All of our associates and clients are available for contact, but here’s a sample of some of them have to say about us…
“A win – win solution is always the best outcome in any long-term relationship. When I discovered EFM I knew joining the network was the best way for me to achieve my goal of developing a portfolio career leveraging the experience I had built up over my career as a Finance Director.
As an Associate I get the best of both worlds – I have the credibility that comes from belonging to a highly professional network, yet get to run my own business within that environment.
I also know any clients I acquire can take comfort from the fact I belong to a group that not only supports its’ members, but also offers a variety of services that might be relevant to them, that greatly exceeds what I could provide if I operated as a sole trader. So, from what I can see, everyone wins.”
“I’ve joined EFM to have the structure and benefits of an organisation behind me and a network of professionals working with me. I am looking forward to using the skills and experience I’ve gained over my career in finance to offer clients professional financial support and advice.”
“I was looking for access to the SME business consulting market and EFM provides exactly that. EFM’s enthusiastic response to my initial enquiry was instrumental in making my decision to join. EFM is a busy enterprise constantly enriching its proposition, so it’s a great team to be part of”.
“I’ve joined the EFM network because I like the flexibility of setting up my work schedule and working with the start-up and SME market. I’ve had a keen interest in starting up my own business and EFM has now given me the opportunity to do just that”.
“I have joined EFM because it offers me a chance to work with a variety of different clients, allowing me to provide that all round business partnering service, so often required for new, smaller and growing businesses. As being part of a country-wide network of finance experts, with many years’ of experience between us, you’re not just getting me but also the wealth of expertise of the EFM network.”
“Running a business is in itself is a full time commitment, especially within the SME space. One of the key areas is cash flow, allied with keeping a keen eye on cost controls as well. I will aim to improve on this in conjunction with the excellent EFM model.
I can provide advice and guidance on a broad number of reporting areas, from the small detailed ones to the strategic ones, including the middle bits as well. This is naturally carried out in a cost effective manner.”
“I look forward to adding client value within the SME sector with the support of the EFM network and resources.
What businesses need from finance is rapidly changing, many SME organisations are aware of their exposure to commercial and financial risks and need senior financial professional direction to help them in a cost-effective manner.
EFM has developed an excellent business model to facilitate exactly that level of service.
Always prepared to roll my sleeves up, I can provide the insight to see the value in financial information, linking to business strategies to ensure that commercial and financial targets are delivered”.
“I am delighted to be joining EFM as an Associate Director. Having had a successful career at Board level in the SME sector I am looking forward to using my expertise within the EFM network to deliver real value to my clients and helping them to achieve their goals”.
“I am really excited to be part of EFMs growing team of part-time Finance Directors and finance professionals.
I have been made to feel very welcome by Gary Jesson and Malcolm Holloway, and I am inspired by their vision of being one of the leading providers of outsourced financial management and strategic financial advice to SMEs in the UK.
The training & induction programme has been excellent and the support offered by the Head Office team in Luton was second to none. I am very much looking forward to talking to new SME clients and showing them how EFM can help them achieve their goals.”
“I just know I have made the right decision joining EFM. This is the right platform to enable me to do what I like best: helping businesses do better by using my finance partnering skills”.
“I have been working with EFM since August 2013. Prior to that, as a financial controller in full time employment, working for SMEs, I found I was being involved in “other” work to pretty much make up my hours – not that these were short, of course. If we had only known of EFM.
It is so great to offer a financial controller service for the 3-5 days a month needed for month end, to do the work I enjoy and excel at; and this is at a fraction of the cost of a full time financial controller for the client. For me, it also means I can work in more than one organization – which really suits my personality. It has taken a few years for the penny to drop and hear [founder] Gary Jesson say “you can choose who you work with, you don’t have to take on every assignment”.
It is such a privilege to choose to work only with those clients that I want to work with – there is too much to do if you try and work with everyone. The back office team at EFM are there to support as and when needed – sometimes I don’t speak to them for months, other times it can be almost daily. It’s such a comfort to know they are there as and when I need them – other than that I am left to my own, and might I say, capable devices to get the job done for my clients. I’m living the dream.”
“I’m delighted to join EFM as an associate director and look forward to contributing to the network and, most importantly, helping founders of and investors in great young and growing companies on their journey”.
“I had spent several years working as an accountant, holding senior financial management positions in a wide variety of sectors.
I had heard about EFM but wasn’t quite sure if I was ready to start my own business, so I decided to have an informal chat, and after considering various option, I got increasingly convinced that it was the right company to join and I could indeed become my own boss.
I joined EFM, attended the training program which helped me refocus my capabilities and gain confidence in EFM, and after meeting with the rest of the team, I was anxious to get to work. Interestingly, I got my first client almost immediately.
It has been a very interesting journey, requiring a lot of patience, hard work and support but I am very pleased I signed up to be part of this network. Life would have been so different if I started up on my own, but the encouragement, support and assistance I receive from the team just makes this a better way to run your business”.
“I am very pleased about the support I have received from EFM. The thought of starting a business was initially daunting for me as I was starting from zero with no clients, no potential work but a lot of experience from a successful corporate career and the zeal to succeed as my own boss.
EFM launched my business with a debut campaign, helped me secure my first client and one year later, I am now working with a portfolio of clients that have been with me on a recurring basis and on a full schedule, and this just proves that if you have the right mindset, love the portfolio lifestyle, have the right company behind you and are patient and persistent, you can continue to be successful.
With the immense value I have received from the network, I now have some of the most amazing and ambitious clients. I also find regular catch up events with the other associates and the head office team very inspiring and encouraging and with all the other ongoing support I get regarding proposals, events, company PR and generating opportunities, I couldn’t be more pleased to be part of the EFM team.”
“After a very long period of working with large companies, with a background in financial services, public sector and education, I decided that I wanted to start my own business and have more control of my lifestyle and income. Proximity to home was a big consideration for me as I made a mental list of things that I was unwilling to compromise.
I joined EFM because of the lower risks involved when starting with an existing brand and team. After attending the discovery day and training sessions as well as the ongoing events with other associates and staff, I felt that I could indeed make a success out of this.
Like any other business, there are challenges, but if you are willing to work hard especially in the first few years, learn from others and sometimes make sacrifices, you can make an incredible career out of being your own employer.
I am impressed with the progress I have made so far and I am beginning to build a stronger bond with the rest of the team. Their support has been great and of course, there is a sense of pride in knowing that you made the right choice to work for your self and be good at it.”