Planning is important in all areas of life. Whether it’s financial, lifestyle or business having a plan helps get you to where you want to be faster.

Nowhere is this more relevant than when planning an exit strategy when running a business.

It’s all about working out what you REALLY want from your business and then setting goals and creating a plan of how you are going to achieve it.

An exit strategy in business acts as a compass which guides decisions you make along the way. Planning a strategy for exit will help you gain a clearer picture of what you want and how you will get it.

A clear exit strategy which is part of your overall business plan can be the difference between selling your business for a little – or a lot.

Meet Les

Les has been a Financial Planner for close to twenty five years and is the Director and founder of Essentially Financial, based in Pinner’s High Street.

Les’ company strapline ‘planning for life’ sums up the professional and thoughtful service he gives to his clients.

He focuses on providing ongoing advice, support and solutions to help people realise their long-term goals and plan their financial future with confidence.

Les has been Chairman of the Pinner and Northwood Business Club since March 2013.

Through his role with the club Les has a real understanding of the challenges facing small and medium businesses in HA5 and HA6.

Recently the club took the Pinner Independent Traders Association under its umbrella – providing a more united and louder voice to lobby local authorities.

Away from work Les is a father of two grown up children, a devoted husband and loves Motorsport and West Ham United. He races regularly in high speed short circuit karts but is also a very bad golfer.

He writes a popular blog on financial matters called ‘Ties are optional’ which can be read on his website


If you would like to speak to Les about any financial planning issue, call his office on 020 3137 5398 or email

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