Have you made the progress you hoped for this year?, if not what's stopping you?
For those of you who have built successful businesses, you may be wondering how to take the next step and grow your business or increase profitability.
A lot depends on the type of business you own, the available resources, and how much money, time and risk you're willing to invest all over again.
A recent GrowthAccelerator survey identified that after people and skills shortages, strategy and management was the biggest barrier to growth. Unsurprising really given that many small business owners frequently get too caught up in day to day operations, rather than thinking beyond tomorrow…spending time working on the business rather than in it is easier said than done!
If you haven't already, perhaps now is the time to take stock and start to put some more solid plans around your goals for the next 3-5 years.
The great news is SMEs looking to grow are a key priority for government support. This means that we may be able to help you access matched funding towards our fees through schemes such as GrowthAccelerator, Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Growth Vouchers.
Having spent many years working with SME's we understand that our clients all have different needs and require different levels of support.
Our priority is provide a bespoke programme of coaching and training resources to support you and your team to successfully develop and implement your growth plans.
This typically involves us spending 1-2 days a month working with you and your team, however this can vary depending on your needs.
We also offer a free initial business review to help you identify areas of improvement or opportunity.
Areas where we can provide expertise include:
Business Strategy and Planning
Developing Supply Chains
Operational Improvement & Lean Thinking
Controlling Costs and Working Capital
Quality Accreditations and Health and Safety
Sales & Marketing Planning
Leadership & Management Coaching
We have highlighted the most common types of support our clients want to speak to us about but if there is anything else not covered on this page, please drop us a line.
My website contains just a few ideas that can help you start to grow your business and make it even more profitable. I have tried to cover everything you’ll need but if I have missed anything, please give me a call. I’m here to help and my advice comes from many years’ experience.
Family owned manufacturing business well placed for growth
The business recognised that in order to take advantage of growth opportunities it needed to take a more structured approach to setting a business strategy and action planning but didn't know where to start.
As we built the growth plan we identified a number of key areas of the business that needed development in order to improve productivity and profitability and ensure they could deliver increased volumes without impacting customer service levels and quality.
We have supported the business to:
Develop a growth plan for next 5 years.
Produce sales and marketing plan.
Value stream map to identify where processes need improvement and controls tightened.
Apply lean techniques to the business.
Implement a staff training and development programme.
Leadership & management team coaching.
Our support was partially funded through GrowthAccelerator.
The business has already grown by 30% and increased their workforce.
"Having never worked with a coach before I wasn't sure what to expect…Angela was able to get her head around my business, it's needs and consequently my vision straight away. It was refreshing to speak with someone that allowed me to explore the different areas of growth I was considering as well as have her challenge my reasoning and enable me to really look at what my business truly needs, and how to implement those things in the most efficient way
Angela's approach is very compatible with the way in which I work, she appreciates the time constraints I am under as an individual that runs a business and therefore manages to maintain an effective balance between staying in touch and leaving me to get on.
What stands out for me is Angela's ability to be honest, I don't want to hear vague answers that have little to no impact on my business or the future of my company, I need hard facts, realistic options and sound advice, which is what I have had throughout our working relationship"
Director, family owned manufacturing business