A tale of hope for the Xmas break, for despondant business owners.

I recently met up with a despondent business owner. We shared a coffee and he told me how after showing his accounts to another Finance professional, he was met with the deep intake of breath normally associated with your local car mechanic, after lifting the bonnet of your car. He had actually sought some professional […]

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Get your “burning” finance question answered.

Every small business owner has a  “burning” finance related question. You may not be aware of it, but if you are trying to grow your business, not finding the answer could be holding you back. I asked this question recently to a local small business owner group and was supplied with: 1) What does someone […]

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Hayley Chiba: I am not just an accountant… I ‘m a human being!

The biggest compliment I was ever paid was to be told by someone 20 years ago, ‘You aren’t like a normal accountant’ I was delighted! Hopefully he didn’t mean, ’and that’s because you can’t count….’ I wanted to be recognised for how I spoke and saw things differently. In a way that resonates with the […]

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How to use Management Information to grow your small business.

A lot of small businesses run their businesses on ‘gut feel’.  That’s not a bad thing, when you are a very small business (less than £100K) but as your business grows it gets quite scary! Most business owners who manage their business in this way, use the bank account balance as their primary financial indicator […]

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Hayley Chiba, Better Numbers Ltd: Three areas where small businesses can learn from the large corporates

Twenty five years of working in corporate industry, in senior financial roles, has taught me that although it is the financials which will tell you if you are achieving success in your business, the route to success is through understanding yourself and your people.

The corporates have normally been around for longer and are further on in the journey so there is much which can be learned from them, especially if you are just starting out.

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SME’s; How to make the most of the opportunities from the Hinkley power plant expansion.

What a fantastic opportunity for SME’s in the Bristol and Bridgewater area with the announcement of the go ahead to build the Nuclear Power station at Hinkley in Somerset. Although there is concern over final energy prices, I believe that there are great opportunities for SME’s to profit from this expansion and to help grow our local economy. I have listed 3 key areas where opportunities will exist for the SME.

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Stephen King – MD of F – Works

Hayley is an accomplished financial controller, but more importantly our clients enjoy working with her.  As do I.  Every client she’s worked with has made a point of telling me how impressed they’ve been with what she’s done for them and how she’s gone about doing it.  I’m hoping to persuade her to work with […]

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Tom Atkinson- Vice President Finance Operations – Astrazeneca

Whilst Hayley worked as the  Finance Manager for our Bristol manufacturing site she demonstrated her leadership skills by helping the Site to achieve a step change improvement in its performance. This led us to use her as a role model for implementing lean processes both within Finance and also across the  manufacturing site. I found […]

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Andrew Beer -Treasury Manager-Balfour Beatty

Hayley and I worked together as part of accounts transformation process team. This was in its early stages, and Hayley was largely responsible for putting in place some of the first of the new and more efficient processes. Hayley is good at seeing what is required in these situations, and was a pleasure to work […]

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Chris Kenber-Business Coach

I recently recommended Hayley to a client of mine who was seeking greater clarity and process improvement in his company’s finances. I am pleased to say that Hayley’s work was of such quality that she is now working there on a regular monthly basis. My client sees considerable value in Hayley’s innovative commercial focus and […]

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