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FDYL SPECIAL ISSUE

EU Debate Free Zone – F Zone Exclusive

Since the governing of the country has clearly been suspended since the EU campaign began, the F Zone can reveal that Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Priti Patel, George Osborne and David Cameron have had their wages docked for the last two months. David Cameron especially, might as well get used to it.

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Good News and Bad News at Asda

Asda’s chief executive of six years has stepped aside following woeful sales figures and amid confusion over his successor. This seems like bad timing since following a Brexit vote Boris has promised to bring an end to the stream of EU discount supermarkets, flooding across our borders whose competitive pricing and lookalike brands have done so much to drive down prices and undermine ASDA.

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Vital Statistics

1 in 10

British voters are still undecided on how to vote in todays referendum.

They say...

"Well believe it or not, I came here confused, and I am more confused."

- Katie Price, English television personality and glamour model.

News Review

  • FDYL Don’t Blame Me T Shirts
  • Campaigning Suspended For EU Referendum

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 29

Debate or Debacle?

Today marks precisely 28 days before the UK electorate are invited to cast their votes in the “most important referendum for decades”. Let’s be honest, both sides of the most “important debate for a generation” have serially abused history, economics, statistics, logic and basic common sense in a disgraceful attempt to scare, bully and bribe the UK’s population to vote their way, as they try to make the “most important decision for a generation”.

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The Fifth Largest Economy in the World!

Undeniably one of the few reliable statistics bandied about by either side in the EU debate, there is universal agreement that the UK is indeed, the 5th largest economy in the world. 

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Vital Statistics

1,587,677

Best year of UK car production for a decade. 77.3% of which are exported with 57.5% going to the EU.

They say...

"Money is not an object, it’s a figment of the imagination. There is nothing in the world I want, that I have not got, that money could buy."

- Giles Coren. Broadcaster, food critic and fibber.

News Review

  • What the Pollster Say
  • Come together!

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 28

What a good Finance Director looks like

In recent years, the role of the Finance Director has broadened significantly with many of the FDs’ traditional duties being delegated down to the Financial Controller. Unsurprisingly, due to the overlapping responsibilities of the Financial Controller and Finance Director, misconceptions have flourished surrounding their respective roles. In this month’s F-Zone, we turn our attention to the FD. Who is he or she and most importantly, what skills do they need?

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An epidemic of uncertainty

Uncertainty in business terms used to consist of minor worries about interest rates, exchange rates, raw material costs and energy prices – possibly spiced up with concerns about tariffs, embargos and the rate of corporation tax. Now however, by any measure, uncertainty has reached epic proportions fuelled in part by the spate of referendums.

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Vital Statistics

75%
 
The proportion of people that think the monarchy have an important role to play in Britain’s future

They say...

"Better three hours too soon, than a minute too late"

- William Shakespeare, whose 400th anniversary of his death was celebrated last month

News Review

  • Well what do you know?
  • Peak salary
  • Golf returns to China
  • Czech mate
  • Have we reached Peak Coffee?

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 27

The Changing Role of the FC

This month’s F-Zone arrives as winter turns to spring, grey skies turn blue and the business community adjusts to the recent budget. So it seems natural to focus on change. In particular, the changing role of the FC.

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The Gig Economy

The so called Gig Economy, otherwise known as the peer to peer economy, is taking hold of traditional functions and also creating new sectors which customers often didn’t know they needed.

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Vital Statistics

1810

The number of billionaires in the world (190 are women).

They say...

"This is a disruptive explosion we are seeing"

- M. Solomon. Prof of Marketing (on the Gig Economy).

News Review

  • And now for something completely different – Candidate Event 21 April
  • Inequality in the Boardroom Still Rife
  • Back to Europe
  • Further Post Budget Turmoil

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 26

How to Measure the Success of Recruitment

Let’s face it, recruitment is a pain in the proverbial. For many ‘Lonely MDs’, receipt of an unexpected letter of resignation is the precursor to an all-too familiar and unwelcome routine. Wherein, an uncomfortable notice period is followed by an excruciating leaving do, and worst of all, the need to recruit a replacement.

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FD or FC? The Clue is in the Title!

At FDYL, we firmly believe that every company should have an FD. Indeed, our business is based on the conviction that part-time access to an experienced FD, is one of the best and most affordable ways to access strategic advice and valuable experience. However, when a full-time appointment is obviously the right solution, our specialist know-how and fixed fee process offers a compelling alternative to traditional options. The question then becomes FD or FC?

