What Should Your Scale Up Finance Team Look Like?

Entrepreneurs frequently find scaling their finance team one of the more difficult aspects of running their  business. This may be because the requirements of the finance team are normally so different from the rest of the business and finance operations can have finely nuanced systems, procedures, cultures, and relationships that often benefit from subtle and … Continue reading What Should Your Scale Up Finance Team Look Like?

So you want to acquire?

While planning an acquisition can seem as simple as agreeing terms (and let’s assume you’ve already scanned the market to select the best targets), checking you can afford the purchase consideration and lining up a trusted solicitor, this approach runs the risk of overlooking the first opportunities to optimise deal performance. We highlight four opportunities … Continue reading So you want to acquire?

Build and scale your team to create a competitive advantage

Fast growing businesses often find recruiting a significant challenge, particularly with limited finances to compete with businesses that have an established position and have more access to resources to attract and retain talent. Overcoming this challenge provides a route to improved productivity, innovation and  market insights by building a self-sustaining culture that nurtures talent. In … Continue reading Build and scale your team to create a competitive advantage

Scale-up insights in the SW and Creative Sector

2021 will be a critical year for many businesses. Despite the existential challenge created by ongoing COVID restrictions (especially considering reduced governmental support), many small to mid-market businesses are focussing their efforts on growth this year. They know this will be challenging, but they are up for it. At Link Stone Advisory we track market … Continue reading Scale-up insights in the SW and Creative Sector

Is a merger better than selling or closing your business?

While an selling may be necessary for some businesses owners, it is disappointing to hear about business owners selling out for quick deals or brokers looking for a quick 10% to arrange a deal with a tired old list of low value buyers.  That said there are a number of owners who will be concerned … Continue reading Is a merger better than selling or closing your business?

How to return to growth? Ten growth hacks

As outlined in our previous article, the recovery is unlikely to be linear yet there will be good growth prospects for many businesses. While the competitive landscape has changes, references to the ‘new normal’ dangerously suggest there will be a paradigm shift, with new fundamentals and where totally new rules apply. Instead we see an … Continue reading How to return to growth? Ten growth hacks

Thinking about picking up a bargain and acquiring in the COVID climate?

Closing the deal might just be the easy part. We support our clients to go behind just closing the deal and in the current climate we’ve been highlighting particular potential risks over;  VAT (if the business is not a ‘going concern’ there are risks) Goodwill (the loyalty kind, not the accounting kind) and continuity of … Continue reading Thinking about picking up a bargain and acquiring in the COVID climate?

Seeking investors?

Thinking of securing investment, an exit or MBO involving private equity? Tom Whittard, partner at Westbridge, gives three tips in an article in Corporate Financier magazine shown below. Contact us if you want to learn more about our advisory and corporate finance experience and support. 1 Deal Readiness Entrepreneurial business owners have a tendency to … Continue reading Seeking investors?

Start planning the most effective cost reduction plan for your business today.

As the extended nature of the lockdown continues, pressure is building on businesses to find meaningful cost reduction to enable them to re-model the business and compete effectively.  Our experience in cost reduction and conversations with businesses highlight that a number of barriers are encountered that can inhibit the effectiveness of a cost reduction programme, … Continue reading Start planning the most effective cost reduction plan for your business today.

Hope is not a plan: build resilience quickly and reignite growth

Responding to COVID-19 has meant that most businesses have had to dig deep. While there will be few outright winners from the crisis, most business leaders will know that they will have to adapt. In this article we explain five basic practices that successful businesses will embrace and six growth drivers that businesses can refine … Continue reading Hope is not a plan: build resilience quickly and reignite growth