Dealing with Coronavirus – 7 days from receiving no Government support and Ashley pulled me back

Having worked with DAR for several years the growth prospected for Dannys business have always been clear. Danny started the business himself as a driver on departure from his role as a logistics manager for a local well know furniture manufacturer. Quickly Danny accelerated the business and took on a second vehicle and driver and [...]

By |April 17th, 2020|Consultant, Consultation, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Taking on a new client – CK Painting & Decorating

We are delighted to have been appointed by Craig Knight of CK Painting and Decorating. Having met Craig through a local business group I was instantly drawn to his knowledge and passion about both his job and his clients. CK Painting & Decorating undertake domestic and commercial projects including having recently worked on an office project, home [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Consultant, Consultation, Mentoring|0 Comments

Goals and end goals. What’s the difference? (And is it important)?

One of the projects I have been working on extensively towards the end of 2019 was, helping two shareholders of an SME reconcile their very different objectives with their business. I entered this process to provide the guidance both needed to find a mutually acceptable way to progress. It was apparent to me that both parties [...]

By |January 3rd, 2020|Consultant, Consultation, Mentoring|0 Comments

Think Strategically

I've broken away for probably one week only from the theme of how a consultant helps your business. This is a twist on that theme, but from a different angle. Over the past couple of weeks a recurring theme I've seen is focusing on strategic thinking. It's an area I spend some considerable time on but [...]

A consultant wouldn’t work in my business. Would it?

A second piece in a mini series looking at why businesses don't engage with an external consultant, or in larger business cases a non-executive director. Last weeks article was written from the basis of fact. I have seen many times over the effect of change on a business, both positive and negative, both proactively managed [...]

Inspire launch their virtual board initiative.

The game at Inspire has upped significantly over the past six months so to speak. Following the appointment of a team of associate directors to support local SME business owners in their growth ambitions stage two of this has now been announced. Inspire have announced their next level of support, a 'Virtual Board' where through [...]

Change….something to be managed or feared?

The very nature of my job is that I am involved in business change. Many call it change management but I'm more goal driven so I would call it "business growth" for example. Either way, me becoming involved represents a change of some description. More often than not for the positive. But I can't help [...]

Cash is King…….thankfully after this week it’s not a Prince or Duke!

You'll have to excuse the attempt at humour in the title. It seems every day this week the Duke of York has been on the front page of every paper and as I am writing about the main topics in my week I could not resist a nod to this sorry tale. So this week [...]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Consultant, Consultation, Partnerships, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Similarity between competing in sports and running a business

So if you haven't spotted yet that sports are a big part of my life this must be one of the first articles you have read on my site. What is more subtle and often hidden in the undertones are the parallels I draw between training, competing and coaching in sport and the important aspects [...]

By |October 4th, 2019|Consultant, Consultation, Sports|0 Comments

Getting under the skin of a truly unique business!

Since I've taken the role Associate Director at Inspire I've been out meeting some of their clients whenever I can. Part of the visit is getting to know their business, working out how I and Inspire can help them on their growth journey, and part is telling the owner my story and how I'm qualified [...]