2017: the year we all went crazy

15 Dec 2017

I saw a promoted tweet today, from Aviva. As you can see, there's a picture of a North Korean tank rolling through a city. (Presumably Pyongyang – if it was Seoul, you’d be reading this on a clay tablet…) Pretty dramatic stuff for a marketing message aiming to educate investors about the effect of the GBP-USD rate on their FTSE 100…

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Culture: we won’t soft-soap you

13 Sep 2017

How do you measure your business’s culture? How does it fit with other metrics and reportables? Can you measure it, should you – and does it even matter? These are the questions we’ve been weighing up as we start planning for Contemporary FD 2018 – the third of our annual FD events designed to help you explore the… well, frankly, the less…

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New beginnings

3 Aug 2017

There’s something about the terrific new look to this web site that brings to mind fresh beginnings. An updated look-and-feel is, on the face of it, purely cosmetic – some clever new code and good-looking graphics. But it also suggests something much more important: investment, care and intent by, and for, the underlying business. And those are things that all of…

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Hard data or virtual reality?

13 Jun 2017

If this decade ought to be remembered for anything in business, it’s data. Big Data. Data Analytics. Data privacy and data security. Fuzzy data, unstructured data, data mining. We’re at the point when every senior job demands you to have some kind of facility with analytics, at the very least a passing interest in how well your database is structured. The obsession…

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BATNA down the hatches

8 May 2017

If nothing else, the politics of our time are an object lesson in leadership. Is Trump a great leader because he managed to win an election on (most would argue) racist hot air and pandering to some notional desire to blitz elites? Or is he a terrible leader who’s merely chanced his arm? What about Marine Le Pen? A champion of national…

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Contemporary FD 2017: the wrap-up

23 Mar 2017

The second annual Contemporary FD event brought together 139 delegates, 19 speakers... and a raft of new ideas for navigating choppy waters ahead.   The thing about clichés, they say, is that they only become so by being true. And while it’s infuriating that every other business article or positioning paper these days begins, “the business world is changing fast and we face…

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Make your mark in 2017

22 Dec 2016

Rather than endlessly pore over the entrails of 2016 – a year many people will class as the worst in living memory for all sorts of reasons – we though now would be a time to look forward. One of the oldest clichés in the financial management book is that it’s hard to steer when you’re only using the rear view…

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Meet your new algorithmic overlords

13 Oct 2016

Artifical intelligence does not have such a great reputation in our culture. HAL 9000, Skynet, that big glowing cube thing in I, Robot… Let’s just say we humans have something of an inferiority complex about machines doing the thinking. But that’s not going to stop those machines coming for your finance function. In the words of tech blogger Vik Singh, “AI is…

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Sarah appears on CMS (Cameron Mckenna)‘s website this month in a featured article

17 Aug 2016

This month our spotlight article features Sarah Hunt who joined CMS back in 1989.  Sarah gives us the low down on her career so far and reveals her passion for helping young people into the world of business. When did you work at CMS (Cameron McKenna) and in what team? I joined what was then Cameron Markby Hewitt as a trainee in 1989 and qualified…

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The benefits of blindness

11 Aug 2016

What do Germany, Bangladesh, Norway, Namibia, Poland, Myanmar and the UK have in common? How about this group: the UK, Liberia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Brazil, South Korea, Chile, Malta, Croatia, Mautitius, Nepal, the Marshall Islands, Saint Lucia, Granada, The Bahamas, Taiwan and Austria? Are they potential trading blocs post-Brexit? No. Some list of Olympic achievements? Also topical, also wrong. No, the first list is…

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