YCF Annual Conference 2022 has ended
On Thursday 1st September, at the Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh
This year, we focus on the business essentials which are crucial to a young company’s ability to survive and grow. Over the lifespan of a business, founders have a number of critical decisions to make. Some of these, made early in the development of the company, have effects long into the future. Founders starting out need to know the basics (and many founders start with little business experience), but getting the basics right is essential for future-proofing the company’s continuing progress.
Our speakers will be highlighting the issues which they consider basics in a number of different contexts – staffing, marketing, operations, and finance – and explaining how getting these right can accelerate a company’s development, and making the wrong call can create a legacy which takes a long time from which to recover.
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Adrian Smith

Ecometrica Group
Ecometrica Ambassador and Former Group CFO
Edinburgh Scotland

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Adrian Smith  MSc (Fin & Inv). FCMA BSc. (Mech Eng)
Adrian began his finance career training in Chartered Accountancy with Deloitte before being drawn into owner managed businesses. 32 years ago, he made his first unquoted investment in a private company and found himself an entrepreneur corporate financier supporting the creation and funding of over 200 companies since then, many in conjunction with Scottish Universities. He was the Director of the EPIS programme at the University of Edinburgh from 2003-2010 and then supported one of the 66 EPIS Companies created at the University, Ecometrica Group, to become a financially successfully and internationally recognised market leader in sustainability measurement. He retired as Group CFO and Head of Risk in March 2022 but continues to support the Company in its goals. His research interests are event driven hedge fund strategies in publicly traded markets, he has a hedge fund of his own that has operated independently since 2013, he actively invests in UK AIM and Main Markets with a focus on sub £100m Mkt Cap Companies.