Alistair is an experienced and commercial professional with extensive financial commercial and general management experience. Since qualifying as a CA with a big 4 firm, he has for many years been running, owning and managing businesses as Chairman, Managing Director and Finance Director. Sectors in which Alistair has operated include – colour printing, plastics, packaging, electronics, manufacturing, service sector, creative industries and retail. Alistair has significant experience in the following areas: strategic planning, financial modelling for businesses, raising finance and capital including negotiating with professionals banks etc, business plans, helping ailing companies ‘turn themselves around’, business capital structures and restructuring. Since moving to an advisory role Alistair has worked extensively in the following sectors – training and development, financial services, retail and manufacturing, both with new start-up businesses and with established businesses.
Alison has many years of experience working as the finance director in owner managed businesses. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with one of the big four firms she gained experience working with large Scottish companies both public and private as audit manager. Sectoral experience includes electronics, health services, drinks and leisure. She then moved to work as finance director in a privately owned clinical research company. Within this company Alison’s specific areas of expertise include managing growth, overseas expansion, due diligence, sale of the business, integration within new owners and the full range of financial management activities, including monthly reporting, budgeting, cash-flow forecasting, systems integration and taxation as well as company secretarial duties. Subsequently Alison has worked at the senior level in a printing business as finance director and director in charge of all HR and health and safety issues. Since the start of 23W Alison’s work has concentrated on ambitious entrepreneurial business to whom Alison’s considerable experience can add value.