What seems to be the problem?

You run a business that has reached a decent size (let’s say, £12m turnover). You love what you are doing and want to kick on, raise some funding and scale-up to the next level (why not £50m turnover?). But there is a problem… Cash-flow is tight and you are not sure that your finance function is up to the job. … Read More

6 Finance Function Basics for ScaleUps

You’ve set up a business. You’re starting to grow and you are ambitious to scale-up further. You want to stay on top of your finances without going over-the-top. What are the basics that you need to put in place to be confident in your finances and be able to convince others to invest in you? This is my list of … Read More

Are you keeping up?

If you’re running a growing business it’s hard to keep up with everything. Here’s 3 things to focus on with your financial management. 1. Control Cash and Profit With the emphasis in the order shown. 2. Get Good Information Spend time on: planning and designing the information so it’s what you need. finding the right tools for the job. There … Read More

Financial Foresight

You may or may not be familiar with the teachings of Peter F. Drucker, something of a god amongst management gurus. I have spent some of my holiday picking through some of his classic writing. I love his requirements for the 3 early stages of a new venture: First, a focus on the market, not the product. Without this you … Read More

Flexible working is in fashion

Whether it is zero hours contracts for shop floor workers or part-time contracts for senior expertise, flexible working is an established and growing way that modern businesses engage staff. Why is this? Well there are a bunch of reasons: It is socially acceptable for people to work for an organisation part-time. The increase in numbers of working women made employers … Read More