Business Planning and Strategy

In large, successful organisations, the person in charge typically enjoys the support of an in-house team of experts, whose job it is to help them make the right decisions for the business.

The expert on financial planning and management is usually called Chief Financial Officer.

Most small to medium sized businesses cannot afford to have a full-time financial expert in-house, but they can’t afford to be without expert financial planning and management either.

We can provide value for money affordable sound financial planning to underpin your business activities, and keep you on track to achieving the success that you have mapped out for your business.

Think of us as your outsourced Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the financial management of your business, leaving you free to do what you do best – managing the other key activities of your business.

We provide a comprehensive value-for-money outsourced Chief Financial Officer styled service. We do not seek Board directorships, but we do everything else a Chief Financial Officer does – from planning through to keeping the records and monitoring the results, while reporting to the Board on a monthly basis.

Here’s how it works:

1) Planning Meeting:

  • Preview Business Plan
  • Confirm Yearly Targets & Measures
  • Define Information & Management Systems
  • Provide clear instructions on Set-up & Use of Systems

2) Monthly Review Meetings:

  • Measure progress against Targets
  • Review Individual Sections of Business Plan
  • Adapt Business Plan
  • Agree next-step Actions

3) Support:

  • Unlimited advice & support on an ongoing basis
  • As required, and for additional fee:
  • VAT Returns
  • Annual Accounts
  • Filing of Corporate Tax
  • Filing of CRO Returns

We provide value for money affordable sound financial planning to underpin your business activities, and keep you on track to achieving the success that you have mapped out for your business.

We provide a comprehensive Strategic Planning service to enable a business to answer the following questions:

Where are you now?

Where are you going?

How are you going to get there?

Where are you going to get the money?

The objectives are to:

  • Establish current and future capital requirements
  • Preview Business Plan
  • Confirm Yearly Targets & Measures
  • Define Information & Management Systems
  • Provide Clear Instructions On Set-up & Use of Systems

Benefits of Planning and Financial Control

  • Making a successful business more successful
  • Support in meeting shareholders and investors’ requirements
  • Consistent approach to financial communications by the company to it’s investors / shareholders
  • Provide a structured path to ensure that further capital requirements are avoided or called for in good time
  • A consistent and managed approach to risk together with a trusted channel of communication to the investor
  • Our supervision of our professionals will ensure constant, consistent and independent sanity checks on the progress of the business towards its financial goals

Business Plan

A robust Business Plan is the roadmap for a business to achieve success, and its importance should not be underestimated.

From the outset, an Executive Summary should briefly emphasise the main points of your plan and introduce the reader to what you and your business are all about. It provides you with an opportunity to persuasively highlight key messages, thereby hooking the reader in to continue reading.

Following on from the Executive Summary, the following six issues should be elaborated on in detail within the plan:

  1. The problem to be solved
  2. The proposed solution

Your route to market

  1. Your potential revenues
  2. The level of finance required
  3. How you propose to repay your financiers within 5 years

The plan should be approximately 10 to 15 pages long and should set out detailed financial projections for the project. If you prepare a Business Plan in line with these guidelines, we will present it to the financial markets on your behalf.

A due diligence process will then be carried out and we will oversee this process with the proposed investor on your behalf.

Note: For due diligence reasons, a full business plan and financial projections for 5 years is required.

The following information is also required in order to process funding applications:

A paragraph to explain how your business will make money, in the simplest terms.

  • Typical sales price per unit.
  • Typical variable cost per unit.
  • Fixed cost of running the business at the level that you intend.
  • A paragraph to explain how you sell your product, and to whom you sell it.
  • A paragraph to explain how you will get your product to the people you are selling to.
  • The name and BRIEF work history of each of your management team members.
  • A paragraph which explains how much money you need, and what you need it for.
  • A brief description of the organisation as it is now, with key customers, employees, owners and suppliers.

Documents to attach:

Support for the prices you sell at from a reliable third party (e.g. market survey).

Copies of any agency or distribution agreements (all of them).

Copies of supplier agreements.

Cash flow forecasts.

Business projections.

Most recent audited financial statements (if available).

This is not a complete list, but is a minimum requirement.

Any information sent to us will be treated in complete confidence, and all documents should be photocopies and not originals as the application will be destroyed if not proceeded with. The directors of South Quay do not invest in any business in their own personal capacity, and are restricted by their partnership agreement from being employed or participating in any way in an applicant business.

To find out more, contact us today.