Welcome to Not Just an FD
Your outsourced financial strategist

Has your business grown to the point of needing more in-house financial strategy and support? You know you need a Finance Director, but are not quite ready to make that commitment? Not Just an FD provides the perfect solution –  an outsourced Finance Director to provide guidance, advice, planning, forecasting and accountability. It’s the perfect service for an MD who find themselves trapped in day-to-day financial decisions that are holding them back.

We’re on hand to work on-site or remotely, for a few days a week or a few days a month, whatever fits your current business situation. You pay us monthly and get all the benefits of industry expertise, qualifications and experience, without having to commit to a salary. Whether you’re growing too fast or not growing fast enough, our service buys you the time you need to concentrate on what you do best – leading your business not managing your finances.

The 12 reasons you need an FD

Understand the Numbers Produced by Your Accounting Software

We will help you make sense of the figures and drill down into the ones that really make a difference to your business.

Plan for the Future

We will ensure your finance function is providing management information that helps you achieve your Company goals and objectives. That might be organic growth, improved profitability, funding for acquisition or exit.

Implement KPIs (key performance indicators)

We will help you work out what the key measures are for your business that will move you closer to your goals. Then we will help you measure performance against KPIs and adjust the plan if something is going off track.

Manage Risk

We will help you implement a risk management system to analyse the risks to your business and mitigate against them occurring.  We will help you demonstrate risk management in simple reports.

Budgets

We can work with you to put realistic budgets in place for your departments, staff and costs.  We can show you how to measure against budgets to help staff accountable.

Forecasts

We can develop forecasts that project future income and expenses, as well as cash flow forecasts that will highlight where there might be issues and give you time to prepare for them.

Scenario Planning

We can build scenario models to allow for different turnover and cost assumptions to show the different potential outcomes of a given plan.

Board and CEO Accountability

We provide an independent perspective on your business and we will work with your Managing Director and Board to ensure they are achieving their individual goals and objectives in line with the Company strategy.

Efficient Systems and Training

We can work with your finance team to make sure they are getting the best out of your accounting software system and using all of its functionality.  We will review and audit your current system and suggest new systems where appropriate and offer training to staff.

Maximise Profits

We can analyse your customers and turnover to identify trends and vulnerabilities. We can review your purchasing methods to identify cost savings. We can analyse your spending and suggest areas where improvements or cuts could gave the biggest impact.

Stakeholder Management

As your business grows you will build relationships with a number of people and organisations who have an interest in your business. These will include, employees, customers, suppliers, the local community and government bodies. Each relationship needs managing to ensure your reputation is upheld with all your stakeholders. We can help you create a formalised stakeholder management system can help you to focus on what is important to each of these groups and how best and how often to interact with them.

Supply Chain Management

Managing the flow of goods and services from the point of origin to consumption, not just managing your direct suppliers, is becoming increasingly important in today’s world where we are all more aware of our impact on the environment. We can help your company become more efficient with the movement and storage of raw materials and finished goods to ensure best value and matching supply with demand.

“Julie is an exceptional and an inspiring leader. It has been a true pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Julie.”

Nick Eagleton

“Julie is an exceptional and an inspiring leader. It has been a true pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Julie.”

Nick Eagleton

Meet your FD
Julie Bickerdyke FCMA CGMA

Julie is a CIMA qualified Finance Director with a proven track record of delivering sustainable growth in multiple market sectors including manufacturing, engineering and Not for Profit (N.F.P).

Key skills

Initiating and directing £multi-million efficiency and organisational change programmes to deliver business growth and sustainability.

Able to disseminate financial information to underpin long term success and mitigate risk.

Influencing at Board Level by embedding collaboration and engaging teams and stakeholders to drive both cultural change and a cohesive vision.

Consistently turns around underperforming teams empowering them to exceed objectives and embrace change.

With a passion for Health & Safety and a demonstrable record of driving up quality standards to deliver results whilst remaining customer and employee centric.

Delivers engaging presentations at high profile events and recognised as a subject matter expert in innovation, diversity and change.

Meet your FD
Julie Bickerdyke FCMA CGMA

Julie is a CIMA qualified Finance Director with a proven track record of delivering sustainable growth in multiple market sectors including manufacturing, engineering and Not for Profit (N.F.P).

Key skills

Initiating and directing £multi-million efficiency and organisational change programmes to deliver business growth and sustainability.

Able to disseminate financial information to underpin long term success and mitigate risk.

Influencing at Board Level by embedding collaboration and engaging teams and stakeholders to drive both cultural change and a cohesive vision.

Consistently turns around underperforming teams empowering them to exceed objectives and embrace change.

With a passion for Health & Safety and a demonstrable record of driving up quality standards to deliver results whilst remaining customer and employee centric.

Delivers engaging presentations at high profile events and recognised as a subject matter expert in innovation, diversity and change.

Meet your FD
Debbie Whitaker ACMA CGMA

Debbie is a CIMA qualified Finance Director, our systems geek, our Xero fanatic, our illustrious accountant. Debbie is the heart and soul of Not Just Numbers and now a Director of it’s sister company Not Just an FD.

About Debbie

Beginning her career in construction industry in 1983, Debbie quickly rose from junior accounts clerk to FD, working with multiple companies within the portfolio and realising her love of working with SME’s. She loves to make a difference and help people streamline their processes. Systems geek doesn’t even come close.

Setting up Not Just Numbers in 2011 has given Debbie the platform to create an accountancy firm that truly cares. It’s not about historic figures, tax returns and payroll. Debbie wants to speed you up, make you efficient and help plan your future financial growth.

Not Just Numbers are Xero Gold Champion Partners, an accolade only awarded to absolute Xero experts.

Meet your FD
Debbie Whitaker ACMA CGMA

Debbie is a CIMA qualified Finance Director, our systems geek, our Xero fanatic, our illustrious accountant. Debbie is the heart and soul of Not Just Numbers and now a Director of it’s sister company Not Just an FD.

About Debbie

Beginning her career in construction industry in 1983, Debbie quickly rose from junior accounts clerk to FD, working with multiple companies within the portfolio and realising her love of working with SME’s. She loves to make a difference and help people streamline their processes. Systems geek doesn’t even come close.

Setting up Not Just Numbers in 2011 has given Debbie the platform to create an accountancy firm that truly cares. It’s not about historic figures, tax returns and payroll. Debbie wants to speed you up, make you efficient and help plan your future financial growth.

Not Just Numbers are Xero Gold Champion Partners, an accolade only awarded to absolute Xero experts.

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