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Why every business needs a CFO

A typical company finance function can be divided up into 3 areas, however many businesses believe the finance role is principally to produce accurate accounts.

Ask any bank manager and he or she will tell you the bank’s most problematic customers are those who don’t truly understand what is going on in their business. Some customers ask for finance or expect to maintain an overdraft, yet cannot even produce up to date accounts.

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From Zero to Hero

Business control is vital – at both ends of the business spectrum

After the first flush of start-up, many business owners find themselves faced with common problems caused by business control. Those problems tend to polarise into coping with potential failure or run-away success – the ‘zero or hero’ scenario.

The heroes are fast-growing, successful businesses, usually with considerable drive and enthusiasm from business owners. Heroes are clearly going in the right direction,

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‘Discipline’ or ‘Purpose’ – which one wins in the race for growth?

Jim Collins, the veteran author of Good to Great, believes that “10x companies” – i.e. those which outperform their industry average by 10 times or more – possess 3 fundamental and distinctive traits:

1. Fanatic discipline and monomaniacal focus on achieving goals.

2. Empirical creativity: an obsession with facts over opinion and a readiness to ignore conventional wisdom once armed with these facts.

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Don’t call it your dream, Call it your plan

One of the toughest challenges for owners of SMEs is to be able to stand back, to look at their business through a wide-angle lens and identify what it is they really have.

Because quite often, the day-to-day distractions and diversions that inevitably surround the running of a successful business – particularly when there’s a global pandemic pulling the rug from under everyone’s feet – get in the way of sensible, objective evaluation and strategic decision-making.

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How to Double the Size of Your Business in 2021

While much uncertainty still remains after the craziness of 2020, our Chairman Colin Mills talks about his process on how to significantly grow your business.

“The best advice I ever received for ‘doubling’ the size of our business, was to list down the Top 20 things we could do to increase the revenue by 10 times. You can then identify the Top 3 activities to concentrate on for the following year” says Colin.

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Client Story: Fiera Private Debt

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Fiera Private Debt, a subsidiary of Fiera Capital Corporation, is a leading pan-Canadian private debt firm. It specializes in providing financing to developers, property owners, and mid-market businesses, as well as securing corporate and infrastructure debt financing.

Headquartered in Laval, Quebec, with offices in Montreal and Toronto, Fiera is renowned for its highly disciplined, credit-driven approach to investments that creates significant returns for their investors through collaborative,

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Client Story: Walker Homes Ltd.

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Located in Port Elgin, Ontario, Walker Homes Ltd. specializes in constructing beautiful new homes that stand the test of time. Co-owners Ryan and Brooke Walker carry on three generations of family homebuilding tradition, helping to develop thriving communities with each new build.

Walker Homes goes the extra mile for its customers by guiding them through each step of the home-buying process, all the way to closing day.

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Free Emergency Scenario Planning Consultations

In the light of events over the past weeks, we are very conscious of the heightened levels of concern facing businesses at the moment. The CFO Centre is also an SME and it’s very much a time where we are all in this together.

The purpose in writing was to let you know that we are here to help and have set aside some time to talk to companies in need of urgent advice,

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This too shall pass

If history has taught us anything, it’s that the only constant in life is change.

Over the course of the last century alone there have been a litany of challenges and numerous disasters, all of which have one thing in common – they’ve all passed.

Some months from now – it’s impossible to predict the true timeline – the current situation we face with COVID-19 will too have passed. It will have left in its wake a trail of debris and destruction which we ought not minimise,

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The Dangers of Phishing: How to Identify and Protect Yourself

 

In this day and age, we rely on the Internet for its convenience, such as online shopping or banking. Although the Internet solves various pain points in our lives, it also comes with its dangers, such as cybercriminals who try to exploit users online. One of these cyber attacks is known as “phishing” – below is more information about this issue and how you can identify and protect yourself from phishing:

 

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