View Getting Over-50s into Work? At EFM, We’ve Been Doing it for Years

Getting Over-50s into Work? At EFM, We’ve Been Doing it for Years

The UK Government’s latest plan to entice over-50s out of retirement and back into work – following the devastating wave of early retirement occasioned by Covid, and generalised labour shortages across the board – has much to commend it, at least if the speculation around it is to be believed. The talk is of possible…

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View Optimising Credit Control to Ready a Business for Further Funding

Optimising Credit Control to Ready a Business for Further Funding

At a glance: A successful UK Fintech business with over 80 major blue-chip and Government clients sought funding to underpin further growth EFM’s Richard Preston was selected as outsourced CFO to manage the funding preparation Reducing debt owed to the business was critical, but so was taking over front-line credit control activities in order to…

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View Make Your New Year’s Resolution a New Business Plan

Make Your New Year’s Resolution a New Business Plan

It may still only be the beginning of the year, but fast-forward for a moment to the end of it, and ask yourself how you’ll know if 2023 was successful if you didn’t have a plan that defined success in the first place. Make that plan your New Year’s resolution – if you haven’t already…

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View Is It (Really) Time to Exit Your Business? What You Need to Consider

Is It (Really) Time to Exit Your Business? What You Need to Consider

If you’re a small or medium enterprise (SME) owner, and considering an orderly move towards your business’s “Out” door in these changing and challenging times, rest assured that, as outsourced Finance Directors, we completely understand the economic pressures upon you. According to recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), in early October 2022…

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View Why Become a Portfolio Finance Professional?  EFM Associates Tell All

Why Become a Portfolio Finance Professional? EFM Associates Tell All

For many experienced Finance professionals looking for greater freedoms in their work and personal lives than a full-time role can offer them, the prospect of becoming a Portfolio Finance Director (FD) or Financial Controller (FC) – an outsourced specialist working flexibly across multiple clients – can be a very attractive one. No more 9 –…

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View Construction Brand: Stepping into the Breach as Finance Director

Construction Brand: Stepping into the Breach as Finance Director

At a glance A thriving UK construction industry business lost its part-time Finance Director (FD) to retirement at short notice – a replacement was urgently needed The outgoing FD recommended EFM – and Martin Allen was chosen for the role The remit had historically been narrow (accounts, budgets, etc.); Martin saw an opportunity to broaden…

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View Growing Just to Stand Still: The New Reality for Small and Medium Businesses

Growing Just to Stand Still: The New Reality for Small and Medium Businesses

In a small and medium enterprise (SME), the need for growth comes with the territory – after all, nobody goes through the legwork and efforts of a business’s early days to not see revenue, headcount, profit – or indeed all three – strengthen. But a sea-change is brewing in how and why SMEs seek growth….

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