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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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Stephen Poleykett

Partner

Stephen joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2009 following 15 years in the profession when he specialised in the audit of AIM and fully listed companies.  During that period he helped listed companies through the difficult transition from UK to International accounting practice. He also gained a wealth of experience advising owner-managed businesses, especially in the area of tax mitigation and profit extraction. 

At MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Stephen joined the International team and he deals mainly with the UK operations of overseas companies.  A typical week includes, international audits, helping foreign individuals and businesses plan their entry into UK markets, establishing UK legal entities and hand-holding clients through the maze of UK  legal and tax compliance.  With the option to call upon a range of specialist expertise within the firm, including HR, insurance and ex-patriot tax, Stephen helps our firm provide a one-stop show for new and mature international business. 

In his spare time Stephen enjoys keeping an eye on current affairs, having fun with his family and avoiding household chores.

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Joe Spencer

Partner

Specialising in the Agriculture & Rural Business sector Joe has developed a deep understanding of the challenges facing farming businesses today. He advises clients from small family farms through to larger commercial enterprises on various issues such as diversification projects, business restructuring, succession planning and benchmarking.

His experience within the agricultural sector enables him to offer considered and insightful solutions to sometimes difficult situations. Taking time to understand not only the business structure but also the family dynamics allows Joe to fully appreciate these relationships and to factor these in when suggesting inheritance tax and other succession planning strategies.

Joe is also involved in advising businesses operating within pharmaceutical and life science sectors. In particular, assisting with tax planning and structuring, and providing a full range of compliance services.

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Mandy MacKinnon

Business Solutions Manager

Mandy is an experienced chartered accountant and business strategist who excels at advising clients to overcome growth and profitability issues. As a founder member of the Firm’s Business Strategy Group, formed in 2001, Mandy has worked with a wide variety of SMEs from a range of sectors over the years. Business owners and management teams have benefitted from her help with developing robust strategic plans that have improved the value of their businesses.

Building on her experience and understanding of the needs of SMEs, Mandy has developed a successful “Understanding Finance” workshop which focusses on delivering personalised one to one or team training sessions to SMEs. These bespoke workshops offer clients a greater understanding of their own accounts and help them both in planning the strategic direction and in making the right commercial decisions for their business. The training is particularly popular with the second generation in family businesses or with new directors who are not fully confident in their ability to review financial information. Mandy believes it is not enough to just write a plan; to succeed it must be lived as well. The support she provides is geared to bridge that implementation gap.

As a member of Mindshop, a strategic leadership training organisation which operates globally, Mandy has access to a vast array of business tools and planning techniques that compliment her own training programmes. She is also an accredited growth coach with the Growth Accelerator service.

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Rajeev Shaunak

Head of Consumer, Partner

Rajeev has over 20 years experience working with a varied portfolio of clients especially in the healthcare and consumer sectors. He is the national sector head for the Consumer Sector, covering Travel & Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality and Retail. In addition to audit, accounting and tax issues, Rajeev has considerable experience in giving general business advice including advising on AIM flotations, systems reviews, preparing specialist reports and advising on regulatory compliance.

He is a member of the firm’s Business Strategy Group and enjoys advising on a variety of matters affecting businesses, from audit and accounting issues to budgeting and strategic planning and puts an emphasis on planning for growth and profitability.

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What they say about us

My favourite benefit of working with MHA MacIntyre Hudson is having access to a huge network of knowledge but still having the direct personal feel when dealing with the local office team. Callum Bates -
J Bates & Son

What they say about us

I've always been very happy with the information provided and, no matter how obscure it may be, the agricultural team have always been able to find an answer – and with the large diversification project we took on there have been plenty of questions! Callum Bates - J Bates & Son