Simon Bittlestone

Chief Executive Officer

Metapraxis CEO since 2012 and serves on the global governing body of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. When out of the office he loves travelling, Twickenham and White Hart Lane!

Finance functions must preempt the next supply chain bottleneck
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Finance functions must preempt the next supply chain bottleneck

Recent disruptions might have seemed extreme, but firms – and critically, their finance teams – need to be ready for the unexpected
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Metapraxis joins over 60 UK Business leaders to sign letter demanding action on Black inclusion in response to #blacklivesmatter
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Metapraxis joins over 60 UK Business leaders to sign letter demanding action on Black inclusion in response to #blacklivesmatter

Being a signatory on the letter demonstrates our commitment as a global business to take immediate action by implementing our own plan to strive for real and ever-lasting change.
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Effective financial planning will secure businesses a certain future
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Effective financial planning will secure businesses a certain future

With more uncertainty still to come, it’s key that business leaders know how to deal effectively with the challenges that lie ahead in order to remain profitable.
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COVID19 is not a 'get out of jail free card' for auditors
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COVID19 is not a 'get out of jail free card' for auditors

Solving the audit challenge means changing the model. Auditors are under pressure so it’s important they play their part in COVID-19 recovery and provide a fair view of which businesses are going concern.
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How do you solve a problem like Wirecard?  CITY A.M.
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How do you solve a problem like Wirecard? CITY A.M.

Simon Bittlestone comments on the latest Wirecard scandal why it might not spell the end of the road for Wirecard.
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United as one
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United as one

We understand that racism is a systemic and institutional problem, and we acknowledge our own need to be and do better.
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Not a “Get Out of Jail Free Card" - COVID-19 Impact on Audit and Tax
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Not a “Get Out of Jail Free Card" - COVID-19 Impact on Audit and Tax

Simon Bittlestone, Metapraxis CEO, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on smaller firms’ abilities to compete with the “Big Four” and what the solution to the audit problem is.
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A key weapon in businesses’ battle to survive
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A key weapon in businesses’ battle to survive

Simon Bittlestone discusses the value of financial teams in a time of crisis on Accountancy Today: ‘A key weapon in businesses’ battle to survive’
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No room for error: Streamlining a CEO’s transition into a new role
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No room for error: Streamlining a CEO’s transition into a new role

Amid the global crisis that has developed over the last few weeks, CEOs and senior management teams have been hitting the headlines as they face making difficult decisions about their strategy, workforce and future.
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Financial Reporter - In the Spotlight with Simon Bittlestone, Metapraxis
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Financial Reporter - In the Spotlight with Simon Bittlestone, Metapraxis

Financial Reporter spotlight piece on Simon Bittlestone talking about how businesses can safeguard their performance with Brexit on the horizon and why planning for strategic goals is more vital than ever.
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Data and AI helping prep finance function for black swans
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Data and AI helping prep finance function for black swans

"Major unexpected events can wreck havoc on businesses, but there are measures the finance function can take to help respond." - Simon Bittlestone in today's Financial Director
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Embracing the digital future
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Embracing the digital future

Great work on future-proofing businesses from The Telegraph. Particularly for finance functions, which are often still manual process orientated, the challenge is big, but so is the reward from digital transformation.
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What lessons can be learnt from the collapse of Thomas Cook?
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What lessons can be learnt from the collapse of Thomas Cook?

The collapse of Thomas Cook highlights inadequacies within the system and, unsurprisingly, the spotlight often falls heavily on the work of the auditor
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Predicting The Unpredictable: How Can Businesses Plan For Brexit?
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Predicting The Unpredictable: How Can Businesses Plan For Brexit?

Simon Bittlestone's article in Finance Monthly on the many unanswered questions around impending Brixit
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Battling Brexit:  How technology can help businesses plan for the unknown
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Battling Brexit: How technology can help businesses plan for the unknown

Our CEO, Simon Bittlestone, shares his views on how businesses can plan for uncertainty with technology and scenario modelling in Global Banking and Finance Review.
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Are ‘friends’ electric?
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Are ‘friends’ electric?

