About Cooper Matthews Limited
Cooper Matthews provides Business Debt Advice and solutions for small to medium size businesses with financial difficulties. Our experience ranges across both companies and sole traders with annual turnovers from £50k to £10m and beyond.
We do not focus on any one solution. Rather we provide a whole of market approach to help deliver the correct solution for your business ranging through the spectrum of Company Voluntary Arrangement, Phoenixing and Administration. It is always our focus to preserve a company where possible. However, where necessary or required we are also able to help you through the liquidation process.
Our Head Office is in Leeds, but we provide services to businesses across the whole of England and Wales including Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter and the West Country, London and the South East, Birmingham and the Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester and Yorkshire.
Because we operate independently working with a panel of Insolvency Practitioners across the UK, we are able to match your needs with an Insolvency Practitioner who is local to your area or has a specific knowledge of your business function.
We have an initial discussion with you over the telephone to understand the current position of your business and to offer advice about the possible solutions.
If it is appropriate to do so, we will then arrange to meet you face to face (either at your offices or ours). At this meeting we will decide the best way forward and agree the steps that need to be undertaken to put this in place. This meeting can be during the weekend if more convenient for you.
We will help you understand your own situation in terms of personal guarantees and directors responsibilities so that the decisions you make are good not only for your business, but you personally as well.
We will then provide constant support throughout the process. This means that at any time, you know you can take advice from us which is independent of the Insolvency Practitioner responsible for implementing the solution.
Our People and Partners
Professional Bodies we belong to:
Insolvency Practitioners we use are members of one of:
- 10 years experience of corporate insolvency
- 20 years experience of business management
- Member of the Turnaround Management Association UK
Derek worked for 11 years as a financial advisor for Allied Dunbar, moving on to the J Rothschild Partnership. Before founding Cooper Matthews, Derek was the Managing Director of Wilson Philips specialising in personal insolvency and financial restructuring.
Derek's experience of both corporate insolvency and business management puts him in a unique position to be able to understand the challenges facing businesses in today's economic environment.
Statement from Derek"It is becoming increasingly hard for businesses to maintain a positive cash flow and avoid being paralysed by the burden of mounting debt. It is vital that business owners take the right advice in a timely manner. This can be the key to ensuring your business remains viable and that you can trade through these difficult financial times."
- Insolvency Practitioner for 10 years
Anthony has over 10 years of experience in working with companies which are suffering from financial difficulties. During this time he has been involved with the turnaround of many businesses using solutions such as company voluntary arrangement (CVA), administration and pre pack liquidation.
With his experience of company turnaround, Anthony is able to make sure that the correct solution to save a business is implemented quickly.
Statement from Anthony"Many directors and business owners continue to struggle with their company without knowing that solutions are available which will turn things around. A Pre pack or CVA can write off historic debt and enable a failing business to trade on profitably".
- Insolvency Practitioner for 27 years
- Specialist in business and corporate turnaround
David has broad experience in company rescue and turnaround. He has worked with a wide spectrum of companies, directors and sole traders to overcome their financial difficulties.
David's approach to business insolvency has always focused on working with directors and business owners to find ways to ensure that a company can continue to trade into the future.
Statement from David"The closure of a company should be seen as the last resort. If you are able to reschedule and write off business debt, this will often be the catalyst to give the company a new lease of life".
- 7 years experience of both corporate and personal insolvency
- Specialised in working with directors and business owners
Natalie has worked in the areas of both personal and corporate insolvency for the past 7 years.
Corporate insolvency solutions will often require co-ordination between creditors, directors and employees. Her experience means that the chosen solution is implemented smoothly and with the minimum disruption.
Statement from Natalie"Directors and business owners need to feel confident that their solution will be implemented quickly and efficiently so that they can concentrate on running their company. Our service ensures that this can happen".
- 10 years of insolvency experience
- Focused on providing excellent customer service
Before starting with Cooper Mathews, Joanne worked as an insolvency administrator for insolvency practitioners Wilson Phillips. Her role involves helping Cooper Matthews' clients through the process of implementing business rescue solutions.
Joanne's knowledge of both corporate and personal insolvency practices combined with her excellent customer service skills is key to ensuring clients solutions are implemented as quickly as possible.
Statement from Joanne"Implementing a business rescue solution can be a daunting task. It is very important for clients to have the right help and advice available which is what we are able to provide at Cooper Matthews".
- Worked in the area of personal insolvency for 7 years
- Specialized in working with sole traders and the self employed
Graham has worked with individuals who are facing debt problems for the past 7 years. He has generally been focused on the implementation of Individual Voluntary Arrangements.
This experience has meant that Graham is ideally placed to work with company directors and sole traders who are suffering with personal debt problems due to difficulties with their businesses.
Statement from Graham"If a business is in financial trouble, the fact that its directors or owners may also be struggling is often overlooked. Corporate and business insolvency often leads directly to personal financial difficulties which need to be resolved as part of the overall package".