Jat Brainch has previously held a number of high-profile positions at leading telecoms and technology brands, including being finance director at Logica Group PLC (now part of CGI), group financial controller at Telefónica Europe PLC and head of commercial finance at T-Mobile (UK) Ltd. But today we talk to her as CFO of Adapt.
In their 2014 report, 'CFO Insights on Success: Preparing for 2015 and Beyond', the ICAEW suggested that “these days the CFO earns his or her place at the leadership table because they have the knowledge to combine business acumen with hard facts: the numbers.” But come year-end, the pressure is on the finance team to deliver accurate results with no surprises. And of course, there will be certain areas that will be more challenging and demanding than others.
As part of our new focus looking at the biggest events set to impact SMEs during 2015, Real Business looks at EU VAT changes and what the impact is for business owners.
Whether it is high street banks or software providers, the 13th annual 'FDs’ Satisfaction Survey' will put its fingers to the pulse of British finance professionals and determine where the nation is leading the way and where it needs some work.
Last week we posed a question to FDs ahead of the Autumn Statement: In what areas they would like to see the most policy change? The results are now in, with business rates and corporation tax being the top of the Christmas wish-list by far.
Despite how many sectors have complained about government regulations, not all believe they are restrictive in nature.
UK businesses are crossing their fingers and hoping that Christmas comes early this year.
Brits working in the finance sector feel as though their work isn't being recognised by their company as 60 per cent claim to feel undervalued, a study from expenses management service webexpenses shows.
We quiz Katherine Grover, CFO Semafone, on what it's like being in charge of the finances at a fast-growth startup.
Despite government efforts to cut red tape, new legislation such as auto enrolment is creating new challenges for finance directors.
We speak to Stephen Lane, finance director at Xtrac, and discover how he first took up the role to touch different parts of the business in a meaningful way.
Lesley Stalker, tax partner at RJP, analyses what HMRC looks for in a claim when it comes to R&D tax relief.