What you get
Half a day of consultancy to go through the key areas of your business and review the most up-to-date research relating to your sector. You can also highlight any issues you feel may have either a positive or negative effect on the running of your business.
The main purpose of the session will be to share knowledge and gather information for the report you will get on your business within 7 days of the meeting.
The report will help you to understand
- The key strengths and sustainable competitive advantages you have as a business
- The products or services that are the most profitable and offer the best growth opportunities
- The opportunities and threats that exist within your business and sector
- The opportunities and threats that exist outside of your business in the wider environment
- How you can best leverage your own strengths against your competitors
- The target markets that are most likely to value (and pay for) what you offer
- How your current sales & marketing performs in relation to delivering what your clients expect
- What might be achievable in the coming year
- How to continually review the progress you are making
What happens next?
There is a good analogy that illustrates the difference between a coach and a consultant:
- A coach will help you understand how and why you ride a bicycle, help you to determine what's holding you back from riding properly, and jog along next to you as YOU ride.
- A business consultant will explain why one bike is superior to another, teach you how to ride the bike, and if necessary, ride the bike for you
Which one is best for you is based on your needs and values, as well your time constraints and deadlines. We often work with clients to provide a hybrid of these two methods.
If you decide to use us on either a coaching or consultancy basis for a minimum of three months, the fee will be reduced by the investment you made for the Business Audit.
Some kind words from our clients
"I write this letter to show my appreciation to you in the way you helped me to understand how best to make my business grow. When I first came to see you I was in a terrible state and couldn't understand why. You kindly offered to performed a SWOT analysis. This enabled me to better recognise the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that are not only in my business but also those of my nearest competitors. the first thing you suggested was to do away with my promotional mugs. Apparently my slogan, "don't be a mug get a mug", was crap and possibly offensive. Now, six months down the line, I have a better understanding of business through all you've taught me. I have no hesitation in referring you to my friends and colleagues, providing their business doesn't conflict with mine."
"Paul has been extremely helpful in assisting us in the focus needed for the launch of our new venture and ground-breaking service. Paul is able to draw on decades of experience across a number of industries to distil that knowledge to produce the desired results. Always helpful and with a generous spirit Paul has been a great help to us and we thank him for that and have no doubt he has made a significant contribution."
"I personally wanted thank you for your great service during the recent months. When I decided to appoint you for the Business Health Check over my company I was very curious and somehow intrigued on what benefits it could have brought to my business. Well, after the first minutes of our first meeting I knew you were going to come up with some unvaluable insights for my business and I still look nowadays at the extensive report you kindly left me. I feel now focused, committed and keep referring to my unique selling point which will be a key to move my business forward. Thanks for helping business to achieve the next step and look forward to working with you in the newr future."
"Thank you so much for the work you did with my me on my company's health-check earlier this year. The report you provided and the insight you shared has been invaluable in helping me reinvigorate my business. At the end of 2016, I was at a complete cross-road with regard to my business. Though it had been one of my best years ever, it had also been a very difficult year: the Google business model which had been the center of my business for years had changed dramatically, I had changed my office location back to a home office, and to compound it all, had broken my foot and just wasn't really all that inspired. Sitting down with you was one of the smartest things I did in 2016. It provided me the opportunity to reflect on what I had achieved and focus on the aspects of my business that I really enjoy - while at the same time identify the aspects I was willing to move past. You were patient, asked solid questions and took my brain dump and transformed it into a succinct and actionable plan. I have been relucant in the past to being open for coaching assistance, but the work you have done with me was simple and to the point - and well-worth the time and investment. I would happily recommend you to any of my friends and peers."