Consulting 2017-09-20T13:48:40+00:00

Meet Our Consultants

Our spotlight on some of our specialist consultants:

Business Name Ilyas Patel (Accountants) Ltd
Contact Name Ilyas Patel
Phone 01772 788200
Specialisms Financial Management and Control, Business Strategy

We specialise in two areas:

Financial Management and Control

We help clients produce accurate timely management information by using cloud-based accounting software, reviewing their existing system, staff, and capabilities and producing relevant reports and KPIs for management to use in decision-making.

Business Strategy

We aid clients in their short-term and long-term business planning in order for them to achieve their specified set of objectives by completing SWOT analysis, orbit plan, and the production of financial projections for 36 months.

We have an immense motivation when it comes to our clients. Our team is very proactive and knowledgeable of our clients’ businesses wherein we deliver precise advice at the right time. Therefore, resulting in improved business financial performance, confidence in the business, and client’s peace of mind. We are very thorough at what we do and we always provide the support required by clients to successfully implement any recommendations we make that best fit their needs.

The best tip we could give is to partner with a proactive adviser who has successfully built his own business and can share relevant life experiences.

Business Name FRSR Ltd
Contact Name Alex Fraser
Phone 07715 999375
Specialisms People Leadership, Business Growth, Culture/Engagement

We help people and businesses reach their growth potential through great leadership. Supporting to put strategic plans in place to ensure you have great people leaders, you develop people in their existing/future roles, a fantastic culture and understanding what specifically works well and doesn’t to achieve organizational growth in profits.

We believe that your people are your biggest asset, it is paramount that you understand what motivates them, how they want to be recognized, what the teams individual strengths/challenges are to support and help each other. Through understanding and supporting to create these plans your people will drive your business in achieving is growth potential.

Start with understanding your people and then collectively as a team and also individually as a senior lead reflect on what specifically is working well and what isn’t to make changes or replicate where needed. Through having plans to do this well you can see massive uplifts in profits and engagement.

Business Name Enterprise4all (North West) Limited
Contact Name Yusuf Musa – Business Advisor
Phone 01254 693999
Specialisms Marketing strategy, planning & implementation, Sales and/or service strategy & implementation, Business strategy & people & talent development

We offer a range of consultancy services that assist new and established businesses, these include:

  • Business Start-up
  • Business Growth
  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Workshops, Seminars & Masterclasses
  • Networking & Collaboration
  • Event Management
  • Access to Funding & Finance
  • Research & Consultancy Service

In addition, we specialize in the following;

  • Development of marketing strategies & plans, applying these to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Within this we also provide specialist digital marketing consultancy services covering a range of online mediums and social platforms, all linked to bringing a return on investment to the businesses we support.
  • Sales strategy and application for businesses to increase turnover, generate more profit and better service both existing and target new customers. Each business is assisted and supported on their own merits, sector, size and demographic; with a bespoke approach to allow businesses and their teams to achieve key objectives.
  • Enabling businesses to develop a robust and long term strategy taking their whole business into account, utilizing a range of specialist ‘growthology’ tools to empower businesses to focus and work towards their objectives whilst developing their people at the same time.

As an organization, we have supported high growth businesses for over 15years, with a particular specialism in European funded business support projects. Our objectives are to source and engage with the right businesses, provide meaningful support and facilitate their growth to meet wider and economic objectives.

We have a team of specialist business advisors and coaches with over 100 years’ experience between them, ranging from different sectors and areas of expertise. Our day to day role is to empower businesses to overcome obstacles, develop and grow, therefore we feel that the value we bring as a partner is extremely beneficial and can help create impactful relationships.

In addition, we currently deliver the high growth business startup programme for Boost Business Lancashire, focused at creating over 500 jobs by December 2018 in Lancashire.

PLAN – regardless of your business nature, size and aspiration you have to plan every area of your business with both short-term and long-term objectives. Growth can come easily but sustained growth needs to be planned.

Business Name David Winterton
Contact Name David Winterton
Phone 07887 801265
Specialisms Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001)

I have thirty years experience implementing and maintaining quality management systems in many different industries and professions.

I create systems that are relevant to the size and type of company that I am working with, (It is not a one fits all approach), the aim being that once the system has been successfully externally audited by a UKAS registered Assessing Body then the company are in a position to run the system themselves and not have to rely on external help if that is what they want to do.

Key personnel will be trained in all the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard, how to conduct internal audits, assess the risks to the business, set objectives for improvement and continually monitor progress.

In the thirty years that I have been involved in Quality Management Systems, I have not failed to get a company registered to the international standard at the first attempt.

