Approved Partners

Cranfield Business Recovery

Cranfield Cranfield Business Recovery was established in November 2001 to offer a professional service to people with corporate, business or personal financial problems and to work closely with professional advisors to assist their clients.  Cranfield is led by four experienced directors, including two licensed insolvency practitioners.

With our head office located in Coventry and with seven regional offices throughout England and Wales, our objective is to offer a bespoke corporate recovery and personal insolvency service in a friendly environment during what is often a difficult and stressful time for our clients.  We guarantee to listen and to advise on the various options available for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Our experienced team has for many years been dealing with all types of financial situations and will very often have direct experience of a client’s business sector and therefore we are able to offer informed and constructive advice on the way forward.  Read our corporate insolvency testimonials here.

Wherever possible our aim is to save a business, either by way of a rescue funding package, or with the implementation of a rescue procedure under the provisions of the Insolvency Act.

We also work with professional advisors to provide practical business recovery and personal insolvency solutions for their clients to enable them to move forward.

Through Cranfield Business Finance, our associate company, we are able to assist in sourcing additional or alternative funding where formal insolvency is considered not to be the right solution.  Visit the Cranfield Business Finance web site.

For more details visit or call Tony Mitchell MD of Cranfield Business Recovery on 07786 261761 email

Painless Business

Are your client companies looking for less pain in business?
Or more success?
What about less pain AND more success?
Painless Business coaching can enable your clients to:
• identify the success they really want
• determine the action needed to get there
• build the support to make the journey painless

Explore the painless website or give us a call for an informal chat. We relish working alongside virtual FDs – adding our facilitation and coaching skills to your financial and business acumen to really deliver for your clients.

For more details visit or call Celia Champion on 0118 979 5363 or email or call James Butler on 01491 659073 (email

Everyman Legal – Corporate Lawyers

Geoffrey Cotterill has over 30 years experience in the fields of commercial, commercial property, charity and church law, having worked both in private practice and in-house.  In addition, Geoffrey has written articles, contributed to a book on social housing law and been a board member of one of the country’s largest housing associations.  Whether your organisation is large or small, Geoffrey believes in giving the same high level of customer service and adopts a pragmatic approach to achieving your goals.

Away from the office, Geoffrey enjoys music, film and theatre and has recently been singing in the Verdi Requiem and acting in Allo, Allo!

For more details visit Everyman Legal, or call Geoffrey on 0845 8680965 or email


We help people buy and sell businesses ranging from a few hundred thousand turnover to c£10m, and really understand that this is more to do with the people involved than the balance sheet and P&L. We work with business owners along the M40 from Greater London to Birmingham and will look at any sector from high street retail to corporates divesting subsidiaries.

Please contact Dominic Marlow on 07894 164200 or email him at or go to

Lazenby IT – a helping hand when you need IT

LazenbyIT was established in October 2007 to offer business focused Information Technology advice and Security services to the owners and managers of SME businesses utilising over 25 years’ experience in the corporate financial, charity and SME sectors.

Our goal is to understand the needs of each business and provide technology focused business advice to make the most of existing services and recommend effective improvements to systems and services to bring the IT services in line with the goals and needs of each business now and into the future.

As Microsoft Partners we provide a full range of Microsoft cloud solutions such as Office 365, SharePoint, Office 2016. As Zoho Partners, the whole Zoho suite of integrated modules such as Zoho CRM, and secure online backup, security auditing and backup services to protect your vital business information.

For more details, visit or call Tim Lazenby, MD of Lazenby IT on 01993 846770 or email

Shaw Gibbs – Accountants & Tax Advisors

We proactively provide the full range of Audit, Accountancy, Tax,
Financial Services and Insolvency support and solutions
required by owner managed SME’s and private clients.


  • Shaw Gibbs is a longstanding firm which can trace its roots back to the 1920’s
  • With 14 Partners and 70+ staff, we are one of the largest independent firms in Oxfordshire
  • From our Oxford and recently opened London offices, we bring a ‘fresh approach’ to the delivery of professional services.
  • Our corporate clients are a mix of owner managed businesses, both single companies and small and medium sized groups, subsidiaries of overseas companies, partnerships and LLP’s, professional practices, charities & ‘not for profit’ entities and private individuals
  • We work with domestic and international clients across the full range of industries, and with clients from entrepreneurial ‘start-up’ to £100m+ and also with a broad range of private clients
  • Our private clients include the directors and owners of our business and corporate clients, together with resident and non-resident individuals
  • We work proactively with our clients to understand their operations, issues and needs
    Our services include; Audit, Accounts, Corporate Finance, Corporate & Business Tax, Personal Tax, Business Consultancy, Independent Financial Services, HR, Insolvency & Corporate Recovery and Payroll
  • Our specialist teams work together closely to ensure that we deliver an integrated service to meet the needs of our clients

We are happy to offer an initial meeting ‘at our cost’ to explore how Shaw Gibbs might deliver value to you and your business. For more details see

Contact Matt Wistow, Business Development Director on

01865 292221 / 07837 348114 or email

Gazella –  your virtual HR Director, developing great places to work and hands-on support with the complicated people stuff.

  • Specialisms
  • Developing your business as a great place to work
  • Attracting and retaining the right people for your business
  • Tricky People Issues – redundancy, business purchases, settlement agreements
  • Supporting change at every level in your business
  • People Strategy and Team engagement
  • Mentoring your in-house HR capability
  • Pragmatic HR advice and guidance


For more details see or speak to Roger Davies on

01865-339411 or 07813-994556 or email him

Harvey Leach – The Consultancy Company

Many growing businesses find that, in spite of their success,

  • they struggle to meet customer deadlines
  • quality issues creep in
  • margins are reduced
  • employee engagement drops

or any combination of the four.  The reasons seem many and various despite the fundamentals that made the business successful being unchanged, and untangling them often requires different thinking to that which created the original success.

Harvey’s approach to Operational Excellence builds on his near 30-year experience in the automotive industry and 10 years in consultancy, which has given him an impressive range of skills for navigating these difficult waters.  The basic thinking and tools that have enabled the auto industry to continually reduce costs and lead-times while offering better quality and specification are simple in concept, yet often more challenging to apply.  Using a structured, disciplined approach to identifying and acting on opportunities to improve that engages everyone in the business, Harvey helps organisations to meet their challenges in a manageable way that delivers real, sustainable results that simultaneously make work easier and more fun.

Harvey is part of The Consultancy Company, based in Long Hanborough, where he is one of a team of over 20 consultants, all of who have extensive operational and consultancy experience.  Together, they provide the full range of skills for “Making Strategy Happen”.

For more details see or call Harvey on 07910 054213 or email