Keith Lawrence

Keith Lawrence


As a PROBIZ Accountant and PROBIZ Centre of Excellence Lawrence Young Ltd is well position ed to help with your tax issues... FOR ACCOUNTANTS AND BOOKKEEPERS Working with accounting firms and bookkeepers locally and across the country to bring high quality high value tax planning strategies to their clients. This brings great tax savings for the clients and good fees for the accountants and bookkeepers. We normally only work with a couple of firms in each area, so if this sounds of interest drop me a note to find out more... FOR CONSULTANTS Are you freelance (sole-trader, partnership or limited company) paying too much tax and exposed to IR35 and/or s660. If so let's talk - we may be able to get 82%+ of your gross income as take-home... FOR PROPERTY BUYERS & DEVELOPERS Contact me BEFORE you sign; we may be able to save the stamp duty for you. It costs nothing to find out... EMPLOYED WITH HIGH INCOME? If you're on c£100,000 - especially if self-employed, but even under PAYE - we can probably help dramatically reduce your taxes... Again, it costs nothing to talk... CALL ME ON 07788 148231 or send message via Ecademy... =========================================================================================================================== Other work With a corporate background as Finance Director, CFO and Strategist with some fairly large businesses, I now spend most of my time helping small and medium sized businesses to improve their systems and processes, their sales, and - especially - their profits. Having made the money we then help them keep as much as possible with approriate, totally legal strategies to minimise the taxes payuable. I am co-owner, founder and director of 4M4 Business Limited, business growth specialists. In addition, through Lawrence Young Ltd ( we also provide accounting and tax services to individuals, sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and plc's - and if that doesn't cover you, let's talk! (And if it does, let's talk...) I am variously called a profit consultant, management consultant, business advisor, business growth specialist, or management accountant . But for me it all comes to the same, helping business owners to get from where they are today, to where they want to be... Consequently, my daily work varies dramatically - I could be advising a new start up, then mentoring an executive in a £100m turnover business - but it all boils down to giving practical advice and hands-on support to move client businesses forward. In our most effective client relationships, we work as the business owner's 'personal advisor'. This normally involves being the owner's confidential friend and consultant, so that any business topic can be discussed and the right way forward found - very often in smaller businesses there isn't the management team to bounce ideas around with, and even when there is, you may want a more independent but experienced view... We help the owner to identify what needs to be done, and can then assist with getting the work done if there's not enough resource in-house - we can assist with outsourcing most business tasks from the bookkeeping and payroll, through to telemarketing & PR, and recommend good service providers such as printers and graphic designers (ones we use ourselves, not ones that pay us for introductions!) My experience in business management and business improvement extends to over 25 years (starting at a very early age of course!!) and, although like many business advisors I belong to various 'support' networks, most of what you get will come from my own experience and abilities - not repackaged text book theory that's too often passed off as 'management consultancy' nowadays... I understand business, and can assist my clients in thinking through their strategic requirements. But I can also help them implement, and - importantly - get the right results... (Beware of the growing band of 'advise-only' strategy advisors - for a price they'll tell you what to do, and then leave you to it...) Why do I do this? I work with business owners because I enjoy helping my clients (and friends) to improve their business, get the results they're looking for, and (occasionally) achieve their dreams! I'll help to ensure that they're using resources effectively - whether this be IT, people, cash or whatever - and I'll help ensure that the business processes are right for this particular business. But, I'm also a great believer that it's the right people - and how they're managed - that will bring success. I tend to summarise this in a business equation:

If you're inefficient in any of the first three areas you're unlikely to achieve the profit you're looking for... So if you think I might be able to assist you or someone you know, I'll be happy to talk - and unlike BT, we don't start charging as soon as you pick the phone up! Previous experience Started out in Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical giant, in 1976 - qualified as a Management Accountant in 1983 by which time I was well into 'business improvement' and making sure the systems and processes used by the business were working well. This also included time in Internal Audit and a strong interest in internal control both for our own £700m turnover business and for other group businesses. I subsequently went into the Telecoms industry as part of a 5-man team that set up Plessey-Telenet where, after a sale to Alcatel, I later became Finance Director of Alcatel Data Networks Limited and Director of Management Control for Alcatel Telecom in the UK. During this time I initiated a strategy that took the business from Circa £25m to circa £150m in turnover. Another interesting role was as CFO of Global Marine Systems (the undersea internet cable part of Global Crossing) where I was constructive in putting together a strategy to take the business from £180m to £500m+. Consulting projects to date have included many small and medium businesses, plus a handful of very large businesses and stretch from preparing a business plan for a one-man business to carrying out a full review of all areas of 'credit risk' processing for a big-4 bank, and improving import control and reporting processes for an Aerospace industry business, saving it several millions. I find the more enjoyable projects and relationships to be the ones where you're working closely with the owner/manager. Interests & other stuff… I read a lot - my business library extends to about 3,000 books. Although I can't claim to have actually read every single one, if you'd like a recommendation for a book on a particular business topic, try me… I have a great interest in business and business reporting. From 2002-2010 I was on the 'Council' (Board of Directors) for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ( where I sat on or chaired a number of committees including the Professional Standards Committee, the Technical Committee, the Members services Committee, the Marketing Committee and the Executive Committee. I have also sat on the West Surrey committee for the IoD (, and acted as regional treasurer for the Thames Valley Region for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) ( where they continually try to fix the world for business owners… I have also Chaired the Board of the Alliance of Business Consultants (120 consultants and growing... see and sat on the advisory board of the International Centre for Consulting Excellence run by 'the consultant's consultant', Professor Tom Lambert ( ===========================================================================================================================

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Stuart Kerslake

"Keith - I just wanted to say a public thank you, and let others know what a kind, helpful, insightful person you are. During a recent BlackStar Boardroom, Keith not only made some very pertinent and effective contributions to how I might progress things with my business, he also made the time to create a detailed "action plan (suggested)" for me summarising the discussions. Whilst the plan is valuable in its own right, what it really demonstrates is Keith's big heart and his desire to help his fellow ecademists whenever he can. And he's a great tax specialist/accountant too!!"

