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Heading for the big exit: How a part-time CFO can help maximize value when you sell your business

The CFO Centre will provide you with a highly experienced senior CFO with ‘real-world experience’ for a fraction of the cost of a full-time CFO. This means you will have on your team:

One of Canada’s leading CFOs, working with you on a part-time basis
A local support team of the highest calibre CFOs
A national and international collaborative team of the top CFOs sharing best practices (the power of hundreds)
Access to our national and international network of clients and partners.

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Heading for a big exit : Due Diligence

Due diligence

Due diligence is the process the potential acquirer goes through, usually with a raft of analysts, accountants, lawyers, and the occasional industry specialist advising.

It is normally an extremely extensive check of all aspects of the business, can be time-consuming and stressful, and happens while you still have a business to run.

Advance preparation is essential as it will reduce the workload, give confidence to the acquirer,

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Heading for a big exit : Why does one company sell for more than another? Part I

Introduction

Most of us have bought or sold a house and understand that many factors determine the price we pay.

We are attracted by the size of the house, the location, and the proximity to schools, restaurants, and work. We have concerns about the purchase price, a higher mortgage, increased utilities and maintenance costs and what a home inspection might reveal.

It should be no surprise that a business purchaser also has to balance the excitement and ambition of expanding the business with the cost of acquiring it,

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Hiring Best Practices: What to Look for When Hiring a Part-Time CFO

 

Are you looking to hire a CFO that will oversee the financial side of your business?

As you start to consider what to look for in a CFO and who would be the best fit for your business, your first instinct might be to interview full-time candidates only. However, you’ll be missing out on the many benefits that qualified, part-time CFOs bring to the table.

 

The Benefits of Hiring a Part-Time CFO

 

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The importance of a business plan and how to create one – Part II

In our previous article, we have highlighted the importance of creating a business plan.  In this article, we will focus on the key elements of a business plan, the sections it should contain and how a part-time CFO can help you to create your business plan and implement it.

The key elements of a business plan

The most important part of your business plan is its financial information. Your financial forecasts should include your cash flow predictions for the next 12 months or more.

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Keys to Profitable Growth – Financial Reporting

Have you ever been so far off the grid – on a wilderness expedition, maybe – that your smartphone doesn’t know where you are? If you click on your “maps” app, your phone just shows you a blue dot, figuratively shrugs its shoulders and says, “You’re on the blue dot. But I have no clue what’s around you, where you’ve been or where you’re going.”

That uncomfortable “lost” feeling applies to more than just wilderness trekking.

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Understanding Business Risk – How to Avoid the Road to Ruin

Entrepreneurship means taking risks, such as launching new products, entering new markets, or using new processes. Because this involves uncertainty, there are always chances that things will go wrong.

Our experience at the CFO Centre has been that the most successful companies take the time to understand the downside of the risks they take, and then find a way to compensate for those downsides.

As the CFO Cente’s book “Scale Up” says,

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A True Toy Story: LEGO’s Incredible Turnaround Tale

The story of how LEGO, the family-owned toy company went from teetering on the brink of disaster and haemorrhaging cash to delivering the highest revenues in its entire history and being voted the 2017 Most Powerful Brand in the World makes for a truly inspirational tale…

Fourteen years ago, LEGO’s Head of Strategic Development Jørgen Vig Knudstorp delivered the kind of assessment that most managers would gladly superglue their own ears shut to avoid hearing.

Become a world class competitor
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Become a world class leader with a strategic plan

By Chris Carl
Regional Director at The CFO Centre

A part-time CFO is to an SME what a doctor, a physical trainer, and a world-class coach is to a superstar athlete.  The superstar athlete will always be good – but they will only be great if they are healthy (the doctor makes sure of that), they are in great physical shape (the trainer takes care of that) and that they can compete at a world-class level (the world-class coach takes care of that). 

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