Business Name NXO Ltd
Contact Name Cheryl Jones
Phone 01772 887 885
Specialisms Cultural shift and readiness for change, Leadership Development, Marketing Strategy, Planning and Implementation

Cultural shift and readiness for change

Company culture determines how things are done and how people behave in an organisation. An engaged workforce with strong leadership will give a competitive advantage and is a proven method of improving business performance.

nxo work closely with businesses to initiate a cultural shift, tackling learned habits and behaviours. Company culture can make or break an organisation; companies that invest time and resource to introduce an adaptive culture, in our experience, routinely out-perform those that don’t.

Leadership development

Our leadership support programme is designed to offer management teams the best help and support to lead a company forward. These are deployed through a set of unique and professional tools designed by nxo that allows us to collaborate and supply the directives and practical advice to improve the management of a company and increase its performance. The focus will always be on how to engage, build trust and enable a team to achieve high performance by encouraging action through confidence and supporting failure through learning.

Marketing Strategy, Planning and Implementation


nxo have developed a process named MAP which takes a business on a journey from its current position, identifies where the owner wants it to be, guiding through necessary steps and challenges along the way. This proven method addresses the needs of a customer oriented business by following the most significant steps:

  • Current position: Where are you now, what is happening around you?
  • Mission & Values: What is the objective and does the culture fit the objective?
  • Differentiation: what sets you apart?
  • Segmentation: who the business is working with and why? Who does the business want to work with and bridge the gap.
  • Communication: Delivering the right message through the right channels at the right time

The MAP process ensures you break the cycle of financial waste associated with sporadic marketing, which is geared around spend and hope rather than investing in preparation and planning which facilitates business growth.

nxo is special. It is run by and employs authentic, respectful individuals with integrity and a genuine passion to help people be the best that they can be. Being a Lancashire SME ourselves, we are well-placed to understand local enterprise and our clients have valued our insight into how their companies feel, think and operate, from start-up to established business.

A key differentiator is our diverse portfolio of skills spanning the breadth of an SME business, enabling us to take care of the well-being of the company. With the aptitude to tackle a prevailing culture, encouraging a growth mind-set in the owner through to cash management improvements, we have the proven capability to facilitate high growth:

Over a three year period, our top eight clients who all accessed Propel, achieved £17.2 million (77%) turnover increase, created 190 new jobs increasing headcount +150%. As you see from the evidence outlined, as we strive to develop a company the outputs speak for themselves demonstrating the contribution to local economic prosperity and growth.

Understanding the current position of the company is a fundamental requirement before embarking on any growth plan. What is happening in and around your business right now?

At nxo we believe in people before processes. Culture, mission and values set attitudes and behaviours and define what a company is and why it does what it does. Invite an objective professional to review your current activities/position and challenge the current prevailing customs and practices within the business.

Business Name Search and More Limited
Contact Name Jason Walker
Phone 0161 669 5544
Specialisms Internet Marketing / SEO, Website Design

Internet Marketing & Website Design
A prominent presence online is now paramount for all businesses no matter what their size or nature may be – and without all facets of your internet marketing considered, you could find yourself falling behind competitors.

We adopt a holistic approach to internet marketing taking into account a large number of crucial elements which come together to make your impact as powerful as it possibly can be.

Our approach is unique because it’s more than just ‘SEO’. We assess and optimise every element of your presence online – from the text on your website to your social media and regular connection with clients.

On page and User Experience
Because search alone simply doesn’t cut it. Visitors to your site may well find you in the top spot of Google – but if they don’t like what they see when they get there, you’ll still find you’ll gain few sales and little engagement however much you have invested in SEO.

Our 35 years’ combined experience in the industry both as SEO professionals and business owners has given us invaluable insight – and we know that only a multi-faceted approach can be truly effective when marketing a business online.

Our 35 years’ combined experience in the industry both as SEO professionals and business owners has given us invaluable insight – and we know that only a multi-faceted approach can be truly effective when marketing a business online.

By applying our proven multi-faceted approach our clients will see an increase in online presence which in terms will result in an upturn in traffic to the website which will then result in more sales/appointments/enquires. The result is a healthy online presence leads to a healthy business.

Research your online market and manage your expectations.

