Testimonials

As Europe’s largest and most successful Ford dealer group, with a turnover of nearly £1billion and over 3,000 staff, we have always been self-funding. However due to a change in policy we needed to prepare to put finance lines in place. We have a complex Group structure and the security position was always going to be difficult for a lender to understand. We were introduced to Steve Leverton who worked alongside us for a short while, getting to understand the whole corporate structure and what was needed. Steve’s presentation skills are strong and he provided a comprehensive but concise document which equipped us to do a very professional presentation to a bank

Steve Williams,
Finance Director
Ford Retail


 

 I am director of Shire House Properties Ltd, a family owned and run property company which ran into difficulty as a result of a SWAP arrangement signed in 2009. When I was invited by the Bank to participate in a review of the SWAP agreement I realised I would benefit from technical support.

 I was recommended to contact Steve Leverton by a medical partner of mine who had used his services through Cornmill Associates. Steve was immediately supportive but at the same time showed integrity in making sure all claims and arguments were fair and reasoned. He worked hard on the background, technical aspects and preparation for the review.

 He gave valuable support at the review meeting itself, providing focus for myself and direction for the Bank on points to address.

 The result has been a significant refund of incurred costs, cancellation of the SWAP and the possibility of consequential costs, a complex area where Steve has again provided support and direction.

 I would recommend his services to a colleague with confidence.

Dr Steven Cox


 

I recently sold a significant part of our retail business. The whole process was complex, with the buyers being overseas based and demanding in their negotiations. In these circumstances a good sound and assertive lawyers help is essential and I had strong support on the legals from my own solicitors who had expertise in this area. I also however chose to involve Steve Leverton of ‘Cornmill Associates’ to work alongside me on other technical issues, including negotiations with bankers, financial due diligence and consultation with the managers and staff.  It was also valuable to have Steve sitting alongside me in meetings with the buyers where I was having to make commercial decisions which could have major financial implications. I was also grateful for the moral support when things got a bit tough and ‘deal fatigue’ set in and also for help with some of the paperwork. Someone in this situation would be well advised to have such assistance to be able to see through a wide angle or zoom lens but remaining focused on the objectives, I was grateful for involvement of ‘Cornmill Associates’ during this time.

Kishor Patel,
Nisa Local
Houghton Trading Ltd


 

“As a consulting business we have a finance need which is well covered by invoice discounting. We engaged Steve Leverton to do the work to talk to lenders and find out which ones had the most appetite to help us and could also provide the package we needed. Steve quickly understood our requirements and sourced packages and terms from three different lenders. He organised our meetings with them and helped us compare the deals and make a decision. Basically he took a lot of the work out of it and gave us great support through the process”

Jeremy Tipper,
Talent Collective


 

Steve has done work for several of my clients who have needed help in organising their finances and particularly in presenting their cases to the bank. His skill is not just in helping them produce their own business plans but also in leaving them with a genuine understanding of what they need to do to run their businesses and their finances better. When Steve has been involved in a situation I can make a better assessment of a lending application and have more confidence in the proposition itself.

Lisa Mason,
Senior Bank Manager


I have worked with Steve for a number of years on mutual clients ans each time it is an absolute pleasure. Steve combines expert knowledge and integrity with the ability to get things done, quickly. I look forward to Cornmill Associates and HJP Chartered Accountants working together to achieve client goals for many years to come.

Angela Peden,
HJP Chartered Accountants


I have worked with Steve Leverton on a number of matters over the past five years, and earlier this year we worked together for a mutual client “P and K” on one of the larger transactions.  It was good to work alongside Steve as the business sale progressed and I know the mutual client found his assistance in dealing with the commercial and banking aspects of the sale invaluable.  The client was dealing with a far larger business and it was helpful to have Steve’s support when perhaps without it the client may have been intimidated by the tendency of the other party to say “this is the way things are done up at this level”.  Steve assisted in the client’s ability to push back against this.

Thanks again for your assistance Steve

Martin Addrison,
Gisby Harrison Solicitors


 

I have known Steve Leverton of Cornmill Associates for many years. He was one of my Area Business Managers when he worked for NatWest. I now run a charity that lends money to other charities. I have such a high regard for Steve, that when I had to take an extended period of sick leave, I asked him to stand in as temporary Chief Executive. He exceeded all my expectations in the way that he carried out this role. Great lending judgement and tremendous people skills.

Mike Baker,
Chief Executive
The Social Enterprise Loan Fund


Steve Leverton has recently undertaken some work for us in connection with our change programme. Specifically he has been involved in the changes in the roles of our business development teams where a ‘commercial injection’ was needed to help them improve how they manage a portfolio of clients and work more as ‘relationship managers’. Steve’s experience, his commercial judgement plus his speaking ability and presentation skills meant he made a valuable contribution to our programmes.

Tom Davis,
Head of Marketing
Action for Children