The Business Finance Guide – a journey from start-up to growth is a major initiative supported by 19 eminent professional, representative and membership organisations. The publication has been co-ordinated by the Corporate Finance Faculty and the new British Business Bank.
This is a unique guide that sets out the main things to consider when raising funds for growth and outlines sources of equity and debt finance available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies. The guide also includes several tools and ideas to help businesses consider their options, make decisions and plan how they will finance expansion.
Building effective finance functions is a key concern of organisations and finance professionals. At a time when many claim we face unprecedented challenges, Stanley Harding's 1963 lecture on the finance function reminds us that there are many lessons we can learn from history. This report reproduces the lecture in full and complements it with expert commentary.
Fifty years ago, Shell’s deputy controller Stanley Harding gave a lecture on the finance professional’s role in business. But how far has it changed since then? Rick Payne looks back, and the experts respond.
Accounting controls can be seen as a barrier to innovation. But as an American Accounting Association guest panel explained to Rick Payne, it is worth getting over the hurdles.
Business technology was born in the finance function – and accountants make more use of it than most. So why hasn’t IT completely revolutionised the role of finance? And how might accountants engage with it to engineer really radical change in the future? Kirstin Gillon investigates in an article for Chartech magazine.