Business Name TIML Coaching 4 Growth
Contact Name Tim Iles
Phone 07888764130
Specialisms Strategy, innovation, ideation and new product development, Leadership, visioning, engagement, culture & people 
, Marketing / sales strategy, planning and implementation

We really understand the challenges and joys of growing a business from humble beginnings to become a venture you can be proud of. We also know it can be uncomfortably stressful without the right support. We work with our clients to apply TIML’s four pillar model for successful growth by:-

  • Clarifying the knowledge, products and services that make your business stand out from your competitors
  • Creating a practical strategy and plan for growth in clearly defined markets
  • Identifying the skills and resources needed for success and helping you grow and develop your team developing the marketing, sales and operations processes that ensure growth is sustainable and builds year after year
  • Developing the marketing, sales and operations processes that ensure growth is sustainable and builds year after year

We love working with owners who are active in running their business. We recognise the particular issues owner managers face as the business evolves:-

  • Growing and encouraging the team around them
  • Acquiring the new skills and techniques needed to get to the next level
  • Learning to say no to the “opportunities” that drain resources – and lose money
  • As you are aware, the list goes on….!

We support our clients by helping develop practical plans and we stick with them as they deal with the nitty-gritty of implementation.

Constantly focus on developing your own role in the business and the skills of your team. Remember “what got us here won’t get us there…” That means you need to look to the future and update your own skills ready for the next stage of growth while your team do more of the tasks you used to do.

Business Name Geminus Training
Contact Name Richard Harrison
Phone 07990 588937
Specialisms Innovation

At Geminus Training, we believe that Growth is driven by the knowledge, experience and creativity within your workforce. We work throughout your company to develop a culture of growth through creative problem-solving. Whether it’s finding a way to make something cheaper and faster, or developing a whole new strategy for the business, the best people to answer this are those who are in the business every day. The best bit? You develop a business which starts to grow by itself, without the need for extensive management support and intervention.

The benefits of this approach are numerous. Allowing (and supporting) your staff to think creatively and beyond the hard, cold text of their job description gives them a better sense of contribution and achievement. This results in happier people who become more productive and develop a more efficient and effective working environment. The product of this is that your workforce develops a mentality where they always seek to solve problems and improve processes, and your company starts to develop a culture of self-improvement without the need for your direction.

We offer a range of options including sector-specific interventions and bespoke solutions for your business.

Most developmental coaches and companies come in with a top-down approach, working primarily with leaders and managers. However, many managers don’t have the time to develop the new skills they want, and even if they do, rarely have the time to implement them throughout their business. We work from the bottom-up, as there’s more scope for development and improvement throughout the whole workforce. This maximises the developmental prospects and develops a culture of growth throughout the entire business. We offer complementary management and leadership support where it’s most beneficial.

Think carefully about where your business would benefit from the greatest impact. Don’t invest in something for the sake of investing in it, and don’t commit yourself to something you can’t complete. This scheme is offering you a fantastic opportunity to do something amazing to grow your business – is it better to spend this on a particular requirement or skill that you have, or would you achieve greater impact by doing something which delivers benefits across your organisation?

Business Name Eden Marketing Ltd
Contact Name Jean Atkinson
Phone 07875 599 963
Specialisms Marketing

Eden Marketing has been providing marketing support to organisations throughout the North West since 2011. The team at Eden carry out marketing activity which aligns itself with the overarching goals of the business and supports the sales process. Strategists and implementers, the team take a Plan, Do, Review approach, working with you to identify the specific organisational goals and translate these into actionable strategies. Eden’s portfolio includes planning and strategy, training and mentoring, web design, social media management, email marketing, event management, copywriting and blogging, video and photography, graphic design, rich media content and analytics. The team at Eden can take on the responsibility of managing, implementing and reviewing marketing activity or work alongside your in-house marketers and salespeople to strengthen your value proposition. We work across a variety of industries including professional services, property maintenance, manufacturing, printing, office furniture and stationery, engineering, training and creative; to name but a few. The team also have a wealth of experience in B2C and third sector organisations. We’re a friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and passionate team and would relish the opportunity to discuss your requirements, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Eden Marketing was founded by Jean Atkinson; a Chartered Marketer with over 20 years senior international marketing experience. Under Eden Marketing Jean and her team support business owners, directors, senior managers and marketers by becoming an extension to the organisation’s team; developing marketing strategies and implementing digital and offline activities. Jean is a qualified teacher (CertEd), writing and delivering bespoke marketing training for individuals and teams and lectures on the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualifications. The team are hugely passionate about ensuring marketing and sales deliver a return on investment for the organisation and do not shy away from numbers!

