Finance and business consulting done right.

How the finance & business processes impact on the company’s bottom line can be frightening for some. I train and mentor decision makers to create and map-out financial & business processes to navigate their business towards successful, stress-free operations. 

“Mary has a lot more than accounting to offer. She solves problems before they become problems”
– Rachel Doyle Founder of Arboretum Garden Centre

The benefit for business leaders and organisations

Finance and non-finance people within an organisation may often speak a completely different language. This can lead to loss of vital information when not communicated correctly or explained among decision makers, creating two (or more) very different worlds for people within the business. This in turn can lead to a confusing set of puzzle pieces, which may not make sense as a whole. Here’s where I come in, in three distinct roles.

Bridge: Linking people's needs in a meaningful way

I make a dedicated effort to understand all stakeholders involved and the decision makers’ interest in running the operation in its current form. People open-up to me as I create a mutually trusting environment throughout my finance and business consulting services.


Needs-translator: Facilitating between finance and non-finance needs

Once all the info is available, I can translate finance and non-finance related needs and interests into a common language, allowing everyone involved to get on the same page.

Map-maker: Streamlining business processes

As a common understanding develops, a substantial amount of information is created that needs to be tackled. I can break down all projects: the things to do, into bite-sized comprehensible and clear actions.  This in turn leads to clockwork operations, in a stress-free environment.


The grant refund can be a major financial benefit to the company. With R&D grants, we can simplify the funding applications; and I help with Financial Projections to ensure funding is approved. Go on to the next level with your company!

R&D Credit Claims & Audits can help you with a successful application & claim. In addition to the reduction of Tax Credits, R&D Tax Credit application can also result in Cash Refunds, ie forgotten or hidden revenue stream.

Strategic Planning pulls together the historical data & projects the vision of the company. If you are suspecting your balance sheet is going in the wrong direction, there are some questions I can shed light on, taking into account both P&L & Balance Sheet.

Continuous improvement will lead to better customer service, improved customer communication, stock flow, among many other advantages. Continuous improvement will prevent duplication, avoid human error, eliminate mistakes and hence leads to waste reduction. I help my clients work through projects and assist in supply chain management.

Management Accounts is a financial report that is comprised of Balance Sheet & Profit & Loss Account. Without this information, a company is floating & may not know where it is coming from or the direction it is going.

Some companies collate budgets with management team or MD & Finance only. Management team of different departments are usually not involved, leading to team being told what to do or what is expected. I help collate it with management team to get buy-in & ownership.

Compliance matters everywhere: it helps with the prevention of mistakes. You can prevent fines/penalties from governing agency, if you adhere to compliance; prevent law suits; meet Accounting Standards; I help meet the highest levels of regulation guidelines.

System integration is necessary for companies that have information in lots of different locations: Excel, accounting packages, stock systems, sales information, footfall counter, etc. These systems may not be all integrated. I can help you create an integrated/automated experience to assist your operations flow for better customer experience.

Through my consulting, You can:

  • Improve the flow of information within each team & also inter-departmentally
  • Understand your business processes from a different perspective
  • Get finance and non-finance departments on the same page
  • Map out processes for much improved customer experience
  • Increase the business’ bottom line and improve your margins through waste reduction and not necessarily cutting headcount
  • Build a solid operations model and foundation for the company…not only top-down, but also bottom-up
  • Increase teamwork & improve morale by understanding your people and your business from a new perspective…and rewire, where necessary
  • Set your accounts team up with an accounting package that is easy to use, automated where necessary, train employees up on how to use it, automate to avoid manual entry, avoid duplication of work, avoid duplicate payments to suppliers & improve communications with Customer & the board.
  • Ensure compliance with government regulations.

Testimonials for finance and business consulting services

With expertise in large, medium, and small operations, Mary has an amazing breadth of financial and operational knowledge. She is excellent to work with, providing support where needed and clear guidance when requested. From heavy industrial machining processes to more subtle time-intensive processes, her experience can add fiscal direction to firms of any size or complexity. - Rob Moore Ede, Senior Manager - Global Property Taxes at Magna International

Mary is one of the best professionals I’ve worked with. She is intelligent, hardworking and forward thinking. Her maturity and in-depth knowledge of their business made the project highly successful. As the Project Manager/Sponsor she knew exactly what was required and how they needed to be phased out to achieve the project goals. I’m sure she will apply the same professionalism, commitment and maturity in all her endeavors. It was my pleasure working with her on their project. Wishing her all the very best!! - Simaak Hameed, Snr. Dynamics NAV Consultant at 360 Visibility

Mary worked with me in INVESCO Asset Management for a number of years and her professionalism, dedication and allround performance was top quality. Mary works really well within a team environment and can also manage a team to achieve their goals. I would highly recommend her to any employer. - Andy Barry, Head of Traditional Fund Services Operations at JP Morgan

Mary came into an incredible mess. She took it on and solved the problem. Her real strengths are her skills to sort things out & the inclusion of people involved. She was superb, very easy to work well with. She continuously gave us an update. Mary could get her head around the various product lines very easily, which is a huge asset. She was instrumental in getting our inventory system bar-coded. She was also part of our recruitment drive to hire an operations manager to get our company onto the next level. I always felt we were on the same wave-length. She solved problems before they became problems. Her ability to juggle all the balls in the air and do a really good job is incredible! Mary also helped us get together a business plan for funding from the Irish Tourist Board. She has a lot more than accounting to offer. She is like a ’sponge’ on getting information. - Rachel Doyle - Founder of Arboretum Garden & Lifestyle Centres, Leighlinbridge, Carlow & Kilquade.

I am very grateful for my LEO mentor. Mary Hayden really applied herself to understanding the different strands of my business and skill set and helped me adjust my business plan, network effectively and look at new income streams. She is so good at business systems and organization that she inspired confidence to actively build the business and diversify rather than just cope with what was left after the lock down. What a valuable skill. Mary in particular made the difference between it being a time of crisis and instead it being a time of hard but creative work, set to key milestones and incredibly helpful feedback of each productive session. - Frances Micklem - Founder of Green Business Consultancy T/A Healing by Franc
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