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The business of treasury-getting professionally qualified

Now into its fifth year, the ACT’s annual survey of contemporary treasurers has been published and provides some enlightening information. Entitled, ‘The Business of Treasury’, the report provides data and findings from a survey on a wide range of issues such as board reporting, the strategic impact of treasurers, sources of funding and the importance of treasury qualifications. The survey randomly selected 196 qualified treasurers from the ACT’s membership base who gave anonymised answers, which give us all the opportunity to look at what’s at the forefront of treasurers’ minds, what the profession needs and how it’s developing. The full

Shared Service Centres – treasury trends

Treasury is a constantly evolving profession, as the ACT’s current Business of Treasury research shows, with treasurers’ strategic engagement with their organisations increasing. One area where I have seen this happening is with treasurers’ involvement with their organisation’s Shared Service Centre (SSC). Shared Service Centres – why the interest? Evidence came from two key sources. Firstly, an increased number of requests to provide learning support for treasury teams within SSCs and secondly, discussions with treasurers who were being asked to take responsibility for the treasury aspects of the SSC teams. As this increased, the ACT felt that it would be

#actmebb post event blog – win-win supply chain finance in action

On 23 May in Dubai, we partnered with the DIFC and Kyriba in welcoming a multitude of corporates, suppliers and financiers to join our ACT Middle East breakfast briefing to explore the latest technologies and strategies to reduce risk and deliver real value to the business using supply chain finance programmes. The strong attendance and level of audience interactivity demonstrated that supply chain finance remains a hot topic for treasurers in 2017. If you missed it, check out the breakfast’s key takeaways from Kyriba: Establish your success factors When establishing a supply chain finance programme, companies need to define their

#ACTAC17 post event – over to you!

A year on from Brexit, the Trump Presidency coming out of its first 100 days and a general election in the UK… the pace of global events and market uncertainty were discussed and debated throughout this year’s ACT Annual Conference, 16-17 May in Manchester. The theme of this year’s event, opportunity from uncertainty, was designed to deliver expert knowledge and practical tools for treasury teams to take back to the office and add further value to their organisations. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 speakers and a new two-day format, feedback has been excellent. Highlights included: charismatic keynotes from Lord Michael

Career advice in tumultuous times

As if you needed reminding, there have been some momentous socio-political events from all corners of the globe in the last 12 months; Brexit and the subsequent reaction from the EU, the election of President Trump and the rise of the populist-Right on the continent continue to mould the zeitgeist. Gauging the impact of these events on the world of business and finance is, to say the least, tricky. Some corporates might be able to cite hard facts of the impact from these geopolitical events. Others perhaps remain tight-lipped and refrain from drawing conclusions until more time has passed and

Into the wide blue (or red) yonder!

Day two of the ACT Annual Conference 2017 saw us off to a flyer in a busy talkingtreasury session but the 8am start might have defeated a few people! It was just a taster of what was to come. Anyone who thought that they were in for a couple of quiet days out of the office will have found themselves sorely tested. But then that’s the point: you can’t ever have too many interesting topics, too many knowledgeable speakers and too many bacon rolls. Well, perhaps one too many bacon rolls! Our opening keynote, Alex Tatham from Westcoast, challenged treasurers

Off and running

They call it a marathon, not a sprint. No, not the Premier League, but the first day of the ACT Annual Conference! From a charismatic opening by Lord Michael Dobbs, creator of House of Cards, and his optimistic view on the health of the western economies all the way to the highly opinionated and highly experienced businessman and executive mentor, Andrew Garner, today’s delegates packed in as much work as some of us do in a week! Mr Garner’s view of the Brexit referendum as being an unspeakable disaster was at the very least forthright – if not the bitterest

The day before…

It wouldn’t be Manchester if it wasn’t raining and true to form we’re having our fair share today before the ACT Annual Conference 2017! That won’t dampen our spirits though and I am privileged once again to be the Chair and to work with so many talented treasury professionals. I can’t remember a conference time when so much stuff was happening to impact the corporate world. Brexit, President DJ Trump (on the decks?!), difficult elections across the EU in France, Germany and Austria and continuing conflicts in the Middle East and tensions in north Asia. Not to mention the drip-drip of financial

 

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