The year 2019 marks fds’s 30 Year Anniversary since the business was established back in 1989 by its now CEO, Jo Haigh.
Fds Director Services was established to provide corporate finance services to owner managed SME businesses and director level training. Over the years fds has developed and expanded its service offering to support every aspect of a business owner’s journey. Services include assisting with the creation of business plans and sourcing funding, reviewing shareholder agreements, providing non-executive director support and selling businesses either to trade or private equity buyers, to name a few.
Today, fds is still led by Jo Haigh, with managing director Poonam Kaur who manages all the clients alongside Jo and the team, as well as overseeing the daily operations of the business.
The company’s success has been built on expertise, professionalism and providing a high standard of service; which all reflect fds’s core business values. This success is also reflected in industry acknowledgments which include being awarded The Sunday Times NED of the Year, the Business Service Award on behalf of the CBI, Most Innovative UK Deal Negotiator 2016 and The AI One to Watch in Corporate Finance from Acquisition International M&A Awards and the Super Staff Award from BIY Inspired Awards to name a few.
Jo comments: “Through 30 years, like any business, we have seen our fair share of ups and downs but it’s with a very happy heart and with my enviable team, that I look forward to our next exciting chapter”.
Poonam comments: “Having been with the business since 2011, we have built a thriving and rapidly growing company. The special partnership Jo and I have has meant we have excelled our dreams, and long may it continue”.
In the 30th anniversary year, fds will be celebrating with ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ which will include industry market insight reports, business expertise blogs, video content and hosting a celebratory event.
As well as fds celebrating its 30th year of business, this year also welcomes the launch of OnBoarding Officers. OnBoarding Officers is a brand-new business, founded by Jo Haigh, which is a bespoke programme to develop elite non-executive directors from exiting British Military officers and SNCOs (please visit www.onboardingofficers.co.uk for further information).