View Bookkeeper, FC, FD, CFO … who does what and what can they do for you?

Bookkeeper, FC, FD, CFO … who does what and what can they do for you?

  At EFM we’ve found that sometimes business owners can be unclear about the differences between and the value to be gained from the support of a bookkeeper, financial controller and finance director.  This is our short guide to what they do and how businesses can benefit. A bookkeeper  records and processes the financial transactions…

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View A Business Advisory Event – 30 November 2016

A Business Advisory Event – 30 November 2016

Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, cashflow is reality Join EFM, Woodfines Solicitors and Velocity Growth Hub at a Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce event on 30 November at Wrest Park for an afternoon seminar on Finance and Cash Management. Many smaller business can run out of cash whilst still profitable, because they are unable to meet financial obligations…

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View Online Tips For Small And Medium Sized Businesses

Online Tips For Small And Medium Sized Businesses

Traditional businesses are aware of the need to incorporate the internet into their overall strategy. The desired approach should seek to retain the strengths of the existing core business whilst using the internet to enhance value.    Know Your Website Audience. You know the type of people who will visit your shop or place an…

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View Case Study: Human Resources

Case Study: Human Resources

SECTOR Human Resources CONCERN A major part of the board meeting was spent trying to understand the finances, and the board needed their accounts to be prepared in a more commercially focused manner. BACKGROUND Professional Services HR Consultancy needed help with understanding its finances, improvising existing processes and the ability to use this data themselves…

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View Invoice finance an SME saviour but at what price?

Invoice finance an SME saviour but at what price?

Access to finance and cash flow are major areas of concern for the SME sector. A large number of SMEs have managed to make it through the recession with hardly any reserves, and many are discovering that they are unable to access the working capital that they need to survive. To bridge funding gaps, some…

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View Case Study: Review of under performing subsidiary

Case Study: Review of under performing subsidiary

Background Client company owned 50% of a business that had a 100% ownership of a niche speciality food wholesaler business. The companies are all privately owned and based in the UK Issues: Cash flow Company not profitable Bank facilities under pressure Over expansion of warehouse facility High probability of running out of cash and insolvency…

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View Why an FC is the perfect choice for your small business

Why an FC is the perfect choice for your small business

A financial controller can be a beneficial asset for your small business. When business owners find themselves focusing too much on the books instead of their company’s future growth plans, looking to a controller is a smart solution. Your company might not yet be ready to consider hiring a CFO, but an FC could just…

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View Business Growth and Finance – its about more than just funding…

Business Growth and Finance – its about more than just funding…

Business finance is typically discussed in terms of finding sufficient funding for the trading entity. However, for the great majority of New and Growing Companies (NGCs), the personal financial outlook for the ownership team is deeply entwined with the company – and it’s often where barriers to success arise. Business Growth and Funding Requirements For…

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View Case Study: Membership Organisation

Case Study: Membership Organisation

SECTOR: Membership Organisation; not-for-profit; £20m turnover CONCERN: The organisation had a business plan, but performance was not monitored, particularly when it was upgrading its premises. All managers were struggling to understand the management accounts and more importantly, monitor their performance in line with the business plan. BACKGROUND: A membership organisation, steeped in history and retaining…

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