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We have been working with Smith Coopers for over 18 months and have found their service and support absolutely invaluable since our conversion to a Multi Academy Trust. 

Our first contact with Smith Cooper occurred some 8 months prior to our conversion. They provided some free preliminary guidance to the Federation regarding some of the pitfalls of academy conversion. We found this initial contact to be very beneficial and supportive in our planning, management and implementation of the conversion process. 

They undertake our internal and external audit producing our statutory accounts. We have found the team led by Sarah to be excellent; they have been outstanding in their support to us during the first year. They have supported our EfA submissions, provided VAT, audit and general advice. The biggest compliment we can pay them is the collaborative relationship that has developed between us since the conversion, we are not considered a “Cash cow”.  We know any help or support is a phone call away. We are aware of other services that Smith Copper offer and we are looking to transfer further support services to them, for example pay-roll. 

Because of the strong relationship that has been created, we would highly recommend Smith Cooper to any school considering conversion to Academy status. We are more than happy for you to contact us direct should you wish to discuss the service provided to us.

Mike Powell WHP Federation

Smith Cooper created an insightful report in to our existing business and growth plans created by overlaying their long experience advising franchisees, together with their financial/accounting expertise.  The report was critical in the PE house’s assessment of whether our projections were sensible and achievable.

Anil Patel Managing Director - 23.5 Degrees Limited

We have worked with Smith Cooper for a number of years and have no hesitation in recommending their expertise. The team can always be relied upon to deliver comprehensive advice to their clients setting out strategies that deliver the best commercial outcomes available. A reliable business partner in restructuring your business.

Mark Wood Head of Restructuring (East Midlands) - Eversheds LLP

In choosing a Corporate Finance advisor, we look for proven experience, expertise and the ability to generate ideas, all of which were qualities I found in Smith Cooper. Their exceptional and personal service, creative and practical advice and hands-on approach was key in structuring and negotiating a deal that achieved all parties’ objectives and in securing a positive outcome to the transaction. The deal was very complex, involving the interpretation of complex legal and financial agreements dating back to a previous transaction.

The team was a pleasure to work with and delivered on what they promised at the outset.

Martin Collins Managing Director - White Label Resources

"We have been working with Smith Cooper for over three years during which time they have installed a new accounting system and provided complete support for this system. We have always found the support team to be very knowledgeable about the products and unlike other support teams, they have been able to answer the majority of our queries at the point they are raised which is always very useful for a busy team.”

Stacey Hargreaves Group Chief Accountant

I first met with Michelle just over 4 years ago when I had difficulties obtaining a commercial mortgage to fund the acquisition of premises for the purpose of a start-up healthcare facility.

Her intervention was fundamental in securing the funds which enabled me to start the venture which is now a real success story.

Michelle works with a team of professionals within Smith Cooper who between them have the knowledge, experience and contacts to make every step of a start-up venture as pain free as possible.

I was particularly impressed by the fact that they made the effort to understand the specifics of the healthcare business.

I really feel that they are always on the other end of the phone and If I have a query or seek advice I can talk to them or meet for a face to face meeting with a very short notice.

As a business owner I am happy to have Michelle’s and Smith Cooper’s expertise in accounting and business development at my disposal.

Dr Ivan Bakaltchev Aspire Mental Healthcare

We are a very busy SME and needed to outsource our HR. We selected Smith Cooper partly because, unlike other companies offering similar support, they allow us to run our business the way we want to. We can concentrate on doing what we do best safe in the knowledge that Viv will handle all HR matters that may arise, in fact she has become very much part of our Management Team.

Viv has been our Human Resources Consultant for over 6 years and has always given us an exceptional level of service with prompt, accurate and easy to understand advice. Viv’s hands on approach and willingness to resolve any issues we face, no matter how small, have been of huge benefit to our company over the past years and I would have no hesitation in recommending her.

 

Adrian Coleman Managing Director - Master Magnets Ltd

I had really no idea about the process nor indeed how emotional, stressful, tiring and frustrating it could be and I have huge admiration for the team at Smith Cooper Corporate Finance who do this day in and day out!

From the start I made the right decision on engaging Smith Cooper and I absolutely could not have got the deal I got without them on the team. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for their tireless, relentless and dogged determination to get the deal done, this taking astonishing energy and commitment to achieve.

Throughout the process Smith Cooper showed consummate professionalism, utter dedication and above all good humour in the face of, at times, great adversity. I have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Kay Berry Purple World Limited

Dean dealt with the Administration at Eurocom Developments Ltd in a most professional, personal and caring manner. This then allowed us to reform a much smaller company as EightPixelsSquare four years ago, and I am delighted to report the new company was acquired by Outplay Entertainment Software Ltd in Dundee on December 1 2016.

EPS will continue to grow at Derby West Business Centre DE22 4NB, with all the original EPS staff. I became a shareholder in Outplay so AT LAST am redundant from the business on a day to day basis. Thanks Dean and everyone else who have been involved after the years and tears. A really good result for the future.

Ian Sneap Chairman - EightPixelsSquare

The expert opinion on value, backed by robust evidence, was essential to this case and although pitched against a top five global accounting firm Smith Cooper’s depth of knowledge in this specialist fast food franchise arena was clearly superior. Smith Cooper Corporate Finance played a pivotal part in achieving a fair settlement.”

