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:
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.
“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.
- 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
’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.’
Chairman Ford Campbell Freedman
Former President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants