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About Andrew Sawers

Andrew Sawers is editor of SCF Briefing. He has been a business and financial journalist and editor for more than 25 years and is the winner of a number of awards.

New fintechs and giant “hooligan companies” mark China’s SCF

By |December 3rd, 2018|

The market for SCF in China has been forecast to be around RMB15bn in 2020, while the value of receivables and inventory has been put at RMB350-500 trillion.

Cameroon energy firm’s unique challenges lead to SCF solution

By |November 30th, 2018|

The Cameroon electricity company ENEO now has minority state ownership after its 2014 partial takeover by Actis. But the company has been suffering financially because of a number of challenges. These include the need to make substantial investments to bring electricity to more of the central African country’s people, explained Brigitte Konso Epse Yanda and [...]

“The environment is changing”: Kuehne + Nagel’s SCF driver

By |November 29th, 2018|

“We started this because we realised the environment is changing,” said Roger Sutter, head of treasury and working capital at Kuehne + Nagel. “We wanted to provide our suppliers with an early payment solution which is fast and convenient.” He added: “SCF is all about speed. It’s about getting money as quickly as possible to [...]

Airbus seeks to strengthen supply chain with SCF

By |November 29th, 2018|

The key drivers for Airbus’s supply chain finance programme were to strengthen supply chain health and improve supplier relationships, collaboration and transparency, said Julie Sis, supply chain funding manager at the aerospace company. Connectivity and automation were important attributes that Airbus wanted, with funding flexibility and ease of supplier on-boarding. They wanted the scheme to [...]

Public sector SCF: a case study from Crown Commercial Service

By |November 29th, 2018|

The UK Crown Commercial Service is an executive agency and trading fund of the UK government. Matthew Sparkes, deputy director, leads the financial services category group which is responsible for £3bn of spend on things ranging from credit and fuel cards to insurance and financing solutions. “If we have the money we should pay quickly. [...]

Charting a course for supply chain finance

By |November 29th, 2018|

Federico Caniato of Politecnico di Milano and Danny Siemes from PwC explained the latest findings from the annual SCF Barometer, a survey of corporates and their use and views on supply chain finance. This year’s Barometer revealed that 55% of corporates surveyed are running a supply chain finance programme – and in fact 23% are [...]

Exclusive interview: Why Frank Lutz became CRX Markets CEO

By |February 21st, 2018|

Moving from the CFO role at a subsidiary of Bayer to the leadership role in a small, relatively new start-up is a career leap that not many would undertake.

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“Bringing the academic world more into the corporate world”

By |February 25th, 2018|

The SCF Community names Luca Gelsomino as its first-ever academic director, highlighting the need for collaboration between corporate players and academia.

“When a business starts to fail, SCF is like musical chairs”

By |February 26th, 2018|

Carillion's early payment facility for suppliers may have helped its supply chain when it was launched. But did it make matters worse as the company collapsed?

Slow and late: Exclusive analysis of UK payment ‘Duty’ filings

By |February 26th, 2018|

Our analysis of the filings under the new UK Duty to Report rules reveal a surprise: those with supply chain finance programmes are more likely to pay slow and late.