Ford Campbell Freedman

The entrepreneurs' choice

fcf is Yorkshire’s leading independent firm of accountants and business advisers.

We work solely with entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses and help them overcome any challenges to achieve their business and personal goals.

Our enviable reputation is built on working in partnership with our clients, providing strategic advice at every stage of the business lifecycle.

From starting out in business and securing development funding to planning an exit and protecting your wealth in retirement, we are with you every step of the way.

Corporate finance is at the heart of our offering to entrepreneurs and owner manage businesses. As a niche provider we have unrivalled sector expertise and industry contacts. Our team has advised on deals worth more than £100m.

Our reputation for finding the right buyers, getting deals over the line and achieving maximum value for clients is second to none – that’s why we are The Entrepreneurs’ Choice.

Our services include:

About us

fcf is an independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers.

From our offices in Leeds city centre, our team of 30 staff and partners work closely with clients in relationships that are built on trust and understanding.

Our team of partners and other specialists offer a broad range of expertise and skills and provide a high level of personal service. Many members of our team have worked with Top 10 firms.

What makes us different

“fcf’s support in raising finance, specialist tax advice and accounting for the restructure made the management buyout process much smoother and less stressful that we thought.”Wayne Lawson, Managing Director, Molan UK

“fcf advised on our original management buyout ten years ago and have taken us through two further transactions. They are accessible, easy to deal with and understand the needs of owner managed business”Tim Gifford, Managing Director, Graypen

“fcf has supported us for more than 20 years, providing expert financial advise through a period of considerable growth at the company.”Michael Rose, Managing Director, Michael Rose Jewels

We believe successful relationships are with advisers who are approachable, experienced and passionate about your business. 

fcf specialises in working with entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses and has a wealth of experience in advising businesses like yours. 

We offer:

  • Unrivalled corporate finance expertise
  • An established team, guaranteeing you continuity of service and dedicated professionals who really understand your business
  • Our team of tax specialists is the largest and the most experienced outside of the Big 4
  • We are relationship driven and have been working with many of our clients for more than 20 years

History

’fcf can trace its roots back to the 1930s when my father set up E Freedman & Co.

I took over at the helm in the 1970s and the firm, now called Freedman Ross, became Yorkshire’s leading independent firm of chartered accountants specialising in advising owner managed businesses

Right from the start we have been helping owner managers sort out their problems, raise finance, negotiate with shareholders and lenders and extract wealth– we were doing corporate finance before anyone knew what the term meant!

We have always been passionate about helping the region’s entrepreneurs and SMEs grow and achieve their goals.

In the early 1980s when the banks were going through another of their non-lending phases we decided to take action and help SMEs gain access to much needed funding to grow their business.

Together with Barry Anysz, we set up Capital for Companies, which was the UK’s first provider of private equity capital for companies.

Through the Government’s Business Expansion Scheme, which was designed to provide tax breaks to individuals prepared to invest in smaller companies, we helped hundreds of entrepreneurs secure investment.

Many of those small and fledgling enterprises have since grown into successful companies and are still clients of fcf today.

In 2003, Freedman Ross merged with Ford Campbell in Manchester to form Ford Campbell Freedman. They shared our philosophy and passion for entrepreneurship and had unrivalled corporate finance expertise, making our offering to owner managers second to none.

Our long history and experience has proved invaluable to the region’s entrepreneurs and today we are helping the great-grandchildren of the firm’s original clients. We have lived though many recessions, downturns, credit crunches as well as periods of enormous growth and have always been there working in partnership with owner managers and SMEs helping them overcome their challenges and realise their goals.’


Michael Freedman,
Chairman Ford Campbell Freedman
Former President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants

Meet the team

Julia Barnard Partner

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: jbarnard@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

Julia has over 30 years of experience working with companies and business owners, advising them and helping them manage their tax affairs.  She is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with BDO in Nottingham before moving to join the tax team at Grant Thornton in Leeds. More recently she has been a Tax Director at national firm Bentley Jennison in Leeds.

Widely experienced in all tax aspects of owner managed businesses, she is a trusted adviser to clients across the whole commercial spectrum.  She provides specialist advice to numerous high net worth individuals and is the adviser of choice for the provision of tax efficient structures in respect of business sales, purchases, management buyouts and corporate restructuring.

Julia loves horse racing and has been a member of various horse owning syndicates.  Currently she has a share in Veloce (which is Italian for speed) and is hoping that he lives up to his name.

Lisa Calvert Partner

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: lcalvert@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

Lisa is an experienced business adviser and qualified Chartered Accountant, completing her ACA training with the firm (too many years ago to mention!).

She has extensive experience in advising clients on a wide range of business matters, from preparing accounts and delivering annual audit, to planning for growth, raising finance and ultimately how to structure an exit. She thoroughly enjoys working with entrepreneurs and helping them to achieve their goals!

