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Your Finance Director

Working as your very own Finance Director, we will work as part of your management team, providing you with ongoing proactive advice (also we’re contactable at all times at the end of the phone), attending regular board meetings (your accountability sessions!) and preparing regular financial information include management accounts, budgets & cash flow forecasts.   

Specifically we can help improve your profitability through our performance energizer and profit improvement toolkit!

See our case studies below on where we have acted as a finance director in two different businesses helping as part of the team in each business to turn around their profitability and in the second case sort out a major fraud in the business threatening the future of that business.

Our first case study: knowing where to cut costs and where to invest

The Challenge


The business is facing closure. It’s not profitable.


The Mr & Mrs Accountant Solution


We can help improve your profits and grow your business 

When you think of profit improvement and accountants do you automatically think cost cutting? Of marketing, training and staff – in fact anything of any long term value? 

Well that’s understandable – in Jan’s previous incarnation as a Finance Director he had to play the grim reaper a few times. 

In Jan’s first job as a Finance Director his Company had a major “profit improvement exercise” – yes, staff numbers and also other costs were cut – indeed marketing was slashed! 

It was a mail order business and at the time they were losing lots of money; in fact, Jan learned later that if the exercise wasn’t successful the Company was going to be closed. For mail order now read eCommerce. 

By careful analysis of the company’s performance it was discovered that a key part of the operation - catalogue mailing order segments - weren’t performing. Also, by carefully targeting profitable segments only, huge amounts of money were saved. Finally, by investing in a policy of sending out orders part complete, and the rest of the order only when it was in stock, it transformed profitability. Previously the Company waited until the whole order was in stock and therefore “complete” before despatching the order. 

Although postage costs went up, yet so did customer satisfaction and profits with the business quickly going on to make a lot of money in the next few years. 

Through our profit improvement exercises we look not just at overheads but also examine customer retention, getting more from each customer, getting more from your marketing, maximising production efficiency, managing your stock and debtors and buying better. We help prioritise the important. 

We can help you come up with an action plan for saving you money and building your business.


Our second case study: what if you suspect fraud?

The Challenge

What if business performance is poor and you suspect a fraud? 

We went into a business a few years ago which was a subsidiary of a group of companies; business performance had collapsed from £2m profit a year to a loss of £1m. The local Managing Director had been sacked and the local finance officer had resigned. Everyone who worked in the business had lost direction. It became apparent as we started to work in the business with the new Managing Director that staff morale had been decimated under the direction of the previous Managing Director.

We also suspected there might have been fraud going on. In particular we had a major sub-contractor supplier who suffered from persistent quality issues on parts supplied, threatening the future viability of our client.


The Mr & Mrs Accountant Solution

We suspected that the former Managing Director was connected to the owner of the sub-contract business. After a review of the books of our business we found that the equipment in the sub-contractor’ business actually belonged to the business we were working with!

We negotiated to gain legal control of the sub-contract business and improved quality issues dramatically. We also got the staff working together and turned the business back to making a small profit in less than 9 months.The business went on to make good profits for a number of years and was eventually sold by the group for a good income.

We can help business owners get control over their business and get growing again.

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