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
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 were delighted to be invited to speak at the Ipswich Property Network on Monday 9 July. I gave a talk on some skills in negotiation, the importance of contracts, planning & the critical path, practical lessons learnt from buying properties to...read more
Many of us might think ‘YES’ is the answer to that question. For many a young person being middle-aged equates to coming from the middle ages (as in the picture!). But recent research from MIT* turns this on its head and the answer to the question is actually a...read more
I am often asked ‘What are the key skills of the successful SME owner manager?’ The owner manager is often in a very different place to that of a start-up or that of the director of a well-established large mature company. Start-ups require hands-on management, often...read more
Sir Richard Branson and Sir Brian Souter were in conversation talking about successful businesses and they made an obvious but often overlooked point about entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are usually often fanatical beyond words about their idea, they are creative,...read more
The collapse of Carillion is a sorrowful calamity for the countless innocent people and families caught up in it – the subcontracting firms who will never get paid, the former employees who won’t be able to pay their mortgages, and the users of public service...read more
I very much enjoyed speaking at the Ipswich Property Network on Monday 9 July. The talk was on some skills in negotiation, the importance of contracts, planning & the critical path, practical lessons learnt from buying properties to refurbish and sell on...read more
SME Strategies is delighted to be sponsoring Joshua Crossley who is running the London Marathon next weekend in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research. Josh is one of my terrific godsons and he tragically lost his wonderful mother, Stephanie aged just 46, to cancer...read more
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
We are delighted to have Vanessa Howard who heads up Caboose Media as our guest writer for this blog. The synergies of skills and experience of Caboose Media and SME Strategies working together give our respective clients an even better range and depth of services....read more
Background Ian Rae is very experienced in AV, lighting and smart technology. He runs MODO which is a successful specialist contractor bringing lifestyle technology to homes and businesses across the UK. He offers the highest quality audio & visual entertainment...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