Take a Plan, Do, Review approach to building your business. Set goals to aim for, milestones to motivate you and review what is and isn’t working and adjust accordingly. Effective marketing is about hanging out where your audience is, creating content which engages them and being consistent with your message. You must have a clear call to actions and be patient. Marketing is about being there when they are ready to buy, so frequency is key. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for the business. Marketing gets you the contacts and enquiries; you need to close the deal!

Business Name KUB Ltd
Contact Name Peter Dickinson
Phone 0845 053 7417
Specialisms Business Strategy, Digital Marketing & Technology

Have you ever wondered why some businesses are more successful than others? Why do some people seem to grow a business out of nothing? There are natural entrepreneurs who simply “get it”. They seem instinctively to know what to do. For the rest of us, we need to use a structured approach that is easy, straightforward and achieves the same goal.

I have worked with over 300 business owners and managers over the last 15 years across many sectors to introduce simple, proven approaches that can help you identify a winning strategy and then help you plan out the most effective route to making it happen. These methods fit on to one-page documents that focus on the key things that really matter. This makes them very easy to keep up to date and can be easily updated during one of our business coaching sessions. My clients often then adapt the documents to suit themselves.

This approach can work with any size of business. For the smaller business this means regular 3-hour strategy and implementation meetings, for larger management teams this usually means ½ day to multi-day workshops depending on the complexity of the business.

Digital Marketing is becoming a key part of most companies’ marketing strategy. However, digital is rapidly growing and gets more complex as time goes on. As a digital marketing specialist, I bridge the gap between senior decision makers and those tasked with implementation as it is a foreign language for some. Sometimes we help companies employ a digital coordinator and support them, sometimes we just develop the overall digital strategy and where there is nobody in the company who understands or can implement digital then we will supply social media and marketing automation services which are often hard to outsource.

Most people, when they set themselves objectives of what they want to achieve, normally think in terms of the next 12 months. This tip is in two parts. First, think of what you would like to achieve in 3 years and make sure that it’s not more of the same as the world moves on at a pace. Secondly, break down the first 12 months objectives into 4 stages so that you have objectives to meet each quarter and make sure everybody in the business knows them. That way you and your team are continually working on the business.

Business Name Attention to Retail Ltd t/a Agitare
Contact Name Belinda Beaver
Phone 07815 106557
Specialisms Business Strategy, Employee Engagement, Cultural shift and readiness for change inc. vision and values work

A North West based independent management consultancy, trading successfully with SME’s for five years, owned and managed by two directors, Agitare provides a range of services using a business centred diagnostic approach to:

  • gain clarity and identify solutions
  • build strategies to plan growth
  • track and record achievements
  • manage change holistically so that the whole business understands the ‘what, where, when, why and how’ of any journey
  • improve and measure engagement
  • improve and measure culture to ensure that it is flexible and able to adapt to change and growth
  • communicate effectively across the business
  • build strong working relationships both internally and externally.

Check the Pulse: We check what’s happening in the business – we ask questions, we observe, we conduct interviews, we get feedback from all areas, we measure current culture via Culture Calculator™(where appropriate) – and agree where the ‘pain’ in the business is raising challenges.

Agree the Vision: We consult with the leadership team to compare results of ‘checking the pulse’ with their aspirations.

Review the Processes: We review the business systems and processes – people, operations, communications etc. – and identify the areas for development.

Build the Strategy: We provide a helping hand to build a strong, cohesive strategy via our GOSPA® process, identify issues and create a plan of action.

Implement the Changes: We work with teams to communicate the change

We recognise that it is often difficult to understand or measure the return on investment for many consultancy services, so we have developed our products to ensure that we can robustly demonstrate this.

There are a plethora of well-qualified businesses across Lancashire who can help at various stages of your growth journey, Vedas has worked hard to ensure that those procured to deliver under the Propel 2 Grow programme, understand your challenges and have the capacity to genuinely meet your needs.

Business Name Total Excellence Centre
Contact Name Michelle Mercer
Phone 0844 815 4817
Specialisms Management & Leadership Development, People and Talent Development

Management & Leadership Courses

  • Appraisal Skills
  • BOLD Leadership
  • Conflict Management
  • Change Management
  • Effective Management Skills
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Forward Thinking and Judgement
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Influencing and Persuading
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Managing Meetings
  • Managing Performance
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Networking
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Public Speaking
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Team Leader Development
  • Team Dynamics

Consultancy Services

  • Business Growth & Planning
  • Competency Framework Design
  • Employee Engagement
  • Organisational Development Support & Audits
  • HR Advice & Support
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Talent Retention
  • Training Needs Analysis

