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Business Strategy

Whether they’re commercial or personal, everyone has priorities and everyone has goals. It’s our job to help you identify those, and make them happen. Here is how we do that: 

Strategic planning

We can guide you to develop clear objectives for your business, building on your strengths and overcoming your weaknesses. Through a series of planning sessions, we can:

  • Identify those areas in your business that are holding you back
  • Present the options available to you
  • Plan the best course of action

Our approach follows a well-designed strategic planning programme covering all dimensions: from marketing, operations, human resource management and finance, all aiming to unlock the potential within your business. Our strategic work focuses on detailed and effective action planning, which means you will receive support and guidance to help you realise your aspirations. We can give you:

  • Greater control over your future
  • A clearer succession plan
  • Increased freedom from your business
  • A higher return on your investment, or increased revenue
  • Improved team morale and productivity

Profit improvement

You want to maximise the income of your business, while at the same time you’re striving to keep costs under control. Remember: minimising waste and inefficiency can and does have a positive effect on both. The average company could lose an estimated 15-20% of their operating costs through waste and inefficiencies. We developed our Waste Reduction Programme to help deal with operational inefficiencies:

  • We identify where waste and inefficiencies occur in your business
  • We prioritise the areas to tackle first
  • We set the actions needed to cut out these wastes and inefficiencies
  • We help make your business more streamlined.

Value-building and succession planning

A business primed for sale can be worth considerably more than one where the owners have neglected to plan. There are several actions you can take to maximise the value of your business, facilitate a smooth transaction and ensure its ongoing success - timing really is key to exit planning. Our succession planning experts can help you to:

  • Achieve clarity of vision for your business
  • Establish a track record of growth in profitability
  • Build a management team that can succeed without you
  • Establish robust systems and procedures built on best practice
  • Become free from excessive debt

We can help you get a clear idea of where your business needs to be when you exit, where you are currently – and, crucially, what you need to do to bridge that gap.

Get in touch to discuss how we can help hone your strategy.

Meet the team

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Neil Stern

Partner

Neil joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2006 and through hard work and determination quickly progressed to become a Partner in our North London office in April 2013.

Drawing on his experience working within a large, diverse portfolio, Neil advises his clients on all aspects of compliance, with a strong element of proactive and strategic business advice.

He is responsible for reviewing and running the SAR audits for law firm clients and has gained in depth knowledge of how professional practices operate.

Neil is the Head of the firm’s Business Strategy Group and is a member of Mindshop. His focus is in helping businesses develop and guiding them to reach their full potential.

Neil’s creative side is demonstrated through his hobbies as he is a keen drummer, hand makes guitars and is a fitness enthusiast who is a qualified fitness consultant and sports therapist.

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Stephen Askew

Partner

Stephen joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson when the Kent offices of Haines Watts merged with the firm in 2018 having formerly ran a practice for 30 years. 

Stephen specialises in providing business strategy advice to owner managed businesses and has trained with a variety of leading consultants to specialise in Business Development.  

His advice comes not just from his background as a Chartered Accountant but from learning and developing other skills relevant to running a successful business.

Stephen has also undertaken a number of speaking roles and lectured on finance both in the UK and overseas for a management school running Institute of Management qualifications.

He volunteers as a National Councillor for the South East Region for the Federation of Small Businesses, a role that places him in a position to help small businesses.

Outside of work it is about the family, travel and sailing being the proud owner of a ten metre yacht.

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Sunil Tailor

Manager

Sunil joined the firm in January 2010 as a graduate trainee. After qualifying in January 2013, he quickly became a general practice portfolio manager. He is an active member of the firm’s Professional Practices sector and Business Strategy Group, providing a strategic planning service, giving innovative advice to individuals and businesses.

Sunil currently works on a varied and diverse portfolio of clients, specialising in audit and accounts. He is a member of Mindshop, helping provide tools, training and support to businesses looking to reach their full potential. He is a specialist in Solicitors Accounts Rules and assisted in developing a new internal work programme and delivers an internal course on the matter. Sunil graduated from University College London, studying Economics and is a member of the Institution of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). 

In his spare time, Sunil is a sports enthusiast. He is a season ticket holder at Saracens RFC, played youth county rugby and cricket at various representative levels, having represented England Under 17s, Middlesex 2XI and is currently a full MCC member. Due to his strong sporting background, Sunil takes great pride in team development and strong client relationships and is a key part of the firm’s Social and Client Care Committees.

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Hayley Benn

Business Services & Tax Manager

Hayley joined MacIntyre Hudson in 2015 following the merger of her previous firm. She has over 12 years’ experience working with predominately owner-managed businesses, dealing with accountancy and tax.

One of her specialties is in Business Tax Compliance and Advisory, which has developed from the variety of clients she works with.

Additionally, she is part of our Digital Solutions Team and is focused on how technology and, specifically, how cloud accounting can benefit each business, giving individual advice and assistance.

Hayley’s biggest passion lies in assisting clients to succeed, from strategic planning, to being at the end of the phone for support. She cares about her clients and believes providing the right advice and working together with a client is the key to success.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys running around after her two children, with camping trips and walks along the beach.

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What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector

What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group