Navigation

Navigation

Channel Navigation

Breadcrumbs



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.

Related headlines


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.

Meet Joseph Valente, the entrepreneur who won over Alan Sugar

Meet Joseph Valente, the entrepreneur who won over Alan Sugar

06 May 2016

The plucky winner of The Apprentice 2015 has big plans for his plumbing and heating firm.

 
 
Where the word 'brainstorming' comes from

Where the word 'brainstorming' comes from

06 May 2016

WORDS-WORTH: A brainstorm may help come up with a great idea, but the term is linked to a medical word for a mental disturbance.

 
 
What were the 90s like for business?

What were the 90s like for business?

06 May 2016

It's 50 years since MT was first published, so we've trawled the archives to bring you some gems from times gone by. The fourth in our series: 1991-95.

 
 
What does a meaningful life and career look like?

What does a meaningful life and career look like?

06 May 2016

BUSINESS CLASSIC: In his book Chasing Daylight, the terminally ill boss of KPMG Eugene O'Kelly set out his views on how to lead a purposeful life. His lessons are still pertinent today.

 
 
Review: Seat Leon X-PERIENCE

Review: Seat Leon X-PERIENCE

06 May 2016

Part of the extended VW family, the underrated Seat has the quality of a Golf without the price tag.

 
 
Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

Hotel Chocolat founders land tasty £40m payday

05 May 2016

Peter Harris and Angus Thirlwell have floated the company today at a value of £167m. Will it be able to avoid the mistakes of Thorntons?

 
 
Broadband battles: BT outmanoeuvres Sky with £6bn broadband plan

Broadband battles: BT outmanoeuvres Sky with £6bn broadband plan

05 May 2016

Of course BT will invest in ultrafast broadband... so long as Ofcom leaves Openreach well alone.

 
 
How to make presentations less stressful

How to make presentations less stressful

05 May 2016

The very sight of a PowerPoint slide may be enough to bring you out in hives, but there are things you can do to calm those presentation nerves.

 
 

Divinia Knowles


Dennis Bauer


Dominique Yates

Elena Shishkina