Axiom-e Limited

Founded by Ken Dickson, an internationally experienced finance director, who now acts as 'The Financial Doctor', Axiom-e is an independent strategic financial management consultancy which provides business advice focussed on strategic, financial, accounting, administrative and general management issues. Our portfolio of clients has included commercial organisations, social enterprises and charities.

After senior roles in multinationals, Ken Dickson founded Axiom-e to provide advice focussed on general business and financial management to smaller, interesting organisations with social impact. Ken has been a director of companies in manufacturing, high-tech, business services and educational sectors, a University lecturer and trustee of several charities, including his present church.

As ‘The Financial Doctor’ Ken assesses the financial health of clients, diagnoses underlying problems and prescribes remedies.

Ken’s skills in social enterprise, business planning, start-ups and strategic finance have helped many. Fundraising includes £4m of VC equity, £3m of funding from UKRI, almost £1m reclaimed as R&D tax credits and numerous bank loans totalling several £ms.

Through mentoring, speaking at conferences and designing and running bespoke courses internationally, Ken equips the normal">next generation of businesspeople in the UK and Africa to benefit their communities.

To find out more about how Axiom-e can take care of your business by adding value to your organisation and so giving you the axiom-edge over your competitors, please call Ken on 07967 125546 or visit www.axiom-e.co.uk.

 



Products and services

The Financial Doctor from Axiom-e
The Financial Doctor seeks to operate in a similar way to medical doctors and to undertake specific one-off bits of work for corporate clients ("patients") who for various reasons are not as healthy as they might be.Using the well-established axiom-evaluation service and other specially designed tools, The Financial Doctor seeks to:
- review and assess the financial health of the client
- diagnose the underlying problems which have resulted in the client's ill-health
- prescribe remedies for the condition via a detailed report

Having discussed the options with the 'patient', The Financial Doctor is usually asked to:
- undertake 'surgery' leading to the client's recovery and good health.

'Surgical work' typically involves Axiom-e providing Finance Director assistance for a period of time ranging from a few weeks to several months. During this period we work to help turn the business around.

Visiting the Doctor early enough will result in a successful recovery. Research though shows that the later a patient waits to see the Doctor, the more difficult it is to make a complete recovery!

As the work required is tailored specifically to your company, please contact us to arrange a free initial meeting after which we will quote for acting as your Financial Doctor.
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During a recently concluded programme of treatment for a well-established client, Axiom-e:
  • prepared a business plan
  • secured over £540,000 of funds to provide a firm foundation for progressing
  • helped rationalise the client to better match resources with requirements
  • introduced an appropriate costing system so that profitability by product and by customer could be determined
  • prepared a detailed sales-led budget
  • devised and introduced a focused management information system
  • sourced an interim Managing Director to help drive operational issues
  • established more appropriate accounting procedures for an overseas subsidiary
  • trained and mentored staff to provide them with the means to manage the company themselves
The client is now on the road to recovery.

axiom-evaluation
axiom-evaluation provides for senior management an independent strategic and financial review of an organisation's activities.It helps to identify issues which, if acted on early enough, will improve a business's performance.

Provided either as a top-level Strategic Review or as a more detailed Operating and Financial Review, our work will result in a report setting out the key issues that need to be focused on in order to improve operational management as well as longer-term strategic issues.

As the evaluation is not a statutory audit, it is able to take a broad view of business management and is not confined to the narrow area of accounting. Depending on what is asked of us, the review can address matters such as:
- strategy
- planning
- marketing
- management and financial controls
- financial forecasting
- financial management
- human resources management
- the management of premises and other resources.

As the work required is tailored specifically to your company, please contact us to arrange a free initial meeting after which we will quote for providing your axiom-evaluation.

axiom-expansion (Grooming companies for sale)
Axiom-e specialises in working with existing management to groom businesses for sale.Our work in support of this nearly always involves us providing many of our other services and often includes acquiring other businesses as a precursor to the trade sale. For this reason the service is known as axiom-expansion.

We facilitate the sale through our axiom-exit service which involves us in several tasks.

Although these are undertaken in the period immediately prior to a sale, Axiom-e seeks to work with its clients over a much lengthier period of time (usually up to two years) so that we can:
- assist with strategy development
- undertake the project work necessary to achieve the objectives and hence
- increase the chance of a successful sale.

Much of this work centres on ensuring that good financial controls and general management processes are introduced and that information is available in suitable formats for both management and potential acquirers.

As the work required is tailored specifically to your company, please contact us to arrange a free initial meeting after which we will quote for providing our axiom-expansion service.

axiom-exit
Axiom-e specialises in working with existing management to groom businesses for sale.Our work in support of this nearly always involves us providing many of our other services and often includes acquiring other businesses as a precursor to the trade sale.

We facilitate the sale through axiom-exit which we have developed as a specific service geared to the final stage of a trade sale.

This could involve us in several tasks including:
- preparing the Memorandum of Information
- ensuring financial history and forecasts are supported
- preparing additional financial data for purchasers
- developing financial models to assess the potential value of deals
- negotiating with potential acquirers and their advisors
- managing the professional advisors and the process
- assisting the legal process by reviewing contracts
- ensuring that the business systems are robust

As the work required is tailored specifically to your company, please contact us to arrange a free initial meeting after which we will quote for providing our axiom-exit service.

axiom-essentials
A package of services designed to ensure success for start-ups.
A service specifically for start-up and early-stage companies.

In order to help companies who are being - or who have recently been - set up, Axiom-e has developed a special package of services which we call axiom-essentials.

The all-in packages are offered at special rates to start-ups to provide a sound foundation to help them become the businesses of tomorrow!

The packages involve Axiom-e advising on, then actioning, one or more of:
- Corporate structure
- Funding
- Legal and Company Secretarial Matters
- Accounting and Financial Administration
- Internet Presence
- Other Administrative Matters

As the work required is tailored specifically to your company, please contact us to arrange a free initial meeting after which we will quote for providing your axiom-essentials service.

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