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By: Adrian Lawrence

Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers are our speciality we are a London based recruitment service that specialises in Part-Time and Full Time senior financial professionals. Our podcast episodes discuss topics that are of interest to employers and prospective FD's and CFO's alike.

Equity FD - Finance Directors with Private Equity and VC expertise
Yesterday at 8:04 AM

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about Finance Directors with Private Equity and Venture Capital Experience, and how FD Capital the London based senior finance recruitment boutique has expertise available to help your business with all aspects of fund raising.   We cover the London area and West Midlands but through our network of Finance Directors almost all of the UK as well.

To learn more about how we can help your fund raise visit our website at https://www.fdcapital.co.uk


Free guide to hiring an FD or CFO
Last Friday at 2:13 PM

In today's Podcast Adrian Lawrence talks about our new free guide to hiring an FD or CFO which has been published today, you can download it for free by registering at the guides page on our website at https://www.fdcapital.co.uk in it we cover a range of topics and share our experience over the last 3 years of running FD Capital.

Topics covered include:-

Why hire an FD or CFO? What can an FD or CFO do for me? What skills should I look for in an FD or CFO? What responsibilities should...


Part-Time FD Services
Last Wednesday at 10:18 PM

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the services that FD Capital Recruitment offers and in particular the range of FD services offered.  We started trading in 2018 initially focussing on the Part-Time FD niche, but since broaden out to offer the full range of FD and CFO opportunities, including, Part-Time, Interim and permanent roles.

Our main office is in Great Portland Street London however we have team members around the country which allows us to offer a near national coverage.

To learn more about our Part-time FD services, please visit our website at https...


How to become a more successful FD
Last Wednesday at 10:06 PM

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about to become more successful as an FD.  Being a success and progressing in your career are closely related. A career as a Finance Director can bring with it an impressive salary, networking potentials, and opportunities to engage with stakeholders within the industry and further afield. Whether you’re on the first step of the career ladder with your eyes on becoming a finance director or if you are looking to scale up your career, there’s a clear path you can take to reach your goal.

Some of the poin...


Interview tips for FD's and CFO's
06/07/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about interview advice and tips for FD's and CFO's, it always makes sense to prepare yourself, to gain experience of interviews and to have questions and answers ready to put forward when asked.   Being a good FD is all about the chemistry you will have with the MD / CEO and the rest of the senior management team so it is important to share some information about yourself so they can see that you will fit in and be able to form the right partnership.

To learn more about FD...


Why Hire an FD or CFO?
06/07/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the benefits of hiring an FD or CFO and how FD Capital Recruitment can help your business find the perfect candidate.   

Some of the key benefits provided by a CFO or FD include:

Insights into company performance to improve profits. Introduces better controls and systems. Improves cash forecasting and management. Utilises forecasting, modelling, and planning. Increases the company’s credibility with external parties, including banks and PE houses. Brings experience and expertise in a niche field. Allows your company to plan for the future and formalise business st...


Part-Time Finance Directors available in London
06/06/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital Recruitment are focussed on Part-Time Finance Directors and CFO's and that we are now based in Great Portland Street London.   There are many advantages to be gained from using this approach, the cost is far less as the FD concerned typically works 2 or 3 days per week, whilst working for other another client or clients the rest of the days.  These roles are attractive because the FD gets to focus on value add and the organisation benefits by having access to a higher calibre individual than they...


Temp to Perm Finance Directors
06/06/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how Temp to Perm Finance roles are increasingly popular, companies get to work with the FD and find out if the chemistry is right and the FD gets the opportunity of a perm role, which with the changes to IR35 and the post pandemic world are increasingly attractive as an alternative to portfolio or interim roles.

To learn more about FD Capital visit our website at https://www.fdcapital.co.uk/interim-finance-director


Part-time to permanent FD roles
06/06/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about Part-time to permanent FD roles, and how FD Capital recruitment is seeing increasing interest in such a solution.  A Finance director joins initially a couple of days per week, but as the business develops their role increases in time until it becomes a permanent full-time role.  This suits some of our team members who have been contracting for a while and now with the changes to IR35 are seeing that there is more certainty in a regular full-time role.

This solution also works for the business concerned as...


