Four key benefits of having a part time finance director

Part time finance directors are a popular choice for high growth and ambitious business leaders. If you are defining where this is right for your business, here are four key benefits  Flexibility: You can find an arrangement that works best for you, in terms of time/cost and skills needed. Make the right choices and you … Continue reading Four key benefits of having a part time finance director

When do you need more than a part time finance director?

When businesses are going through significant change, it can be easy to assume that a full time role is needed, especially when faced with business transformations like: Systems change; or Corporate transactions; or  Integrations and deserters; or Change programmes and restructuring. Apart from the additional work and resource requirements, such transformations benefit from previous experience. … Continue reading When do you need more than a part time finance director?

How a part time finance director can help you develop your business

Taking on a part time finance director can be a significant step and focusing on the benefits can help decide when the timing is right for your business. Here are five realistic expectations you should have about taking on a part time finance director. An experienced part time finance director can not only help with … Continue reading How a part time finance director can help you develop your business

Five questions to ask when selecting a part time finance director

If you are thinking about adding a part time finance director to your team, you might be struggling with how to decide whether a candidate is a good fit for your business. Here are five questions that might help you decide which candidate is best suited for you: Can they develop my existing finance team? … Continue reading Five questions to ask when selecting a part time finance director

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