GRANT THORNTON SPECIAL PROJECTS

Expert support for your finance team, when you need it

About us

A highly capable extension to your finance team, offering the right expertise at the right time.

High-quality
accounting support

With specialist technical knowledge, we can help in a range of situations. Perhaps rapid growth has created additional work, or you are restructuring or integrating a business? Maybe your management accounts need extra attention, or you simply need more support with statutory reporting at the year-end?

Keeping your finance
function working

As your business partner, we will fill the gaps in your finance team – short or long term – with the right skills and expertise. So you know the work will be done to the right standard, and our support can increase when you need it.

Individual attention,
big-company reassurance

Special Projects is a fully managed service led by our partners and directors. The experts working with you have the support of our wider team of professionals, and can access their expertise. You will have regular contact with our senior people, who will ensure you receive the highest quality service.

Leaving your finance team
in great shape

We focus on your broader business objectives, not just individual tasks. Our involvement means you have a fresh pair of eyes in your team, suggesting improvements, and bringing new skills and insight to your finance function.

How we can help you

A range of support, when you need it most

Whatever help your finance team needs, we can provide it. 
The professionals who work with you have the industry experience and specialist knowledge to get to grips very quickly with a wide variety of tasks.

Business partnering services

  • Prepare management accounts
  • Design and restructure accounting systems
  • Review and design management reporting packs
  • Resolve discrepancies with incomplete accounting records
  • Prepare year-end audit packs
  • Prepare statutory and consolidated accounts 
  • Guidance on best practice
  • Help you move to new financial reporting standards 

Interim finance support

  • Provide hands-on interim support
  • Fulfill short to medium-term assignments
  • Work closely with your finance and management team
  • Make improvements and changes where necessary
  • Provide appropriate training for your finance team

Bespoke assignments

  • Financial process and systems reviews, making improvements if required
  • High-level business strategy reviews and feedback to management
  • Tailored financial forecasting and budgeting models
  • Help you work through finance-related problems
  • Project-management services
  • Support you during significant change, such as acquisition, disposal, high growth or preparing for an initial public offering.
  • Deliver training events tailored to your needs.

Some examples of how we are supporting finance teams

Construction and leasing of modular buildings

Construction and leasing of modular buildings

After the resignation of the manager for the central finance function, the client was struggling to recruit a replacement.

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Aircraft Leasing

Aircraft Leasing

The finance function of the business was outsourced to local accountants in the territories where the group had companies.

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Motor parts retailer

Motor parts retailer

A client acquired two online car part retailers. Following the acquisition, management needed an overview of the financial processes.

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Construction and leasing of modular buildings

£300 million turnover

After the resignation of the manager for the central finance function, the client was struggling to recruit a replacement. The client used Special Projects while they searched for a full time replacement.

Meeting the challenge

  • A full-time individual joined the central finance team for seven months
  • Performing a critical role over the year end and audit, they provided support for the transition to FRS 102 and managed the audit from the client side
  • Adapted to the culture of the business to build solid relationships and affect change

Delivering ongoing value to the business

  • We centralised and streamlined the statutory accounts process, resulting in increased efficiency at year end for all divisions
  • After recruitment, we provided training for the new finance manager, ensuring that the knowledge was retained in the business
  • We made improvements to month end processes increasing speed and accuracy of information reported to the board
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Aircraft Leasing

£15 million turnover

The finance function of the business was outsourced to local accountants in the territories where the group had companies. This was creating delays, frustrations and management information was out of date.

Meeting the challenge

  • We implemented a central system for the group to administer the accounting of all group companies
  • We worked with the local accountants to migrate the existing accounts
  • Worked with management to assist in recruiting a full time finance manager to bring the accounting ‘in-house’

Delivering ongoing value to the business

  • For the first time management had up-to-date monthly financial reports to assist in decision making
  • The business had an on site accountant to advise on financial issues, proactively manage the finances and provide a more commercial solution to outsourcing all accounting services
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Motor parts retailer

£3 million turnover

A client acquired two online car part retailers. Following the acquisition, management needed an overview of the financial processes and controls in each business, with a view to streamline, make consistent and bring them in line with best practice.

Meeting the challenge

  • A qualified accountant with commercial experience worked with the finance team to produce a report on the key accounting processes and controls in each business
  • We identified inconsistencies and inefficiencies in existing practices

Delivering value

  • We provided recommendations that were achievable with existing systems and staffing levels and with clear commercial benefits
  • We delivered a detailed summary of the processes and recommendations in the form of a findings report for management to communicate their desire for change

Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about how Grant Thornton Special Projects can help your business, please get in touch.

In the north
Emma Davies:

+44 (0)114 2629 710

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In the south
Giles Mullins:

+44 (0)1908 359609

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