Date: 24 February 2015
Venue: Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London Kensington

Created by Real Business and Equity FD, Real FD Live is a conference designed for entrepreneurial finance directors at growing businesses.

These FDs work alongside the CEOs of high-performance companies and have the power and control to really shape their business - beyond just the numbers. They have to deal with everything from HR to IT, managing a constantly shifting set of advisers and providers.

These entrepreneurial FDs need peer-level advice, quickly, from a trustworthy source. That source of information is the Real FD Network, which comes together at Real FD Live.

“I have rarely attended an event with such a huge selection of fascinating speakers, I was utterly absorbed all day! The networking throughout the day was terrific too.”

Adrian Talbot, Managing Director, Cheriton Consulting

“I found the conference enlightening with so many practitioners from both the FD and investor side sharing their knowledge and experience.”

James Bodha, CFO,

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Latest speakers

Sue Gott

consultant HR director, Bluebell HR Solutions

Nick Williams

group finance director, Masternaut

Mike Aspinall

CFO, Picsolve

Guy Rigby

head of entrepreneurs, Smith & Williamson

Paul Kollnig

business development director, M2 Computing

Stephen Ibbotson

director, business, ICAEW


The event’s programme will drill down into practical issues affecting FDs, with an agenda based on real problems and questions from the audience both on the day and gathered in advance.

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At hosted tables during lunch, FDs will share their experiences and challenges by asking for solutions to their problems - or solving them for others.

This training–led, interactive approach will be mixed with inspirational war stories from big-name FDs, often those who started as an FD before graduating to a CEO of a well-known company.

8:30  Registration and breakfast

9:00  Welcome

9:10  The big debate

Motion: The biggest threat to UK business lies outside its shores

Are geopolitical shocks and weak economic growth in Europe a bigger potential threat to growing businesses in the UK than domestic challenges including an impending election and uncertain monetary policy? 

Two sides go head to head to win your vote.

9:45  Keeping an iron grip: the art of managing cash flow without a treasury function

10:20  Tales from the trenches

An interview with ...

10:40  A problem shared... IT

Delegates are invited to submit their real-life challenges to a panel of experts

11:05  Coffee

11:30  Understanding your owners

Banks. Invoice finance. Crowd funding. Private equity. Angels. The public markets.
What different ownership models mean in real life

12:15  Management dynamics: how to get the most out of your board as an FD

12:40  A problem shared... HR

Delegates are invited to submit their real-life challenges to a panel of experts

1:05  Currency exchange - how to enhance competitiveness and maximise returns

1.10  Working networking lunch…

2:15  Getting the model right – the art of planning

2.50  Tales from the trenches

An interview with....

3:10  Coffee

3:30  The multiple dream: pulling off the perfect realisation

4.05 Tales from the Trenches

An interview with....

4.25  Where next? A masterclass in managing your career

5:00  Close and networking drinks


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