ACT Smart Cash Management Conference roundup

Everyone’s familiar with the saying ‘too much of a good thing’ but when it comes to looking after the lifeblood of an organisation, its cash, is it true? Well no, I don’t happen to think so. The ACT’s recent Smart Cash Management Conference 2018 rather made my point. Exciting start to #smartcash18 with opening remark from Chair Peter Matza @actupdate pic.twitter.com/VZlib5TELj — Bandhu P. Das (@ibpdas) March 14, 2018 Can you have too many smart people working through a range of workshop problems on international cash management, sharing experiences and offering innovative ideas and solutions? Doubt it. Can there be

#SMARTCASH18: David Shinkins, Barclays

As a membership association for treasury, it’s our mission to ensure our events deliver insight and expertise for treasurers everywhere. That’s why our treasury events are led and shaped by treasurers themselves. The ACT Smart Cash Management Conference, 14-15 March 2018, is no exception, and has long been a thriving hub for all things cash management. This year we have recruited four influential, experienced professionals [or practitioners] to join a Cashback panel focused on the programme content to ensure the audience is provided with fresh thinking. The panel will meet throughout the conference and provide live commentary and insight from

#SMARTCASH18: Bandhu Das, HM Treasury

Conferences often fail to get across real learning and relevant lessons you can take back to the office. That’s why for this year’s ACT Smart Cash Management Conference on the 14-15 March, we have recruited four influential, experienced personalities to dive into the content and ensure the audience is provided with fresh thinking in a new format which will regularly meet during the conference: the cashback panel. Conferences often fail to get across real learning and relevant lessons you can take back to the office. That’s why for this year’s ACT Smart Cash Management Conference on 14-15 March in London, we have put together a programme

Six things to plan for in 2018

As we head rapidly towards the end of the year, we offer some thoughts for issues that may not be front of mind, but which, nevertheless, you may want to consider as we enter the year ahead. 1. Rising Interest Rates The period of very low interest rates may be coming to an end. Now is the time to make sure your teams appreciate the potential impact of operating in a higher interest rate environment, something many of them will not have experienced. As well as checking covenant triggers, the organisation’s fixed/floating mix and interest rate policy should all be

Is training and development on your budgeting radar?

Whilst most treasuries will be thinking about their strategic priorities for 2018, some may not be considering how their team’s performance will impact their business’ ability to meet those priorities. For many managers, training and development happens when you’ve got a problem in your team so it can tend to be quite reactive in nature. Taking a more strategic approach to the planning of any training and development activities can reap so many benefits. Some questions to ask yourself: Do you know what your organisation’s overall strategic objectives are for 2018? Have you started planning how your treasury priorities fit

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

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