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Financial Driver appoints partner in US and Canada

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new partner who will distribute Financial Driver in the United States and Canada. Our US partner Aeona Business Finance Solutions, a software VAR based in Pleasanton, California, offers flexible and affordable budgeting, planning and forecasting services. Aeona president William Evanikoff, said: “We will distribute Financial Driver by offering the essential services of budgeting, planning and forecasting at a significantly lower cost than any...

December 17, 2015

Fast Close – Preparation is key

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November 24, 2015

Fast Close – speed up your month-end

Every company dreams of a faster month-end close – without the never-ending paper chase, waiting for returns, copying results, correcting errors and re-doing reports. How fast is your fast close?  Would you like it to be faster? For many years, the average month end close took 5-6 days after the period end. But as regulatory disclosure requirements increase along with the need for more data – even that seems to be unrealistic for most companies. We all know why it’s important to speed u...

September 22, 2015

Better forecasting helps you enjoy a stress-free summer break

Hopefully you’re reading this on your sun lounger by the pool and a refreshing cold drink in one hand, but the question is should you be worrying about budgets at this time of year at all? Whether you’re halfway into the financial year or about to start your next budgeting cycle in October, your ideal state of mind should leave you free to enjoy your break without being plagued by worries about nasty hidden surprises or smarting about painful past mistakes. So, how can you rid yourself of ...

August 1, 2015

Want to add financial services for clients without adding to your hours?

Get out of the blocks quicker with Financial Driver Fast Start[/caption] Are you keen to provide more financial services, but struggling to find the time to get your head around new tools? Is the delay in setting up new service offerings to clients stalling the growth of your business? You’ve been telling us that you are interested in using financial solutions in the Cloud, but that you need a simpler, quicker option to help you get out of the blocks faster with new service offerings to cli...

May 21, 2015

Accounting trends: how to get more clients

Accounting trends that could help you boost your practice[/caption] Do you want more clients? Sure you do. But unless you stay on top of accounting trends and work out what your customers want from you right now, your business won’t grow and you may just lose some longstanding clients to more pro-active, switched on firms. On that note, we’d like to share some tips and interesting points we picked up during a fascinating talk about global accounting trends by Ian Fletcher, Managing Directo...

May 18, 2015

Local government budgeting – councils turn to Cloud

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April 21, 2015

5 reasons to stop using excel spreadsheets

Financial planning minus excel spreadsheets[/caption] If you’re an accountant, chances are you have your nose stuck in a spreadsheet right now. If your idea of heaven is a world without spreadsheets, read on: There are some excellent reasons to stop using excel spreadsheets for financial planning today:  1.    You’re drowning in spreadsheets Count the number of spreadsheets you’re using. Are there hundreds? Asked to produce a forecast or new analysis at short notice – will you ha...

April 2, 2015

Spring clean for a better financial year: SME business tips

sme business - Spring cleaning tips[/caption] Spring is definitely here and it’s the perfect time to clear out the cobwebs and dust that may have gathered in your SME business over the winter months and to spruce up your accounts and admin for a fresh financial year. De-clutter: Set aside a few hours to de-clutter your office. A clean office will give you an instant lift. Go through your papers and file important documents and chuck out and shred anything you don’t need. Also sort through ...

March 23, 2015

How to make your SME budget more robust

Budget 2015: How can you make your SME's budget more robust[/caption] DON’T you pity the poor accountants, company directors and financial officers who have to decipher what the Chancellor’s annual Budget means for them? For individuals of course, March might just mean worrying about fuel duty or how much their favourite tipple is going to cost them. If you are running a business however, this time of year can be a real headache working out what new rules concerning corporation tax, inter...

March 18, 2015

Advantages of Cloud computing for SMEs #nobrainer

Cloud computing for SMEs To jump or not to jump?[/caption] To jump or not to jump – that is the question. As the CFO or CEO, you’ve got the unenviable task of deciding whether to make your company take the giant leap into the Cloud. Everyone seems to be doing it but that usually isn’t a good enough reason to do something, you tell yourself. What if it turns out to be more expensive? What about client data security? How will the staff get their heads around it? Statistics tell us that in...

March 9, 2015

Xerocon London 2015 – more thrilling than Fifty shades of Grey

More exciting than Fifty shades of Grey[/caption] Let’s be honest an event hosted by an IT software company for accountants doesn’t exactly shout thrill or excitement. But if that’s what you’re thinking, you’d be so wrong. Our key managers Gill Goddard and Andreas Scheffler were among 800 accounting industry professionals who downed tools to attend the popular expo at Battersea Evolution earlier this month.  If you were there, they would’ve caught your eye in their high visibilit...

