Case studies

Global Partners and Associates

Global Partners & Associates Ltd (GPA) is a social purpose company working to promote democratic politics, effective governance and human rights. GPA works in countries across the world in partnership with state and non-state organisations - including governments, international organisations, charitable foundations and businesses - providing expert advice to enhance effective democratic practice.

Southern Consulting has been working with Niamh McClean, Chief Operating Officer for GPA over the last six months on a strategic financial management project. Niamh provided the following comments:

"Following a period of growth, Business Link recommended GPA seek advice from Southern Consulting to develop a more strategic approach to financial management. To date Tim Southern has done this superbly: within a few weeks of working together we had accurate financial projections and reports, and we were able to analyse our costs for better pricing. Most importantly he has kept the senior team focused on the future, providing advice and support, as well as information and financial strategy. We’d highly recommend him."


Harrison Associates

Harrison Associates (HA) is an occupational therapy practice based in west London. Southern Consulting was asked to carry out a review of profitability and cash flow. As a result of the review, HA hived off the non-core training division and Southern Consulting focused on the key issues impacting cash flow. Over a twelve month period the business has returned to profitability and seen a significant improvement in cash flow. Southern Consulting is currently assisting the management team with business and financial planning and management reporting.

Jan Harrison, managing director and major shareholder said, “Southern Consulting offer proactive and pragmatic advice that has made real difference to our business. The company is now in a much better position financially and I am able to focus on growing the business rather than fire-fighting. Southern Consulting is now an integral part of moving our business forward.”


G Ettinger Limited

G Ettinger Limited (GE) is a high class leather goods designer and manufacturer based in South West London. Southern Consulting established its relationship with GE over five years ago when Robert Ettinger (managing director) was looking for a pro-active accountant to handle the company’s accounting and corporation tax compliance work. Throughout Southern Consulting's involvement Tim Southern has met with Robert on a monthly basis to discuss and advise on business, financial and taxation matters including planning and financial forecasting.

Robert Ettinger, managing director, said, “Southern Consulting has provided an excellent accounting and business advisory service since our introduction. I have been impressed with the support and advice Tim has given on key issues affecting the business during that time. His advice is both professional and pragmatic. I value his perspective on the issues that determine the development of GE.”


Advance Seating Designs

Advance Seating Designs (ASD) is a specialist chair manufacturer based in Greenford, West London. ASD manufactures an extensive range of chairs for back care and orthopaedic needs in the corporate/public sectors and for consumers.

Southern Consulting was initially asked to carry out a review of the business to assess its medium term viability. Over the last two to three years the business had been losing market share and the management team recognised they needed refocusing and energising. Working closely with directors, Southern Consulting devised a strategic plan that concentrated on three key issues; business planning, marketing and short and medium term cashflow. During the latter part of 2007 and throughout 2008 the company returned to profitability reversing the loss making trend for the previous two years.

Alan Glaser, MD of ASD, said, “Tim Southern, principal of Southern Consulting, has provided the management team with effective strategic and financial management support. He has helped us all focus on what we do best. As a result the business is in a much stronger position to meet the demands of our competitive market place than it was two years ago. I value Tim’s pragmatic, straight-talking advice. He tackles difficult issues skilfully, coming up with workable solutions.”


AH Peck Flooring Contractors Ltd

Southern Consulting has been providing corporate compliance management for the last three years. Southern Consulting prepares the annual financial statements for filing at Companies House and prepares the corporation tax returns for filing with HMRC. In addition Southern Consulting prepares management accounts for the directors and completes VAT returns on a quarterly basis through the on-site visits of Noreen Bennett, one of our accounting associates.

Corey Osman, MD of AH Peck, said, “Southern Consulting has provided valuable financial support to the business over the last three years with a combination of Tim’s timely advice and Noreen’s practical bookkeeping abilities.”

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