Structuring Share Options for Employees

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Employee loyalty can be hard to foster. In today’s business world employers may consider a variety of methods to encourage their staff to demonstrate dedication and reliability. This may include … Read More

Anniversary Special – What Makes A Successful CFO?

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Every October WrightCFO celebrates its anniversary. To mark the occasion this year we have undertaken an interview with company founder and owner Sophie Wright to explore what makes a successful CFO. … Read More

Pitching to An Investor

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Proverbs say that first impressions are the most lasting and, while contrasting quotes tell us that first impressions can be unreliable, one encounter may be all you get when it … Read More

Free Resources (Adult Education and CPD)

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This month we have been looking at options for adult education and continuous professional development (CPD). If you missed the first blog or our Newsletter you can view them now … Read More

Back to School Already? (Adult Education)

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For many of us September is dominated by the children going back to school. It impacts on us all in some way, from changing schools, to organising uniforms, to remembering … Read More

The Future of Finance

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During recent years several significant industry giants have commented on the future of finance, including KPMG. In 2010 their Future of Finance report made predictions for 2020 commenting on the … Read More

London Fintech Week 2019 In Retrospect

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Last month over 2000 attendees came together to listen to leading speakers from around the globe at London Fintech Week 2019. This year’s Key Note Speaker, Lord Anthony St John, … Read More

Spotlight on Independent Retailer Month

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July is independent retailer month, a campaign that runs each year in July to ” highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the … Read More

The Future of Money & Financial Technology – Fintech 2019

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July signals the annual London Fintech Week conference where the future of money and financial technology come under full scrutiny. This landmark event brings major authorities from around the globe … Read More

Why and when should you hire a CFO?

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  The role of a CFO or Finance director is varied and far reaching. Some businesses, especially smaller firms or start ups, might make the mistake of thinking that they … Read More

The traits of a great CFO

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The role of the CFO has significantly evolved in recent years. So, how do we now define the role of a top performing CFO? It is no longer limited to … Read More

Upcoming Events

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Sophie Wright, founder of WrightCFO, is delighted to be attending some exciting events in the coming weeks. WrightCFO is dedicated to being up to date with the latest news and … Read More

Meet Sophie Wright, Founder WrightCFO

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Sophie Wright is a qualified CIMA management accountant with nearly 20 years of experience and she is the Director and Founder of WrightCFO.  This month Sophie answers some key questions … Read More

Step into Spring: 5 tips to rejuvenate your business

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Spring is just around the corner and as we leave the colder months behind us, now is the perfect time to reflect and carry out a business ‘spring clean’. Every … Read More

International Women’s Day – CFO Spotlight

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As well as businesses asking what a CFO or Financial Director can do for them, we are often approached by experienced finance professionals who are looking to take on flexible, … Read More

Small Business grants & schemes available in the UK

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When you’re just starting out with a new business it can be tough to get things off the ground without additional capital. There are many schemes and grants available in … Read More

Brexit – where to find advice for your business

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In June 2016 the EU referendum took place, it resulted in 51.9% of voters being in favour of leaving the EU. The government then initiated the official EU withdrawal process … Read More

7 ways Start-Ups and Scale-Ups can benefit from a Part-Time Finance Director

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Are you the CEO of a Start-Up or Fast Growing Company? If so, this is for YOU. Funds might be limited and cash may  be tight, but spending some of … Read More

Put Your Finance Glasses on and Take Control of your Business

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4 years ago, when I made the switch from being an FD in the larger corporate world, to a Finance Director Consultant to SMEs, I was shocked at the lack … Read More

Back to school: A Guide to Supporting your Finance Team through Accountancy Qualification

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There are numerous professional accountancy bodies- 9 that I can think of. But chances are, if your finance team are working in industry, meaning NOT in an accountancy firm, they … Read More

Business Growth and Getting to the Next Stage

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The secret to having a successful business is understanding where you are in the business growth cycle. Knowing what stage you’re in, enables you to determine how to get to the … Read More

Benefits of Mentoring your Staff

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When looking at how companies become successful, one trait which stands above many others is that successful companies have excellent leaders and with excellent leaders come excellent employees.  This is … Read More

4 revealing signs your business is crying out for a Part-Time Finance Director (plus tips on finding the right one)

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Is this you? You’ve got a bookkeeper or accountant who does your day to day accounts. Your suppliers and employees get paid on time and your sales invoices get paid … Read More

Plan for change now, to protect your Business post Brexit.

