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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 [...]

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 [...]

Appointed Associate Director for Inspire Biz, Formerly Wessex Chamber of Commerce

Since A&S was founded in 2012 I have always involved myself in the local Chamber of Commerce, originally called Wessex Chamber. Part of my strategy for A&S is to work with local owner operated business and provide the support I can offer through my years of working as part of senior management teams. Working with the [...]

Ashley mentors for local business owner Chris Scrivens of Proactive Learning Centre

Proactive Learning Centre, Trowbridge (PLC) has started working with Ashley Hutchinson of A&S Business Consultancy Ltd through the Wiltshire Business Mentoring Scheme. Providing training and assessment services vital in the workplace PLC has an established learning centre in Trowbridge used by trades people, health & safety professionals and others. Ashley has been engaged to mentor [...]

By |October 10th, 2017|Chambers of Commerce, Mentoring|0 Comments

Concept Fabrications engage A&S’s Ashley as mentor to SMT

Concept Fabrications (CCF Ltd) of Cwmbran, South Wales have engaged A&S MD Ashley Hutchinson to mentor the senior management team within the business. Concept are a steel fabrication family owned business based in a factory in Cwmbran. Family owned with growing revenues of £3.5m in 2016/17 and have engaged Ashley to aid the professional development [...]