Lisa works with owner managed businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, advertising and marketing, contracting, retail and property development.

With a young family Lisa’s home life is now as busy as her work life although she still loves cooking and eating out whenever possible – it just involves taking more in her handbag these days! 

She has also been known to throw out some shapes on the catwalk of the Leeds Young Professionals Fashion Show!

Dale Coleman Partner

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: dcoleman@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

At FCF Dale has spent the majority of his time working with the key owner managed clients and, as a result, has an in depth knowledge of their businesses and requirements. He has also spent time working closely with some of our clients on acquisitions and disposals.

He now heads a large portfolio of clients across a wide range of different sectors.

Away from the office, Dale has a young family and enjoys spending quality time with them.  He also enjoys going to and watching sporting events when time permits.

David Lister Senior Manager

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: dlister@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

David is an experienced tax professional who qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 1998. He joined FCF in 2009 having moved from a national practice and has never looked back (so he says!). David has considerable experience in advising individuals and owner managed businesses on a wide range of tax related matters such as share incentive plans, corporate transactions and tax efficient remuneration planning. He loves to get involved in complex technical issues and thrives on mitigating tax liabilities through careful planning. He also manages the firm’s corporate tax and personal tax compliance functions.

When David is not in the office (hardly ever!) he enjoys running and watching most sports, especially his son playing football. He also enjoys spending time socialising with his family and friends.

Interesting Facts (not) – David Lister High School in Hull was not named after him and he has never appeared in Red Dwarf

Kevin Frisby Consultant

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: kfrisby@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

Kevin has extensive experience of creating and realising shareholder value in entrepreneurial privately owned companies.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 with Ernst & Young and also holds the Corporate Finance Qualification.

Working very closely with company owners, Kevin has consistently exceeded their value expectations by focusing obsessively on the identification of key value drivers and strategic acquirors who are willing and able to pay a premium. This approach can involve working with a business for a considerable time in advance of a potential sale.

Kevin also has broad experience of working with management buy-in and buyout teams and has led several of the largest transactions of this kind in the northern market.  A creative approach to raising finance, frequently using non-traditional sources, helps to get the deal done.

Kevin’s approach to value creation is applied to all of his professional relationships, regardless of whether a transaction is contemplated or not.  Acting entrepreneurially is a core of Kevin’s approach to working with clients and that of the firm generally.

Kevin’s main interests outside of work are travel, Formula One and theatre. Two little known facts about Kevin are that he has completed the London Marathon in less than three and a half hours and that he appeared on Bullseye and won the star prize!

Tony Ford Consultant

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: tford@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

Tony has a wealth of professional experience across many sectors, gained through his own business interests as well as those of clients. Tony always strives to create optimum value in a company, looking for exceptional results.

Tony strives for three intimate core values when recruiting staff or when meeting people he wants to work with. These are most important to him and include:

  • Honesty
  • Confidentiality
  • Positive mental attitude (an absolute must when working with business owners)

Tony specialises in corporate mentoring where he can use his vision to influence changes in management, sales strategy, routes to market, implementation of barriers to entry and board composition. All of these strategies add value to the ultimate exit event, with the result that he more often than not exceeds clients’ expectations by over 500 percent. He has done this in a plethora of assignments over time, accruing significant capital gains for his clients and his firm.

Micheal Freedman Consultant

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: mfreedman@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

 

Michael took over at the helm of Freedman Ross from his father in 1979. The firm has always been at the forefront of entrepreneurship and Yorkshire’s leading accountants for owner-managed businesses.

In the 1980s, Michael co-founded Capital for Companies which was the UK’s first provider of private equity capital.

In 2003, he led the merger of Freedman Ross with Ford Campbell in Manchester.

Michael is a former President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants.

Michael is a keen cyclist who always gets back on the bike when he falls off.  He is a regular opera goer and plays bad bridge, much to the dismay of his wife, Adrienne.

Derek Smith Consultant

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: dsmith@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

Derek Smith, CTA, specialises in advising corporate and personal clients on every aspect of their tax affairs. His experience and expertise includes corporate tax and personal mitigation, Inheritance tax and estate planning, trust taxation, and VAT.

In his leisure time Derek can be seen walking the hills of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and in recent years has taken up golf playing off a respectable 17 – so he claims!.

Stacey Selby Business Services Manager

Tel: 0113 245 7222

Email: sselby@fcf-fordcampbell.co.uk

 

Stacey started her accountancy career at a top 20 firm where she developed a wealth of knowledge in working with owner managed businesses.

Her early career was spent working closely with entrepreneurs covering all aspects of their businesses. She also specialises in charity accounts and finance and is a trustee of a grant making Trust.

In her spare time when she’s not fishing or camping with her family you will find her agonising over her fantasy football team!