Business Financial Advisory ConsultantsServing Businesses In Manchester & Liverpool
As well as providing businesses across Liverpool, Manchester, the surrounding areas of Preston, Bury, The Wirral and the rest of the North West with high-class accounting, tax and advisory services, the chartered, certified accounts here at Williamson & Croft want to educate people on topics that relate to accounting, tax and VAT. So with that in mind, we’ve set up an FAQ page to help you find the answers to some commonly asked questions.
We hope you find what you're looking for on this page. However, if you don't find the answer to your question on this FAQ page or want more information about our accounting, tax or advisory services and how our team can help you, then be sure to get in touch online or give us a call on 0161 3990121 today.
Since our inception, this local firm has been passionate about giving expert advice with the goal of becoming one of the best accountancy service providers in Manchester, Liverpool and the rest of England and Wales. The end goal? To become a local accountancy firm that helps business owners increase their average profit, beat their competitors, implement firm foundations and reward their dedicated, hard-working teams while building robust businesses with a great corporate culture that supports everyone.
Creating value for our clients
At Williamson & Croft, we understand the challenges that businesses face through growth and change, with first-hand experience of what it takes to run a successful company. Our advisory team can work as a key part of your business to develop strategies that drive growth and effectively manage changes that occur both within your business and the external environment it operates in. We take the time to understand who you are, your objectives, and the challenges that you face in order to develop strategies that work for you.
The strategy and operational plans you put in place could be the difference between success and failure. Our award-winning team of professionals take on these challenges with you and provide the right advice to help you make your mark in your industry.
We offer a range of specialist advisory services, including:
- Strategy – working with you to achieve your objectives by assisting with key decisions and providing our experience and foresight to help you make smart and informed decisions.
- Transactions – from advising you on mergers or acquisitions to drive growth, achieve economies of scale, or boost your capabilities, through to advising on an exit strategy to cement your achievements.
- Consulting – plugging the gaps in your business by providing you with the expert support needed to take your business to the next level.
Strategic Support – our strategic advisers can help you develop a clear strategy for business growth. We will look at your products and services, developing suitable pricing models, target customer base and generating new business and attracting or developing key staff to drive the business forward.
Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Compliance – we help businesses to reduce risk, improve control effectiveness, and ensure compliance with legislation. Our approach looks at factors such as strategy, targets, staff, technology, key stakeholders, financial reporting, asset management and intellectual rights.
Financial Modelling – a forward-looking financial model provides goals to work to and identifies potential risks and opportunities. A robust financial model should be used to make informed decisions and assist with changes of management / management charges in your business. We can provide forecasts, projections and other financial models in whatever format the business requires.
Corporate Finance – providing the right advice and negotiation assistance to ensure you get the desired deal for you and your business. We can assist with buying a business, selling your business, raising new finance or refinancing current facilities.
Transaction Services – enables you to make informed decisions where the key risks are identified and reported to you, along with a detailed report of the transaction all thoroughly documented as part of our due diligence process. Our pre- and post-deal advice is crucial to protecting the value in the transaction.
Valuations – whether you are undertaking a transaction, resolving a dispute or completing a restructure, the business valuation will be a crucial component. Developing a suitable valuation starts by having a deep understanding of the business and its environment, and ends with a sensible and commercial valuation tailored towards your purpose.
Outsourced Finance Director – ensuring that your key stakeholders are left in no doubt about your commercial awareness is key to them knowing that you are the right business to work with. Our specialist finance directors can help you to determine how you should allocate resources, respond to changing market conditions, and create long term sustainability, as well as:
- Develop effective management reporting.
- Evaluate your current financial systems and management information, and provide support to address shortcomings.
- Design and implement remuneration and reward programmes for key staff.
- Review profitability, with a view to maximising profit.
- Develop robust systems and controls.
- Manage key stakeholder relationships.
Recruitment of In-house Finance Staff – we can help you identify the necessary skills required for an effective finance function to drive your business forward. We can also help with the recruitment process from advising on which channels to use through to interviewing potential candidates and drafting remuneration packages.
Reporting Systems – our advisers can review your business and current systems, and provide conclusions on your systems and controls to ensure you are correctly recording and reporting your business data, making recommendations where improvements can be made.
You Should Choose Williamson & Croft As Your Advisors
- We are an award-winning firm of accountants and tax advisors offering the full range of services to clients within the UK and beyond it.
- Our dedication to client care ensures a personalised, empathetic, and results-driven approach. Not only will we deep-dive into your business, but we’ll ensure all risks and opportunities are identified to ensure you can manage growth and change in your business.
- We have clients from sectors as varied as property, construction, technology, professional services and digital, who consider us experts when it comes to understanding, and delivering on, their specific needs.
- We are easily found in Manchester and Liverpool and it would be great to arrange a meeting to discuss your business and for you to meet the team who will be assisting you.
As a recruitment agency, how will IR35 affect me?
IR35 status has to be determined by the client, rather than the contractor, who will have their tax and National Insurance Contributions deducted at source via PAYE. Responsibility rests with the party that pays the contractor, which in some cases could be recruitment agencies. Building on this, the new IR35 rules that the End Client is responsible for making the determination, not the agency. The End client must send to both the agency and the contractor a copy of their assessment. You are able to challenge the assessment within 45 days and you must provide evidence to show outside, ultimately though the End Client decides.
What advisory services do you offer fast growth businesses?
We support start-ups and emerging companies with a range of services which include:
- Financial forecasting.
- Scheduling meetings with private investors and venture firms.
- Business plan creation, review, enhancements.
- Capital raises consulting and network connections.
- Advisory board development and recruitment.
- Cash flow forecasting.
- Cash flow management
- Strategic advisory
What consultancy do you offer?
We offer 3 main areas of consultancy, which are:
- Outsourced Finance Director: This key individual can do everything from develop effective management reporting processes, evaluate your current financial systems and management information, through to designing and implementing remuneration and reward programmes, reviewing profitability, developing robust systems and controls and managing key stakeholder relationships.
- Recruitment Of In-house Finance Staff: Identifying the necessary skills required for an effective function to drive your business forwards. Sometimes as a business owner you may not necessarily have the correct knowledge of which questions to ask in a recruitment situation, we can sit in your interviews and assist you.
- Reporting Systems: We can review your current systems and business, making recommendations where improvements can be made.
My business is experiencing difficulty, what services can you offer?
Running a business can be a lonely task and never more so than when you are experiencing financial difficulties.
In situations like these, entrepreneurs need expert advice and support, our team can provide this. We will initially assess the problems facing the business, advise you of your options and will discuss these through with you. We will look for how we can save the business and the jobs it supports. We have some excellent case studies available where we have provided expert advice and business turnaround for entrepreneurs and business owners.
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