Martin Ward

Partner

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Corporate Expert
  • Audit & Compliance
  • Buying & Selling Businesses
  • Finance Raising Expert

Martin has been a partner in the firm since January 1999 and is our Corporate Finance specialist and senior Audit partner, and brings his technical knowledge and experience to our clients in a client focussed objective manner.

Martin has extensive experience of working with a wide range of businesses from different sectors and of different sizes, and has that relatively rare attribute in our profession of having worked both within industry and as an adviser to entrepreneurial firms. Martin appreciates what the issues facing owner-managed businesses are and provides effective advice, and assistance with implementation of that advice, to help businesses thrive and prosper.

Martin is responsible for our audit and advisory services to larger businesses and organisations, providing sound, practical technical and strategic advice to business owners and management to assist them to grow their businesses in a structured and successful manner. Martin has advised many business owners on the sale and purchase of businesses, as well as fund-raising, and brings a very practical and pragmatic approach to his work.

Martin also leads our work within the Education Sector.

Prior to joining Dodd & Co, Martin spent 11 years with Price Waterhouse in London and Edinburgh, and 4 years working in owner-managed businesses as CFO.

Martin is involved in the profession at the highest levels and currently sits on the Disciplinary Committee of our Institute, and has previously spent 6 years on the Audit Registration committee of the ICAEW (where he was vice-chairman); and has recently completed just over 6 years as the only practising representative on the Auditing Practices Board from the non-Big 4 firms.

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Cloud accounting provides us with a real time view of our business accounts at anytime and from anywhere. Sales and purchase invoices are easy to input in a user friendly way, and the bank account link allows us to pull across electronic bank account statements automatically. Reporting in cloud is so easy and at a glance the dashboard shows account balances, invoices owed to you and bills needed to pay, straight away highlighting any action required. You can quickly see the profit and loss account, balance sheet and all other reports, and can drill down into individual transactions. Our main server has also moved to the cloud, which has revolutionised the way we manage our business. As a small business with a couple of employees it allows us to spend more time tending to clients and less time managing accounts and systems, allowing us to work at home or on customer sites without having to go back to the office. The savings and benefits are SO DRAMATIC and INSTANT in terms of time required for data input.  Time spent on all of this is now LESS THAN 2 HOURS PER WEEK, and this would be impossible with our old systems and procedures.  Our profitability has increased too as we can now spend more time working on projects rather then admin.  Mike Potts, Ashwood Design

 
-- Mike Potts - Ashwood Design