Apr 15, 2024 / News

Business Advisory / Business Growth / Business Succession

A profitable growth mindset

Achieving growth is desirable for all businesses. However, it can sometimes come with unique challenges. To sustainably scale your business, it’s important to leverage the expertise and experience of a trusted advisor.

Here are some strategies that can help your business reach its full potential.

Strategic business advisory
  • Define clear business objectives and develop long-term strategic plans to achieve them.
  • Set financial targets and define key performance metrics that can be continuously monitored.
  • Create detailed financial budgets and seek professional advice to maximise profitability.
  • Develop comprehensive forecasts on future performance for effective decision-making.
Financial management and reporting
  • Review your current financial reporting systems to improve timely decision-making.
  • Adopt continuous working capital management to ensure sufficient liquidity for growth.
Financial analysis
  • Conduct a detailed analysis of your financial data to determine trends, opportunities, and areas for business improvement, including benchmarking across sectors.
  • Gain further understanding of the more complex financial information to make strategic decisions.
Cash flow optimisation
  • Seek professional advice on working capital management strategies to improve your business's cash flow position.
  • Implement cash flow forecasting models to anticipate future liquidity needs and investment opportunities.
Cost reduction and operational efficiency
  • Conduct thorough reviews of the business operations to identify cost-saving opportunities.
  • Research and implement technology solutions that can streamline processes, create efficiencies in operations and potentially reduce costs.
  • Evaluate the potential returns of new investments versus their costs as a measure of feasibility prior to implementation.
  • Identify non-core functions that could be outsourced so that there is an improved focus on core business areas that may yield
    higher profitability.
  • Conduct cost-reduction analysis and identify areas where operational efficiencies can be gained.
Revenue growth strategies
  • Identify new market opportunities or areas for expansion.
  • Consider pricing models that allow the business to grow and maximise profit with minimal disruption to existing business.
  • Identify ways to introduce new revenue streams that deliver top-line growth.
Tax planning
  • Seek proactive tax planning advice to minimise tax liabilities and increase cash flow savings.
  • Ensure compliance with tax authorities to avoid penalties and interest.
  • Seek professional advice on tax-efficient corporate structures and transactions.
  • Take advantage of all available tax incentives and concessions available.
Risk management
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls and risk management processes and seek to strengthen the frameworks to prevent fraud
    and errors.
  • Review insurance coverage to ensure it effectively mitigates risk to your business.
  • Be informed of regulatory changes that could impact the business.
Capital structure and financing
  • Seek professional advice on the optimal capital structure for growth via debt and equity financing.
  • Seek assistance in securing financing, whether through banks, private equity, or other sources.
  • Obtain support in negotiations with financiers and investors.
Mergers and acquisitions
  • Identify potential merger and acquisition opportunities that align with the organisation’s strategic goals.
  • Conduct due diligence to assess the feasibility and risks of potential merger and acquisition targets.
  • Obtain support through the merger and acquisition process with financial due diligence, valuation, and integration planning.
  • Seek post-merger integration support to understand synergies and efficiencies.
  • Identify potential strategic partnerships that could accelerate growth.
  • If considering an exit, seek professional advice on business valuation, preparing the business for sale, and tax-efficient exit strategies.
Technology and digital transformation
  • Compare and analyse the selection and implementation of financial management software and ERP systems for future scalability.
  • Identify opportunities for data analytics and AI to gain insights and drive business performance, enhance productivity and
    customer engagement
  • Explore investment in technological innovation to create new revenue streams.
Sustainability and Environment Social and Government (ESG) reporting
  • Understand reporting on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors that can impact financial performance.
  • Analyse how to integrate sustainability into business practices for long-term profitability.
  • Consider understanding the financial benefits of CSR initiatives and the impact on customer loyalty and employee engagement.
  • Encourage the adoption of sustainable business practices, which can lead to long-term savings and a positive brand image for
    the organisation.
Human capital management
  • Seek guidance on talent acquisition, retention, and development strategies.
  • Seek professional advice on performance management systems that align employee incentives with business goals and overall
    growth objectives.
  • Help design training programs to upskill the workforce to generate higher productivity.
  • Develop strategies to attract, retain, and develop employees to their potential.

With proactive guidance and expertise, our trusted Advisors can help you navigate the complexities of growth, ensuring that business operations can scale sustainably and profitably.

Next steps

Seeking professional advice is key to navigating towards a strong business plan and identifying opportunities for your business.

Our team of experts can provide you with the insight, skills, and knowledge to determine your business's value, plan for tax implications, and identify opportunities within it.

Speak with your local Nexia Edwards Marshall Advisor today to discuss growth strategies for your business or if you have any questions about the items discussed in this article.

The material contained in this publication is for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice or recommendation from Nexia Edwards Marshall. Regarding any situation or circumstance, specific professional advice should be sought on any particular matter by contacting your Nexia Edwards Marshall Adviser.