Governance and regulatory support
Business planning and budgeting
Bid writing support
Working alongside the senior management team, trustees or directors, both on an individual basis and as a group, we will help to identify the organisation's strategic goals. Once these goals are clear, we will continue to support the team in setting the most appropriate courses of action to achieve those goals.
Planning and budgeting
"Plans are nothing; planning is everything" - Dwight D Eisenhower
Having a clear business plan, supported by budgets means that you can focus on delivering that plan, rather than wondering where the business will be in 12 months time.
Through working closely with key personnel, we will build a financial model of and for the business. This will reflect what you do at present, what you want to happen over the next 2 to 3 years and what you think is most likely to happen.
With this in place and linked to the strategic goals of the business, we will help you to create your longer term business plan, giving you a clear route to follow.
"Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it's the life blood of business." - Richard Branson
Cashflow management is vital in any business, no matter how successful.
We will review your current debtor collection and supplier payment processes in order to identify areas for improvement. We will also look at the funding structure of the business to determine whether there are more efficient alternatives - say leasing assets as opposed to buying them.
Armed with this information, we can create a cashflow forecast model which can be used for weekly and monthly cash requirement estimates.
Driving sales is seen as the easy win in many businesses because it has an immediate impact on how the figures look, but if no attention is paid to the cost of delivering those sales, profit becomes a distant target.
By working with senior management, we will help to identify customers that are disproportionately expensive to retain as well as those who are unprofitable; we will also help to identify the cost drivers in the business and look at the current cost base. With this data and with input from senior management we will devise a profit improvement plan and provide support to implement the measures needed to succeed.
"A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it." - William Feather
With the advent of services such as crowdfunding and micro loans alongside more established forms of lending such as asset based finance, your bank is no longer the only place to get funding.
Depending on the needs of the business, we can carry out a review to determine what type of funding would be best suited. Form there, we can prepare forecasts to be used in applying for funding as well as liaising with lenders on behalf of the business.
We have raised finance for: trade and asset purchases; trade loans for stock from overseas suppliers; asset purchases; leasing agreements etc.
Governance and Risk
As a small organisation it is essential that you understand your risk profile, and use your governance structures to mitigate those risks. Whether it is in a OMB where your statutory reporting requirements must be maintained, or in the more complex area of charity governance, we can help support your team to ensure that you are adhering to the rules and using those rules to make the best of your charity.
Bid writing support
We have written, contributed to, and budgeted for many funding bids. We understand the level of detail required to submit a successful bid. It is well understood that no organisation wins every bid it applies for, but we can help by providing clarity of thought around the required stages, detailed budgeting and planning to support your application, and extensive reporting and management of deliverables once the project starts.
We are now able to offer bookkeeping services with experience on a range of systems, as well as providing support for your existing team. You will always have contact with a regular book keeper who will get to know your business and how you operate.
We can also offer accounting services to support your year end processes, and payroll services throughout the year.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.