The FD Surgery Manchester

This event has been specifically created to meet the needs of Finance Directors in the North of England.

Incorporating interactive roundtable discussions, in-depth technical presentations and controversial debate, FD Surgery Manchester covers the issues that really keep FDs awake at night.

EEF's Membership Engagement Director - North, Richard Halstead, will be there to join the opening panel discussion on the impact of Brexit on businesses in the North, and will also participate in an interactive manufacturing breakout session dedicated to addressing the UK's productivity challenges.

EEF's Senior Employment Law Advisor, Andrew Abernethy, will also be delivering a presentation covering the latest changes in employment law.

Financial Directors that book via EEF can register for their complimentary ticket by using booking code EEF100 on the basket page. Usual standard ticket price of £595.

Who should attend?

  • Entrepreneurial Finance Directors for small and medium-sized businesses in the North of England
  • EEF members and non-members

Why attend?

  • Share experiences with more than 200 of your Finance Director peers
  • Participate in interactive roundtable debates focused on the challenges that are keeping you awake at night
  • Learn from a highly-targeted programme, created by Real Business, the UK's most-read website for high growth companies
  • Enjoy a seated networking lunch



09:30 Welcome 
09:40  Keynote 

Health of a nation - the impact of Brexit on businesses in the north

Featuring EEF's Membership Engagement Director - North, Richard Halstead

  Patient history - an interview with an exceptional Finance Director
11:00 Coffee break 
11:20 The cash flow clinic - keeping check of your businesses vital signs  
11:55 HR for FDs part 1 - the 10 biggest employment law challenges to look out for
12:10 HR for FDs part 2 - the people P&L: marrying the responsibilities for finance and human resources
12:30 Lunch 
14:00 Prevention is the best cure: why it is vital to get cyber security on the board agenda whatever the size of your business
14:20 Is life as a private equity-backed FD for you?The trials and tribulations of a management buyout
14:50  Patient history 
15:10 The art of negotiation - a master class for FDs 
15:30 Have your say - an interactive voting session reveals what FDs in the north really think 
16:00 Networking drinks 


Breakout Sessions

08:30 - 16:00 The FD clinic programme

The FD clinic programme consists of a series of roundtable discussions taking place throughout the day of the conference, chaired by an FD Surgery Editor. Whether you are keen to learn more about a particular subject or have experience to share with others, these are highly focused and interactive sessions that will benefit all Finance Directors.

  • Funding/ownership structures
  • HR for FDs
  • IT for FDs
  • International trade


    11:00 - 12:30 Manufacturing support group - Curing the UK's productivity crisis

    An interactive session for Finance Directors in the North:

  • Tackling the skills gap
  • R&D investment decision-making
  • Funding for manufacturing businesses
  • Harnessing ambition - from SME to the big time

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