A thorough assessment of the impact of AI in the finance function in Director of Finance. It's not all doom and gloom - The good news is that AI experts agree that far from making CFOs redundant, artificial intelligence is going to liberate finance directors.
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Aspiring Startup Founders Could Benefit From a Grounding in Finance
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Aspiring Startup Founders Could Benefit From a Grounding in Finance

<p>Our latest research into the future of the finance function has shown that 52% of millennial finance professionals think advanced analytics offers a transformational opportunity for the finance team.</p>
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City A.M. - Metro Bank shares plunge as cash call spooks investors
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City A.M. - Metro Bank shares plunge as cash call spooks investors

Simon Bittlestone writes in ‘Letters to the Editor’ on the Metro Bank share slump and how businesses can avoid making the same mistakes.
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Finance Function 2019: Fewer Functionaries, More Strategists
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Finance Function 2019: Fewer Functionaries, More Strategists

Heading into the new year, technology is starting to wipe out lower-level number crunchers in favour of mid-level team members focused on strategy.
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Scenario modelling to aid decision-making; how to prepare for a 'no-deal' Brexit
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Scenario modelling to aid decision-making; how to prepare for a 'no-deal' Brexit

Simon Bittlestone, CEO Metapraxis, writes in International Director on the importance of financial analytics and real-time scenario modelling in preparing for Brexit.
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CEO Transitions: Here’s how to handle them
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CEO Transitions: Here’s how to handle them

CEO, Simon Bittlestone features in this month’s CEO Today on the importance of analytics in the CEO onboarding process.
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Battling Brexit: How technology can help businesses plan for the unknown
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Battling Brexit: How technology can help businesses plan for the unknown

Global Banking and Finance Review featuring CEO, Simon Bittlestone
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Smart vests are bringing rugby insights to supporters and coaches
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Smart vests are bringing rugby insights to supporters and coaches

CEO Simon Bittlestone discusses how we incorporated data and analytics into this year’s Varsity Match with Wareable.
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Analytics to improve business relationships
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Analytics to improve business relationships

MD Simon Bittlestone discusses how analyzing company data correctly can help build relationships between an organisation’s teams with FT Adviser
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The new tactic to cope with Solvency II
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The new tactic to cope with Solvency II

Effective analysis of financial data and scenario modeling can help insurance firms overcome the challenges of Solvency II ‍
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Insurance M&A plunges in H1
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Insurance M&A plunges in H1

M&A in the insurance sector is currently at a two-year low, leaving many insurers considering the sale books of their business as an alternative avenue for growth.
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Planning for M&A activity: what CFOs need to know
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Planning for M&A activity: what CFOs need to know

Our MD Simon Bittlestone discusses what CFOs need to know about planning for M&amp;A in TheCSuiteUK.
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Applying analytics and insight expertise to sports data
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Applying analytics and insight expertise to sports data

Simon Bittlestone reflects on the Varsity Matches 2016, which saw brand new developments in the application of analytics to sport.
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Gartner Symposium: the future of analytics
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Gartner Symposium: the future of analytics

Simon Bittlestone looks ahead to the year's Gartner Symposium Barcelona and explores some developing views on the future of data and analytics.
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Tackling the global finance challenge
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Tackling the global finance challenge

Simon Bittlestone on our recent seminar with WPP's David Barker, and the application of analytics technology to global management challenges.
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Effective global management and data-driven insight
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Effective global management and data-driven insight

Metapraxis MD Simon Bittlestone on what the WPP story can tell us about effective global management, and how analytics can drive sustainable growth
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Brexit for business leaders: time for objective analysis
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Brexit for business leaders: time for objective analysis

Our MD Simon Bittlestone offers his perspective on the UK's EU membership referendum and discusses how business leaders can best react to the result
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Analytics for finance and sales performance
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Analytics for finance and sales performance

Simon Bittlestone writes on our recent seminar, which focused on analysing the relationships between sales performance and financial outcomes
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Predictive analytics and industry disruption
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Predictive analytics and industry disruption

Simon Bittlestone, Managing Director, writes on markets and economics. Simon Bittlestone looks at how predictive analytics can be used to gain insight on the progress of industry trends and disruption
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