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Norfolk Leadership Forum

Norfolk’s leading finance and business professionals recently met to discuss topical issues at a local and national level in a forum hosted by Hays Senior Finance. The event was held at Jarrold Stand at Norwich City Football Club and included representatives from leading local businesses.

PricewaterhouseCoopers supported Hays Senior Finance in the delivery of this event. Speakers included:

•    David Newstead, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers
•    Andrew Gunton, Divisional Finance Director for Williams Lea
•    Matthew Newnham, Partner at Birketts
•    Tom Sharpe, Senior Associate at Birketts

Topics discussed included cost alternatives to staff redundancies, the government’s Spending Review and opportunities for businesses within outsourcing to public services providers including growing industry sectors like social care and waste services and of course renewable 'clean' energy.

A business survey on the day concluded that 79% of the business professionals in the room had felt supported by their bank during this challenging time which was a very positive figure compared to polls in different regions within the East. Other good news for the region included the sense that 75% of the businesses represented in the room have seen positive growth in business activity within the last six months and that 83% believe their business plans over the next five years will result in inward investment into Norfolk. This business poll backs up statistics around the market for finance professionals in the region and across the UK which is now demonstrating an upwards trend, with skills shortages remaining in some areas.

Stuart Fryer, Senior Business Manager at Hays Senior Finance, comments: “Hays and PwC arranged this event to provide a networking opportunity for senior finance professionals in Norfolk and to provide a forum for current business issues. We were pleased that over 40 senior finance professionals attended and the feedback from our guests has been very positive stating salary information, CSR review and employment law updates as particular areas of interest. The event was a great success and we are planning to hold two similar seminars in 2011." 

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Pictured (L-R): Tom Sharpe, Senior Associate at Birketts, Karen Young, Regional Director at Hays Senior Finance, Andrew Gunton, Divisional Finance Director at Williams Lea, David Newstead, Partner at PricwaterhouseCoopers, Matthew Newnham, Partner at Birketts, Stuart Fryer, Senior Business Manager at Hays Senior Finance.