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80% of private SME owners in Britain are owned by Baby- Boomers looking to sell in the next 5 years. I heard this frightening tid-bit at a networking event two … Read More

Tips to shatter-proof your business post Brexit

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With Britain’s vote to separate from the European Union, UK companies need to work hard to limit their exposure and mitigate risks. In this article, we will discuss ways small … Read More

Save Time and Make More Money

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According to FastCompany.com 70% of a typical CEO’s workday is sub-optimal. It’s easy to see why. We wade through a torrential storm of emails daily, most of which are not … Read More

Seven Deadly Do’s to Managing a Finance Team

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  It’s the New Year and many of us who manage finance teams are looking at the year ahead, trying to work out how to improve performance, manage staff and … Read More

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is two steps forward, one massive leap back with changes to the VAT flat rate.

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The papers have been awash with analysis of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the state of the economy, the impact of Brexit and how the JAMs are going to suffer more … Read More

What you need to know: The TAXING issue of Christmas Party Budgets and Bonuses

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THE OFFICE — Season 2 — Pictured: (l-r) Rainn Wilson as Dwight Shrutte, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard, John Krasinsky … Read More

Corporate Fraud – make no mistake, you are a target, don’t become a victim.

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“My business won’t be affected by fraud, It’s too small to be a target.”  “We know our customers and it’s always been ok so far.” “We try to be aware … Read More

Post Brexit currency fluctuation and how to hedge against it – do you have a plan for your business?

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The Brexiteers didn’t have a plan, the former PM David Cameron didn’t have a plan – so it’s hardly any wonder that many SMEs don’t have a plan for a … Read More

WrightCFO- Introducing the new team. We’re here to help.

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This was going to be a blog introducing you to the newly expanded WrightCFO team. And it still is. However, I must first address the more pressing issue that this … Read More

Sadiq Khan’s First 100 Days

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What does the new London Mayor mean for The Capital’s small businesses? “I’m determined to be the most pro-business Mayor of London yet. I’ll make engagement with industry – from … Read More

Under pressure! – the fight for women’s equality continues

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Women’s equality and our place in the workforce has never been a hotter topic, and with good reason. Over in the US, Hillary Clinton’s bid for president (and Donald Trump’s … Read More

Nine Budget Boosters for Small Business & Entrepreneurs

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It’s safe to say this month’s budget was rather overshadowed by Ian Duncan Smith’s spectacular resignation and subsequent government retraction over proposed disability cuts. However, there was some seriously interesting … Read More

Brexit or Remain-ian – what’s best for small business?

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Ok, so I need to be clear about one thing. NO ONE is clear exactly what a Brexit will mean for business and anyone who tells you that they know … Read More

HMRC under fire…and we need to keep the heat on high

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It’s fair to say HMRC have had a pretty bad start to the year. Google-gate coincided with the end of the tax year underlining their eye-wateringly low effective tax rate … Read More

Raising finance for the new year

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Happy New Year. For most of us, January is a prime time for taking stock and making plans. These plans often involve needing hard cash to finance either a start … Read More

Smarter Not Harder – 6 steps to Make Year End Hassle Free

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  I for one can’t believe that we are already nearly at the end of November. The list of things piling up on my ‘to do’ list is growing at … Read More

The Tipping Point

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The sharing of tips and service charge has long been a controversial issue for both the workers that receive the money and the tax man but the issue has hit … Read More

Sh*t happens. 5 key business risks.

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We live in an unpredictable and volatile world. The only thing you can be certain about, is that life is uncertain.  Be prepared.  “Aon (provider of risk management) says that … Read More

Pressure’s on. How to handle the rise in staff costs.

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Average pay rises are to jump to 3.5% according to the DailyMail today. Compulsory pension contributions are breathing down our necks.  And the government has announced a rise in minimum wage from … Read More

How to boost the sales value of your company

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If you are thinking of selling your business one day, even if it is in 5 years’ time, you need to begin boosting the sale value today.  If and when … Read More

Sole Trader versus Limited Company – explained.

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You’ve made the brave decision to go ahead with your business idea and work for yourself. This is great news. It also means your to-do list is endless.  One item … Read More

Increase profits starting today. 7 easy tips.

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There are some simple things you can do today, to start increasing your profits without winning new clients. Making some minor changes to the way you do business will be … Read More

Client Profitability- All Clients are not Created Equal

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Businesses are in the habit of measuring many things: customer satisfaction, financial performance, staff performance, market share and share value to name a few.  And then there are hundreds of … Read More

How to write a business plan in 4 hours

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If you run your own business, no doubt you have had ‘writing a business plan’, on your to do list for some time. But who has time for that, when you … Read More

Forming a state-of-the-art Finance Team: it’s all about personality.

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When hiring finance staff personality is more important than experience and education.  The first you are born with, the other two you can work on. Mark Dumon describes the 7 types … Read More

Cashflow Management

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There are countless reasons why businesses fail, such as choosing the wrong business partner, not listening to your customers or avoiding having a business website. But if you choose only one thing … Read More