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Recognising that the financial market has changed, so has Real Business. We’ll be demonstrating that on Wednesday 18 May at The FD Surgery, our all-new event that will provide the cure to those minor niggles and major headaches afflicting the financial directors of thriving businesses.

In keeping with the unique design of the event, it will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons, with themed topics of discussion including the likes of the cash flow clinic, death by data, patient history (interviews with exceptional FDs) and resuscitating creativity.

Orwell Prize-nominated author and senior Cass Business School fellow, Guy Fraser-Sampson, will deliver the keynote. Expect him to draw upon his experience as a City law firm partner, investment banker and angel investor, all of which will come with a sprinkling of dark humour if his novel “The Mess We’re In” is anything to go by.

Executives from M&C Saatchi, World First, Lloyds, Chaser, Crowdcube, SwiftKey – the latter of which was acquired by Microsoft for $250m – and more are also on the roster to provide essential guidance for the 200 plus FDs in attendance.

Our hallowed FDs’ Excellence Awards will take place as part of the FD Surgery agenda in the afternoon, presented by Just Eat’s Finance chief Mike Wroe and followed by celebratory drinks in the world-famous Hunterian Museum.

The FDs’ Excellence Awards is the UK’s most prestigious awards programme for the UK’s very best accountancy firms, banks, technology providers and other suppliers and advisers – as voted for by more than 1,856 FDs this year in the FDs’ Satisfaction Survey.

Since 2001 this annual survey has been the definitive analysis of how well UK businesses are being served.

But before the winners are announced on the big day, the finalists in the running to take home the gold can be found below:

Software Vendor of the Year

Epicor
Intuit Quickbooks
Microsoft Dynamics
Oracle
Sage
Xero

Pensions Provider of the Year

Aegon
Aviva
Capita
Scottish Widows
St James’s Place
Standard Life

Accountancy Firm of the Year (Smaller clients)

Deloitte
Grant Thornton
Haines Watts
Mazars
PwC
RSM

Accountancy Firm of the Year (larger clients)

BDO
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
KPMG
PwC

Bank Manager of the Year

Revealed on the night

Bank of the Year

Barclays
HSBC
Lloyds Banking Group
NatWest
RBS
Santander

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