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Strategic business advisory

Our focus is simple – your success: we do this by ensuring each organisation we work with has a clear strategic direction and the means and capability of achieving its potential

Strategic advisory and growth

We specialise in helping SMEs and not for profits formulate their strategic direction, build the capability of their organisation (and the people working within them) and implement growth, profit and change initiatives. We act as an external facilitator to challenge ideas and business models, transferring skills to client companies using problem-solving tools and techniques, and using project teams at clients to fix short term issues and achieve long term goals.

How we can help your business?

  • Diagnostics – a great way to kick-start your thinking and provide focus and clarity on where to prioritise your efforts. Complete these on your own or allow us to capture and collate the thoughts and attitudes of your team.
  • Strategy in Action (2 hour session) – Are you struggling to determine where to start when it comes to addressing key business issues to achieve your vision / goals? For many business leaders who are time poor, it is difficult to imagine how and where to focus their efforts best. Too often we spend months getting ready, only to have opportunities pass us by while growth and profit continue to stagnate. Take advantage of the opportunity to work on your business in a highly productive 2 hour Strategy in Action session with one of our experienced Business Advisers, and walk away with a clear actionable one page plan.
  • Strategic planning workshops – today’s environment of constant change, volatility and competitive pressures demand a robust and ever-evolving strategic plan focused on delivering successful outcomes. If you’re tired of ‘ground hog’ years where little to no change occurs, engage with us to implement a strategic plan to accelerate your growth and profit objectives. Half-day, full day or 2 days with multiple project teams.
  • Coaching and mentoring – coaching of your management team and “rising stars” is a key way of building capability and introducing innovative ideas and insights. Partnering with you in this way is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires your team to maximise their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment.
  • Online 24/7 coaching and learning with Mindshop Online – our cloud-based growth, learning and development platform is a great place to capture and track all your strategies, access just-in-time online training courses and the valuable tools and resources in the toolkit. A scalable solution for your team from the free starter tier upwards to a tailored full coach access.

Whatever you need to work on in your business, we can help

  • Business Leader Groups
  • Third Sector Strategy Groups
  • Online 24/7 coaching and learning – with Mindshop Online
  • Facilitated board meetings
  • Strategy away days
  • Or just a catch up over a cup of coffee

If you always do what you’ve always done, the best you can expect is more of the same but with diminishing marginal results – Business is an amazing way to make an impact, 2024 will present numerous change opportunities, the “now” and the “how” have never been more important.

Richard Miller – Strategic Services Lead

Business Leader Groups

  • Do you sometimes feel lonely in the top job?
  • Do you find it difficult to spend time working on the business rather than IN the business?
  • Would you benefit from discussing your key issues with experienced facilitators and like-minded business peers?
  • Do you struggle to find the time to keep up to date with current areas of strategy development and best practice?

A forum for business leaders – 1:1 advisory support, online and face-to-face training, combined with peer networking and online tools

Find out more if you would like to attend

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Richard, many thanks for yesterday’s Business Leaders workshop. It was as ever very thought provoking and informative. Much appreciated.

Bill Young, Chief Executive, Addington Fund

Business Leader Success Insights Report 2024

Each year Mindshop surveys global leaders and publishes its findings and key insights in a summary report.

Please take a look through the report here.

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Our advisory and strategy team

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Richard Miller

Strategic Services Lead

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Martin Gibbs

Managing Partner

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David Halkett

Corporate Services Senior Manager

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Emily Ball-Goldfinch

Corporate Services Senior Manager

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Simon Cossey

Business Development Consultant

Killer Coffee

How to start to fix any business issue in 30 minutes over a Killer cup of Coffee.

What are the top three burning issues in your business?

Where are you NOW? WHERE do you want to be? HOW are you going to get there?

Contact Martin Gibbs if you fancy a coffee

Boosting your probability of Change Success

Research tells us that the probability of change success in any project or initiative, whether for yourself or for your business is only 30%. A ‘trial and error’ approach to change comes with a high cost in terms of lost time, reduced confidence, wasted money and poor utilisation of resources.

In a changing world, success depends on your ability to adapt and beat the odds. 

Contact Richard Miller to boost your odds of success

Profit Improvement Workshop with Richard Miller
It was a superb session, timing wise spot on as the Heads are keen to work together to achieve change. You will have seen yourself how committed they all are! The workshops are fantastic, well thought out and relevant. Being part of the process has enabled us to focus on what we want to achieve and develop our skills to get there

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