Testimonials provide an unbiased view as to our ability to exceed expectation. Thank you to our clients who took time to say some lovely things about us.

Strive4 Academy Trust

“I contacted SBM Services in the Summer in the hope that they would be able to support in some way during a period of flux in our central finance team. I had heard whispers of their professionalism but having been let down so significantly from other finance support services in the past, I wasn’t overly hopeful. Any doubts I had, however, were quickly allayed and the passion and professionalism with which SBM Services work was very clear to see. What I had intended to be just a ‘stop gap’ for us actually turned into something by far greater; our financial systems, procedures and controls have all been developed, stream-lined and made even more robust. The level of support that we received was excellent and no query, question was too much for Justine and her team. As outlined to the Managing Director,  I wished I had been introduced to the services many years ago – we are now achieving greater value for money and our financial control and associated decision making is sharper. We no longer need SBM Services to support us day to day as our Finance team is again at full capacity and incredibly well trained by SBM Services however we will continue to work with them, albeit more remotely, as the quality they offer is rarely seen elsewhere.”

Amanda Jennings, Executive Headteacher (Strive4 Academy Trust, Woodford Green)


“Thank you for your support (and patience) this term.  I have learnt so much, both on a personal and professional level, and as a school we are now in a much better position than we have been for a number of years.

The work ethic of everyone working for SBM Services is amazing – professional, understanding, supportive and business like and all with a big smile!  I’m so glad that we found you!”

Deborah Mills, School Business Manager (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire)

‘How to Survive & Thrive as an SBM’

The following feedback was received from delegates who attended a professional development day for school business management professionals led by Justine Berkeley, in association with NASBM:

“Excellent – the best course I have ever been on”

“I am now feeling more equipped to face the challenges of an SBM”

“Very engaging tutor”

“Very informative and I would absolutely recommend this session to others”

“This has inspired me to achieve and move into the role of SBM in more depth”

“The trainer was excellent and made me re-think some of my ways of working”

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

“Thank you for all the splendid work you did before and during our Local Authority Internal Audit.  A complete endorsement of the quality and accuracy of your work.  I and all the governors appreciate that this takes time, often over and above the allocation of time we have.  This dedication does not go unnoticed and is certainly valuable to a school with such a tight budget.”

Sarah Ginzler-Maher, Headteacher (South Woodham Ferrers, Essex)

The Learning Partnership Trust

“The support and advice provided to us from SBM Services as we have been setting up our Multi Academy Trust has been invaluable.  Nothing is ever too much trouble and responses to queries, even out of hours and over the weekend, is rapid, professional and always up to date with changing legislation and requirements.  We would thoroughly recommend SBM Services to schools and academies.”

Victoria Marrow, School Business Director (Essex)

St Giles C of E Primary School

“What a refreshing approach SBM Services Ltd has.  Their approach to supporting schools is modern and professional; a great combination.  This is a company destined for great things.”

Jinnie Nicholls, Headteacher (Great Maplestead, Essex)


Wix & Wrabness Primary School

“We are extremely happy with the professional support, help and advice that is always available when required and this is always delivered promptly and in a friendly manner.  Definitely a good service that is value for money.”


Two Village Primary School

“The team member that came out to complete our internal audit was lovely and a credit to your company.  We enjoyed having her visit and are looking forward to her coming back next year.”

Alison Bentley, Finance Officer (Harwich, Essex)

Collingwood Primary School

“We contacted SBM Services when our longstanding Finance Manager decided to retire.  SBM Services were highly recommended by another school but we were dubious at first about the logistics of not having a “person” in school every day and how this would work effectively; it has been an excellent move.  SBM Services have quickly developed systems to improve our practices, attend governors meetings, provide us with detailed reports and advice and have made us think about “best value” services, systems and providers that we would previously not have known about.  I would whole heartedly recommend SBM Services…on top of that, they are really nice colleagues to work with too!”

Amanda Buckland-Garnett, Headteacher (South Woodham Ferrers, Essex)

Trinity St Mary’s C of E Primary School

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I was with the internal audit I had on Thursday through SBM Services. The Consultant was so lovely whilst also being very thorough. A very successful day.

Sandra Stamp, School Business Manager (Essex)

The Diocese of Chelmsford Academy Schools Trust

“Our external audit has gone well, for which your team can take a lot of the credit.  Please pass on my thanks to everyone, this year would have been impossible without all of their help.”

Brendon Ince, Support & Business Manager (Essex)

Biggleswade Academy

“Such has been the level of input received from SBM Services Ltd that the Education Funding Authority commented that our academy had made the kind of progress within a term that most schools would have required 3-5 years to undertake…Given the scale of the challenge we faced, staff and directors have regularly commented to me how amazed they have been, not only at the speed of progress made, but the never ending optimism and energy which has been injected into our organisation by SBM Services Ltd during this period.

Steve Phillips, Academy Principal (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire)

Thriftwood School & College (Multi Academy Trust)

“Feedback from our audit team is that both schools are well organised and that there are no issues.  I’ve sung SBM Services praises and so have our auditors.  Thank you so much.  We could not have got through this year without you.”

Jackie Harper, Academy Business Manager (Chelmsford, Essex)

Trinity St Mary’s C of E Primary School

“I have just used the benchmarking template that you circulated to customers and wanted to say thank you – it is fabulous and has saved me so much work!”

Sandra Stamp, School Business Manager (Chelmsford, Essex)

Lillian De Lissa Nursery

“I really enjoyed your talk today at the Bursars Group.  You were really inspiring and motivating.  The job as School Business Manager is hard but rewarding.   It was really good to hear from someone who understands.”

Judy Kimberley, School Business Manager (Birmingham)

Rye Oak Primary School & Children’s Centre

“It was great to meet you and take part in your NASBM training course, ‘How to Survive and Thrive in the role of SBM’.  I have a learnt a lot and found Justine Berkeley to be very inspirational.”

B Lyons, School Business Manager (London)

Buttsbury Junior School Academy

“As a result of working with SBM Services Ltd, our auditors now describe our school as one of the best schools they work with in terms of financial management.  I would highly recommend SBM Services Ltd.  I have great confidence in their work, which means I can focus on education and children, knowing that the financial management of the school is safe and secure.”

Mrs A Robinson, Headteacher (Billericay, Essex)

Colham Manor Primary School

“I was so excited to be attending your 2015 School Business Management Conference, and I have to say it exceeded my expectations!  Justine Berkeley’s natural ability for inspiring others is contagious.”

J O’Leary, Business Manager (Hillingdon, Middlesex)

The Warriner School

“Thank you for the course you ran for NASBM last week, ‘How to Survive and Thrive in the role of SBM’.  I truly cannot remember ever attending a course that I came away from feeling so upbeat and positive.  I have already implemented some actions even though it is the last week of term.”

Mrs N Gardner, Strategic Business Director (Bloxham, Oxon)