Following an early career in venture capital, Brian Finch was Director of Business Development for quoted leisure and retail companies. He was involved in strategy development and business planning as well as acquisitions and disposals in the UK and abroad. One such acquisition was Hard Rock Cafe for Pleasurama plc. He co-founded a retail bookselling business and developed its internet arm, working for some years as its finance director.
He has an engineering degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School. He is a fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants.
His writing interests focus on effective business planning but also on financial control and how these control systems can help to improve business performance. His approach is practical and evidence based. His style is clear and straightforward. He has a particular interest in small and medium sized enterprises (SME's), providing consultancy to help them produce more effective business plans. He has also written on Effective Negotiating and produced the first book on London's Alternative Investment Market soon after it opened. He is currently working on a book on Corporate Governance.