About Leonard Business Services

The best business managers understand that, to be really successful, the key ingredients are excellent financial management and planning. At the same time business managers face the realities of working in small to medium size companies where the real pressure lies in getting the day job done and, as such, financial management and planning take somewhat of a backseat. Leonard Business Services aim to fill that gap by giving managers access to an experienced finance professional who can interact with their business in a flexible manner without the commitment of an employment contract, delivering a Strategic Consulting resource when you need it.

Other businesses value the occasional input of someone outside of the daily running of the business who can provide specialist knowledge and provide a sounding board in strategic decision making.  That is why Non Executive directors are so important – Leonard Business Services also provide this service dedicating a small number of days per year for a fixed fee.

Xero Silver Partner

Whilst we work across a number of accounting platforms, our client’s primarily use Xero. Leonard Business Services holds a Silver Status with Xero. To maximise your return in investment in any accounting package means making sure you are using all the tools available. Xero functionality provides so much more than your basic invoicing, bank feeds and compliance requirements. Making sure you use all of the functionality helps to streamline your businesses processes and reduce unnecessary admin. As a Silver Status Partner, we have the knowledge and access to a vast amount of tools to be able to truly support your use of Xero.

xero silver partner

Meet The Team

Lorna-Leonard

Lorna Leonard is a qualified freelance Finance Professional with over 26 years of experience. She understands the value that good planning brings to any business, driving competitive edge, cost control and growth maximisation: also understanding what it takes to get the day job done.

Over time she noticed the difference having an operational finance mind actually makes to a business and decided to specialise in partnering with owners/managers to drive positive change. She also noted the large numbers of very good businesses that miss out on this resource simply because their size prevents them from putting together a package that would attract first-class candidates. It is because of this, and her continuing drive to enhance the spectrum of her own knowledge and experiences that she set up Leonard Business Services. The skill set that she offers naturally includes financial skills, in planning in particular, but also commercial legal experience, employment practices and law. Lorna has experience of both very small and very large companies and most sizes in between; covering manufacturing, logistics, healthcare and customer services industries

Ann-Eaton

Ann has excellent secretarial and back office skills having started her career as a personal secretary in the days of shorthand and typing and has continued to keep pace with and utilise constantly evolving office technology.

Ann’s major career has been in training adults, both in the classroom and in the workplace to produce a more qualified and effective workforce and to increase employability. Following negotiation with Union Learning Reps, she has delivered English, Maths and ICT qualifications to both native and migrant workers in major companies: she has worked for local government in providing adult continuing education. Ann has a wealth of experience in recognising and manipulating group dynamics to increase efficiency and create a better working environment. She has championed the rights of disabled people and those with mental health issues to access further education and employment.

Ann has an MA in Language and Literacy in Education and a BA (Hons) in English, together with a number of post graduate teaching qualifications in the adult sector. Following her retirement from teaching, she now applies her unique blend of skills to supporting and advancing our company ethos.

Melanie-Hope

Melanie is a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) who has over 18 years’ finance experience gained within a range of industries including automotive, retail marketing & healthcare. Working for multinationals through to owner managed SMEs.

Melanie’s core focus throughout her career has been in the delivery of back-office support functions such as Finance, HR & Payroll. Here at Leonard Business Services her hands on coal face experience enable her to understand customers real challenges and opportunities and use her own experiences to identify ways to address them.

Best described as diligent, detailed & thorough she has always worked on her own initiative, be it in isolation, as part of a team, managing a team or working closely with senior executives.

Carole-Breeze

Carol has been advising businesses, large and small, for over 30 years and has considerable experience within the SME/OMB sector.  Having worked in both the manufacturing and service industries as well as in general practice, Carol is qualified both as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and also a Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA).

As a former Finance Director within industry, she is well-placed to offer expert advice on business structures, systems, performance and profitability as well as the traditional accounting and tax advice needed from a general practice.

During her career, Carol has worked in the UK and overseas.  She has undertaken financial and treasury management roles as well as due diligence work and a variety of business fraud prevention projects.  She is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – so she can definitely help you keep your money and assets safe!

In her spare time, Carol plays tenor saxophone and performs with the Belvoir Big Band.  She keeps active by running a couple of times a week before coming into the office.  When possible, she enjoys travelling to experience other cultures.

Amanda-Tapp
Amanda started her career working in practice and gained her AAT back in 1994.  She currently also works part time for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (the worlds largest examining body) as Head of Faculty Development which involves managing budgets, assessing finances and growing the modern genres within the dance industry.
Previously she worked for almost 4 years in recruitment to which she thoroughly enjoyed, specialising in Engineering recruitment.
Linda-Harvey

Linda is an experienced Finance Director & Non-Executive Director with a multi-national background across multiple sectors with expertise in business turnaround, due diligence, integration and improvement. Having spent most of her career in and around manufacturing and engineering, Linda has a strong grasp of “how things work” which translates well into other industries. In her portfolio career she has supported many smaller businesses, though change of leadership, financial difficulties and growth. She has also worked as a voluntary Non-Exec Director in housing and occupational health, supporting leadership teams with a strong financial understanding and clear knowledge of governance.

Linda has been a member of the Institute of Directors for many years and is an FCCA. In her spare time Linda is a Community First Responder with East Midlands Ambulance Service, a Northampton Saints Rugby Season Ticket Holder and a has several dogs, 2 chickens and 3 goats.

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