View Cashflow relief for Irish retail chain

Cashflow relief for Irish retail chain

Business Issue: A retail chain in Ireland was losing money and had run into cashflow problems. Their suppliers were no longer prepared to supply goods on credit and all purchases had to be paid for in cash before delivery. The company’s staff retention had also become a major problem. Background: The retail firm owned and…

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View Better information means better decisions for Global Manufacturer

Better information means better decisions for Global Manufacturer

Background: Three years ago, a global manufacturing company needed a Financial Controller to cover a period of prolonged absence.  Tracy Lewis from the EFM network was hired for the three-month contract.  Tracy is a very experienced Financial Controller with 20 years in industry and lectures in Finance and Management. During the contract, Tracy collated and presented…

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Business Process Improvement

Background: A business unit within a bank had just undergone a restructure and reorganisation. Challenge: However, its operations needed to be reviewed in order to improve customer satisfaction, clear backlogs, shorten delivery timescales, remove waste, reduce costs and improve risks. Solutions: Mike directed a project to map business processes across the business unit. The mapping…

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Influencing Change

Background: The company owned a  manufacturing facility with energy representing a significant part of the running costs, over which historically there had been little control. Natural gas became available at the site, giving the opportunity for a lower cost energy source, however, there was resistance from management due to existing practices and safety concerns. Challenge:…

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View Cinema System Implementation

Cinema System Implementation

Sector: Leisure Background:  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…

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Venture Capital & Technology

SECTOR: Venture Capital & Technology BACKGROUND: A VC investor required an independent rebuild & validation of an investee technology company’s business model prior to 2nd round funding and the sourcing of further strategic investment. CHALLENGE: The investor & investee company CEO needed to validate the assumptions and completeness & accuracy of the company’s forecasts in…

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Monitoring Business Performance

Background A syndicate of banks and insurers had participated in an unsecured facility to a clothing and textiles manufacturer. Challenge The manufacturer was unfamiliar with international debt markets, and did not appreciate the process of dealing with poor operating performance.  It had experienced some issues with its operating performance and unsold stock due to unseasonal…

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View Case Study- New strategic objectives set for Health and Social Care clinic

Case Study- New strategic objectives set for Health and Social Care clinic

Sector: Health and Social Care      Background: The Client, a private limited company started by 2 individuals several years before was involved in very complex care and education of children and young people. Although very successful in terms of growth and market position, one of the 2 original directors had decided that it was…

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