23 August, 2016
By Chris Sowerby
Having worked his way up from a junior financial role to director of an international import business, then chief operating officer of a public sector organisation, with a stint running his own accountancy practice thrown in for good measure, there’s no business problem Chris Sowerby hasn’t solved.
And, while he was swiftly climbing the career ladder, the Crawley and Redhill Business Doctor was completing a raft of high-level qualifications, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
It’s a work ethic that he’s applied to every aspect of his highly successful career. After reaching the pinnacle of his corporate finance career, Chris set up his own accountancy firm specifically to provide help and advice to small businesses.
Chris’s vast knowledge of high-level finance and operations, coupled with his experience of operating his own highly successful company, gives him a broad understanding of how all elements of business link together.
“The basic principles are the same for everyone - the core concepts don’t change whatever the market or size,” he says. “It’s about having the experience, knowing how to apply it, where to tweak and knowing where change will make a difference.
“It could be a hairdressing salon, solicitors or a landscape gardening business: I don’t come with a preconceived agenda. I listen to what’s needed, understand problems use my experience and knowledge to craft a solution. People get so engrossed in running the business, it’s difficult to see what works and what doesn’t. I help them look at the bigger picture.”