Sunday, 15 June 2014

Secantor partners with Fleet Innovations

At Secantor we are not about selling intellectual property we are about knowledge transfer to enable businesses to fulfil their true potential. Much of this comes from our highly experienced and technically accredited people. However, part of it is about understanding some of the latest products that are in the market place that can help our clients become more efficient. An example of this is the PEAK mileage capture product from Fleet Innovations .  Read how you can use GPS technology to take the strain out of mileage expense claims.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

West Midlands funders getting behind SMEs

2014 can be described as a year when the pendulum is swinging for the West Midlands.

It is true that much of the growth has been driven by the JLR supply chain, but also the entrepreneurial culture of the region, which is now really starting to flourish. It is really pleasing to see that these innovative companies are securing finance from the likes of the Business Growth Fund,Mercia Fund, Midven, Finance Birmingham, Oxygen Accelerator, and others. it is great to be a part of all of this.

The power of all of this can be seen from the high value sale of Delcam Plc a worldwide 3D software business, principally for the manufacturing industry. It is a great example of how a local business, with good stewardship, can scale into a global business and maintain its market leadership, for the benefit of the region. Well done to Peter Miles and the team, you are to be congratulated.

Nigel Bacon
Secantor CEO

Friday, 6 June 2014

Secantor Supports Equity Investments

As we come to the end of our financial year it is very gratifying to see the number of SMEs where we have helped  raise equity funds. From small business angel investments through to organisations such as Oxygen Accelerator  up to the £4m investment that the Business Growth Fund  made into Palmer Hargreaves .

We are delivering ongoing support to the SME your business to grow.

Informed Business Decisions - at the heart of what we do

The intensively competitive marketplace today demands a level and quality of performance measurement unlike any that ever existed. In the not too distant past, making money and winning at business was much easier: Companies could establish a competitive advantage quite easily and keep it for a very long time; market strength was virtually unassailable; customers were much less demanding; and leaders could manage relatively effectively with good-enough strategies and mediocre execution. but today, "good enough" is not good enough.

With thanks to Dean Spitzer

Secantor - supporting businesses to make informed decisions

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Government's Growth Voucher Scheme

Should you wish to try and gain Government Financial Assistance for some of our services please apply to the Growth Voucher Scheme.

For businesses looking for advice

Businesses looking for advice can apply to the programme online and they will be randomly assigned to an online questionnaire or face-to-face business advice assessment.

Some businesses will be randomly chosen to get a voucher for up to £2,000 to help pay for business support in one of the specialist areas. You’ll have to match the amount with your own funds. You can then find a Growth Voucher adviser to work with on the Enterprise Nation Marketplace.


We are not a recruitment company, we are a professional services frim/outsourcer dedicated to providing solutions to the SME community.

We do not believe in a "one size fits all" approach to business. The core of what we do  is providing an "Effective Finance Function", and this can be done in many different ways. Often I am told by prospective clients that they have a great financial controller or financial manager, but the business has got to a size where reliable historic financial information is simply not enough. In order for the business to grasp the opportunities that might lay head there needs to be a firm grip on "planning and control". The easy answer is to overlay a Finance Director. However, mentoring the Financial Controller to step up a level can be the preferred solution. I am often asked "how can I do that when I am already working full on". The answer often lies in helping everyone in financial function to take a step up which then gets us into the area of effective delegation.

For more about mentoring and effective delegation please ring me on 01564 330676.

Nigel Bacon

Strategy Days

Our clients fall mainly within the band of £2m t/o to £50m t/o. Many are either family businesses or entrepreneurial businesses run by owner managers.

Many of these clients lack formal management training, but have created successful businesses through hard work, resilience and robustness. These clients want experienced, qualified and commercial people to help them with Strategy and Finance. We are doing a number of roles with clients where I run strategy away days (usually two sessions per annum) and where we might also run their finance function either through a Finance Director or a Financial Controller (depending on the size of business and the requirement these might be part-time roles). This enables me to keep abreast of how the business is doing and "what drives the numbers", so that I can facilitate a strategy day, and, "hit the ground running".

It is amazing what can be gained by taking a step back and having a helicopter view of the business and the market it operates in. This can also help with exit strategies or succession within a business.

To find out more , ring me on 01564 330676

Nigel Bacon

CEO Secantor