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Heinz cans CFO: How not to Kraft a finance strategy

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

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™

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?

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.

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…
First blood: What ambitious businesses can learn from Theranos

First blood: What ambitious businesses can learn from Theranos

written by alastair barlow [blog]

The much-hyped startup Theranos raised hundreds of millions in investment all based on a lie. Ultimately, the story is about how growth targets canmetastasise if not properly set and controlled. In this month’s AccountingWeb column, I dissect the case to extract a few key lessons for ambitious businesses.
6 steps to designing an awesome reporting blueprint that kicks-ass!

6 steps to designing an awesome reporting blueprint that kicks-ass!

written by alastair barlow [blog]

Over the past 20 years, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of reporting. There’s one theme I see time and time again; Finance teams produce what they think is relevant and stakeholders don’t really value what they are given. There is a huge mismatch between the two. But why?
Fyre Festival – 4 lessons of a fraudster 💸

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…

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

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.

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

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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Here’s my Accountex talk on How to be a Kick-Ass CFO!

Here’s my Accountex talk on How to be a Kick-Ass CFO!

written by alastair barlow [blog]

At this year’s Accountex in London, I gave a talk on ‘How to be a kick-ass CFO and leave work early at month end’. The session centred around delivering much better management information (based on our 6 key principles methodology) and a worked example.
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management lessons from my fitbit

management lessons from my fitbit

written by alastair barlow [blog]

I’ve had a personal trainer for about 18 months now – he’s awesome. We’ve worked hard together (more so me!) to shift some of the fat I put on post ankle surgery (invasive micro-fracture surgery on my ankle where my cartilage had pretty much disintegrated). It turns out running is not that great for you after all!
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4 lessons in leadership and team work from Coach Carter

4 lessons in leadership and team work from Coach Carter

written by alastair barlow [blog]

I recently watched the movie Coach Carter for the first time – if you haven’t seen it before it’s a biographical sports film drama based on the true story of a basketball coach (Coach Ken Carter) played in the movie by Samuel L Jackson.
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3 key benefits of using mid-market software to grow your SME

3 key benefits of using mid-market software to grow your SME

guest written by darren cran [blog]

Getting a business off the ground often means skimping on avoidable expenses, but there comes a time when it makes sense to invest in a few important upgrades.
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how business finance and cashflow management go hand in hand in the digital era

how business finance and cashflow management go hand in hand in the digital era

guest written by conrad ford [blog]

A business’s capital is affected by many moving parts, so it’s hard to always keep track of your cashflow, especially if you’re a non finance person.
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flinder client & staff ski trip 2018

flinder client & staff ski trip 2018

hosted by alastair barlow & luke streeter

culture is important to us and so is having shared values with our clients. here’s a sneak peak at the culture within flinder at our client & staff ski trip to morzine, france. hopefully, you can join us next year! […]

how alternative business finance can drive business growth

how alternative business finance can drive business growth

guest written by conrad ford [blog]

There are many obstacles businesses need to conquer to succeed. From setup and survival, to stability and expansion — one of the biggest challenges at every stage is cashflow.
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our different kind of strategy session

our different kind of strategy session

written by chris agnew & maryna irzhanenko [blog]

Think of a company strategy day and you think of sitting in a dingy conference room somewhere, listening to someone’s monotonous tone read slide after slide from a dated PowerPoint presentation.
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