Maternity Cover for Finance Directors
06/06/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital Recruitment offers interims for Maternity cover of Finance Directors, our team now has a near national coverage with offices in London and Shropshire and a presence in Oxford, Brighton, Bournemouth, Manchester, Chester and Leeds.

We also offer specialist FD's with skills such as Turnaround, E-Commerce, Bilingual and fund raising experience.

So if you need maternity cover for your FD make sure to reach out today to our team at FD Capital


FD Capital Recruitment increases its national coverage
06/04/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital Recruitment has grown and that we work as a network of Finance Directors and CFO's.  Our national coverage has been increasing as we have brought new customers and new opportunities on board, we increased further our locations over recent months, some new areas covered to note now include:-

Chester Sheffield Guildford Bournemouth Cheltenham Southampton Peterborough Norwich Liverpool

We hold regular social and training meetings for our FD and CFO network and whilst these were historically London and Birmingham based, we now plan to host them...


Interim FD's
06/04/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the Interim FD market and how FD Capital Recruitment is seeing a recovery, increasingly we are being asked for Interim FD's and CFO's and this seems to reflect that there is still uncertainty in the job market, employers are considering an FD or CFO but interim with a view to going permanent is an option that is discussed much more now than in 2019 or 2020.

To learn more about FD Capital and the services we offer including Interim Finance Directors please visit our website https://www.fdcapital.co.uk/interim-finance-director or...


Bilingual Finance Directors
05/30/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the advantages of having a bilingual FD or CFO on the board.  Having the ability to effectively communicate with international partners and subsidiaries is a positive skill and one that is in demand.

Understanding the culture of other countries is a real benefit when it comes to periods of challenging trading.   Being familiar with the tax and legal systems of target markets is also helpful.

FD Capital Recruitment is a network of Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers and many of our team have language...


Our FD and CFO Network
05/29/2021

In todays episode Adrian Lawrence talks about FD Capital Recruitment and how we are a network of Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers available to support client opportunities.  We give our team first refusal on new opportunities as they come along, and in return ask that they refer to us opportunities they can't fulfil themselves.

Our team are available, Part-Time, Full-Time and on an interim basis and we have a full range of skill sets including bi-lingual FD's, Turnaround specialists and digital marketing professionals.

We host regular social meetings for our network and recent...


The Finance Directors Blog
05/28/2021

In todays' episode Adrian Lawrence talks about his experience with blogging and how its a great tool for getting traffic to your website and your message across to interested listeners.   Here at FD Capital Recruitment we seek to update out blog on at least a monthly basis with posts related to topics of interest to Finance Directors and CFO's.   Our service is a niche specialist network of FD's and CFO's and a recruitment service at the same time.

If you are looking to read a blog about FD's and CFO's then please visit...


CFO Services from FD Capital Recruitment
05/28/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the Chief Financial Officer / CFO Recruitment services available from FD Capital, we offer a full range of options, part-time CFO's, interim CFO's and traditional full-time CFO's.   We have been active in the professional recruitment niche since 2018 and increasingly are the specialist provider of choice for London and West Midlands based businesses looking for a CFO.

To learn more about our services visit the specialist sections of our website

CFO Services https://www.fdcapital.co.uk/recruit-a-cfo/

Part-time CFO's https://www.fdcapital.co.uk/part-time-cfo/<...


FD Capital Recruitment increases national coverage
05/26/2021

In todays' episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital Recruitment operates, we are a network of finance directors and CFO's that work together to share opportunities and experience, we pass work between each other and also operate as a tradition recruitment service, when an opportunity comes in that is outside of the coverage areas of our team, we advertise the role and headhunt in the same way as other agencies.  We focus on FD and CFO roles and offer and support Part-Time, Full-Time and Interim roles.   We have a near national coverage already and you...


Virtual Finance Directors
05/26/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about virtual finance directors or VFM's, FD capital recruitment has been actively recruiting and placing virtual finance directors since 2018 and this was already a popular area for us pre the pandemic.   Now we are seeing that a lot more businesses are recognising the benefits of remote working, and that its a way to reduce costs and access skills that may not be easily available in a geographic area.  Increasingly businesses are realising that they don't need an expensive office and staff commuting to a fixed location to run an efficient...


