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  The table below details some of Mark’s cases illustrating the range of sectors, size of business and type of situation he deals with.
Sector Turnover Type of work
Charter airline £90m Crisis cash management
Crisis cash management to allow recruitment of a new FD and opening of subsequently successful negotiations to sell the business.
Branded goods £40m Post fraud cash crisis and restructuring
Crisis cash management during a period when all funding facilities were suspended during the investigation of a fraud, allowing time for rescue of the business by a ‘white knight’ purchaser.
Business services £40m Crisis cash management
Crisis cash management Temporary cash crisis management support while a VC undertook due diligence for a potential rescue refinancing.
Electronics manufacturer £25m Crisis cash management
Interim FD role managing finances of heavily loss making phoenix buyout.
Construction group £25m Crisis cash management and IBR support
Production of forecasts and other financial information for use by the company and to respond to an IBR request leading into a wider role in supporting the company in discussions with its bank and providing turnaround counselling and advice.
Joinery manufacturer £20m Crisis cash planning and restructuring
Stabilisation of finances of a business with a higher level of bank debts than turnover.
Technical fabrics weaver £12m Financial management consultancy
Advice on working capital management and improved financial reporting and forecasting to manage the business.
Construction group £10m Restructuring, IBR support and turnaround
Business’s finances put back on track, new FD recruited in and plan for restructuring business’s operations into an appropriate corporate structure put in place leading to return to bank’s good book.
Specialist contract labour supplier £11m Crown creditor deal
Negotiation of a time to pay agreement for arrears of PAYE/NI and VAT.
Plastics moulder £10m Hands on turnaround
Temporary support during a cash crisis and IBR leading into a longer role advising on delivery of a full operational turnaround of the business.
Food manufacturer £5m Turnaround advice and mentoring
Informal chairmanship role provided to help family owned company take and implement decisions on restructuring business.
Furniture importer £4m Hands on turnaround, cash crisis
Successor business created out of a failing situation which is now trading profitably.
Printer £2m Crisis cash management
Temporary cash management during financial crisis buying time to allow rescue refinancing.
Pub & nightclub operator £2m Crown and key creditor deal
Negotiation of a time to pay agreement for arrears of PAYE/NI and VAT together with scheduling key creditor payments.
Window manufacturer £2m Crown creditor deal
Crown creditor deal Negotiation of a time to pay agreement for arrears of PAYE/NI.
Hospital equipment manufacturer £2m Turnaround consultancy
Advice provided on restructuring business and dealing with liquidity crisis.
Stock broker £1m Managed wind down
Loss making subsidiary shut on behalf of parent company avoiding any bad publicity or claims.
 Cash crisis management
 IBR support
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