Survival Sometimes Means Making Fundamental Change #012

Published on 9 November 2010 by Tony Groom Any successful business would be expected to be constantly monitoring its activities and modifying them where necessary to improve the efficiency and its various offers. Continuous business improvement does two things: it optimises existing processes and keeps them optimal by continually updating them. But on its own, […]

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Employing Restructuring Advisers to Help Save Your Company #003

Published on 16 September 2010 by Tony Groom There are a number of options for companies who find themselves in financial difficulties, but a real challenge is finding someone to help. It’s made more difficult if the directors/owners take the view that they know their business better than anyone else and infer from this that […]

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Business Turnaround Process Involves Completing Three Phases #011

Published on 14 November 2011 by Tony Groom There are essentially three phases to a business turnaround which are the first, emergency phase to try to ensure survival, followed by a stabilisation phase which includes a thorough look at any fundamental changes needed to achieve a viable business and finally the growth phase to secure […]

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Turnaround Forecasting is About Reality, Not Hope #015

Published on 14 November 2010 by Tony Groom Normally most forecasting is done for lending, fund raising or other investor related purposes and therefore with hope of future growth built into the forecast. Such forecasts show how loans will be repaid and investors will achieve a return on their money. Such forecasts are often not […]

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The Focus Must be on Cash Flow When Times Are Tough #029

Published on 21 January 2011 by Tony Groom Profit and turnover are, of course, important measures of business performance but when times are as difficult as they are at the start of 2011 and many businesses are finding themselves in difficulties the main focus must shift to cash. Cash flow is the most immediate indicator […]

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Factoring and Invoice Discounting: Be Wary of Hidden Fees #038

Published on 1 March 2011 by Tony Groom Factoring and invoice discounting (borrowing money against invoices) can be a helpful tool for funding the working capital of a business. While it used to be regarded as a means of borrowing by businesses in financial difficulties, it is now a common source of finance for managing […]

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Do Small Businesses Understand Working Capital and Liquidity? #046

Published on 6 May 2011 by Tony Groom There is some doubt about whether small businesses in particular understand the concept of liquidity. When borrowing against assets, such as the sales ledger using factoring or invoice discounting or plant and machinery finance or property mortgages, there seems to be a widespread misunderstanding among businesses about […]

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Cash is King When a Business is Facing Financial Pressure #010

Published on 14 November 2010 by Tony Groom A company can be said to be insolvent on any one of four tests: the cash flow test, balance sheet test (negative asset value), an unsatisfied judgement (usually a county court judgement) or an outstanding statutory demand. Of these four the most crucial is the cash flow […]

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