Vistage works with a small number of trusted, specialised business partners to bring expert know-how, tools and advice to our members. Our chosen partners share our passion for business success and support our values of trust, challenge, caring and growth. The result? Our members gain access to best-in-class business services and expert advice, within a safe a trusted environment.
The brainchild of CEO Colin Mills, former Finance Director of large multinationals and Plc companies, the FD Centre was established in 2001. It was the first business to provide Part-time Finance Director services in the UK.
The original concept for the FD Centre was to provide the skill sets of experienced Finance Directors of large corporations to the small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector, allowing smaller organisations to benefit from the expertise of a highly experienced Financial Director without incurring the expense of hiring someone full-time. The concept caught on quickly and the business has grown rapidly on a national scale. Over the last seven years the FD Centre has become the largest and most respected provider of part time Finance Director services in the UK.
The FD Centre aims to build long-term relationships with its clients through the provision of its range of added value services and by establishing a basis of trust and confidence. Trust provides the platform for providing clients with additional products and services, either directly via the FD Centre or through connections with trusted and recognised financial and business advisors. FD Centre clients include business owners and Managing Directors, who value the services of professionals who have good financial and management knowledge and have the real hands-on experience to deliver.
The FD Centre ensures that all its Finance Directors meet stringent recruitment requirements to secure quality of service delivery. All FD Centre Finance Directors are professionally qualified Accountants from major UK Chartered Institutes, all have held Finance Director positions in both mid sized and large organisations, all are extremely commercial and business savvy. High quality expertise is gained through working with large organisations across all business sectors, such as; Mothercare, Dell, Oracle, Threshers, Tesco and Laura Ashley.
The FD Centre is structured regionally and therefore is able to provide an immediate service that has real impact for Vistage members.
Examples of some FD Centre programmes that have been developed to address some common SME issues include:
- Keeping control in fast growth companies
- Survival solutions for companies under pressure
- Business owner mentor and support programmes
- Cashflow improvement systems
- Raising business finance
- Preparing for business exit or sale
Smith & Williamson is one of the UK’s leading professional services groups, providing an extensive range of accountancy, tax, corporate finance, financial advisory and investment management services to private clients, entrepreneurs, professional practices and mid-to-large corporates.
The firm has a dedicated entrepreneurs group which understands the complexities facing growing businesses and their owners, providing end-to-end services to meet their needs. It is a champion of the entrepreneurial cause and uses its energy and expertise to help emerging and established entrepreneurs and management teams to succeed and make a difference.
As an independently owned professional and financial services group, with around 1,500 people operating in the UK, Ireland and Jersey, and with international connections in over 100 countries, the firm is highly regarded for its personal and practical approach.
To find out more about Smith & Williamson visit www.smith.williamson.co.uk, or alternatively call Guy Rigby on 020 7131 8213.
There is a strong link between good people management and profit. Having the right people in place and working together effectively helps your business to grow and become more successful. Not always easy to achieve, it can divert you from what you do best – running your business or organisation.
That’s when clients turn to People Puzzles. We offer a completely flexible HR service delivered by a Team with real depth of knowledge and a very wide range of HR specialisms. Managing people to improve results is what we are good at. We work flexibly as part of your team to find straightforward solutions to your people puzzles both strategic and operational.
If HR issues are taking up too much of your time and not getting the results you want, talk to People Puzzles. We’ll quickly get involved in your business providing practical support on strategic and operational HR issues to deliver measureable impact.
To find out more about People Puzzles visit www.peoplepuzzles.co.uk.
The Marketing Centre – the UK’s fastest-growing team of experienced Marketing Directors – is dedicated to working alongside small to mid-size companies to help them grow. We engage with business owners as part of their in-house senior team, delivering results and a step-change in profitability.
All members of our team have been senior-level Marketing Directors in large and successful businesses, and offer a wealth of experience in many different sectors. We particularly seek out those who understand the circumstances and budget restrictions of smaller entrepreneurial and family-run enterprises and are happy to roll up their sleeves to make things happen.
‘Sounds great – but I can’t afford my own in-house senior marketing director…’
This is the ingenious bit. By working on a part-time basis The Marketing Centre makes a real impact at a fraction of the cost of a full-time resource of this calibre.
Just some of the areas we get involved in:
• Marketing Strategy: Development & Execution
• Marketing Due Diligence
• Marketing 360 for Start-ups
• Marketing 360 Healthcheck & Prioritisation for established businesses
• Integration Marketing
• Sales Process & Pipeline Development
• Brand building & positioning
• Implementation of Marketing Technology
• Events & Product Marketing
• Digital & Social Marketing
• Customer Demand Creation
• Market Entry & Internationalisation
• Building & Mentoring Marketing Teams
• Distribution & Channel marketing
• Sales & Marketing Optimisation
• Marketing Automation
• Brand Engagement
• Media Relations
• Public Relations
• Investor Relations
Ambitious businesses of any size need outstanding IT leaders. Freeman Clarke is the UK’s largest and most experienced team of part-time (we call it “fractional”) IT directors. We work exclusively in the SME and mid-market sectors providing our clients with clear IT strategies, helping drive their growth, and providing peace of mind.
Our team are carefully selected, first-class IT leaders with outstanding records in senior roles as corporate IT Directors, CIOs (Chief Information Officers), CTOs (Chief Technology Officers) and as leaders in IT service companies. Even more unusual, however, is their aptitude and passion for working in the SME and mid-market sectors. Our recruitment process is long, rigorous and detailed – fewer than 1% of applicants passes every stage and is able to join us.
Clients often ask for our help with:
- Stuck projects
- IT team gaps and weaknesses
- Bespoke software
- Supplier selection and management
- Vision and communication
- Integration challenges
- Risks and compliance
We give our clients clear roadmaps for IT to support their growth; IT strategies to help them differentiate themselves; we manage risks and compliance; and we help them optimise IT for investment, M&A or exit.
We are more than interims, consultants or freelancers – we are impartial IT directors who become a part-time, long-term member of your senior team at a fraction of the cost of a full-timer. At the heart of our company is our openness and independence, our pro-active and creative people, and our focus on your success.
To find out more about how a first-class It leader can help your business, see www.freemanclarke.co.uk