ILM Accredited Courses

  • ILM Level 2 Team Leader; Award and Certificate
  • ILM Level 3 Effective Management; Award and Certificate plus Apprenticeship Trailblazer Diploma
  • ILM Level 5 Leadership & Management; Award and Certificate plus Apprenticeship Trailblazers Diploma
  • ILM Level 3 Workplace Coaching; Award and Certificate

Sales & Customer Service Courses

  • Advanced Selling Skills
  • Behavioural Selling
  • Customer Delight
  • Client Centred Selling Skills
  • Influencing and Persuading
  • Key Account Management
  • Sales Leadership Skills
  • Telephone Techniques

Personal Development Courses

  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Confidence and Composure
  • Conflict Management
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Developing Self & Others
  • Effective Written Communication
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Networking Skills
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Presentation Skills
  • Presenting with Impact – Advanced
  • Train the Trainer

We’ve established an enviable track record as providers of engaging; learning and development programmes for ambitious organisations throughout the U.K.

That’s because we approach each project with a different attitude to most – a ‘spark’ that means you can expect more than the ordinary!

Our philosophy is that learning should be engaging, enabling and effective, so we evaluate all three, to measure success:

  • Engaging head, hand and heart of a memorable experiential learning event
  • Enabling the transfer of new skills and enhanced behaviours directly into the workplace
  • Effective in identifying and delivering against individual, team and organisational needs

Accept That You Can’t Do Everything – As an entrepreneur, you get used to wearing lots of different hats; managing, marketing, sales, book-keeping – but that doesn’t mean you can (or should) do everything yourself. If you want your business to grow, you need to accept that you can’t do everything all of the time. To help your company thrive, seek out talented individuals who share your vision and values and provide employees with opportunities to learn and develop. This will enable you to grow your own talent pool and retain them for longer – it doesn’t need to cost the earth.

Business Name Scancapture Ltd
Contact Name Samantha Scholes
Phone 01254 697110
Specialisms Employee Engagement

With 20 years’ experience and working in close partnership with your management or marketing team, we’ll design a survey that collates all the data you require. We provide survey solutions for your staff and customers, including online, email, postal, telephone and face to face. As part of the design process, we can incorporate your branding so the survey appears seamless and professional.

Staff Surveys

Staff feedback through an employee engagement survey gives you all the information to create an organisation where people enjoy work and want to develop: happy employees are productive employees.

With our assistance your employee engagement survey will:

  • Create a clear understanding of your employees’ engagement levels
  • Uncover business improvement ideas
  • Monitor the success of change management
  • Drive your business strategy
  • Improve two-way communication between staff & management

Customer Surveys

A customer satisfaction survey gives you vital information about how you can retain customer loyalty, improve their experience, sell more and attract new business!

With our assistance your customer survey will:

  • Create a better understanding of your customers
  • Provide insight into how customers perceive the business
  • Conduct market research
  • Identify training opportunities for staff
  • Underpin or even drive your strategic activities

We offer a comprehensive post-survey support and consultancy

  • On-site Presentations
  • On-site Workshops
  • Change Programmes
  • Follow-up Surveys

Total Flexibility – We always work around your objectives & timescales

Full Service – We have the experience & resources to manage your projects from start to finish

Communication & Control – We always provide you with regular updates at agreed intervals

Innovation – We use the latest technology to process your data quickly & accurately

Excellent customer service is at the heart of everything we do, and we provide a choice of solutions and services to suit the needs and budget of every business.

My one top tip is to inspire your team to become engaged. An engaged employee is one who is both absorbed and enthusiastic about their day-to-day work and the direction of the organisation as a whole. They are invested in the company’s reputation and feel valued in return. This inevitably results in a measurable increase in both individual and organisational performance.

Business Name John Barnes Chartered Director & Business Advisor
Contact Name John Barnes
Phone 07702 957 552
Specialisms Business Strategy

My Consultancy Specialism is Business Strategy.

My whole career in both an SME corporate and Non-Executive Director, Business Coaching environment has been centred on creating Strategic plans for success, backed up by excellence in governance principles of the Plan / Do / Check/ Act mantra.

Sustained business growth and profit generation have been the principle of the strategies I have had the pleasure in formulating and implementing. The product of the implementation strategies has led to job creation, apprenticeship schemes along with creating the best opportunities for the best people.

My skills include excellence in defining corporate direction and transforming organisations using excellent governance, strong strategic planning, financial control and team leadership skills. With over 30 years’ experience at board level within Private Limited and PLC businesses, supplemented and enhanced by being a qualified Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors.

To follow their dream and aspirations with a well thought out plan.

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