September. The New January.

1 Sep 2021

An introductory article from Tim Hames. David Rubenstein, the co-founder of The Carlyle Group and all-round Wise Old Bird, once informed a private equity audience that the two most effective words in advertising were “free” and “new”. If so, then Equity FD will be on to a winner with a wonderful reformulated website which is coming soon. It certainly is not “free”… Read more

The exit interview

27 Jul 2021

What does it take to be a brilliant finance executive in the 2020s? After 23 years of interviewing FDs (as well as my fair share of CFOs – a title that was hen’s teeth rare in the UK in 1998 – FCs, COOs, CEOs, chairs, turnaround experts, treasurers, internal auditors, private equity GPs and just about every type of businessperson you… Read more

See the Unicorns!

18 Jun 2021

As part of our mission to stay informed we subscribe to Beauhurst and occasionally share their research. We couldn’t resist this Unicorn Tracker. It is fascinating reading and makes these mythical creatures that little bit more real with the range of facts and information compiled, reminding  us all of the immense value created by founders in the UK ‘s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Read more

BVCA Quarterly Review

13 May 2021

As partners on many events and also members of the BVCA we are pleased to share their latest Quarterly Review.   Read more

“I hope I can give people the challenges and reassurance that allow them to be their best”

5 May 2021

Seema Paterson studied French literature and economics at university – not the most obvious joint honours for a budding CFO. But, she says, “I just loved French and I was good with numbers.” And her professional trajectory did become apparent before she had even graduated. Her year abroad wasn’t spent as a language teacher – it was in a French business… Read more

Trends in Start-Up Job Functions.  Where are all the FDs?

7 Apr 2021

Our friends at Beauhurst are always ahead of the game when it comes to up to the minute algorithmic analysis of current trends in start up and scaling businesses. It seems that their data appears to demonstrate a paucity of FDs/ CFOs /Heads of Finance in the start up ecosystem. Whilst it may seem a little self interested of us to highlight… Read more

International Women’s Day: no time to let up on gender parity

8 Mar 2021

A year ago, we wrote up the interim findings of the Hampton-Alexander Review (H-AR) into women leaders in British business. We gave two cheers that progress was evident (“progress” meaning companies taking advantage of all human beings with appropriate skills and experience for their most senior decision-making roles, regardless of their biology), but lamented that while 33% of board positions going to… Read more

Motivation matters: the game-playing at GameStop

29 Jan 2021

This post is being published in the middle of a “short squeeze” currently shaking up financial markets on the other side of the Atlantic. The story of GameStop, the hedge funds than bet on its collapse, and the day-traders who stumbled into the counter-position and created ten-figure losses for Wall Street (yes, ten figures) says something very interesting at the start… Read more

Pivot and the sky’s the limit

4 Dec 2020

It’s been the toughest year ever for leisure and hospitality. But, for creative thinkers, the barriers thrown up by lockdown are an excuse to think outside the box. In CFO Richard Barley’s case… literally. Richard Barley spent more than 15 years in advisory and investment roles – first with PwC and then PE house LDC. But Rooftop Cinema, the company where he’s… Read more

I can see clearly? Now?

17 Nov 2020

Ask any FD what their most important metric is, and it’s a racing certainty that the 13-week cashflow forecast is going to top the list. As anyone who’s been in a turnaround situation knows, unless you have a handle on the cash for the immediate future, you might as well give up. (For those of you with a passing interest in quantum… Read more