Andrew Martin was introduced to AMP Access Ltd by a firm of professional advisors. AMP had achieved substantial growth in recent years and was looking to increase its network of outlets across the south west region. To achieve this, financial management in the organisation needed to be strengthened, providing improvements to management information and the accuracy of data processing.
Andrew met with our small accounts team and was able to communicate very quickly how systems might be improved and the merits of doing so. He explained about the amount of time and the cost involved. As the Managing Director, I felt certain that Andrew was the person to assist ust. Nonetheless, he insisted that we discuss the matter with our tax advisors, auditors and bankers in order that they might also have an input into the decision to appoint him. The response was a resounding agreement by all parties.
Andrew soon won the trust and confidence of those working within the Accounts department and immediate benefits were evident to the management team. A demerger of the company had reduced the number of Accounts staff to just one so Andrew advised on the number and calibre of staff required to manage the change process and to cope with the continued growth that the company was achieving.
The huge backlog of processing in the Accounts department was quickly cleared and transparent management reports on company performance soon followed - the first time we had received such information on a monthly basis, accurately and within two weeks of each month-end.
New internal controls were implemented and existing processes and policies were enhanced. By the time the financial year-end had been reached, we had a revitalised accounts team of four people, each dedicated to a separate discipline within the financial function and responsible for it. The importance of this was clear; by granting some responsibility to each of the team, the individual became accountable for their work and their morale improved also.
We now have a very keen and forward thinking finance team with the confidence and ability to cope on a day-to-day basis, and using Andrew for the more complex decisions and routines. Cashflow is understood and forecast on a daily basis. Improved communications between departments and individuals has provided more accurate data and a better understanding of areas needing improvement.
In addition to the above, Andrew has provided impartial advice to the Board of AMP Access Ltd on a number of matters as well as being able to recommend other suppliers capable of delivering superior value products and services; for example, IT support and the procurement of company vehicles.
AMP Access Ltd was successfully acquired by Lavendon Plc with Andrew involved from the outset. Such circumstances are always very demanding and the Board of AMP is very grateful for the professionalism and on-going support of Andrew Martin Consulting as the business continues to grow.
In summary, Andrew Martin Consulting has provided considerable support to our business in the area of financial and business management and, as the Managing Director of AMP Access Ltd, I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew as a dedicated and professional Financial Manager providing a cost-effective service to businesses such as ours.