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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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Donna Dallas

Senior Manager

Donna started work as a trainee accountant in 2006, having completed a degree in accounting and finance at the University of Kent. After qualifying in 2011, and following the merger of the partnership she previously worked for, Donna has progressed from Supervisor through to Senior Manager. 

She has her own portfolio of clients specialising in small to medium sized owner managed businesses in a range of different industries. She has built up a good rapport with her clients and prides herself on maintaining long standing relationships, having worked with a number of clients for over ten years.

Donna is methodical in her approach and likes to help clients to achieve their goals. She provides ongoing financial advice to her clients aiding them to interpret financial information that can influence their strategic development, in addition to general compliance and preparation of quarterly / annual financial statements.

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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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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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Rajeev Shaunak

Head of Travel &Tourism, Partner

Rajeev has over 15 years experience working with a varied portfolio of clients especially in the healthcare and travel sectors. 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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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 -
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