About Us

 De Novo's purpose is to help you grow and expand your business.

Our Story

De Novo adverb (Latin)
anew; afresh; from the beginning

De Novo was founded in 2013 by two experienced industry professionals, a Finance Director and a Serial Entrepreneur, both well recognised by the Cambridgeshire business community thanks to their wealth of commercial acumen and experience. 


Long before De Novo was established, both co-founders were already working in the field – Grant Hawthorne ,

an experienced Finance Director & Accountant successfully lead a number of Private equity-backed SMEs, from start-up stage through to exit planning. He quickly identified that most SMEs need a cost-effective, scalable and practical outsourcing solution that will suit their needs at anytime. De Novo was then formed as a team of experienced finance management professionals with industry and commercial background – not just accountants in practice. 

Since 2013 the company has grown significantly, adding more services and professionals to the team. In November 2017, De Novo was acquired by EFM and is now a part of a wider regional network, encompassing Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. 


De Novo’s primary focus is to help SMEs grow and expand their business (including fundraising, acquisitions & disposals) as well as leading companies through difficult periods by providing high calibre experienced Finance Directors, Finance Controllers, Bookkeepers, Credit Controllers and much more… 

Shaking Hands

“De Novo has provided us with a full range of accounting services for many years now, and their competence in performing all aspects of our personal and business requirements has been second to none.

All of our tax, accounting and financial planning questions have been answered to the highest level and for excellent value for money”