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

Rolling on

Dusseldorf, March 2017 At the start of last year’s ACT Europe Conference, we asked delegates about Brexit. Overwhelmingly they wanted the UK to stay in and didn’t want anyone else to think about leaving. Well, like the Rhein that inexorably flows through this city on its way to the North Sea, a lot of water has passed under quite a few bridges since then! Treasurers though must be prepared to help their businesses prosper in all circumstances and for that they need to understand the issues that really matter. @PeterMatza testing the level of optimism. Everyone is slightly equivocal after

Trading places

I have recently been in Dubai where the ACT was generously invited to deliver the treasury workshop at the latest GTR MENA Trade Finance week. The ACT and GTR have been associated in this way for a few years now in the UK, Middle East and Singapore and it allows us to reach a trade finance audience we don’t always see. Unfortunately, the date, 14 February, meant being away from home on Valentine’s Day but it was for a good cause of course. The big theme in trade at the moment is, well, the lack of it or, rather, the

How are you managing your cash?

Pretty much since the dawn of time there has been a simple fact about business: if you haven’t got any cash, you won’t have a business. The overwhelming reason for business failure is running out of money. And that means real money, not hoped for money, not might be money and certainly not ‘the cheque’s in the post’ or, ‘will next week do?’ money! What has changed though is the way in which the people responsible for making sure business survives -that’s us as treasurers – have used the tools and techniques of finance to ensure survival. That’s equally true

The world from here

If technology was the ‘play for today’ on day one, day two could best be described as, ‘the gift that keeps on giving’. Gifts actually. Apart from an eagerly awaited session on the imminent arrival of VAT in the Gulf, the rest of the day looked towards the strategic direction of treasury and leadership issues. The ACT Middle East Summit 2016, Day Two Yes, there’s a day job, but increasingly treasurers everywhere, including the Middle East, are being asked by their C-suites to interpret the complexity of business and finance: what does the world look like from here? Our ever popular

Under sunny skies!

The Autumn conference season for the ACT has been in full swing around our network from the UK to Hong Kong and today we opened in Dubai for our 8th year, this time billed as the ACT Middle East Annual Summit. Fashions in conference names seem to go in cycles from forums (should that be fora?), summits and exchanges, to roundtables, seminars and retreats all the way back to, well, conferences! I am sure there is research somewhere that tells us what delegates think of the name but in truth, it’s the experience that counts and today has been one