Resignation Tips for FD's and CFO's
05/23/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence gives tips and advice for FD's and CFO's about to hand in their resignation.   If you have reached the difficult decision to move on from a senior financial professional role, then its important to prepare the organisation for the transition, building up the team in anticipation of your move and to handle the resignation discussion in a positive and professional manner.  Read our guide which covers resignation tips for FD's and CFO's 

The main considerations are:-

Preparing your team in advance so they are best able...


FD interims for Maternity Cover
05/22/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital Recruitment are able to provide Finance Directors to cover for Maternity cover, its important that the chemistry is right with a senior financial professional and that the background of the dedicated interim matches your corporate culture and ideally they have your industry sector experience.

At FD Capital Recruitment we have a dedicated interim team available for immediate starts, to learn more about our business please visit our website which can be found at https://www.fdcapital.co.uk


How an interim finance director can help recruit a permanent finance director
05/21/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how an interim finance director can help recruit a permanent finance director.  Bringing in a senior financial professional with experience of both interim work and a clients industry is a great way to help the transition from one Finance Director to another.   The right interim professional will be able to assist by supporting the MD or CEO so they can get on with the running of the business, but at the same time they can assist with the recruitment process.

By drafting the job specification. By reviewing candidate...


Derby and Brighton added to FD Capital's Coverage
05/21/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital Recruitment have added two new locations to their national coverage this week, being Derby and Brighton.  The business has been running since 2018 and is based in Great Portland Street, London but following two new opportunities that started this week we now have extended our coverage to include these locations.

If you are a Business based either in Derby or Brighton, reach out to FD Capital today and we can discuss how we can help your business find the perfect Finance Director or Chief Financial Officer.

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Interim FD Recruitment
05/16/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about interim FD Recruitment, FD Capital Recruitment are seeing more enquiries in 2021 than in any previous year for Interim assignments, often these then turn into either permanent full-time FD roles or long term part-time FD roles.

Historically FD Capital has seen around 55% of its roles being Part-Time and 45% full-time but now interim roles are growing that mix is changing.

If you are a business who needs an Interim FD at short notice, then reach out to us today as we have candidates available nationally ready for an immediate start...


FD Capitals growing national coverage
05/16/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the growing national coverage of FD Capital Recruitment, formed in 2018, and initially based in London and Shropshire FD Capital has grown a national network of Finance Directors and Chief Financial officers covering:-

London - Our main office is located on Great Portland Street Oxford Birmingham Manchester Leeds Bristol Wolverhampton Shropshire Telford - Our office is located at the E-innovation Centre University campus. Milton Keynes Nottingham

We have two physical offices but have members of our network based from home who cover the other locations.  Members receive a commission...


London Finance Director Recruitment
05/05/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence one of the team of FD's with FD Capital Recruitment talks about the London market for Finance Directors and how FD Capital Recruitment are seeing a recovery in activity in 2021.   Last year saw a lot of issues as a result of the pandemic and we became very busy in the early part of the year as companies needed our turnaround specialists, but activity dropped a lot with the second lockdown. 

Now in 2021 we are seeing much more activity again and employers are increasingly considering Part-Time FD's and CFO's far...


Oxford Finance Director Recruitment
05/05/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence one of the Finance Directors with FD Capital Recruitment talks about FD Capital now have a presence in Oxford.   We have a number of FD's on our books with Oxford degrees and some of these still live in the Oxford area, as we are working regularly with these FD's and CFO's we now feel we can service clients based in Oxford.

To learn more about FD Capital and how we can find the perfect FD or CFO for your Oxford based business call us on 020 3287 9501 or visit our website at...


CFO Recruit
05/05/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the benefits of recruiting a CFO on a part-time or portfolio basis.  Here are FD Capital Recruitment we are seeing more and more employers and CEO's are open to the option of taking on a CFO on a fractional basis.

There are many benefits to this:-

Costs are lower Access to candidates that are focussed on this type of role A wider skill set Broader experience

If you are a CEO or MD or an organisation looking for a new CFO, then give FD Capital Recruitment...


FD Recruit
05/05/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence one of the FD's with FD Capital Recruitment talks about the benefits of recruiting an FD on a Part-Time Basis or as a Portfolio FD (an FD who works for more than one company at the same time).  Increasingly we are seeing interest in the market for these part time roles as there are many benefits for companies looking for their FD Recruit.