Michael Herbert Herbel Restaurants

Smith Cooper have been our auditors and advisors for over five years and during this time we have built up an excellent working relationship, which is invaluable during these challenging times. They initially spent a lot of time just getting to know our management team and the business as a whole, this way they were able to add value to the business.

The audit team from Smith Cooper are extremely professional and knowledgeable which makes for less disruption during the audit process.”

Julian Miller Financial Director - Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd

Following several months researching the best company to sell my business, I came in contact with John and David from Smith Cooper. Both of these Gents far exceeded my expectations and gave me exemplary service; they were both extremely professional, intelligent, and accurate with their support, were very proactive and always responded quickly to emails and telephone calls. I could not fault these Gents who did exactly what it says on the tin. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Smith Cooper who are the experts for any business owner wishing to escape!

Robert Miller Owner, Linked Foods

We are a global services company with two offices in the UK being managed from our head office in Australia. The services provided by Smith Cooper’s HR Services have been invaluable to our business in ensuring that we are compliant with UK legislation and that we treat our employees with respect and dignity when dealing with difficult circumstances. We will continue to rely on Smith Cooper’s HR Services now and into the future.”

Tanya Marsh Chief Financial Officer - BDS Vircon

As an owner manager expected to comprehend so many complicated business issues, I have an absolute need for critical, relevant support. Smith Cooper provides me with the quality support I need and I have found their counsel and wisdom invaluable. They are not afraid to tell the negative as well as the positive side to a client if it needs to be said, an attribute I both admire and respect. I am very happy to have Smith Cooper represent my company both now and in the future.”

Mark Lee Owner and Managing Director - Keramikos Limited

We have used Smith Cooper over a number of years for a variety of HR services. This has included recruitment processes from staff to Board directors, restructuring, capacity building and overarching advice on process and policy.

As an organisation with limited professional in house HR expertise and therefore operating with the need to outsource to a partner we wanted to work with someone who is accessible and understands the culture of our business whilst also providing rigour and independence in their advice. We have found that Smith Cooper consistently delivers these services to us in an extremely professional manner and have been an invaluable resource for us on many different occasions. 

 

Mark Abberley Chief Executive - England Boxing

Smith Cooper are always timely, thorough and efficient and the work they do for us is second to none. The staff and partners consistently provide a high degree of insight and expertise and we are very happy with their work. Not only do they provide great accounting services, but I know I can count on them to give me sound and reasoned business advice. 

Carrie Caladine Simpson Jones

We would certainly recommend Smith Cooper to anyone (whether businesses or individuals) requiring expert advice on insolvency and financial issues. Having a trusted and reliable adviser is important when confronting insolvency whether as a creditor or debtor and Smith Cooper are able to fulfil that role in a timely and cost effective manner.”

Richard Wolff Partner and Head of Corporate Recovery and Insolvency

We contacted Smith Cooper to undertake diligence of the business plan because of the sheer volume of transactions it has undertaken in the sector and hence its knowledge of market comparators.  This is an exercise we would normally have asked the Big 4 accountancy firm doing the FDD to undertake but we knew they would not have the depth of experience to provide the insight we were looking for. Smith Cooper delivered a detailed report to a tight timeframe that far exceeded our expectations.  If you are looking to undertake a fast food or coffee franchise transaction these are the people to speak to.

Pascal Wittet Investment Director at Connection Capital

The Smith Cooper team committed to getting our deal done on the best terms. Chris who we worked with in particular has proved to be invaluable with his objective advice during the transaction. We find him to be both logical and innovative with his approach and have no hesitation in recommending him and the Smith Cooper team to others. 

Simon Piercy Head of Sales - Trayport Contigo

Smith Cooper quickly became a valued business advisor during the course of an intense deal involving the sale of IP. They provided accurate and insightful analysis whilst showing creativity and resourcefulness contributing to a successful conclusion. Their hands-on business experience was a tremendous asset to me during the transaction. We had no hesitation in engaging them as advisors and contributors to our strategic business development process where their understanding of business issues is critical. Smith Cooper are a pleasure to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.

Stephen Hunt Ridgway Machines Limited

James has always been incredibly client focussed, and his calm, completely professional advice was invaluable during the maelstrom of negotiations. I genuinely would recommend him unreservedly.

Andrew Scott Owner/MD Scotts Wood Day Nursery

During the four years that Richard Garside has provided me with financial advice, he has always provided a comprehensive service, delivered in a timely and professional manner. Richard and his team take customer satisfaction very seriously and run a tight ship to ensure that this is achieved.”

Don Amott Chairman - Don Amott Parks Ltd

Due to the retirement of our Managing Director there was a need to appoint professional advisors to deal with the Management Buy-out and tax related matters.

We appointed Smith Cooper to help us achieve our objectives and throughout the process we found them extremely helpful with professional and friendly service. In addition they are continuing to supply services to help us with our strategy going forward, notably tax advice which has resulted in the directors receiving tax refunds.”

John Oldfield Managing Director - Beechdale Motor Group Limited

Smith Cooper IT have supported our IT infrastructure and services for the last seven years. In that time we have grown from a £25k a year turnover business to a £25m turnover business with Smith Cooper IT supporting us every step of the way. Calls are closed efficiently and the team are always up to date with the latest technologies which can help drive our business forward.”

Lisa Taylor Regulatory Affairs IT Officer - Focus Pharmaceuticals