“Karen has helped me focus on my marketing strategy, producing my E-newsletters, making the most out of my client database and generally updating my IT set up and introducing a new website for my photography, something that I have little time to do myself. Her advice is invaluable and I look forward to working with her in other areas of my business in the coming months.”
Tim Clarke, Country Pictures
“I met Karen through a mutual contact and immediately liked her. She is very experienced in business and also a genuinely nice person and easy to get on with. Karen has helped me focus my thoughts into some key areas of priority. She followed up each session with a summary of what we had discussed and actions for me. Her approach is practical and relevant to me and my business needs. Every business needs Karen!”
Kim Huggins, Kim Huggins Law
“Karen has been a fantastic help for me, both as a Mentor, acting as my sounding board for general advice, and in actually getting stuff done. She has been particularly useful in advising me how to structure my business for growth. The side projects, ideas and opportunities that have nagged me for years because I’ve never had the time or resourcefulness to attend to them myself, are now being addressed.”
Charlie Barnard, Arrange IT
“Karen has helped me greatly in understanding not only what my business costs to run, but also made me see that by structuring my fees in a different way I could recoup the business running costs and increase my monthly turnover. We looked at ways to save the business money and worked on a strategy to make a healthier profit. She made everything very understandable for me and I am looking forward to working with her again in the future.”
Helen Pritchard, Orchid Digital
“Karen is one of those rare people who is diligent, efficient and incredibly diplomatic when all others have lost their heads. A real life-saver.”
Jason Wolfe-Daimpre, Architectural Designer
“I spent 3 productive years with Karen. In her position as Head of Executive Office she was instrumental in setting up the UK business with all the support services. She showed great drive and resourcefulness adaptaing her business skills to suit any scenario. Her adaptability and attention to detail are second to none, continuously producing high quality results whilst offering support to everyone.”
Samir Sunbol, Managing Partner S2S IMI Group
“Karen is a personable, conscientious Lady who certainly knows how to move a Business forward. She has a knack of putting you at ease and she really takes time to understand exactly what your business needs are. She has helped my business grow and expand, all the while supporting and helping me and my team to adjust to the new strategies she was implementing.
I would not hesitate in recommending Karen and the impact she has had on the way I run my business has been phenomenal.”
Michelle Drury, Mint Salon
"Preparing Your Business for Growth"
We have a range of business consulting services to prepare your business for sustainable growth. We start by sitting together to discuss where your business is now and your vision for the future. We look at your business strategy covering your products and services, how you like to work, the people in your business and any immediate concerns that you have. From there we can plan on which approach to take from the following services:
An in-depth review to discover the strengths and weaknesses of your business. We cover your products and services, overheads, staffing, general business set up, your competition, the processes and procedures that support your business, your clients and your organisation’s vision, values and purpose. The assessment will show you where your business is today, what might be blocking your progress, what measures could be taken to address any issues that are highlighted. We can extend this into a secondary stage where we design and implement the actions to get you back on track.
Preparation for growth is fundamental. An effective sales and marketing plan is not enough to ensure that your business will succeed. All aspects of an organisation, from the people within, to your competitors and what sets your business apart from others are very important factors. Understanding and capitalising on your strengths and using your team’s skills to the best of their ability are just some of factors to consider when planning for growth.
Planning your business strategy. Whether you are just starting out or a few years in, a business plan will provide you with a framework for your business. Setting your goals and objectives and planning for your financial, staffing and organisational needs at each stage of the business. Proper planning shows a commitment to succeed and provides a framework around which you build your business. If you are seeking outside investment or key partners for your organisation it is vital to have in one in place.
Whether you are a business owner or part of a team. There will be times when you come across challenging situations that you haven't encountered before. We have a practical, collaborative, motivational approach to business. We have dealt with a myriad of business scenarios. With a fresh approach and a neutral perspective we can help you to work out the problems that you encounter and teach you new skills to help you in your business. The people within a business are the core of that business, they are the face of your brand. People who are engaged, trained, valued, motivated and proud of what they do and who they represent are happier at work and find it easier to have a better work life balance. That’s what we all want!
Vision, Values, Purpose and Culture
Starting out or at a crossroads in your business? Delving deep into your vision and figuring out the purpose for what you do is so powerful. It is as important, if not more important, as writing a business plan. Vision, values and purpose work together to portray the essence and culture of your organisation internally and externally; If the people you work with understand and buy into your vision they are more likely to rally around you with the same passion and deliver the right message to your customers. Building the right culture for your business allows you to choose the right people to employ; Empower those people and retain them. Understanding your purpose and your uniqueness will help you to find your target audience. Together they set a structure of principles by which your business operates and is the basis on which to build your brand.
All businesses need processes and systems that work for their own organisation and the people that use them. Defined and well thought out business processes and procedures allow us to continually evaluate performance, increase efficiency and reduce costs. We use a mixture of brainstorming, mind mapping, and evaluation techniques to work out where processes can be improved. It doesn’t matter how big or small a business is, having solid processes and systems in place is vital to your business.
Managing change in any organisation big or small needs to be planned. Whether it is a cost cutting exercise or change in a system or process all the people who will be affected by the change should ideally be involved from the start. Working with your team to design and implement changes fosters a far healthier working environment and shows your team that they are valued, resulting in an easier and more successful transition. For any changes to work successfully a SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) approach should be taken.