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Vital Statistics

$10 billion

Predicted total spending by candidates, parties and outside groups and individuals in the 2016 US election.

They say...

"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"

- Donald Trump. Not everything he says is idiotic or offensive.

News Review

  • Only One Story
  • The Gloves Are Off
  • Reasons to Leave
  • Reasons to Stay
  • What Happens Next?
  • How much can the parties spend?
  • So who is going to be leading the rival sides in the campaign?

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 25

2016 – coming ready or not!

New for 2016, here is our regular look at what the coming year might hold, and what to watch out for, as you ponder the big strategic decisions for 2016. Think of it as a sort of F-Zone version of forward guidance.

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The Cloud, Smart Devices and The Internet of Things

The Cloud, Smart Devices and the Internet of Things. It’s possible to survive without them but would you really want to? It’s difficult to decide if you don’t know what they are. Fortunately help is at hand.

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Vital Statistics

47%

The percentage of UK voters who claim they want to leave the EU.

They say...

"The potential of what the internet is going to do, both good and bad, is unimaginable. We are on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying. "

- David Bowie, speaking in 1999.

News Review

  • A torrid time for manufacturing
  • RIP David Bowie
  • Whatever next… for Next
  • 30 Years of Excel

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 24

A Profile of Sinter Klaas Jr. CEO of SC Enterprises

Santa Claus Enterprises, (SCE), is now a global success and one of the longest established companies in the fiercely competitive, Christmas Fantasy Sector. In fact, the Santa Claus brand has been used to endorse just about every product with a connection to Christmas. It is one of the most promiscuous and longest lived icons in the world.

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How to Survive the Office Christmas Party

The consensus that office Christmas parties are a mixed blessing has been gathering momentum for some years. From the employer’s point of view, the risks and costs can easily appear to add up to a big fat negative. Meanwhile, for employees, the risks of blotting their copy books by ill-advised postings of Christmas party pranks on social media, can also take the edge off the event.

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Vital Statistics

518,838

Number of lights on an artificial Christmas tree in Australia, setting a new Guinness World Record.

They say...

"We want you to grow up in a world better than ours today."

- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan in an open letter to their newborn daughter. They say they'll donate 99% of Facebook shares over the course of their lives for philanthropic purposes.

News Review

  • And for the person who has everything
  • Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
  • Do you believe in the Northern Powerhouse?
  • Christmas Dinner Around the World

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 23

A Painful Memory

Looking for analogies between sporting performance and business success may seem like a well worn path. But with the disastrous Rugby World Cup still a painful memory, and the entire management and leadership of English Rugby under review, there can be no better time to take some tips from one of the most successful sports managers of all time.

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Strategy for Beginners

Everyone has heard the adage about working on the business and not in the business. Easier said than done maybe, but as the time for resolutions approaches, here are some thoughts on how to become a strategist in 2016.

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Vital Statistics

£2,887,500.00

Predicted spend per minute on Black Friday in the UK.

They say...

"If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."

- Steve Jobs

News Review

  • Black Friday
  • Yorkshire Ice Fighters
  • Hugh v Morrisons
  • Share Price Shockers
  • Neil Muffitt Joins Yorkshire Dealmakers Judging Panel

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FDYL NEWS ISSUE 22

FD Recruitment by Finance Directors

Working life is changing, becoming increasingly flexible, network-based and consensual.
In reaction to these changes, recruitment needs to become more consultative and collaborative. James Roach, Director of Recruitment at FDYL, explains how he is using his extensive FD experience to re-model financial recruitment for the digital age.

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Along comes the employee value proposition!

One sure-fire way to lower the cost of recruitment is to retain your existing team. A creative benefits package can play a vital role in attracting and retaining staff. But how far do you go?

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Vital Statistics

£1.89. The profit Team Connexus made on the Fish Challenge in The Apprentice.

They say...

"Desert Secrets sounds like somewhere you hide puddings"

- Lord Sugar On Cactus Shampoo

News Review

  • China Kicks Northern Powerhouse into Oblivion
  • No Pain No Gain – Spoiler Alert!
  • UK Imports Soups From USA
  • Things We Can’t Be Bothered To Do!

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FDYL SPECIAL ISSUE

On the move

Veiled in secrecy, under the cover of darkness and in a meticulously planned process, FDYL moved into their new HQ in Leeds last weekend. Focusing on our mission to provide […]

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New “Solutions” for FDYL clients

A new partnership with Huddersfield based Solutions Accountancy and Bookkeeping Ltd, has been structured to ensure that our clients continue to receive excellent support in the key area of management […]

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