Industrial controls specialist, Optima Control Solutions Ltd, understands all about improving business performance to increase profitability; that’s what the company does for some of the world’s foremost manufacturers.

When it came to developing Optima’s own business and implementing strategic financial planning, however, the company turned to Haworths for advice.

The company recognised that it needed to expand its management team’s capacity and financial expertise but preferred not to hire a full-time financial director. Instead, it outsourced the financial director role to Haworths on an as needed basis, with Haworths’ director, Paul Spencer, providing all the financial expertise the company could ever need.

Paul remains directly involved in the Optima business as an integral part of the management team and Haworths plays a diverse role in the company’s financial management, including preparation and review of monthly management accounts, taxation matters, year-end accounts, personal tax advice and pension planning.

Paul meets with the Optima team once a month to discuss current financial matters and the company’s strategic plan.

“It’s the ideal solution for us,” explains Optima’s CEO, Mike Hill. “We can access all Haworths’ knowledge and years of experience, which adds enormous value to the team and the business, without the cost and commitment of adding full-time financial professionals to the in-house team.”