Posts by Jamie

Heinz cans CFO: How not to Kraft a finance strategy

September 18th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Heinz cans CFO: How not to Kraft a finance strategy”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Heinz’s appointment of a 29-year-old non-accountant as CFO ultimately led to accounting errors, scandals and a plunging share price, and he was swiftly replaced. Alastair Barlow examines how modern finance leaders need to walk the fine line between control, compliance and performance management.

Patisserie Valerie: How to strip out the fat but leave the butter

September 18th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Patisserie Valerie: How to strip out the fat but leave the butter”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

The Patisserie Valerie story is one that Hollywood could very well have written. After listing on AIM in 2014, Patisserie Valerie held a higher than industry-average price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, exhibited strong year-on-year growth and, just a year ago, had a valuation of approximately £450m.

Why data is power: Our 4 Key Pillars of Effective Data™

September 11th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog, management information 0 comments on “Why data is power: Our 4 Key Pillars of Effective Data™”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

If technology is the engine behind your business, processes, customer experience or even designs, then data is most certainly the new oil. While oil is there to make sure your engine runs smoothly, data is also a rich resource and powerful commodity the can drive your business performance.

Are all accounting firms born equal?

July 30th, 2019 Posted by accounting, blog 0 comments on “Are all accounting firms born equal?”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Are all accounting firms born equal? Not quite, here’s just one reason why we are different…

I recently recorded a top tip with ACCA to share with other accountants (I have flashes of altruism) – I realise that accountants and accounting firms are often viewed as the same with little differentiation.

This is how we view and transform the finance function.

July 30th, 2019 Posted by accounting, blog, management information, startup, tech 0 comments on “This is how we view and transform the finance function.”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Every company has a talent, Apple make beautiful products, ,Google do search and Amazon delivers, well anything…
While maybe not to the same scale, flinder transforms and runs finance functions! 
But how do we do this? It’s all in our approach: The flinder Effect – let me tell you more…

Fyre Festival – 4 lessons of a fraudster 💸

June 4th, 2019 Posted by blog, Uncategorized 0 comments on “Fyre Festival – 4 lessons of a fraudster 💸”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

If you haven’t come across Fyre Festival (where have you been for the last 2 weeks?) it was an event (or a disaster) that was to be held on Pablo Escobar’s island Great Exuma in the Bahamas in April 2017. 

How the Naked Chef got Caught with His Pants Down…

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog, Uncategorized 0 comments on “How the Naked Chef got Caught with His Pants Down…”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

The ‘Naked Chef’ Jamie Oliver has seen his second restaurant group go down in flames with about 1,000 jobs lost. The sad collapse offers four key lessons for interested observers.

6 Key Principles of Leading Practice Management Information

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “6 Key Principles of Leading Practice Management Information”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

I recently gave a talk on How to be a Kick-Ass CFO at Accountex in London (Europe’s largest accounting conference). Most of my presentation circled around improving management information.

We won a marketing award! Here’s how we did it.

June 4th, 2019 Posted by alastair, blog 0 comments on “We won a marketing award! Here’s how we did it.”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

At this year’s Accountex our efforts paid off when we won ‘Best Personal Brand‘ at the British Accounting Marketing Awards! In this newsletter we want to give you some insight into how we achieved this fantastic award to help you increase your own awareness.

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Here’s the top lessons from Accountex

May 14th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Here’s the top lessons from Accountex”

written by alastair barlow [blog]

The past couple of days I’ve attended Accountex in London and I’m exhausted from it! If you read my previous newsletter on management lessons from my fitbit I absolutely smashed my steps over the 2 days and my calories target – I actually burned 4,000 calories on day 1 from walking around. It really is on a huge scale!
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