“Tony joined me as Finance Director at NWF Retail Limited and remained with the business until it was sold four years later. The business operated a chain of six large garden centres and had an annual turnover of £21million, we employed over 500 people. Tony joined the business during a period of expansion and was tasked with improving the financial controls of the business and to assist me in developing the business by organic growth and by acquisition. Working through his team he quickly established a robust control and reporting regime which produced accurate and timely management accounts. Budgeting and forecasting became more accurate and Tony made what had previously been stressful activities seem easy.
On the development of the business Tony worked closely with me contributing to the strategic direction of the business as well as supporting activities with his financial assessments. As the senior management team we worked well together, Tony was comfortable challenging me where he felt it was necessary and was also supportive in moving projects forward. I found Tony a pleasure to work with he was able to maintain his core responsibilities as Finance Director and make a positive contribution to the business generally and remain friendly and professional. I welcomed his counsel and take on business matters.
Tony and I worked closely together for almost 4 years, throughout that time he met his professional responsibilities and his wider responsibilities to the business. He was supportive of me and I relied heavily on him in many ways.”