Welcome to SME Strategies
We care for our clients’ business as our own. We share their goals and align ourselves with their objectives – so they know we’re in this together.
We offer top business consulting services for SMEs giving unrivalled support to our clients. We work with ambitious organisations that are hungry for change and growth.
We get results for our clients and equip them with the skills they need to run successful businesses. We are experienced professionals who love our work and helping our clients win.Book a Strategy HourLet's Work Together
A new approach to business
We focus on the Enterprise (consultancy), People (empowerment) and Finances (accountancy). Each is key to success. We work on the inter-relationship between these to make maximum impact for our clients.
We work with the critical issues and opportunities of the business owners and identify the key levers to enable their goals to be realised. We get to know our clients well. This allows us to tailor our work to each client so we can deliver superior results.
Where do you want to be?
To thrive in our changing and complex business world, the modern SME must clearly know where it wants to be in its marketplace, It then needs to acquire, and use wisely, the right human, financial and other resources to get there. At SME Strategies we help our clients do just this.
Our reputation is built on the results and change we bring about. We use our insights, our experience as chartered accountants and of running our own businesses and the range of services we offer. A key to our success is the trusting relationship we forge with our clients.
If you would like our skills to get your business growing please contact us for a complimentary meeting (or Skype call).
We start from a simple premise – “You” and then “Where you want to go?” David takes the lead on consultancy. We work at the human level with hopes and fears of our clients and then quickly broaden that to the organisation to identify with clients what needs to be achieved for the enterprise.
We work collaboratively with our clients to identify strategies that deliver results. Can every staff member articulate your strategy and are they empowered to execute on it?
Some specific consulting services we provide include:
We unashamedly include a business-wide people focus. This specifically includes director and senior management development. We believe tremendous value lies in getting the people right. It is not always easy but it makes both for individual wellbeing and also for bottom line impact which can be transformational.
We facilitate strategic planning meetings so your team can have alignment around a clear vision, strategy and goals.
Our services to empower people include:
Finances are the life blood of businesses. We offer the full range of accountancy, reporting, financial director and corporate finances to our clients.
Many (although not all) of our clients have good in house book-keeping. Some though lack the expertise to prepare management information in the right way at the right time to allow the directors to make informed business decisions. This includes preparing quality budgets and forecasts which allow the business to be better controlled.
Our range of accountancy services include:
About SME Strategies
SME Strategies is made up of experienced professionals with specialisms in business consulting, start-ups, corporate finance, accounting and mentoring. It was co-founded by David Eaton who runs it with Sean Hackemann and John Eaton to bring to SMEs and individuals the same excellent hands-on support that large companies take for granted but in a cost effective way.
Using our skills as chartered accountants, finance directors, business owners & innovators we identify the issues facing dynamic SMEs and their owners and work with them to realise their vision.
Recent Blogs and News
SME Strategies was invited to write a guest blog for Clear Books https://www.clearbooks.co.uk/ Clear Books is designed for small businesses or sole traders who know that balancing the books can be a distraction. Clear Books small business accounting software was built...read more
I am sometimes fortunate to hear talks from great people in business. Recently though I was privileged to hear a talk in another league by Malcolm Bell, co-founder with Dessi, his wife, of Zaggora *. Dessi discovered the idea when she was preparing for their wedding –...read more
If anyone in public life was to have their death announced prematurely then Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, would be the most likely person to forgive the gaffe. The Daily Telegraph did just this when it published in its online version the death announcement...read more
Johanna Konta, one of our great British female tennis players who reached the semi-final in Wimbledon this year, is a great example of someone turning failure into success. She is the woman who “always struggled with anxiety” – in the clear-eyed...read more
We all know the adage ‘Business and pleasure don’t mix.’ Research though says that the answer to my question is “It all depends!” Speaking personally, I found it an immensely rewarding experience but it is not without its pitfalls. My...read more
The Chancellor has held his first and last Spring Budget. The major announcements in the budget are summarised by the Treasury at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/spring-budget-2017-21-things-you-need-to-know As we know the increase in NIC for the self-employed was...read more
Below, Lesley Kaye of LJK Resources explains some recent changes in UK employment law from 6 April 2017: This is not intended as a comprehensive update, but as a prompt for further action, where appropriate. Gender Pay Reporting Private and voluntary sector firms with...read more
SME Strategies was invited by the Birmingham Business Post to write another guest article for them, this time focussing on ‘workplace wellbeing’ for SMEs. More and more research is showing the clear business benefits from creating a positive workplace environment and...read more
After an interesting career as the senior Management Accountant in an international food flavours business, John* knew that the merger of his company with a competitor was going to mean his role was disappearing. He braced himself for the inevitable redundancy but to...read more
The Alliance for Human Relevant Science approached SME Strategies for help to maximise the impact of their forthcoming launch of the Alliance at the House of Commons hosted by Sir David Amess MP. The Alliance promotes smarter medical research to develop more human...read more
The issue John Eaton of SME Strategies, advised the Management Committee of the Feckenham Village shop in its long running dispute with HMRC over an assessment to Corporation Tax (CT). John believed that as a principle, a voluntary organisation such as a Community...read more
Sean was recently involved with a fund raise for Ignite Data. The company was born from a passion to improve patient lives by working with healthcare organisations to expedite the development and assessment of new treatments. Their core belief is that studies of all...read more