How a Finance Director Can Ensure Your Business Implements a Winning International Expansion Strategy

Written by EO Executives on Aug 02, 2018

How the right Finance Director can develop an award winning International expansion strategy for your business- and the common pitfalls to avoid

Since the Brexit vote, there is still uncertainty on how Britain’s exit will impact UK businesses and the wider economy, but it has without question prompted many to look at how to build out their business overseas. Whether you are a company currently in a period of expansion through organic growth or via acquisitions/mergers or developing a strategy for the future, there are key considerations that will impact the success of the expansion.

To explore this further we spoke to finance expert Tushar Patel, who has managed and coordinated the strategic expansion and integration of varied businesses across global jurisdictions, to share his experience and lessons learned.  Tushar has managed large scale infrastructure financing projects and holds an extensive level of experience in financial management, corporate transactions, corporate governance and compliance, negotiation and integration,with extensive treasury and risk management experience. 

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Is the Rise of Self-Employment Driving Lower Home Ownership in the UK?

Written by EO Executives on Dec 14, 2017

Is the rise of self-employment driving lower home ownership in the UK?

For many, choosing to become self-employed is a great career move and provides numerous benefits. The main being you have the flexibility to form your own business, work on your terms and roll out innovative ideas. Alternatively, if you are working as a contractor/ interim manager you have the flexibility to choose which assignments you work on and when- as well as being able to add tremendous value to numerous organisations.

At EO Executives, we work with both clients and candidates to source top talent into senior interim roles. We understand that many choose to become self-employed for the flexible lifestyle, but when it comes to external factors, such as taxes, pensions and mortgages things can become a bit more complicated. The latter we will discuss in this blog and uncover whether or not the rise in self-employment is driving lower home ownership in the UK.

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Q&A with Bruce Wright – Finance Director – Global Supply Chain

Written by EO Executives on Dec 08, 2017

The role of the Finance Director (FD) or Chief Finance Officer (CFO) is crucial for measuring business growth, return on investment, budget forecasting and working with the rest of the business to formulate a business strategy. As a result, the Finance Director is one of the most vital contributors to all areas of the business. As well as challenging departments on their spending, decision making and ensuring they contribute to success.

To gain insight into how the role of the FD has evolved and the value they can bring, we met with Bruce Wright, Finance Director at Pladis Global. In this Q&A, we uncover challenges facing Finance, the traits of a great business partner and the impact finance has on the rest of an organisation.

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Why Are You Trying to Sell Your Business Without a Finance Director?

Written by EO Executives on Nov 29, 2017

Are you trying to sell your business without a Finance Director? STOP!

Heading up the Finance Practice here at global executive search firm EO Executives, I am fortunate to be working with some of the fastest growing SME’s in the country. Typically, I work directly with the founders/owners, I get to hear first-hand their passion, innovation, successes and failures that have taken their business from bedroom to boardroom.

Mostly this entrepreneurial community have a lot of similar traits, they tend to have bags of self-belief, drive and can take people on the journey with them. However, one other similarity you find with this group of highly ambitious and intelligent people, is that they have never exited a business before.

This leave them three choices as I see it;

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5 Things Interim Managers Should Consider for 2018

Written by EO Executives on Oct 17, 2017

Being an Interim Manager is generally awesome.

You get to add value, avoid politics and work on your terms. However, there is one downside and that is that it can sometimes be tricky when it comes to accesses financial services and mortgage products.

We want all the Interim Mangers in the EO community to prosper and get what they want in 2018 and that’s why we have teamed up with one of our most exciting customers (CMME) to bring you some important updates and insights.

CMME have achieved great backing and growth in the world of financial services for contractors and you can contact them directly using the link at the bottom of the blog.

As we enter the final few months of 2017, we take a look at what the new year could bring for contractors and the self-employed. With a number of important changes scheduled to take place, we examine five things you really should start thinking about in preparation for 2018.

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How to Recruit a Finance Director/ Chief Finance Officer

Written by EO Executives on Aug 30, 2017

The number of new hires that do not work out is frightening – in fact a study by leadership IQ across a range of industries and job roles found that up to 48% of new hires fail within the first 18 months. And what is more frightening is that this problem is estimated to cost UK businesses over £4 billion a year.

For any business a new hire costs time and money, so getting it right from the outset is fundamental. For my clients, there are many reasons for recruiting a Finance Director/ CFO but they all share one goal- to hire a candidate that will work out and drive the business to success. Whether a new hire is needed for growth, raising capital, through to cost cutting and business survival, the value they can bring is huge. I have covered this is in more details in a previous blog “5 Ways Finance Directors & CFO’s can add value."

So, why are there still so many businesses failing to implement a strategic hiring process?

This blog will ensure your next FD/CFO hire is recruited in the best way possible, adding both value and credibility to the process.

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The Mistakes Finance Executives Make When Working with Private Equity

Written by EO Executives on Aug 25, 2017

Many view Private Equity (PE) Firms as the pinnacle of the commercial world and are willing to leave successful FTSE careers to make the transition.

If you can get it right, working with a PE firm will be the best and most rewarding career move you will make. However, there are also a number of hurdles that catch many finance executives out on their journey.
So, I wanted to uncover the most common mistakes Finance Directors can make when taking the plunge and moving into the world of Private Equity.

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Is Your Marketing Working for You? What Does a Good ROI Look Like?

Written by EO Executives on Mar 22, 2017

As an Associate Director of global executive search firm EO Executives, I also head up the Finance recruitment practice. Through regularly meeting with leading SME FDs, CFOs, MDs and CEOs in my network, I am frequently asked about how Finance teams should be managing marketing (specifically search) spend within their organisations.

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5 Ways Finance Directors & CFOs can add value to SMEs

Written by EO Executives on Jan 30, 2017

What can an interim Finance Director bring to SME business?

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7 Factors CFOs Need to Know About Blockchain

Written by EO Executives on Jan 24, 2017

Over recent years blockchain technology has been highly disruptive in the world of finance, with internet searches rising year on year. And it doesn't stop there, the development of blockchain isn’t slowing down, with many industry leaders declaring it has the potential to change how organisations do business.

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