#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

An emerging theme

There is a common theme which emerges as I meet more and more treasurers, and more and more of our external stakeholders, inside and outside the UK… a lack of understanding of the role of treasury. This is particularly true in those organisations who are not large enough to have a full-blown treasury function, or who have grown and never really understood the need for specific treasury expertise. In the UK it seems a challenge for SMEs, and where I recently visited, in the Middle East, it is a potential issue for the many family-owned businesses. This may be nothing

Why treasurers need to up their cyber security game

Cyber security is one of the key themes running throughout the ACT Annual Conference on 16-17 May at Manchester Central. Read why you can’t afford to miss this essential update and join over 1,000 professionals who are doing exactly that! Why treasury professionals need to up their cyber security game The continuing increase in fraud and cybercrime incidents in non-financial companies has raised the bar for cyber security within corporates. With its responsibility for controlling payments – one of the most vulnerable processes to fraud – the corporate treasury is at the very heart of it. It’s not only the

#ACTAC17 – where are you going to stay and how are you going to get there?

This year’s ACT Annual Conference on 16-17 May is now only 12 working days away! We’ve seen a recent flurry of activity here at ACT HQ in helping delegates and speakers plan their travel to the event and choose where to stay. We’re expecting over 1000 attendees, so secure your place at the event (if you haven’t already) to take part in the most powerful treasury and finance debate of the year. Accommodation The lowest room rates can be secured via our exclusive accommodation partner here. Rooms are selling out fast so we recommend booking as soon as possible to

Interview – Monique Ebell, NIESR

Can you please introduce yourself? I am an Associate Research Director at the National Institute of Economic & Social Research (NIESR), and I cover the areas of international trade, productivity and labour markets. Over the past couple of years I have been leading our work assessing the long-term economic impact of Brexit on the UK economy. The Brexit vote has added to already high levels of uncertainty and has raised a number of questions for businesses in the UK. What steps should businesses take to adapt to further changes and reduce risk in the current climate? My job is more

Interview – Rick Martin, Gas Log

Can you please introduce yourself? I am the Group Treasurer at GasLog – one of the largest non-state shippers of LNG in the world. We also have an interest in our master limited partnership GasLog Partners. The theme of the ACT Annual Conference 2017 is opportunity from uncertainty. What do you think is causing uncertainty for treasurers today? I have four factors on this one. First would be geopolitical risk, for example the first round of the French elections coming up on 23 April, as well as a number of other European elections including the German and now UK general

#ACTAC17 Highlights from the Conference Chair

Peter Matza is the ACT Speakers’ Chair. His experience, with over 30 years in treasury, ensures the focus is always on debate and discussion which directly benefits corporate treasurers. Peter will be leading the conversations at this year’s ACT Annual Conference on 16-17 May in Manchester and we caught up with him to ask what he thinks this year’s highlights will be and why treasurers, finance and business leaders should attend. What is your role as the ACT Annual Conference chair? The ACT Annual Conference chair, as any conference chair, has two roles: the first is the smooth running of a large