Claire Byrne ACMA, CGMA - Founder and Director
I am a qualified and experienced Financial Director and Business Strategist and I get my kicks from helping businesses like yours, succeed.
As the Head of Finance and a board member of Checkatrade.com, I was instrumental in the growth and sale of the business - taking revenues from £1m to £25m in just 9 years.
Working full time, while completing first the AAT qualification (Association of Accounting Technicians) and then CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) meant I put my learning straight into practice, and I love nothing more than troubleshooting issues, solving problems and streamlining processes.
In 2007 I was approached to come and work at Checkatrade.com. Still a fledgling business, with just 30 employees, I took a place on the strategic management team, managed the finance team, and played an instrumental role in the business strategy and decision making.
It was awesome, taking Checkatrade.com from 30 to 300 employees, reaching £25m turnover and becoming a household name in just 9 years.
I and managed projects including the introduction of management accounts and budgets, the automation of direct debit collection, upgrading of accounting software, cost saving initiatives, card payment acceptance, the transition to an AUDDIS paperless direct debit collection system.
The business regularly had new ideas which needed cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, cashflow forecasting and had to adapt and change often to meet the demand of the customers and the public using the service.
I was excited to play a huge part in the partnership project; leading the legal, compliance and due diligence required for the successful sale of shares at the end of 2016 for, £90m.
After almost 20 years of working in business, I realised that business owners have a clear need for support. The independent businesses would thrive with the support and advice of an experienced Finance Director, yet very few have access to one of those.
Many business owners are fearful of accounts themselves, and loath the complicated jargon that is anticipated when working with Accountants.
I understand that, so I avoid all the unnecessary jargon and complications - just clear, straight forward, business advice and support is what you get from me.
My focus is always on supporting you, as a business owner, and working with you to make improvements, to see businesses grow and thrive! With the right knowledge and ideas, the possibilities are INFINITE!
Claire Byrne CGMA, ACMA, NLP Master Prac, Hypo Prac.
Based in Chichester, West Sussex