29th Sept: WeDO Masterclass – Test & Protect the Financial Health of your Business

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  • Members Masterclass
     29 September 2021 - 30 September 2021
     12:30 pm

Masterclasses give you the opportunity to learn from experts in their fields with an abundance of tips and advice to take away and implement in your own business.  These events are highly interactive and we incorporate plenty of time to enable attendees to ask questions and share their experiences.  As soon as we can, Masterclasses will return to live events, however in the meantime, they will be hosted online.

During these turbulent times, Claire Middlebrook and her team at Middlebrooks Business Recovery and Advice have been in high demand guiding business owners and their senior teams through the world of financial health.  For entrepreneurs, the past 18 months has led many to worry, and often shy away from, financial health in light of more pressing matters such as staying safe.  This Masterclass will introduce you to ‘tests’ that you can perform on your businesses to reassure your viability and success going forward, as well as providing insights into the options available to protect you and your business from any financial impacts as a result of the virus.  Please note that this is all about positive actions and not suggesting that your business is struggling!

  • Updates on business safeguarding in light of the pandemic.
  • An overview of new legislation introduced to provide protection for companies looking to trade out of COVID.
  • How to spot early red flags that your clients may not be in a position to pay.
  • Top 10 tips to assess the solvency of your customers & mitigate the detrimental effects of late and non-payment.
  • Financial health & risk analysis for your own business.
  • How to balance sheet test your company.
  • Top 10 tips to assess your company’s going concern.

WeDO member & 2021 Awards Judge Claire Middlebrook is the founder and Managing Director of Middlebrooks Business Recovery and Advice.  She is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner and Chartered Accountant. She began her work life south of the border in Leeds and as such, has experience of both English and Scottish insolvency legislation.

Claire applies the same principles to whatever type of entity she is dealing with, be it a multi-million turnover group or an individual who is facing distress – “If there is a problem – let’s fix it.”

As well as taking both individual and company formal insolvency appointments, Claire is also heavily involved in solvent restructuring to maximize wealth withdrawal from companies. She works with financial institutions, both high street banks as well as asset-based lenders to advise on potential restructuring of their clients and risk reviews.

Claire has worked with individuals, company directors, partnerships and many other entities in the past and recognises that it is a difficult step to take, however ,she believes that once the first step has been taken, it is her role to guide through the next ten steps, by taking the least painful route.

Recognised within her peer group, Claire has been asked to speak at industry conferences on various matters within insolvency as well as being consulted on a regular basis by members of the professional community, primarily within the central belt of Scotland but also across the UK. Claire has in-depth knowledge of the licensed trade, payroll agencies, agriculture, construction, legal firms, and the leisure industry. She is a member of R3, the trade body for insolvency professionals and sits on their national Personal Insolvency Committee advising feeding into the Government’s legislation on personal insolvency matters.

As an ICAS licensed insolvency practitioner, Claire has also sat on their insolvency technical committee for four years. In 2019, Claire was the runner-up in our High Growth Business of the Year Award.

Don’t miss this Masterclass to test and protect the financial health of your business!

Our Masterclasses are supported by Rooney Nimmo who will be hosting us in their offices once these events return to live events.