Case Study: Combined Interim and Permanent CFO Search

CHALLENGE: Our client, is an international retail and manufacturing company which also markets a wide range of ancillary interior products. The Company employs over 650 people, mainly in the UK, and has international operations in New York, Chicago, Paris and Dubai. The organisation had recently appointed a...

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A Brexit Dividend or Boris Bounce?

In 2019, activity slowed in developing and advanced economies, with trade tensions weighing on exports, industrial output, and capital spending. However, despite last year’s slow pace of global economic growth, Q4 2019 was exceptionally busy for our CFO Practice. Due to UK economic uncertainty, many clients...

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Retail CFO ‘snap-shot’

Over Christmas many ‘high street names’ suffered due to lack of consumer confidence, a change in buying habits, and shift to online. The likes of John Lewis, N Brown, Moss Bros, Joules, Topps Tiles and Superdry all featured in this challenging roll-call … The impact...

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Industrials: Interim Update

Across the Industrials sector, Norman Broadbent’s Interim CFO Practice has supported a multitude of clients seeking advice, market insight, and benchmarking for singular and project hires. With Brexit negotiations going down to the wire, and increased pressure from competitors, the requirements for exceptional interim finance...

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Why Diversity is important

The CFO and their finance function are operating in a new and ever changing world. Organisations face almost unprecedented uncertainty, and the business environment is more complex, and evolving at a pace not seen before. In this brave new world, the finance function extends well...

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A changing mix of proposition (and people)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Thomas Cook went into liquidation … Ted Baker swung from a £24.5m profit to a £23m LFL loss for the 28 weeks to August 10 … and even Aldi, with its outstanding track record of...

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CFO H1 Review

Norman Broadbent Interim CFO Industrials Practice Half Year Review The first 6 months of 2019 are almost over, and we have already seen unprecedented demand for CFOs in the Industrials space. This market continues to be majorly disrupted by Brexit and economic uncertainty, particularly within...

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“Brace! Brace!” No Deal = hard-landing

“Brace! Brace!” No Deal = hard-landing Over 75% of CFOs we have engaged with these past 6 months have been unequivocal about how negatively Brexit will affect their business.  Many have commented that they are cautious about capital expenditure and M&A activity. A recent Deloitte survey...

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CFO Review

Much has been written about the changing role of the CFO. Such changes were very much in evidence as we worked closely with Clients during 2018. In a number of instances, the CFO is also de facto Deputy CEO whose remit can include Technology, HR,...

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