We have worked with Farm Urban to develop their business plan and investment plan. From this, we have recently raised £150,000 of social investment that will be used to purchase hydroponic equipment to expand the urban farm. This will supply freshly-grown salads and herbs to Liverpool restaurants - local, sustainable food production that does not harm our environment.
Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT)
We have provided a flexible finance director service to improve the financial strength of FACT. This has included (1) a procurement review that has saved over £40,000 per annum of non-pay costs (2) tender for banking services (3) introducing a new financial ledger system and project sponsoring the introduction of CRM (4) financial reporting to Board and Executive Team, including budget-setting, management accounts, forecasting, and cash flow forecasting (5) income and cost analysis of all areas of the business, identified margin by business area, this informed the financial strategy and led to change of structure (6) team leadership on finance, estates, IT and legal matters and (7) identifying, bidding for and successfully obtaining £100,000 of social investment funding. From September 2018 Matthew has taken on the role of Managing Director, whilst a new CEO is appointed.
Matthew has provided FACT with a flexible and highly effective finance director function. We have been very happy with the service he has provided, which has helped us to re-focus our financial strategy, make cost reductions and lay the foundations to grow new income sustainably.
— Jo Wright, Executive Director, FACT
Invisible Wind Factory
Supporting IWF and the Kazamier with a book-keeping service combined with strategic financial advice and a project to improve financial controls and financial reporting.
We have undertaken a number of consultancy projects for the Serpentine Gallery, including supporting the development of a Balanced Scorecard reporting framework to monitor achievement against a new business plan.
The Bluecoat, Liverpool
Strategic financial consultancy, initially to improve the financial reporting and forecasting processes ahead of strategic financial review. This work has led on to an ongoing support relationship that has helped the Bluecoat understand its financial position and manage it better.
Supported by a Reach Fund grant, we helped Make Liverpool become investment ready. We implemented a finance system and helped them streamline their financial processes. We prepared a business plan and financial plan that supported this creative hub to obtain a £45,000 grant and £105,000 of social investment funding. We continue to support Make Liverpool with an accountancy and book-keeping service.
Working in partnership with the 2030 Hub to support and advise local social enterprises; and keeping the 2030 Hub's annual accounts and VAT returns ticking along too.
We started with Red Ninja by undertaking a financial health check. Our report identified several areas of work to take forward to help Red Ninja improve their financial strength.
Within ten working days we had established the annual budget, created a meaningful monthly management accounts pack and forecast, identified cost savings and efficiency gains, supported the improvement of key business processes such as new business pipeline reporting, and succeeded in identifying, bidding for and obtaining £150,000 of social investment funding.
You have really lived up to your name of "adding value" - Amazing
— Lee Omar, CEO
Knowsley Borough Council
We are providing accounting consultancy to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council's Business Growth Programme. The programme provides a bespoke package of business support to eligible SMEs with growth ambitions.
Everyman and Liverpool Playhouse Theatres
Provided an interim finance director service to the theatres during a time of transformation. As well as leading the finance and IT teams, I developed the financial reporting to board, completed the year end accounts, including transition to FRS102 and engagement with new auditors, and completed Theatre Tax Relief claim.
Matthew provided The Everyman with a high-quality and responsive finance director service. He quickly grasped the theatres' complex operating environment as well as issues specific to the wider arts sector and has provided us with sound financial advice. He is highly committed to his clients and has worked diligently under pressure to meet urgent deadlines when needed. I would have no hesitation in recommending Matthew for future work.
— Mark Da Vanzo, Managing Director