Nigel Temple

"Keith is friendly, professional and customer focused. He is highly knowledgeable with regards to accounting and tax matters. He is also a brilliant Ecademy member!"

George Joseph

"Dear Keith, Thank you so much for accepting me as a network partner. I am happy to have found YOU, as a person not only interested in your life and profession but also interested in the life struggles of others. I am confident that you will one day visit us. In the meantime, please visit our website for a better understanding of my life and work: With much good wishes and looking forward to networking with you in the days to come. George "

Lucky Sadkong

"Sawasdee Ka Thank you for connecting with me here in "Thailand the Land of Smiles". My boss Julian Stanley is a marketing guy and he knows the power of networking. He has told me to concentrate on recommendations; they are the best form of advertising. He tells me nearly every day that if every person you know has 10 friends that they recommend you to and those 10 friends then recommend you to their 10 friends. That would mean that for every friend that trusts your recommendations, 1,000 people would know about you, Think of the possibilities. I look forward to networking with you in the future. Best regards Lucky lucky@condospattaya .com "

Nilesh Roy

" . . . . ....oooO................ .....(....)...Oooo...... ......)../.....(....)...... .....(_/.......)../....... ...............(_/......... Nilesh Roy was here & would like to thank you for accepting him to your network. You are an amazing networker. A true messenger for excellence, quality and professionalism! :: If you are an Open Networker too, please feel free to join / meet me online at :: LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | XING :: "

Jennifer Bloom

"I'm pleased to count Keith as one of my contacts here on Ecademy. Changing Lives, Jennifer "

Karoly Domonyi

"Hi, Just dropping by to say Hi and Welcome to Aries Network. I look forward to developing a friendship and networking with you. Let me know if there is something I can do to assist you with your business. Wishing you success in all your endeavors. Peace, Health, Happiness and Success. With Regards, Karoly Domonyi Hungary Aries Network "

Ronald L. Taylor

"It is an honour to be connected with you on Ecademy. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another."

Tom Gillispie

"Keith is a good guy and a terrific networker. He doesn't immediately try to sell products or services; he's concerned about your welfare, too. He's figured it out."

Angie Trelstad

"Thank you for your help and kind direction while I am learning my way around here. A persons' time is one of their most valuable assetts in this day and age, and I really appreciate the help and effort to direct a stranger! Two thumbs Up! Angie"

John Kenworthy

"Keith is one of those true and kind few who walk the talk. It's beyond being professional to a genuine care for others - even those he's only just met. Thank you Keith, you are exemplary of what connecting people is truly about. May you and your business be Blessed as you are a Blessing to others. John"

David Long

"Keith and I actually first met offline outside of Ecademy. Since that day he has been examplary in his professionalism, trust and business approach. Whether you need an accountant or not I highly recommend that you connect with Keith. Thank you Keith. Regards David Long"

Thomas Power

"One of the finest operators in BlackStar. Professional, thoughtful, connected and insightful. Thoroughly recommended. "

Jonathan Palmer

"Keith is good to work with. Professionally very imaginative and always goes the extra mile. One of the best management brains I know and very good company"

Judith Germain

"Keith is keen to help others - often offering great advice and support in unexpected moments. I look forward to getting to know him better."

David "Change is good" Walker

"Keith is a great networker and has the drive to support the development of business consulting in the UK. Keep up the great work. "

Fraser Hay

"3 Words - Professional. Knowledgable, Connected. If you havent connected with Keith yet, then I urge you to do so. I wholeheartedly recommend him. Keith gets a serious 10/10 from me."

Kris Vanhoutte

"Keith sends 'personal' and 'meaningful' messages. His view on 'people' as the most precious asset of a company and the bottom line to make profit together with planning and processes; convince me that he is really 'concerned' to help people in the most integer and sincere way."

Tom Evans

"I've only met Keith once and within an hour of meeting him, he was connecting me with people that can help me. He is a consumate networker and giver. I am kicking myself for that I've not made his aquaintance earlier. I hope to be connecting with Keith more and more over the coming months."

Andrew Whiteman

"Keith has probably been the most beneficial business friendship I have formed over the past two years. He introduced me to Ecademy and to the Alliance of Business Consultants, of which he is now Chairman, and I have learnt so much as a result of both. Keith seems to have boundless energy and enthusiasm, not just for his business, but also for his friends' and clients' businesses. He has a refreshingly direct and creative approach to business problems, is very well read, and enjoys a beer or two. As a result I have recently re-aquainted myself with several pubs around North Hampshire. Thanks Keith!"

Andy Coote

"Keith is the reason that I'm here at Ecademy. He invited me way back in 2003 and I'm so glad that he did. I've known Keith for a few years now. He made contact with me when I first went Self Employed in 1998 and we've been in touch ever since. With his accountancy background, he has ways of helping you make more profit that go far beyond accountancy. As Chairman of the conultancy group ABC (Alliance of Business Consultants) he is trying to find ways of making a group of independent consultants as attractive to clients as much bigger firms. This is the way of the future and Keith is involved at the spearhead. So seek him out and find out what he can do for you (and, in the spirit of networking, what you can do for him). You may be surprised what happens as a result but I doubt that you'll be disappointed. Oh yes, and thanks Keith for bringing me here. Best move I made in 2003 and maybe the best move this decade."


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