs.
As well as audit and tax compliance work, Andrew sits on the operational board of a number of his clients to provide consultancy and structuring advice, including corporate strategic planning and financial benchmarking. His other work includes the building of complex financial models for clients that allow them to budget more accurately or consider a new acquisition more carefully.
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