We provide accountants with
Proven Tools, Templates & Training To Execute Business Advisory Services
Technological advancement has made compliance work more efficient and automation of lower-level tasks is providing opportunities for Accountants to broaden their skill set. Don’t spend hours re-inventing the wheel when we have already developed clear and easy to follow tools, templates & training to assist you in providing Business Advisory Services to your clients.
If you’re interested in providing Business Advisory Services to your clients within the next 30 days without needing to ‘reinvent the wheel’ or divert existing resources away from your current firm’s activities...
You’ve come to the right place!

At ESS BIZTOOLS, we know that every accounting firm has its own unique client base and opportunities within the Business Advisory Space. Discover how to execute these services profitably to generate more revenue and enjoyment for your team and your accounting practice.

You’ll be able to get started almost immediately even if you have little experience in providing these services to clients. We’ve got you covered!

A Few Of The Engagements You’ll Be Able To Execute

Here is just a sample of the many Business Advisory engagements our subscriber firms are executing with their clients.

Survival in Difficult Times

This is a crucial component of “Business Advisory Services”, especially in 2020/21. The 42 segments included in the survival questionnaire enables an Accountant to conduct a detailed review of all aspects of a business as the preliminary step towards the development of a Strategic Plan for the business.

Chief Financial Officer Services

An in-depth resource package to equip a firm that wishes to offer a virtual Chief Financial Officer services to clients and prospects. This package offers training, tools and worksheets on a wide range of issues that could confront an accountancy firm that is offering a virtual CFO service to its clients.

Business Funding for SMEs

A step-by-step blueprint on how to assist your clients in raising equity capital/loan funds for their business. Not only do we include training on how to execute this type of engagement, we have already created the ‘plug and play’ templates needed to help your client become “Investment Ready” to obtain funding from a variety of sources (including the banks, Crowd Sourced Funding Equity Raising and Section 708 of the Corporations Act).

Industry Specific Advisory

We’ve developed proven tools and worksheets to support you in helping your clients monitor their business health and achieve their profit targets across many industry niches, including, clothing, retailer, road transport, supermarkets and pharmacies.

Predictive Accounting

“Predictive Accounting” creates a “financial picture” of the visions and strategies contained within the business plan. This process commences with the identification of the key activities for the business in the future years and builds up from these key components - you just do not take last year’s figures and add a percentage to them!

The establishment of key drivers and the regular monitoring of amounts reflected in them is a crucial component of a business being able to utilise Predictive Accounting to accurately project the future financial position of the business. All of this information is reliant on well thought out key drivers having been established before any of the financial forecast reports are prepared.


I’m Peter Towers

Accountant and Managing Director of ESS BIZTOOLS

For 20 years ESS BIZTOOLS has been producing material to assist accountants all over Australia to deliver a wider range of services, commonly known as Business Advisory Services...

Who We Work With

Our mission is to make it as easy and seamless as possible for our subscriber firms to provide their clients with Business Advisory Services.

Accounting Firms

Our subscribers range from Sole Practitioners through to some of Australia’s top mid-tier accounting firms.

Consultants and Industry Experts

Industry experts and specialists looking to leverage proven, 'plug and play' templates specific to the challenges faced by its clients operating in niche markets.


We’ve found that with their grounding in the day to day transactions of the business, bookkeepers make for excellent Business Advisors and are well placed to successfully deliver such services to their clients.
Hear From Practitioners
Who Are Subscribed To ESS BIZTOOLS

...there’s a fabulous amount of material. It really helps you because you can hand out items to your clients, they can attend free webinars, there’s various planning tools of different sorts that you can access and utilize with your clients.
Andrew Geddes, Andrew Geddes Pty Ltd
Director, Former Chairperson of Greencross Limited, Accountancy Industry Mentor and Consultant

...so helpful

Angelo Coco - Chartered Accountant & Owner, Family Business Support

I've been familiar with Peter since the mid-80's when he was operating his accounting practice. The tools and papers prepared by ESS are so helpful. Instead of trying to create my own, they are already there, ready to go, and they just work.

Some of the tools I've referred to and used in serving my clients over one hundred times.

I recommend the ESS tool kit to other practitioners at any opportunity I get.

...full confidence in executing advisory services

Steven Thomas, Managing Director, Thomas Services
The tools and materials produced by ESS BIZTOOLS are complete and thorough, giving me full confidence in executing advisory services with my clients. The devil is in the detail in executing these types of engagements - and with the tools and support by ESS BIZTOOLS, I have all of the details and answers I need. Peter is also friendly and approachable which is a major help!

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Accountant's Minute

Latest Podcast

Business Advisory & COVID-19 - where are we at? With guest speaker, Peter Towers of ESS BIZTOOLS

For the first podcast episode, I asked Peter Towers to share what he has seen after talking to many accountants around Australia during COVID-19. He shares his view on how COVID-19 has affected accounting firms, what specifically he has seen with some firms really taking advantage of the crisis and how he thinks Business Advisory offerings should be managed out of this. Peter has worked with accountants for many years and his insights are very valuable.

Expert Tips & Podcasts - Business Advisory Services

  • Business Advisory Services High Rating at Expo!

    Business Advisory Services High Rating at Expo!

    At the Accounting Business Expo held on 16/17 November the number of presentations relating to Business Advisory Services was very high – probably the highest ever for this type of forum. A wide...
  • Charge out Rates for Tradies Need Review

    Charge out Rates for Tradies Need Review

    Many accountants have large numbers of tradie businesses as clients. In my presentation to the Accounting Business Expo on Tuesday 17th November at 1.30pm AEDT (12.30pm AEST) I’ll discuss the...
  • Leadership Team

    Leadership Team

    Today I want to discuss the leadership team. If you're going to be supplying a broader range of professional services, what we call Business Advisory Services, to your clients then being able to...
  • Scaling Up

    Scaling Up

    As we consider the challenges, potential problems and rewards that might be possible in 2021, SME leadership teams and their accountants could do well to incorporate the strategies of “scaling...


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Media Articles

Articles published by the media on activities relating to ESS BIZTOOLS

Accounting Business Expo - Presentation by Peter Towers - "Delivering Business Advisory Services to Add Value"

Upcoming Webinars

  • Thursday 9th September 2021 at 12-noon AEST
    Diversifying Accounting Services - Why?:
  • Thursday 23rd September 2021 at 12-noon AEST
    "Offering SME Funding as a Diversification Strategy" - Guest presenter: Dale Crosby:
  • Tuesday 28th September 2021 at 12-noon AEST
    "Business Advisory Services Implementation" - Guest presenter: Mark Holton:
  • Thursday 30th September 2021 at 12-noon AEST
    "Diversification - Scaling Up" - Guest presenter: Andrew Geddes:

Business Advisory Services Update Webinars/Conversations with Our Affiliates

Business Advisory Services Update Webinar/Conversation with Jordan Lowry, Blackstone Business Group

Air Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 11.30am AEST (12.30pm AEDT)

Business Advisory Services Update Webinar/Conversation with Paul Barnaby, 'Predictive Accounting', Beyond Accounting Technologies

Air Date: Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 11.00am AEST (12-noon AEDT)

Business Advisory Services Update Webinar/Conversation with Mark Holton, Director, Smithink

Air Date: Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 11.00am AEST (12-noon AEDT)

Business Advisory Services Update Webinar/Conversation with Priscilla Bea Smith

Air Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at 11.00am AEST (12-noon AEDT)

Business Advisory Services Update Webinar/Conversation with Trent Butler, Trent Butler Consulting Pty Ltd

Air Date: Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 11.00am AEST (12-noon AEDT)