View Case Study: Fund raising and listing on AIM

Case Study: Fund raising and listing on AIM

Background: This situation presented two objectives for the stakeholders in the company. Firstly the business was growing quickly and required further funds for investment in sales, marketing and product development. A number of business development ideas had been followed and this had created a large pull on resources required to deliver those initiatives. The early…

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View Case Study: Finance and management information

Case Study: Finance and management information

Background: The company had reorganised and introduced Oracle as a new accounting system. Coupled with this, the group had been reorganised into separate business units giving a further challenge to senior management to understand the performance of each part of the group. The information produced from that system was unwieldy and untimely to the extent…

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View Case Study: Strategy Formulation and Commercial Engagement

Case Study: Strategy Formulation and Commercial Engagement

Background: The company had some recent success in developing a digital “virtual shop assistant” but its major customer was the subject of a takeover bid and all work had been brought to a halt. The company needed to identify new customers, what it was good at, where the revenue streams should come from and how…

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View Business Process Improvement

Business Process Improvement

Background A business unit within a bank had just undergone a restructure and reorganisation. Challenge However, its operations needed to be reviewed in order to improve customer satisfaction, clear backlogs, shorten delivery timescales, remove waste, reduce costs and improve risks. Solutions Mike directed a project to map business processes across the business unit. The mapping…

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View Funding Proposals

Funding Proposals

Background An international pay-TV operator was underfunded and its business model exposed it to foreign exchange risk. Challenge The pay-TV operator had a complicated shareholding structure with fractious shareholders; further, its lenders did not have equal security for their respective facilities. Solutions Mike arranged a refinancing of the funding structure to remove the liquidity constraint…

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View Case Study: Interim FD at a Charity operating a Residential Care business

Case Study: Interim FD at a Charity operating a Residential Care business

Background: The existing FD was unable to perform her duties on a full-time basis, therefore, the Managing Director of the business wanted someone to help with the annual accounts and general running of the finance department until the future became more certain. However, after meeting with the MD it became apparent that he wanted a…

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View Case Study: Influencing Change

Case Study: Influencing Change

Background The company owned a  manufacturing facility with energy representing a significant part of the running costs, over which historically there had been little control. Natural gas became available at the site, giving the opportunity for a lower cost energy source, however, there was resistance from management due to existing practices and safety concerns. Challenge…

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View Case Study: Growing Company

Case Study: Growing Company

Background The company was expanding but suffering from a lack of working capital to support growth. A venture capital house was willing to invest but required a clear business plan supported by financial projections. Systems used were inadequate to prepare financial information and unsuitable for the business which needed a contract based system capable of…

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View Case Study: Strategic tool for sustainable growth

Case Study: Strategic tool for sustainable growth

Sector: SME Consultancy and research. Background: As a start-up company there were often unanticipated opportunities presenting themselves and the directors were unsure which, if any of these should be pursued. Challenge: The client needed to ensure that limited resources were being efficiently and effectively utilised in a manner that would result in sustainable growth in…

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