Financial howlers (and how to avoid them) - breakfast with Guy Rigby

In Person
January 26, 2023
Business Growth


Finance is often something of a blind spot for founders, many of whom know that they need to get a better grip on it. The result? The generally avoidable occurrence of often costly and sometimes fatal financial howlers.

With over 50 years in business, qualified Chartered Accountant, Investor and World Record Holder Guy Rigby will share stories of common financial mistakes, along with some of their unwelcome consequences. You'll also get the chance to discuss with Guy and your fellow Helm members any financial challenges you've had or are currently experiencing.

Over breakfast, we will discuss:

  • The importance of strong financial management
  • When debt is better than no debt
  • Eureka moments
  • “Leave it to the FD”

Meet the speaker:

Guy Rigby is a qualified chartered accountant, author, and mentor. A natural and driven enthusiast, he built and sold his own accountancy firm, as well as pursuing other commercial interests. He has been a director and part owner of a variety of companies, including businesses in the IT, property, defence, manufacturing, and retail sectors. In an unusually varied career, he has been the senior partner of two accountancy firms, a finance director, a sales and marketing director and a professional adviser acting for multiple entrepreneurial businesses and their owners.

Guy joined Smith & Williamson in 2008 and founded its Entrepreneurial Services Group, helping them become a destination for entrepreneurs seeking commercial, accountancy, tax and corporate finance advice. Since 1st May 2022, he has become an ambassador for the firm, stepping back from the role of Chair to pursue a variety of other interests.

Guy has been listed as one of the top 50 movers and shakers in the financial world by Economia magazine. His book, From Vision to Exit - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Building and Selling a Business, received significant critical acclaim. In November 2022, Guy won the “Business Leader of the Year” award at the Scale-Up Awards in recognition of his ongoing and past services to entrepreneurship

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