View The importance of financial due diligence

The importance of financial due diligence

If you’re thinking about buying, or selling or looking for investment in your business financial due diligence is a key issue that cannot be overlooked. Why is financial due diligence important? What’s involved? What to expect   What is financial due diligence? Financial due diligence is the process of performing a thorough investigation into the…

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View Understanding the difference between Growth and Scaling Up

Understanding the difference between Growth and Scaling Up

Many business owners would consider their business a success if they managed to achieve a consistent level of growth. But for entrepreneurs with their sights set on taking their business to the next level, it almost certainly requires they be able to achieve scale. Knowing the difference between growth and scaling up is the key…

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View How to solve common cash flow problems in your SME

How to solve common cash flow problems in your SME

Just as good cash flow keeps a business afloat, poor cash flow can sink it. Poor cash flow is a big reason why one in every four businesses don’t make it past the first year. And why more than half don’t survive past the fifth. In this article, EFM Ireland will explain what cash flow…

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View What is a Portfolio Finance Director?

What is a Portfolio Finance Director?

A Portfolio Finance Director (“FD”) is an FD who has more than one client, so someone who may work full time but for multiple companies at the same time. There are many advantages to hiring a portfolio FD. SME companies who could not otherwise afford the services of a full-time FD, can employ an FD…

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The impact advisors can have on your business

Advisors empower entrepreneurs by providing perspective. Effective advisors can help small business owners evaluate ideas and unlock the aspirations they have for the business. The key is to find someone that can challenge your thinking, share the actions you’ve taken and be flexible about how the relationship evolves. Here are EFM Growth’s top tips around…

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View 5 Reasons to Talk to Your Financial Controller

5 Reasons to Talk to Your Financial Controller

There’s been an evolution in the responsibilities of the FC. Financial Controllers (FCs) are moving past the traditional financial controller remit and are playing a more strategic role in their company’s operations. According to a recent study by Ventana Research, roughly one in five FCs have a strategic influence in their companies, and that number…

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The Difference Between Bookkeepers and Accountants

When most people think about bookkeeping and accounting, they would be hard-pressed to describe the differences between each role. Whilst bookkeepers and accountants share common goals, they support your business in different stages of the financial cycle. Bookkeeping is more transactional and administrative, concerned with recording financial transactions accurately and efficiently. Accounting is more subjective, giving the business…

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View How to pitch your business to VC investors

How to pitch your business to VC investors

Pitching your business to a venture capital (VC) investor can be daunting. You’re potentially competing for a limited pool of money against a crowd of other founders with innovative ideas. And the pressure to succeed makes it easy to fumble your pitch. Even start-ups with fantastic growth potential often make basic mistakes, such as being…

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