third party cost reconciliations

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Janis Prescott

The 105th thing on your ‘to do’ list may be the most important…

So imagine the scenario: you’ve got a set marketing budget that seems to be squeezed year-on-year; new opportunities arise that need to be tested; old, well-trodden routes to market need to be sustained; constant evaluations need to be done to ensure you’re nimble and maximizing the opportunities; and your parent company has just issued the Read More

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Adrian

How different are financial practices in agencies around the world?

While accountancy may not qualify as being the oldest profession, it can date its history back to before the Roman times and the ancient civilisation of Babylon. ‘Modern accounting’, i.e. double entry book-keeping, really started in Venice in 1494 when Luca Pacioli published his “Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita” which contained 27 pages Read More

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Adrian

4 steps to successfully manage your agency finances

More and more of our clients are recognising the benefits of a structured approach towards auditing their agencies. Here we look at the four key behaviours of those brands. I was recently chewing the cud with an FD who had previously worked for 20 years within one of the large agency groups. As the conversation Read More

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Adrian

Agency FD left battered and sore? The reality may surprise you…

When you commission a financial audit of one of your agencies, is it inevitably going to destroy the trust in the relationship? Let’s just suppose for a minute that you were the Finance Director of an agency that we had just carried out a contract compliance audit on. Not only had we taken up a Read More

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Adrian

‘If one of our agencies is overcharging us, could they all be doing it?’

We are often asked ‘is agency A better than agency B when it comes to overcharging?’. The surprising answer: ‘how your brand team interacts with the agency has far more of a bearing…’ A good few years ago now, I was setting up a Finance function to support the Procurement team at a major FMCG. Read More