Foux, who is nominated for Young FD of the Year at this year’s FDs’ Excellence Awards, joined the company a year ago to whip its finances into shape as FD. “I could talk for hours about working at Gü,” she says. “It’s a great place and it’s interesting because the whole company is changing. We’re trying to keep the entrepreneurial flair of the company but as it evolves, we’re a lot harder on ourselves.”
Gü develops and sells a range of chocolate puddings, cakes, indulgent treats and chocolates to all the major multiples in the UK and France. Turnover for this year is £23m and the company employs 29 people in the UK and five people across the Channel.
Foux started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to FTSE 250 recruitment company Harvey Nash. She says she has no desire to work for a big company again. “It’s liberating being in a smaller company after working for a listed company and dealing with all the regulations to do with that,” she says. “You can just get things done in a smaller business; you can make strategic deicsiosns more quickly. The people are also very creative.”
However, Foux doesn’t regret the time she spent working for a larger business: “All the senior management at Gü came from big companies. A small company benefits when this is the case because they bring the rigour and professionalism gained in a larger firm.”
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