Lower cost due to the fractional nature of the model A more experienced Finance Director available than would be possible with a full-time role Flexibility The same levels of...


Why Hire a Finance Director
05/02/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about why companies hire a Finance Director and what the benefits are.   Having the right experience at the top of an organisation makes a significant difference.  Time and time again we have seen the positive transformation an FD makes.  The improvements include:-

Greatly improved communications with external parties including banks A focus on profitability by customer and by product Knowledge shared from other industries or elsewhere in the industry Complimentary skills to match with the CEO/MD and sales director.

FD Capital Recruitment are a London...


Podcasting with FD Capital Recruitment
04/28/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about the experience of the FD Capital Recruitment Team with podcasting.   We are new to this area but are really finding it a great experience to share knowledge and updates using this media and channel.  We have already had feedback in that enquiries have come through and mentioned hearing about us from one of our episodes.  So it clearly is a value adding way to get our message out.

We appear on popular platforms such as Amazon's Audible.

To learn more about how FD Capital...


Working as a UK FD or CFO whilst living overseas
04/25/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about an increase in Finance Directors and CFO's working in the UK but living overseas.  As a result of the pandemic employers are now more open minded with the location their FD's choose to work from.  We have one FD who moved to Cyprus before the Brexit Deadline and has been able to continue working remotely from there.   His employers are aware of his location and provided he is able to attend periodic team meetings are OK with it.

To learn more about FD Capital Recruitment and...


FD Capital Recruitment Overview
04/20/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how FD Capital has evolved since starting in 2018, initially based in London, then with an office in Shropshire, we now have a presence in Manchester, Oxford and Bristol giving us a significant ability to service recruitment across the Country.  Our specialism remains part-time and full-time Finance Director and CFO recruitment.   We are increasingly offering niche specialists including Turnarounds, fund raising, distress situations and E-Commerce expertise.

To learn more about FD Capital visit our website at https://www.fdcapital.co.uk


Internationalisation Grants for UK SME's
04/19/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence one of our CFO's discusses the new Department for International Trade grant to boost SME's exports, its a match funded grant of between £1,000 and £9,000 being 40% or 50% of eligible spend depending on the location of your business.   What it supports are things such as attending international trade shows, Geo-targeted SEO, professional fees and related areas such as Intellectual property and translation services.

Its a great scheme and the team at FD Capital have already gotten our first client application approved.  To learn more about our team and how we seek to...


SME Brexit Support Fund
04/17/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence one of the CFO's from FD Capital's team talks about a grant which is available to support SME businesses that are facing challenges with the new Brexit rules and regime.   The grant covers training and or professional fees, which if you are an FD or CFO with a personal services company and registered with your institute as a firm means you can offer the service directly to your client and potentially be eligible for the grant.  The maximum grant is £2,000 which whilst modest is easy to apply for and is administered b...


Become a successful FD
04/15/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence himself a successful Finance Director talks about how to become an FD and to become a successful one.  The key steps being to get qualified and build up experience with running a finance department.  Improving your people skills is very important, and having a mentor along the way is great also. 

Becoming a master or a whizz at Excel and always being up to date and other key considerations.

You can read our blog post on this topic here How to become a successful Finance Director.

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Using Linkedin to find FD and CFO Opportunities
04/11/2021

In today's episode Adrian Lawrence talks about how useful Linkedin has become to find new Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer opportunities.   The good news is that the market is now recovering following the recent Pandemic and here at FD Capital we are seeing more opportunities coming forward than at any time since early 2020.

Linkedin has become the social media platform for choice for senior finance professionals to find new roles, and increasingly Private Equity Houses and Venture Capitalists are reaching out to specialist Finance Director recruitment services such as ours to find roles.

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The FD / CFO Recruitment world returns from lockdown
04/11/2021

Here at FD Capital we are seeing a return to normality in the senior financial recruitment niche,  2020 was a busy year for us, but the last lockdown was very a slow time, but on a positive note we have seen more enquiries in the period from 1st April until 11th April than we did in the period November 2020 to March 2020, that does show how slow the market has become, and there seems to be something of pent up demand, now being released.

If you are a Portfolio FD or CFO and are looking for new opportunities...