A business’s success or failure, says ICAEW chief executive Michael Izza, is often down to the “rigour and acumen” of its finance director. You may have the best products in the market, targeted marketing, drop-dead salespeople, but without an effective financial infrastructure, it could all be for nothing. Many potentially great businesses have under-deliverered, or even failed, because of poor financial management.
This year’s FDs’ Excellence Awards, which recognise individual and team talent in the finance function, could be the most important in the event’s nine-year history. Behind the gloomy data on public finances and the UK’s credit downgrade, Britain has many high-performing, innovative mid-sized and high-growth businesses that, with a firm hand on the financial tiller, stand a strong chance of sustainable success.
There are only a few days left to put forward your nominations for the 2013 FDs’ Excellence Awards, held in association with ICAEW and supported by the CBI and London Evening Standard.
You can make a nomination in four categories (deadline is March 1, 2013) for individual FD excellence:
- Young FD of the Year – high-performance finance directors under 40
- Private Company FD of the Year – finance directors going above the call of duty in a non-quoted company
- FD of the Future – in association with Ernst & Young, we’re looking for high-potential financial controllers, finance managers and VPs who are tomorrow’s CFOs and FDs
- Inspirational FD – a new award for leading finance directors whose work goes beyond finance and inspires others in their business, market and community
The FDs’ Excellence Awards, in association with ICAEW, are hosted by Real Business, and supported by the CBI, London Evening Standard, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group and business information partner Jordans. To find out more, visit the awards website or contact Alexis Carlson on firstname.lastname@example.org
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