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No cash management, no long-term future

Cash management is often seen as the routine part of the job, the bit where process can be perfected and no-one in the company takes much interest until something goes wrong, like a supplier is not paid. That is a myth! Cash management is the glue which holds the company together and it is the start of the whole strategic process. It’s also a way for the treasurer to get their foot in the door of operations and really find out what is going on. Funding the company is arguably the only job which the treasurer must always get right

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

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

How to get the best from learning online

Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, ACT’s Director of Learning shares her tips on how to learn online. More and more companies are using eLearning as a cost effective and easy way to train their employees. Whilst this brings great advantages to the employer, eLearning can sometimes feel a bit daunting for us learners. Here are some ways to make the most of learning online: Tip 1: make a study plan Think about what skills you need to develop and make a note of these before you start learning. Have a think about why you want to learn them and once you’ve completed your

It’s cash management – but not as you know it

It’s cash management – but not as you know it. That’s why we decided to give our annual cash management conference a new look this year – and a new name: Smart Cash. On 8-9 February 2017, the first conference of our 2017 events programme brought together nearly 200 cash management professionals over two days. An impressive panel with great insights from the Corporate users…how do you get comfortable with ‘clouds’ #smartcash17 (@dubey1234) A clear favourite with the audience were the sessions focusing on cyber security in treasury: a well-structured panel discussion, featuring corporate treasurers, as well as a cyber

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

My first week as ACT Chief Executive

Well, a week into my role and it’s been pretty exciting stuff! Being a Chartered Accountant I often get the jokes about being boring and all about the numbers and the same image is often portrayed about treasurers. But my early view is that there is a great, diverse and personable group out there doing some very interesting and important work for their organisations. In my first week I have met with our Policy & Technical Committee and representatives of the Bank of England, attended our excellent Deals of the Year event (which you can read about here), and joined our President Fiona

 

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