Funding to support your growth

If you are an SME with a successful business you may need support to drive the next stage of your growth. Running a thriving company can be a real challenge and is sometimes a lonely place to be. In an ideal world you’d have an experienced full-time finance professional (e.g. a Finance Director) on your team but, right now, the cost is probably prohibitive.
SouthWestfd is a highly experienced group of finance professionals who have all been finance directors, managing directors and CEOs in a variety of industries. We have helped many companies across the region to set the foundations for successful expansion, putting the right building blocks into place, such as robust cash flow management.For an initial outlay of only £1,500 (+VAT) we can access government funding that would pay for £3,000 of our time (equivalent to 5-6 days support). We will work with you on a flexible basis to help improve your company’s financial performance and support your growth.We will assign one of our Finance Directors to get to know your business and to engage with you and your senior team to:

  • Help to identify ways of improving profitability
  • Help you keep on top of your cashflow
  • Support your management of growth and avoidance of growth pitfalls
  • Identify key improvements in the financial information you receive
  • Challenge you to improve your financial systems and processes
  • Assist you to draw out and resolve key financial issues
  • Support your financial forecasting and business strategy
  • Discuss your working capital needs and options for fund-raising
  • Assist you to build relationships and credibility with banks, investors and other funders such as grant providers
  • Prepare you for raising of finance, acquisitions and exits
  • Help with resolution of difficult and confidential issues
  • Act as a sounding board for you and your team
  • Help you to ensure that you fulfil your statutory duties to the company
  • Cover any issues that you wish to discuss and develop

To qualify, your business must:

  • Be registered in the UK and based in England
  • Have fewer than 250 employees
  • Have turnover of less than £40m

As a follow-on, we also have access to ‘Leadership and Management’ training grants, giving match funding of up to £2,000 per eligible senior manager. These grants could pay for, e.g., general or targeted financial management training, marketing and PR training, HR training and many other topics. Much of the training can be “embedded” within your normal activities to make it very practical and totally relevant to your needs.

To register your interest and find out more, please call us on 01392 432654 or e-mail and we will talk you through the process.