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Smart Finance

About the Smart Finance Series

How to do more with less is a challenge that businesses of all sizes are familiar with in the current climate of weak consumer confidence and ever-tightening budgets.

Expanding the business whilst cutting back on costs is a difficult juggling act – and it’s up to the Chief Financial Officer to find a way to do both.

At the same time, the CFO’s role is changing. It is becoming a lot more strategic but also more technological, as mobile and online developments continue to present new challenges. 
In association with Barclaycard, MT has developed the Smart Finance Series. This series is an in-depth look at how finance is changing in these tough times in order to help business achieve that golden word: growth.



Finding new business the 'biggest challenge' facing organisations in 2013

Finding new business the 'biggest challenge' facing organisations in 2013

By Friday, 04 January 2013

In Barclaycard's survey of 205 execs, almost a third said finding new business is one of the biggest challenges they face this year, followed by rising costs and holding onto customers.

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INTERVIEWS

The changing face of finance - is it time for the CFO to shine?

The changing face of finance - is it time for the CFO to shine?

By Saturday, 01 December 2012

A chief financial officer is ideally placed to spot new opportunities and develop the relationships that help a business grow, Barclaycard's Eduardo Vergara says.


VIDEOS

 

We’ve talked to leading finance experts and CFO’s to provide a programme  of video interviews and features packed full of insights and analysis  on how finance is innovating despite uncertain economic waters.

Business is more than a necessary evil

Business is more than a necessary evil

26 May 2016

EDITOR'S BLOG: Steve Hilton and the other founders of the Big Society got together for a shindig last night. They should make the case for a better breed of business.

 
 
How 'accidental entrepreneur' Julie Hanna became Obama's enterprise ambassador

How 'accidental entrepreneur' Julie Hanna became Obama's enterprise ambassador

26 May 2016

The exec chair of P2P lender Kiva discusses how she's aiming to create opportunities for new businesses worldwide.

 
 
Why ad-blocking could save the advertising industry

Why ad-blocking could save the advertising industry

26 May 2016

They might be bad news for media agencies (not to mention us...) but ad-blockers will force creatives to up their game.

 
 
Who is Debenhams' Sergio Bucher?

Who is Debenhams' Sergio Bucher?

26 May 2016

The department store's new boss used to run Amazon's fashion business and knows a thing or two about Lycra.

 
 
Five questions to ask before you speak out on Brexit

Five questions to ask before you speak out on Brexit

26 May 2016

With just four weeks to go until referendum day, should you be taking a public stance?

 
 
Five ways to be more charismatic at work

Five ways to be more charismatic at work

25 May 2016

Let's face it, wallflowers rarely have flourishing careers. But you don't have to fake charm to have charisma.

 
 
The five big challenges facing M&S boss Steve Rowe

The five big challenges facing M&S boss Steve Rowe

25 May 2016

UPDATE: It's not just falling fashion sales causing him problems.

 
 
Cuba is finally embracing the power of entrepreneurs

Cuba is finally embracing the power of entrepreneurs

25 May 2016

The government's bid to lift some of its stifling restrictions is a sign of progress.

 
 

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