Canvassing the nation for FD sentiment

Run in association with the ICAEW and supported by the CBI, more than 1,500 finance directors and financial decision-markets will rate their satisfaction with key service providers. Scores for accountancy firms, banks, technology providers and a range of other suppliers and advisers will be generated, culminating in the FDs’ Excellence Awards on May 14 2015 when the very best are recognised.

Along the way Real Business will be monitoring the survey results and pulling out specific trends which we think will be of interest to our readership. Previous points of interest have included finance directors’ dissatisfaction with banks and a feeling that not enough good software is available.

The Real FD section of the Real Business site has been focused on the role of the finance director and CFO, and generated some fascinating insight into what goes into the role through in-depth interviews and Q&As.

The yearly FDs’ Excellence Awards, which will be in their 11th year in 2015, involve those at companies in the FTSE 100 and small private world and nominations are now open across a range of categories. Last year’s winners included ARM Holdings FD Tim Score and Richard Gibson at fast-growth technology firm SwiftKey.

Speaking then, ICAEW chief executive Michael Izza said: “Looking at 2014’s winners, it is clear that being an outstanding financial director is not simply a case of managing numbers – it is the ability to lead, motivate and inspire others.

“All of our winners have those qualities in abundance and they are using their skills and experiences as a catalyst for success within their organisations.”

Ahead of the awards, the ‘FDs’ Satisfaction Survey’ will give us a great indication on what the opinions of financial professionals in this country are. If you yourself are in that category we’d encourage you to take part and have your voice heard. If you know of one or more people whose opinions would be relevant please do pass it on to them.

Stay tuned for early survey results and the final grand unveiling where the voice of the FD will be heard.

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