(l-r - Mervyn Ham, Sophie Hughes, Danielle Lewis, Ashley Cooper, Lucy Cohen)
Accountancy disruptor Mazuma have significantly strengthened their Board of Directors with the appointment of a new Chairman and an experienced sector NED, and have appointed a Director of Operations ahead of ambitious growth plans. Additional growth capital has been secured from an experienced syndicate of professional investors alongside incremental funding from existing capital provider the Development Bank of Wales.
Co-Founder Lucy Cohen said. “Since founding the business with my childhood friend Sophie Hughes in 2006 with our first to market subscription based accounting service, the accountancy market has significantly developed but still doesn’t effectively deliver for the sole trader, partnership or small limited company. Software products such as Quickbooks or Xero still need the business owner to “drive” them. Traditional accountants are expensive and not really aligned with our client base, and the large accountancy firms have real difficulty in serving the market needs. (KPMG announced closure of its small business accounting venture in Feb 2019). With the recent HMRC announcements around Making Tax Digital (MTD), there is even more pressure on the small business owner to ensure that they effectively manage their day to day accounting. For our clients time is their most valuable resource. Every minute they spend on administrative accounting is a minute that they cannot be delivering for customers or winning new business.“
Ashley Cooper, (Co-Founder Catalyst Growth Partners, Entrepreneur, and Smart Capital provider) Chairman of the Board and Lead Investor for the private investors said, “Mazuma have created a very strong business with a significant client base, solving a real problem for micro business owners. With impending legislative changes (MTD), the market demand is set to grow significantly. Myself and my fellow NED, and wider investor group, will be working closely with the Founders and the Management Team to accelerate the growth of the business.”
Mervyn Ham, (Founder Iridium Corporate Services, CEO, Entrepreneur & Investor) joins the Board as NED. He said “As a qualified accountant I am very familiar with the often traditional and stereotypical thought process that are applied to the sector. In Mazuma I see a real desire to deliver for their customers in a way that aligns totally with their needs. With technological advances in the areas of OCR (optical character recognition) and ML (machine learning) the business has a tremendous platform to deliver more value to clients and to drive significant growth.”
One of the first actions of the Board of Directors was to promote Danielle Lewis FCCA to the role of Director of Operations from her current position as Practice Manager. Employee #1, Danielle started as a part time bookkeeper, achieved her qualifications, raised a family and is leading the charge in terms of service delivery, supported by her loyal team.
The Development Bank of Wales are an existing debt provider to Mazuma. Kabitah Begum, Portfolio Executive said “We are delighted to be supporting the continued growth of Mazuma with additional funding to support their impressive growth plans, and are excited to welcome an experienced Board to work with the Founders in driving this growth.”
More about the Development Bank of Wales; www.developmentbank.wales
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