By: Cherry Birch On: March 18, 2020

This week I was reminded once again of the need to help Board members with their financial literacy. Despite our lessons from Centro, my observation is that many people are joining Boards – especially Not for Profit ones – without having had the benefit, and/or possibly not recognising the...

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By: Cherry Birch On: February 17, 2020

A recent survey by Oracle has highlighted what many of us have seen time and time again – Finance sees things differently from Operations! The results revealed: Finance leaders expect to spend more on marketing, IT, sales, and payroll this year. 63% of non-finance execs say they expect higher...

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By: Cherry Birch On: February 5, 2020

I am delighted to be the guest speaker for Lorissa Garcia later this month at her HR Round Table. I am excited to be addressing the financial aspects of being perceived as a trusted business partner. If you are in an HR role, then you have probably heard: “HR...

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 28, 2020

A PWC survey found that companies are experiencing increased fraud as part of an overall increase in economic crime around the globe. Reported economic crime has increased over the last few years and is continuing to increase. As a result, companies face ever-increasing risks of fraud. In response, companies...

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 24, 2020

As we have an outpouring of heartfelt sympathy to the bush fire victims and all those businesses impacted by this catastrophe, so many people have dug deep to contribute to various charities. It seems incredible to hear that some unscrupulous people have decided to take advantage of people’s generosity...

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 14, 2020

Are you back to work, full of energy, passion and 2020 Vision? Whilst it is early in the new year (and decade!) and it is still quiet in the office, you are taking the time to set yourself up for a big year. It is a great time to...

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 7, 2020

 Is this you when it comes to financial jargon? I think every profession has its own jargon, but I think we do particularly well in keeping non accountants in the dark! Some of my fellow accountants are also extremely good at keeping the complex – complex! At FTA it...

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By: Cherry Birch On: January 2, 2020

How do you rate your financial smarts? Would you like to feel more confident in this area? Over many years of working with managers, they often confide in me that they have been in meetings, terrified someone is going to ask them questions about their financial reports. Others have...

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By: Cherry Birch On: December 26, 2019

Over the last year, I have reached out to connect on LinkedIn and asked if the services which we provide are of interest. Naturally I have received a variety of responses but 2 have intrigued me and prompted me to write this blog. The first response that I have...

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By: Cherry Birch On: December 17, 2019

Around the world there are different forms of greetings and according to one article ‘How’s it going?’ is the most typical Australian way of saying hello.  This is closely followed by ‘How you going?’ ‘How are you going?’ ‘How you doing?’ ‘How are you doing?’ ‘How’s it hanging?’ (not sure...

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