What you think running a business should be like

People come to us when they realise they need help with their business.

Often, we find that people who may be great at delivery, are highly dedicated, are ‘great on the tools’ struggle at some of the core elements of running their business.

Or they are in a period of growth and just need a bit of extra, short-term support.

Or they need someone detached who can act as the ‘boring’ person in the room and give unbiased, objective, actionable advice.

Or they are ready to grow – to scale up – but don’t know how.


What it can actually be like

We all know that business development takes time and effort and to be successful, it is a two way process to which all parties have to commit.

Our process combines experience,  analysis, problem-solving, business process implementation, and being ‘the boring person’ in the room. We can be there to guide and direct you by offering logical, rational advice which is not predicated by your inevitable, yet highly personal, emotional involvement with your business.

Quite often clients know that there is something wrong but don’t know what it is. They are often excellent at delivery, great at working ‘on the tools’ but are not comfortable with some of the complexities of running an organisation. It’s not that they can’t do it, or are not capable, it’s usually that they have never been shown how.

So that’s what we do.

But it takes time

We know that we cannot make a difference in less than 6 months as it takes time for changes to take effect. There is no single, quick solution to the complexity of business.

And it does cost (but not as much as you might think).

Our approach is relatively simple: we don’t charge the earth, but we do require a commitment. We charge £200 per month and require an initial 6 month commitment at £200 per month – £1,200 in total.

Is it worth it? Well, we have over 30 years’ genuine business experience. We have been through pretty much every issue, every problem, have been up and been down, have run small and large companies.

We also know how much other people charge. So we know exactly where our prices sit. Price for external coaching has become a barrier to many companies, who simply cannot afford to spend too much, and so don’t get the advice the companies with bigger budgets can afford.

So, our business model is to make a smaller amount of profit from a wider range of companies. Rather than charge more, have fewer clients and so both a narrower experience and be more at risk of being reliant on a few high paying clients.

So we try to charge what we believe is a fair amount, we know what we’re talking about and over the 6 months can definitely add value to your business.

Get in touch

A consultancy relationship is a bit like a jigsaw. We have some of the pieces and you have the others. They have to fit together or it will not work.

So the first stage is to talk and spend an hour or so getting to know each other.

To see honestly if we can work together.

Obviously it costs nothing to talk, so if you are interested, book in a session with us, and we can see if the pieces fit.

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The 6 month  structure

Month 1

  • 2 hour (ideally) face to face kick off meeting
  • 1 hours online coaching

The purpose of this session is to collect together the initial data. To get a clear view of the challenges facing the business and set some objectives.

Month 2

  • 4 hours online coaching

Month 3

  • 2 hour (ideally) face to face  meeting
  • 1 hours online coaching

Month 4

  • 4 hours online coaching

Month 5

  • 4 hours online coaching

Month 16

  • 2 hour (ideally) face to face next steps meeting

At this point we do an in depth review of what we have achieved and revise the objectives for the next 6 months.

Business consultancy can be a bit of snake oil.

We all know that there is no magic wand and a consultant who promises the earth should probably be treated with a fair bit of healthy scepticism.

Not all businesses are the same and a consultant who is simply offering the same off-the-shelf solution, on the same model, to every client is likely to be at best limited and at worst ineffectual. Of course, by the time a business has worked that out, it’s probably also parted with a fair bit of money.

So many times we work with great people who are brilliant at the functional aspect of their job but not so good at running a business. Those businesses understand that fundamentally they need information and practical help to solve problems.