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Financial Direction

acting as a part-time financial director for family-owned, angel and venture-backed businesses in London and East Anglia

What is good financial direction?

Making all these work well, and efficiently:
  • Cash management

  • Investor and bank relationships

  • Looking forwards: if we keep doing what we are doing, this is likely to be the financial outcome: if we change direction, this might happen…..

  • Looking backwards: dependable historical information, both financial and other, driven out of the right IT solution for the business, linked to the appropriate accounting package

  • Evaluating a sound business strategy, leading to a business plan, based on a good understanding of your own business, and the evolution of the markets you operate in

  • Investment decisions

  • Acquisition: helping you through every step of the way

  • Exit planning

  • Risk assessment and mitigation, including insurance

  • Tax optimisation: planning and compliance

  • Selection, management and development of financial and administrative staff

  • Selection and cost-effective use of auditors, lawyers, tax and other advisors

Yellowbarn encourages its clients to select from this menu of services and experience, as needed from a one-off project, to a day a quarter, up to 2 days a week.

Our Clients

Maltby & Greek, London
Maltby & Greek is an angel-backed importer of the finest Greek foods and wines. All their products come directly from small producers and they are expanding their services across the UK and in the Middle East.
Fen Farm Dairy
Fen Farm Dairy, Suffolk
A hugely successful family-owned dairy farm with 300 cows, Fen Farm has diversified into making the award-winning Baron Bigod cheese and the tastiest butter in the country from raw milk.
Fen Farm Dairy
Hill Farm Oils, Suffolk

Hill Farm Oils is a family owned farming business that has added value to its rapeseed crop by cold pressing it and selling it directly to supermarkets and food businesses.  Its distinctive Hill Farm Oils are available in supermarkets everywhere.

Nudea Lingerie
Nudea Ltd, Thames Valley
Nudea launched in Oct 19 a well-designed, stylish range of lingerie focusing on comfort and fit, 100% direct to consumer. Increased online shopping due to Covid19 has accelerated its progress, and it enters its second year with a refreshed range, a great team and a funding round to grow revenues.
yellowbarn financial consultancy
Paragraf, Cambridgeshire
Evolving out of the Material Sciences department at the University of Cambridge, Paragraf has one core focus, which is to deliver the capabilities of graphene to the world. This new material has exceptional potential in many fields, including bio medical sensors and providing a giant step change in computing power.  This potential has excited some high-quality venture capital backers, and it completed a £16m series A round in Q4, 2019.
yellowbarn financial consultancy
MW Beer Ingatestone, Essex and Semarang, Indonesia
Global traders in oil and fats, family-owned MW Beer have over five decades in the business. Their core business involves making bulk shipments to the technical, feed and tallow industries around the world. It trades and supplies soya bean and mixed vegetable oils across Europe and the Americas, as well as supplying manufacturers in the UK.  It owns a share in a highly successful joint venture in Indonesia, creating valuable cleaned up product from the effluent of palm oil mills.
yellowbarn financial consultancy
Cleveley’s Foods Ltd, Suffolk
Cleveley’s is a family owned and run food producer and wholesaler, with an effective delivery service to East Anglian hotels, pubs and restaurants.

Completed Projects

Mitt Wearables, White City, London

Developing a low-cost prosthetic hand that will change the lives of countless people who have lost limbs. Mitt prosthetics are affordable, accessible and comfortable. They’re also lightweight and breathable – the world’s first prosthetic designed by the users themselves. Mitt is backed by angel investors that are keen to see it grow rapidly as a commercially viable business that can provide a solution to all children that need a hand.

Strutt & Parker (Farms)

One of the UK’s largest farming businesses, Strutt & Parker (Farms) was sold to overseas investors in Q3, 2019.

Foundries.IO, Global

Foundries.io delivers secure, open source firmware and operating systems for devices attached to the Internet of Things,  including smart sensors, smart appliances, industrial equipment, robotics, gateways and automotive. Backed by £3M of venture capital raised in 2019, it is progressing well to meeting its targets. 

If you’d like to discuss a new project, just hit the button below and start a conversation today.

About Us

Yellowbarn’s experience includes working in a range of businesses.

> Client Ownership

private, family owned, institutional or private investors

> Sectors

marketing, food, agriculture, manufacturing, including ultra high-tech, software, financial services.

> Common themes

weak financial management, turnaround, progression from seed round to Series A, series A to B, supporting inexperienced management.

> Skills

IT, modelling, Excel, business French.

> Characteristics

propensity for action, energy, humour, perspective. International experience in 4 continents


Hugh Wolley ACA

Hugh Wolley ACA


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