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About EFM

EFM is a nationwide team of Finance Directors, Business Advisors and Financial Controllers

We provide ‘pay as you go’ financial management services to businesses that want the benefits of an experienced financier – but without paying a full-time salary.

We provide practical commercial support to hundreds of growing businesses across the UK and Ireland, complementing the services of your Accountant, including:

  • Improving business performance, profits, growth and board-level advisory services
  • Support for funding and investment, cash flow/working capital management, management reporting
  • Exit planning to achieve the best return on investment, while offering strategic support to your management team
  • Interim assignments (staff cover, year-end reporting, budgeting and forecasting)

EFM’s expert network ensures you get the right support – from an individual or a small team – and you get as much, or as little input as you require.


Our clients are typically SMEs and start-ups, from all corners of industry.  Here’s a small selection of the many growing business we work with …

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Nice and Serious - an EFM client

We've been with EFM for around three and a half years - I feel they offer a very personal service. Our business has benefited significantly, especially from the advisory perspective. EFM get to know and understand your business, so therefore all their advice is in the context of where you are as an organisation and where you're going. I know that I get more objective advice from EFM than if I resourced internally, so I much prefer buying in their services and consultancy than recruiting direct. Our EFM Associate, Tony, is included in all of our leadership meetings concerning planning and it's very important to me that we have his advice and support.
Dean Gray Founder and MD, Graymatter Limited

Our history

EFM was established in 2000 by Gary Jesson and Tony Biddle – two experienced Chartered Accountants with a wealth of commercial acumen and an established reputation for professional standards. They saw an opportunity to provide a cost effective, outsourcing solution for entrepreneurial businesses that did not have the in house capability or access to a high level of financial management expertise.

From their long experience in practice and in industry, Gary and Tony’s founding principles for EFM were simple:

  1. Businesses benefit from first class financial advice.
  2. Access to the best financial expertise should not be cost prohibitive.

Over the years, they had witnessed many excellent businesses fail, simply because of poor financial management practices. Their goal became the provision of affordable and flexible financial management expertise to small and medium sized businesses that are unable to afford this necessary expertise on a full time basis.

EFM now provides a three-dimensional service offering:

  • access to a panel of experienced professionals across the UK, providing specialist business advisory skills and expertise on a part-time, flexible basis
  • an insourced or outsourced delivery of our financial management services
  • web-based online50 software to facilitate remote accounting

EFM provides an unrivalled nationwide business support team focused on delivering all the in-person and online financial management advice and tools businesses need to ensure compliance, survival or growth.

Our company has experienced rapid growth over recent years, as switched-on business owners recognise and take advantage of the multiple benefits we offer – easy access to the expert financial expertise and business advice, on a pay-as-you-go basis with no recruitment fees and no payroll on costs.

Do what you do best and outsource the rest…
Tom Peters

In 2010, EFM launched a major expansion initiative and began to successfully license the brand and business model to highly skilled professionals, particularly Finance Directors across the UK.


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