February 20, 2015

Xerocon 2015: Make the most of your visit

Wear sensible shoes to Xerocon 2015[/caption] So, you’re going to Xerocon at Battersea Evolution London on the 10th and 11th of February and you're counting the sleeps. But before you rush headfirst into the sea of exhibitors like a toddler storming into a toy store take a moment to reflect on what you want to get out of your visit. Without some practical planning you could end up going round in circles with nothing but sore feet, frustrations and a bucket load of flyers to show for it at th...

February 2, 2015

Xero add-ons: Financial Driver joins the club

Xero-add-ons: Financial Driver joins the club.[/caption] Xero, once a tiny New Zealand start-up, has grown up to become a highly successful dual listed public company (Austrialia and New Zealand) with over 1000 employees globally. Much of their growth has been attributed to the ongoing addition of Xero add-ons to extend the services available to users. We are very excited to announce that Financial Driver has been approved as a Xero-add-on aimed at accountants in practice. The certified Finan...

January 16, 2015

Financial solutions for SMEs: Our aims for 2015

A toast to your business in 2015[/caption] At Financial Driver we bang on a lot about planning and forecasting, so we thought it might be good to share some of our plans for the business with you. Looking back at 2014, we’ve had an amazing year with many new clients gained, partnerships created and ongoing improvements to the product. Growing SMEs need financial solutions And what this year has taught us, is that the people who need our product most – are the owners of SMEs – medium-si...

January 1, 2015

Cash flow forecast: Dreaming of more cash next Christmas?

Cash flow forecast: Do you want more cash in the bank in 2015?[/caption] As we’re speeding towards the festive days, you’re probably frantically trying to close your books in-between eating mince pies and doing your Christmas shopping. You’re probably also hoping for a bit of time to plan the year ahead. One of the things you may be pondering under the mistletoe – is your cash flow forecast and how to ensure your business has enough money coming in to cover what you have to pay out ove...

December 17, 2014

Management Solutions: Scenario Planning

In this series of blogs, I’m focusing on particular issues regarding the management of performance. In the last blog I looked at improving the accuracy of forecasts. In this blog I’m looking at Scenario Planning. ...

November 24, 2014

Management Solutions: Business Forecasting

In this series of blogs, I’m focusing on particular issues regarding the management of performance. In the last blog I looked at the case for project based budgeting. In this blog I’m looking at how to improve the accuracy of forecasts while streamlining the forecasting process. ...

November 18, 2014

Management Solutions: Project Based Budgeting

In this series of blogs, I’ll be focusing on particular issues regarding the management of performance. In each case we will examine what causes the issue and then show how they can be overcome with the application of suitable technologies. In this first blog, I will look at how organisations should budget when they are dependent on large-scale projects or customer orders whose timing is uncertain. ...

November 11, 2014

No Nonsense Budgeting: Next Steps

This is the last of a series of blogs on improving the corporate budgeting process. In the last blog I looked at a cloud-based budgeting solution in action.  In this blog I end with some suggestions on the ‘next steps’ you could take in improving the budget process where you work. Throughout this series of blogs we suggested the following 10 ways in which the budget process can be improved: Define the purpose of the budget Associate budgets with business processes Split budgets...

October 20, 2014

No Nonsense Budgeting: 12. Using a Cloud-based Budgeting system

This is part of a series of blogs on improving the corporate budgeting process. In the last blog I looked at cloud-based Vs. ‘on-premise’ budgeting software. In this blog I will look at a specific cloud-based budgeting solution in action and how it can be used to implement some of the suggestions covered in previous blogs. Financial Driver is a modern cloud-based planning and reporting application designed for collecting and reporting budgets without the administrators having any technical ...

October 16, 2014

No Nonsense Budgeting: 11. Investigate the cloud

This is the twelfth in a series of blogs on improving the corporate budgeting process. In the last blog I looked at the role of technology and how it can help streamline the process. In this blog I continue with the technology theme and look at cloud-based solutions. ...

October 13, 2014

No Nonsense Budgeting: 10. Exploit the power of technology

This is the eleventh in a series of blogs on improving the corporate budgeting process. In the last blog I looked at making the process more dynamic. In this blog we will look at the role of technology. You may have noticed that so far we have avoided the technology debate that typically demonizes the use of spreadsheets for corporate budgeting. The reason for this is that unless the budget has the right content and purpose, no amount of technology is going to help improve the process. Sure tec...

October 8, 2014

No Nonsense Budgeting: 9. Make the process dynamic

This is the tenth in a series of blogs on improving the corporate budgeting process. In the last blog I looked at developing scenarios as a way of overcoming budget ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’. In this blog we will look at making the budget process more dynamic. ...

October 6, 2014

No Nonsense Budgeting: 8. Develop scenarios

This is the ninth in a series of blogs on improving the corporate budgeting process. In the last blog I looked at checking budgets for realism.   In this blog we will look at the power of developing scenarios. ...

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