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About Us

Here to help at every step

We help businesses and their owners from birth through to eventual succession by offering a range of competitively priced corporate finance services.

From businesses starting up with a new idea to develop, to assisting in the raising of expansion finance and offering strategic and employee incentives advice during its development phases, to ultimately advising on its succession, we can be with you all the way to give true business support when it is most needed.

Our corporate finance team are focused on delivery based on agreed targets and timetables. We have always focused on the owner-managed business rather than multi-national or publicly owned conglomerates. We understand the needs and challenges faced by owner-managed businesses today and we offer competitively priced assistance to help give businesses and their owners a competitive and strategic advantage. We can assist organic growth or growth by acquisition, and finally when it is time to plan for its succession we can implement a timely and well thought out timetable designed to be able to maximise the benefits of exiting the business.

Whether we are engaged for a single transaction or on a longer term basis to provide support as and when it is needed, we will always give you the highest standard of professional care and attention. We will listen carefully to your objectives and work with you to identify and implement a strategy that meets your wishes. Offering a friendly and expert hand we will be there for you when we are needed.

Our sister organisation, Cottons Accountants LLP, provides traditional accountancy and taxation services and employs over 50 staff across five offices and provides you with an unrivalled combination of size, expertise and friendly, personal service.

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Our Team

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Guy Pain

Corporate Finance Director
After graduating with an Accountancy degree from what is now Birmingham City University Guy joined Kidsons Chartered Accountants and developed audit and corporate finance skills before leaving to buy a practice of his own. Since the late 1980s Guy has focused on providing corporate finance related services to the SME sector and joined Cottons as Corporate Finance Director in May 2009. Guy holds the corporate finance qualification and has a wealth of experience in the sector. Also with 4 years of experience working as international group finance director of a worldwide family owned group, Guy gained valuable experience in strategic and financial development. For many of his clients Guy has also undertaken some significant project work in Asia, Middle East, Australia, USA and Europe.

In his spare time Guy is a keen international traveller having visited over 40 different countries in the world. Guy also enjoys walking in the countryside with his wife and dog, he also reads a lot and enjoys watching sport.
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Paula Carter

Corporate Finance Manager
Paula qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton after graduating with an Honours degree in Management Studies and French from the University of Nottingham. With a keen interest in owner managed businesses, Paula started her professional career as an Auditor, was seconded to National Training before specialising in Corporate Finance. Over the last decade, Paula has worked as a consultant engaged in both the Waste Recycling Sector as well as professional training. Her interest in SMEs has drawn Paula back into practise where she is excited to work closely again with owner managers.

Outside of work, Paula is a busy mum of three. A lot of time is spent in the rain cheering her children on from the side-lines! She is also a keen runner herself; who loves catching up with friends and family over good food and a glass of wine!
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Adam Schofield

Corporate Finance Executive
Adam joined Cottons at the beginning of 2021 as Corporate Finance Executive after becoming a qualified accountant at his previous firm in 2019. After graduating from the University of the West of England in Bristol with a degree in Economics, Adam started his career as an auditor before making the move into corporate finance. Having gained experience with owner managed business while in the audit sector, Adam then wanted to continue working with SMEs, but on more interesting and exciting projects.

His role at Cottons involves supporting Guy and Paula in all areas of the Corporate Finance Department. One of Adams favourite parts of the Job is meeting clients and finding out about their business and ambitions for the future. Away from work, you will often find Adam playing Tennis or Golf and watching Formula One. He is also a supporter of Chelsea FC
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Nick Warne F.C.A., A.T.I.I.​

Partner
Nick joined Cottons in 1987 and moved back into general practice following a spell heading up a taxation team. He was responsible for bringing Cottons forward as a training office for Chartered Accountants and the expansion into their second office in Northampton in 1991. He has overseen further progress as offices have opened in Banbury, Rugby and Southam. During this time Cottons continued to add specialisms to its core accounting services enabling it to grow from a small Daventry based firm to one of the top 100 firms in the UK.
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Mark Palmer F.C.A

Partner
He specialises in general tax planning advising both owner managed businesses and private individuals Mark said “My job is varied, I like to develop a relationship with my clients and find that I am often the first port of call on matters that have little to do with accountancy”
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Dave Ingram F.C.C.A.

Partner
Dave joined Cottons in 1987 as a trainee and went on to qualify with the firm in 1992. He helped set up the firm’s second office in Northampton and became a Partner in July 1999. Dave now works in our Rugby office as a general practitioner, is a Responsible Individual for audit reports and is also the Employment Partner for the whole firm.
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Will Smart B.Com, F.C.A

Partner
Having originally trained with Cottons in the 1990s, Will then pursued a career outside practice, eventually acting as a Chief Financial Officer. In 2003, a return to practice saw him set up his own firm in London, which he built and eventually sold. Will has remained in general practice since, and returned with his team and clients to Cottons as a partner in 2017. Will has looked after many of his larger clients for over 10 years. Will’s key aims are to assist small business owners and taxpayers in driving profitability and reducing tax: Through careful planning and a practical approach, he aims to increase wealth generation and retention. His particular interests include countering the current Government’s tax attacks on small owner-managed businesses, contractors / freelancers, and residential landlords.
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Richard Wilch F.C.C.A

Partner
Richard joined Cottons LLP in 1989 and has supported the growth of the Daventry Office from general practice work to providing all aspects finance and accounting to large corporate and group structures within the local community , nationally and internationally. Whilst continuing his general practise role for his clients Richard works with the larger corporate entities, helping them to develop internally and strategically as they move in to new markets.
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Emma Reid F.C.A

Partner
Emma joined Cottons as a trainee in 2004 following the completion of an Accounting with Law degree at the University of East Anglia. Four years later she qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst building experience working in general practice in our Daventry office. Since 2011 Emma has been based from our Rugby office working closely with owner-managed SMEs in a wide range of sectors to fulfil their accounting and taxation requirements, she made partner in 2018. Outside of work Emma enjoys spending time with her young family.
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Dan Roberts B.A., F.C.A

Partner
Dan joined Cottons in 2003 as a trainee after completing a degree in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006. After progressing through the ranks of the firm Dan became a Partner in 2013. Dan works with a broad spectrum of clients to improve internal reporting and helping clients understand their accounts as well as advising in general accounting and taxation matters. He is also a director of Northampton BID and is treasurer of a local charity.
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Lisa Malone F.C.C.A., C.T.A

Partner
Lisa joined Cottons as a trainee accountant in 1987 qualifying as a Certified Accountant in 1993. She then went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2005 and became a partner in 2008. Lisa is based at our Daventry office running her own portfolio of mainly SME clients in many different trading sectors. In addition to this Lisa continues to support the practice together with a small team of tax professionals in dealing with technical tax issues and planning across all the taxes.
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Callum Veasey A.C.A, M.A.A.T

Partner
Callum is based at our Daventry Branch and since obtaining the partner designate role in October 2017 is growing his own portfolio steadily. He helps also to support the audit function and is heavily involved with the larger clients we act for in the practice. He has vast experience with dealing with forecasting assignments to help support the corporate finance department and help dealing with financial funding.