Case study

Working with the CFO Centre to provide funding for a growing construction business


This Mechanical contracting business specialises in engineering and building services, predominantly to the plumbing, heating and cooling sectors, for which they provide installation, project management and ongoing maintenance. Having relied on traditional banking facilities such as overdrafts to provide cashflow support and with bold growth plans in mind, they turned to their Finance Director Peter Wilson, who they found via the CFO Centre, (formally the FD Centre) to find a funding solution that could support their ambitions in the right way.

When their client laid out their plans and cashflow requirements, thanks to their extensive knowledge of the lending market in the UK, Ryan Oates and Peter Wilson at the CFO Centre knew that the team at Ultimate Finance could provide the support needed through their range of asset-based lending solutions, and so he reached out to dedicated Regional Director Chris Mitcham.

Chris explains, “At Ultimate Finance we are solution-led, and with over 20 years’ experience in helping businesses, we have the expertise required to tailor the right solution to the unique needs of a client’s business. When Ryan and Peter introduced their client to me, it was evident that their business would benefit from a Construction Finance solution that would provide the flexibility and cashflow support of an Invoice Finance facility alongside specific features designed to meet the needs of businesses in the construction sector”.

Chris and the team at Ultimate Finance worked closely with Ryan and his client to tailor a £325,000 Construction Finance facility that would allow cash tied up in invoices to be accessed as and when needed alongside additional support provided by a dedicated construction team. Chris adds, “The flexibility, expertise and service proposition that comes with this specialist facility were the key aspects that allowed us to become the business’ new funding partner of choice. Both Ultimate Finance and the CFO Centre have a collective 40 years’ experience in supporting the ambitions of UK businesses and as we already share common goals and values it has been a great pleasure to work together to help our client on their growth journey”.

With an international corporate career behind him, Colin Mills, Founder and Executive Chairman of the CFO Centre, was able to use his experience as a successful CFO for a variety of large and mid-tier businesses to create a business of his own to help match SMEs with talented senior Finance Directors and CFOs on a part-time basis in order to offer them high calibre financial expertise at affordable rates. He explains, “I knew from experience that poor financial foundations, lack of control over one’s business, or simply running out of cash were all sure-fire ways to turn the entrepreneurial dream into a horrendous nightmare”.

Now providing more than 750 Finance Directors and CFOs across the world, the CFO Centre has a proven track record of helping businesses to scale rapidly and increase cash, profit and valuation, having already helped over 14,000 businesses in the last 20 years.

Adrian Stalley, Head of Partnerships at Ultimate Finance comments, “Working together with The CFO Centre is a really exciting and progressive relationship for us because we both want to see clients maximise their growth potential. Gaining access to the right financial support and guidance through The CFO Centre and being supported by the funding solutions we can provide, mean clients can benefit from meaningful experts to support this growth”.

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