Telling your treasury story

Are you a treasury professional with an interesting story, experience or case study to share? Don’t keep it to yourself! In 2017 we have a multitude of events in the calendar and we’re actively looking for new speakers. If you’re a veteran or completely new to speaking, check out why getting involved at an ACT event is business critical this year: 1. Speaking is prestigious and gets you noticed From raising your profile to showing off the success of your company, speaking at an ACT event gets you noticed. As the only Chartered body for treasury, we’re the definitive voice

Your questions answered: ACT Annual Conference

A lot is going to happen between now and May that will affect the environment that treasurers are operating in, which is why this year’s ACT Annual Conference couldn’t be more timely for making sure you’re up to speed! This year’s theme is all about realising opportunity from uncertainty, embracing change and finding new solutions. All of which can be done under one roof on 16-17 May at Manchester Central. And, if you’re still undecided, these useful FAQs will help. Q. WHO CAN YOU EXPECT TO MEET? A. 1,000+ senior treasury and finance professionals representing 300+ companies, including group treasurers

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

The Treasurer’s Deals of the Year Awards Ceremony

I attended The Treasurer’s Deals of the Year Awards ceremony last night, along with 150 esteemed guests from the world of treasury and finance, and what a special event! Sponsored by Lloyds Bank – thank you – and held at the impressive Banking Hall, a former Lloyds Bank building, this was a wonderful introduction for me to an ACT event, being just my second day in role as Chief Executive. I can say that the evening was brilliant, and I am so proud to be part of this highly professional team. I met some wonderful people too – in many

Smart Cash: a simple guide to attending

We understand that it can be quite a daunting thing to attend an event, particularly if it’s your first time coming to one, so here is a handy list of dos and don’ts that we think will help you make a good impression at the ACT Smart Cash conference in London on 8-9 February 2017. DO wear your name badge at all times. It’s for security – yours. Name badges help delegates to identify people at six paces that they’d rather avoid. DO NOT look at or hold up your own name badge when introducing yourself to people. It makes

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

Technology Risk and Smart Treasury

The recent Technology Risk and Smart Treasury forum offered a great opportunity to step out of day to day business for an afternoon and consider the future direction of treasury and technology. The first session presented by Andrew Fletcher from Thomson Reuters labs provided a fascinating insight into the developing tools available to track customer interests. The recent Brexit and US presidential elections were decided within the forecasting error of most opinion polls (and worse the polls typically showed a greater probability for remain and Hilary Clinton), dealing a blow to the forecasters and so it is easy to see

Working it wiser

Under the theme “working it wiser”, the second year of the ACT Working Capital conference gathered 150 treasury and finance experts in London on 22 November. Speakers and delegates discussed issues ranging from driving sustainable approaches and working capital management (WCM) to supply chain finance and the use of technology to achieve greater efficiency. “This conference built well on last year’s event, the wider participation from the attendees in the session lent itself well to help understand how our peers in industry go about the pro-active management of working capital”. James Marshall, Head of Treasury, Virgin Media “A recurring theme