I remember when I joined our family business. I set to work, eager to make a success of myself and help run the business. I had the enthusiasm and naivety of youth, thinking I could change the world and not realising how hard that commercial world could be.
I learnt a lot in those early years. Fundamental principles that have stayed with me: the importance of respect and trust; a sense of fairness; the need for integrity. Yet as I worked and watched and learned, I also realised the pain and loneliness that can be associated with running a business. There wasn’t much support available, and there didn’t seem to be anyone who understood what it was we were trying to do.
In time I took over the business and used the knowledge I had gained to expand and diversify the products and services offered. What had been a simple optical business quickly became a company offering high profile franchised brands at multiple locations.
Since then I have set up and run several other different companies, and worked in different countries around the world, but I have never forgotten the isolation and agony business owners can feel. And as I grew the businesses I worked with, I learnt something else as well. I learnt that I had a real passion for helping a business grow; for working with business owners and managers, helping give shape to their dreams and enabling them to reach their full potential through building a successful business. I decided I wanted to provide the kind of support and guidance that would have been invaluable to me and my family in our own business.
So I studied business growth and development at Cranfield School of Management, and since then I have become a registered Growth Coach with Growth Accelerator. I now offer a tailored business builder success programme for my clients, as well as providing ongoing business development support.
My philosophy is simple. I will work with you on your business. I can identify with the pain you feel; and I can suggest ways to make it go away. I work on trust and respect and an openness to ideas in a constructive way – an approach that my existing clients say is refreshing and sets me apart from others.
I have a deep-rooted sense of fairness and a willingness to share what I know, and this helps forge empowering working relationships that builds real and lasting success for the business. I am non-judgemental, I just want to identify problems and work with you as a business owner to find you the right tailored solution.
If I sound like the sort of person you could work with, and if you have the sort of situation I am familiar with, request a free consultation, give me a call or send me an email.
I’d love to talk.