Dockar Consulting was founded by Neil Dockar to provide a personal bespoke senior consulting service specifically aimed towards solving problems for CEOs / CFOs.
Often in the larger organisation vested interests and politics can prevent a clear, unbiased course of action from being proposed. As we are independent with years of experience we can cut through this "noise" and give a valued assessment to the CEO / CFO. This can be invaluable in smaller situations where sometimes you just need an independent sounding board.
For the smaller organisation (SME / startup) we specialise in "filling the gap" between your bookkeeper and high street accountant in helping you manage and properly structure the future of your business.
We offer a range of services including:
We have wide real world experience from start up companies through to SMEs and major blue chip corporates both within and outside the UK. Whatever the project we don't have a "set formula" rather we will tailor our approach to give maximum value to you.
Our aim is simple, to solve a pressing problem to allow you to get on with running your company.
Neil Dockar is the lead consultant in order to ensure that a bespoke personal service is offered. If additional cover or experience is needed then we have working relationships with a number of other consultants and we are a founder member of www.fd4.co.uk to further support and meet any client needs.
Neil originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Following 12 years with Procter & Gamble in a variety of senior Europe wide Finance roles he was Group Finance Director at Capespan International plc for 12 years, where he initiated a wide range of new business ventures and led a number of corporate restructurings. Since 2006 he has been involved in a number of start up ventures as well as providing bespoke consultancy. His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here
David is an experienced Finance Director with 15 years' experience at board level in multinationals, SMEs and start ups (Procter & Gamble, Capespan, What If?, Lornamead). His sector experience includes Consumer Goods, Retail, Food, and Marketing Services and he is experienced in Business Plans and Financial Plans for financing discussions. Since 2009 he has been running as an independent consultant providing coaching and a sounding board to MD's. His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
Robert qualified as a chartered accountant in the 1980s and has wide industrial experience most recently in the aerospace, defence and exhibition sectors. He has a hands on approach to delivering key financial and management information with experience ranging from industrial SMEs to complex Trade Associations having worked for ADS Group Ltd and Farnborough International Ltd. Specialties:Trade Associations, Exhibitions and Events, Aerospace and Defence, FCA Compliance His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
Stephen qualified with Procter & Gamble in the 1980s and went on to hold a variety of senior positions with the company in the UK and continental Europe including working on new product launches, acquisitions and divestitures. Stephen moved into the B2B sector in 2000 and has worked as the European FD of two leading multinational Staffing and Recruitment services companies, handling strategy development, acquisitions/integration, restructuring and process improvement, as well as undertaking a role for a UK based accounting services company. Specialities:FMCG, Staffing & Recruitment Services, B2B His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
Paul qualified as a chartered management account in 1993 after graduating in economics. Paul has over 23 years accounting and finance experience, 18 of which have been in senior finance positions. Recently Paul was the finance director for a SME researching drugs for inflammatory diseases. Paul has served for both commercial customer facing companies and research and development organisations and has assisted in start ups and high growth companies. Paul has also worked in difficult situations where cash is tight and after the sudden retirement of the incumbent FD. Specialities: Smaller business start up, bio pharmaceuticals, raising finance, planning for exit, intellectual property licensing, legal affairs His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
Ross has progressed his career through a series of Blue chips moving on to SME’s, where he started off being involved in a turnaround company from an MBO. Here he was responsible for a large VAT voluntary disclosure, consolidation and group reporting along with financial and tax compliance. More recently he has been instrumental in growing and developing a well known games company with a global client base. He built an internal finance department, developing financial business models, R&D tax credit claims, developing reporting, managing cash crisis, securing corporate finance and banking support. Ross is developing a portfolio of companies in mainly the tech & media industries, and is also a specialist in dealing with Portuguese based companies. Specialities: Online, Technology, Social Media & Innovative Start-up companies His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
Steve qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a Newcastle firm that is now part of Deloitte. After a number of years' experience in Animal Health and Agricultural sectors (commercial and financial roles) he achieved an MBA from Warwick Business School. Steve has latterly concentrated on clients in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Building Facilities and Print sectors, with specific expertise in Strategy, Performance Measurement and Profitable Growth. Specialities: Agriculture, Building Facilities, Print, Renewables & Sustainables His LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
Following a successful swimming career where she achieved Olympic, Commonwealth and World medals (under her Willmott maiden name) Jackie had a variety of senior roles in the Food Catering and Vending sectors working with the likes of Compass, Tesco and B&Q. From 2005 she has jointly owned and managed Usmoothie Ltd and is now providing selling and operational consultancy services to a variety of clients in the Catering and Food Retail sector. Her LinkedIn profile with full details can be found here.
"Neil's approach to producing a business and strategic plan to guide our expansion in the UK and beyond was simple, thorough and very effective. Sound valuable and profitable advice"
"The management team was pushing hard to make the acquisition, but Neil provided sound arguments as to why "hearts were ruling heads" - an invaluable independent perspective"
"We are a young growing company with limited time and knowledge of key financial factors. Neil has designed a simple key reporting system which allows us to "keep our finger on the pulse" whilst also keeping a watchful brief himself"
We know the demands placed on CEOs and CFOs. We've been there. Our service to you is simple; to provide a personal, bespoke senior consulting service to solve problems for CEOs / CFOs. We are non-political, flexible and produce results. Here are some examples of how we can help you and allow you to focus on running your company
With a broad range of experiences from start up organistions through to major multi-national corporate entities, we offer you not only a professional sounding board, but an independent perspective. As a CEO or CFO you need a partner you can trust to get involved in the detail yet at the same time give you the balanced options available and a recommended course of action.
We are not enshrined in your culture. We can take a non-political viewpoint as to what needs to be done. Fresh pair of eyes. Our recommendations and actions will not be influenced by career paths and internal positioning. Just clear, balanced, impartial advice and action.
Projects and issues are always difficult to resource in addition to everyone's day-to-day roles and responsibilities. Use us by the hour, or by the day, to provide additional cover and resource to deal with issues and problems so you can focus on running your company
Each project will be clearly defined in terms of timescales and deliverables. We do not operate a "1 size fits all" approach as we know each client is different and has unique needs. However in agreeing any project we will develop a clear project brief with you covering:
Daily rates are commensurate with the complexity and experience required, but will always be significantly less than those charged by the major Consulting firms
We know how difficult it can be as a smaller company (SME) / start up to successfully manage the growth and development to the next level. Typically you have a bookkeeper for the transaction processing of the accounts and then you have your High Street accountant to take care of your year end and accounts. This will take care of the various compliance matters such as VAT, PAYE, corporation tax and statutory accounts, but neither are likely to provide the hands on practical commercial approach that comes from Dockar Consulting.
Dockar Consulting fills the gap between your bookkeeper and high street accountant to help you look forward and shape the future of your business by:
And all without the commitment and costs of taking on an employee, because you only pay for the service you receive and need.
We know the demands placed on CEOs and CFOs. We've been there. Our service to you is simple; to provide a personal bespoke senior consulting service to solve problems for CEOs / CFOs. We are non political, flexible and produce results. Here's some examples of how we can help you and allow you to focus on running your Company
Here are a selection of articles prepared by Neil Dockar that give some insights on the role of an FD vs a Financial Controller and then what it's really like to sell your company and how Neil can help