Business Advice

Budgets & Forecasts

No business plan is complete without a budget. Whether you’re seeking to improve your business, or creating a startup, you need detailed financial projections in order to set goals and secure initial funding.

Business Startup Assistance 

Got a great idea for a new business, but have no idea where to start? This is a common problem. We can help you work out the best way to structure your new business venture, learn the requirements you need to meet for finance and take care of some of the legwork to get you trading faster.

Financing Options & Guidance 

Work through the wide range of financing options that are available. Be advised based on our wide-ranging experience to help you secure the appropriate financing options to achieve your goals. You’ll get to leverage our industry knowledge to structure your debt so that you maximise your tax advantages.


Have you ever wondered how your business performs compared to your competitors? Are you spending enough on advertising? Are you paying too much rent? Are your staff costs too high? What is the average bottom line of your competitors?

Survival in today's business climate requires you to spend more time working on your business rather than in the business.

We can provide you with accurate, timely and informative benchmarking reports - allowing you to:
  • See how your business compares against your competitors
  • Understand how the rest of your industry works
  • Analyse the key performance indicators of your industry

Armed with this information, we'll work with you to develop action strategies to improve your bottom line.

Management Consulting Business advice

Our aim is to ensure your business achieves the potential it's capable of. We have the know-how and experience to offer advice to help you run your business more effectively.

We are practised in acting as a sounding board for management, bringing to the relationship years of experience in business growth. We can identify key performance indicators in your business, through which you will see the positive changes occurring with the help of our professional consultants.

We are able to check your business is as competitive, focused, and profitable as it can be. We then offer flexible strategies, designed to address the issues affecting your business.

Let us give your business a health check. Take the practical advice we can give to ensure the continual success of your venture.

Strategic planning Business advice

The pressures of daily business can often mean strategic planning takes a back seat - but to have a successful business you must plan ahead.

We'll help you establish a strategic plan that looks at where you want your business to be in the next 3-5 years and exactly how you and your team can achieve these aims and objectives.

Your strategic plan will:
  • Define the characteristics of your company in three to five years
  • Identify your competitors
  • Define your objectives and financial goals
  • Put in place an effective implementation plan to achieve your goals

Acquisitions & Mergers 
There are many scenarios in which you may wish to attain a business enterprise. Whatever the situation,  McLaren Guise Associates Ltd are able to take the stress out and maximise the opportunity for you.

Whether you are considering buying a business or merging with another business, we have the experience and the expertise you need. We ask the right questions and find the necessary answers. Are you getting a good deal? Is the business right for you? Can you afford it? Have all avenues for future growth been investigated?

The services we provide incorporate every stage of the process - from identifying potential acquisitions, through to the negotiations of the commercial elements of the transaction, through to forecasting the future of the business. Incorporated in this is:
  • A review of your goals and objectives
  • Due diligence services
  • Preparation of financial forecasts
  • Advice on potential pitfalls and rewards involved in a merger
  • Assistance with purchase negotiations
  • Advice on financing
  • Assistance with preparation of a business plan
Calling on the skills of professionals' means you will be far less likely to purchase an unsuitable business. Let  McLaren Guise Associates Ltd show you how their experience can save you from stress, and provide you with the great opportunity a business acquisition or merger can be.

The key to avoiding insolvency is to seek professional help as soon as the first signs of difficulty appear. The experienced professionals at McLaren Guise Associates Ltd are able to assist in identifying problem areas, and suggest solutions to improve the position of the company. Timely and expert advice may be able to save your business from liquidation or receivership.

Receivership entails someone being appointed to raise funds within the company to repay a financier. In the case where so many of the company assets are sold, it is unable to continue daily business a liquidation is necessary. A liquidator disposes of all the assets of the company and repays creditors. Upon liquidation, the company ceases to exist

In the event liquidation or receivership is necessary, McLaren Guise Associates Ltd also has the experience and skills required to assist.

If your business is struggling under financial and operational difficulties, proactive and insightful action is vital for avoidance or minimisation of the ramifications. Contact us today for an appointment and expert advice to aid your situation.

Selling a Business 

Selling a business can be difficult, often disheartening time. In this state, the tasks involved in selling a business can seem particularly arduous. Here at McLaren Guise, we are able to relieve that stress for you.

The services we provide in relation to organising the selling of business include:
  • Obtaining comparative results
  • Establishing a realistic sale price 
  • Taking the business to the market 
  • Negotiating with potential purchasers 
  • Drafting a contract
Our friendly and professional staff are able to assist in such a way that a maximum return for your business can be achieved.

Succession Planning 

In ensuring the long term success of your business, it is critical to establish a well-designed succession plan. Coordination of the transition of your business to your successors can be an arduous process. However, with our years of experience, we can address the complex issues of business continuation, taking the stress off your shoulders.


An independent valuation provides you with answers to the questions you often need to ask about the value of a business or property. Am I getting the best price for the sale of my business? Is the asking price too much?

We are trained and experienced in business valuations and are able to provide you with simple guidelines and formulae for evaluating the worth of a business. We are also able to appear in court and in arbitration as expert witnesses in relation to business valuations.

Choose McLaren Guise Associates Ltd for a professional and accurate valuation service.

Due Diligence

Due diligence is a process of research and investigation conducted before making a business decision, such as a merger or acquisition, to ensure that all relevant information is known and risks are identified.

Due diligence is a crucial step in any business transaction or investment, as it helps to mitigate the risks of financial loss, legal disputes, and reputational damage.