Steve Plant
Remote, NW England

An experienced portfolio Finance Director/CFO specialising in helping early-stage SME’s in the UK Tech sector.

An experienced and approachable Finance Director who has a passion for working with a portfolio of growing SMEs. Steve works with several early-stage tech businesses and has helped them raise their first significant investment. Steve works closely with the VC community and has helped a range of businesses raise their first significant investment. Steve also understands the challenges that SME owners face when they are trying to expand. He ensures his clients are ready to present to investors and secure that all important investment. Steve helps business owners to work effectively with investors to the mutual benefit of both founders and investors. The investment journey is not plain sailing and Steve can help with all the key challenges such as cash flow management, investor communication, business strategy, profitability/cost reviews and value growth.




“EFM are efficient, quick, and really nice and personable. You feel like they really care. They always like to help; they’re a resource even if it’s beyond the scope of what they’re doing for you. Steve has helped us to raise investment; it’s looking positive. EFM introduced us to people who can help in all areas; they’re really supportive. We were looking for a while to find someone for our financial support and they understood right at the start that we don’t have a lot of cash and that they actually want to help you”

Lucy Buckley, Co-Founder, Dr Fertility Limited

Steve’s work in action

Cinema System Implementation

The business comprised a chain of 12 family-owned cinemas. The business prided itself on excellent customer service and was reluctant to take the “human factor” away from the way it operated.  The IT systems were not integrated with the head office thus meaning that each cinemas trading results had to be telephoned through at mid-night to an answerphone and the managers had to provide a long message giving the takings for each particular film. This film data was collated manually by the film booker and relayed to the head office at the end of the week. Each site had two sets of software – one for selling cinema tickets and one for product sales such as popcorn and soft drinks.  This mode of operation meant that the head office didn’t know which films were taking money until the end of the week and then at the end of the week HO staff had to calculate manually the film hire due to the film distributors. Other issues arising were that customers could only buy tickets when the cinema was open either in person or on the phone. The business website could only detail the film showing times and did not have the facility to allow customers to buy tickets. 

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