“Never in over 50 years of working life have I seen the UK facing such an abject future, caused by the complete failure of our political establishment to govern.”

Those words written by City of London grandee John Nelson in a letter to the Financial Times last week have touched a chord in the business community.

Given the huge challenges that finance directors are facing in terms of planning for the future disrupted by Brexit, we are asking FDs to pen their views- either in name or anonymously for a monthly column called Brexit Voice.

It’s an opportunity to present general concerns or issues affecting a particular sector. Its also a chance for peers to respond by presenting alternative ways of addressing the Brexit challenge.

Please send your thoughts to the Consultant Editor of Financial Director Lawrie Holmes on [email protected]


News that the technology meltdown at TSB earlier this year has cost the bank £176.4m, pushing it into a half-year loss, provides a salutory message for FDs.

The bank said its performance was “significantly impacted” by the IT failure- a fact that will not be lost on many FDs who have responsibility for their IT functions.