I have worked with Mike on a number of Boards. He is a great mentor for Finance and non-Finance people at all levels. Mike has a good eye for detail, whilst at the same time is able to take a high-level view of the Business. He is a commercial Finance Director with a breadth and depth of strategic knowledge and experience. Mike is personable and a strong communicator.
John O’Sullivan, Chairman, Elite Recruitment Network
Mike was a colleague of mine at Ernst & Young. I have subsequently asked Mike to help out a number of businesses in more recent times. Mike can fit seamlessly into a difficult environment, get to grips with the business, the financial reporting structures, and also deal with the challenging dynamics of occasionally dysfunctional management teams. He's my "go to" guy when I need deep expertise around building and maintaining reporting systems.
Nick Byfield, Director & Owner, Donald Scott Associates Limited
I have known Mike for many years and have utilised his skills to conduct detailed financial appraisals on many occasions. His work is always detailed, accurate and with excellent knowledge of the subject matter, however varied. Bearing in mind we use his input as part of a lending decision process, we need to be completely confident. We are, and I will use Mike's skills whenever the need arises and would recommend him to any other businesses that need strong, sound and commercial advice.
Steve Netherton, Commercial Director, Credit Agricole Commercial Finance
We hired Mike as a 'virtual FD', part of a Board-strengthening initiative. He brought a breadth and depth of strategic knowledge and experience which went beyond the finance function, yet was also able to use his experience as a commercial FD to improve our financial management and reporting systems. He's a personable guy with a high level of integrity, and he gets things done. I recommend him.
Don Leslie, Exec Chairman & Owner, BLT Recruitment Consultancy Limited
I have worked with Mike since last year and have found him to be hard working, knowledgeable and very committed. I would not hesitate in recommending him to other businesses.
Carl Lightfoot, Director & Owner, Progress DMS Limited
Evans & Graham Group Services Limited is a growing air conditioning, heating and ventilation business. During 2012 we realised that we needed advice on where to focus our recognised skills, endeavours, capital and energy and decided to work with Allen Consulting. With Mike Allen’s guidance we have significantly grown our turnover and margins. The business has grown in a more structured and controlled manner than it did before we met Mike. We are clearer on our plans for the future and have now settled upon an exit strategy as part of our long term planning. We thought we were doing well and did not appreciate how what we thought we knew about running the business was a snapshot, not a full understanding, of the knowledge required to run a successful business.
For anyone considering taking third party advice I would say to you “do it”. If you are looking for an external advisor who is easy to work with, insightful, encouraging and who uses his skills and experience to teach you (and give you) the tools to better manage your business then I whole heartedly recommend Allen Consulting. Mike Allen is a good listener and brings you along with the process rather than push you along. He is insightful, positive, encouraging, eminently professional and fun to work with. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike and have committed to a long term retainer arrangement because he has added value to the business (and continues to) and is someone we like having around.
Mark Wallace, Managing Director, Evans & Graham Group Services Ltd
I was granted a Growth Voucher for my business in March and selected Mike Allen as my consultant and business mentor. I have had several meetings since then with Mike, I found that he quickly understood the business and at an early stage came up with a number of suggestions that I was able to implement that will no doubt increase sales and our operational efficiency. Since then Mike has performed a review of my business and has set up a four year strategy and implementation plan. I have enjoyed working with Mike and I have found his approach has been systematic and thorough, I am confident his advice will help manage our future growth.