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Smith & Williamson

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Since our foundation over a century ago, Smith & Williamson has been managing the financial affairs of private clients and their business interests. We are the eighth largest firm of accountants* in the UK and our investment management business has over £8 billion funds under management and advice (as at 31 July).

Our prime aim is to help our clients achieve their financial ambitions, both corporate and personal. Our clients are varied - private individuals, mid-large businesses, professional practices and non-profit organisations.

Our business spans 12 principal offices in the UK and Ireland, with locations in the City of London, North London, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, Guildford, Maidstone, Salisbury, Southampton and Worcester, and an international capability in 97 countries through membership of Nexia International (the 9th largest international accounting network) and M&A International.

People may ask what sets us apart from our competitors; put simply, it's our people - ambitious, talented and enthusiastic professionals who enjoy what they do and relish the opportunity to work together and with our clients.

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General Details

Company Name

Smith & Williamson

Summary

Since our foundation over a century ago, Smith & Williamson has been managing the financial affairs of private clients and their business interests. We are the eighth largest firm of accountants* in the UK and our investment management business has over £8 billion funds under management and advice (as at 31 July).

Our prime aim is to help our clients achieve their financial ambitions, both corporate and personal. Our clients are varied - private individuals, mid-large businesses, professional practices and non-profit organisations.

Our business spans 12 principal offices in the UK and Ireland, with locations in the City of London, North London, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, Guildford, Maidstone, Salisbury, Southampton and Worcester, and an international capability in 97 countries through membership of Nexia International (the 9th largest international accounting network) and M&A International.

People may ask what sets us apart from our competitors; put simply, it's our people - ambitious, talented and enthusiastic professionals who enjoy what they do and relish the opportunity to work together and with our clients.

Services Offered

Business plans

We regularly help business managers with preparation of business plans. We provide added value beyond the traditional number-crunching role performed by accountants.
Our business plan services include:

* advice regarding the content of a business plan
* assistance on the preparation of a business plan based on provided information
* production of a set of illustrative financial projections
* independent validation of a business plan

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* business plan validation
* business plan modelling

Business plan validation

Many spreadsheets:

* contain errors
* apply assumptions which are inconsistent with other data

However, the success of capital transactions is often crucially dependent on robust financial projections.

Financial institutions and regulators often require independent assurance regarding the robustness of financial projections and we have experienced staff who can provide this assurance.
Our approach

We have developed a methodology which is scalable depending on the level of assurance required. This may include:

* business plan narrative consistent with underlying projections
* compilation of the financial projections on the basis of the principal assumptions
* key formulae and calculations in the model are logical and prepared on a consistent basis
* key risk areas which might prevent the projections being achieved
* reasonableness of the principal assumptions
* independent verification of the assumptions
* sensitivity of the projections to changes in assumptions
* comparison of results from an independent financial model

Our reviews often make use of both existing Microsoft tools and third party products. These demonstrate how formulae have been copied, improve navigation between precedent and dependent cells, and detect certain common errors. We can also undertake audits of models developed in other tools, such as Brixx.

Management Team and Experience

Our experience

We:

* validate business plans for financial institutions including clearing banks and regulators such as the Financial Services Authority and the Housing Corporation
* report on a range of transactions varying from small to £500+ million
* involve senior staff who are qualified accountants and themselves experienced model-builders
* include senior staff who have good awareness regarding risks to be mitigated in financial models

Contact Information

Address

25 Moorgate

County

London

Postcode

EC2R 6AY

Region

Greater London

Telephone

0207 131 8213