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Weekly Round Up
26 April 2017
Latest Companies

Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI - Exploring business opportunities in the Grenoble area

Chevin Fleet Solutions - Web-Based Fleet Management System, FleetWave

CCH a Wolters Kluwer business - Software and Content Solutions for Global Tax Provision

Enpark - Business Park for Energy and Environmental Companies

billinx by AirPlus - Electronic Invoicing and Payment Handling

Press Releases

Alphabet releases upgraded AlphaGuide app
Alphabet International has launched a reshaped version of the AlphaGuide. The app greatly enhances the mobility experience by providing a wide range of useful information and features that users can access conveniently on their smartphones.

Richard Schooling announced as chief commercial officer of Alphabet International
Richard Schooling has taken on the position of chief commercial officer at Alphabet International, the leading provider of outstanding Business Mobility solutions in Europe.

Baxters Food Group
Our business has grown phenomenally. Over the last 12 years we've undertaken 10 acquisitions. As a result of these changes, the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud service is going to be really fundamental in how the finance team can help move the business forward.

Ocado is re-platforming all our software to work in the cloud. The technology side of our business has always been a disruptor, always wanted to challenge things.

Alphabet outperforms market growth
The fleet services provider reports further growth in 2015.

White Papers

Explore the chemical industry in the heart of Europe: Grenoble-Isère and the Rhône Valley - June 2015
The intersection of the chemical industry in Rhône-Alpes. No. 1 region for chemical production in France, second in...

Grenoble-Isère, one of the world's top five microelectronics clusters - 2014
Grenoble-Isère, France, the smart...

Invest in Grenoble-Isere, France, innovative solutions for smart cities - 2016
A smart city test bed in the heart of France's No. 2...

Invest in Grenoble-Isere, France: at the forefront of hydrogen-energy - 2017
Grenoble-Isere, France, a unique ecosystem to support hydrogen...

Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France: where technologies are revolutionising biology - December 2015
Grenoble-Isère, scientific excellence between Switzerland and...


Corporate governance best practice scrutinised in latest FDE TV episode
In this episode of FDE TV, we have come to the Corporate Governance forum in London hosted by University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School (www.sbs.oxford.edu/execed), looking at the recent scandals, new, most crucial, challenges emerging for the corporate governance of organisations in 2017, and the effects this will have on corporate reputation.

Episode 1 of FDE TV Season 3 is out!
International expatriate management with Generali and Rezidor Hotel Group.

New FDE TV episode – 'Recent Biogen investment into Canton of Solothurn'
FDE TV has travelled to Solothurn to witness the biggest investment in the region by Biogen.

Lithuania: land of opportunity
As Great Britain is beginning to look like less of an investment hot spot because of Brexit, companies are venturing into other parts of the globe. Finance Director Europe speaks with Antanas Guoga, Pro-European Union MEP from Lithuania and public CIO to the mayor of Vilnius, on why he sees Lithuania as the new hub for foreign investment.

The good fight – the drug development pipeline with Jesper Brandgaard
In the battle against diabetes, continued investment in R&D, and a business culture focused on driving change through innovation, education and collaboration is essential. Finance Director Europe talks to Jesper Brandgaard, the CFO of leading diabetes care company Novo Nordisk, about the current drug development pipeline and the technologies that his company is currently investing in to build a sustainable, efficient and effective operating model.


American Express: Mobile first: seamlessly linking the buyer and supplier - Jose Carvalho
As businesses work to take advantage of the globalised trade landscape, optimising working capital is a priority. Jose Carvalho, head of global commercial payments Europe at American Express, talks innovative digital payment solutions for buyer and supplier.

Datawatch: Handle data in the right analytic tool - James Eliason
Efficient data management directly affects the bottom line. This is why reliably sourcing, collating and understanding data is such an important aspect of the chief financial officer’s role. James Eliason, CFO at Datawatch, discusses how his company’s data preparation tools can offer protection while saving time and money.

Invest in Grenoble-Isère: Mountains and microchips - Véronique Péquignat
New ideas are always welcome in Grenoble-Isère, the beating economic heart of France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Véronique Péquignat, director of international actions and key technologies at Invest in Grenoble-Isère, explains why this small city attracts so much international investment and brainpower.

QBE: Minimise exposure: finance functioning against cyberthreats - James Tuplin
Finance directors are waking up to the risk posed by cyberattacks, but it can be hard knowing exactly what to do about it. James Tuplin, cyber-portfolio manager at business insurer QBE, speaks about those first important steps and how finance can help mitigate the risk of a cyberthreat.

SEAT: A fleet for the future - Giuseppe Tommaso
Controlling fleet management costs is essential for any large company, but efficiency need not come at the cost of quality and driver satisfaction. We speak to Giuseppe Tommaso, fleet sales and remarketing director at Spanish car giant SEAT, about how manufacturers can help corporate customers optimise their fleet solution.

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