We tried a number of coaches, including some big names, before enlisting Stuart Allan's help and his approach has been refreshing. Whereas most coaches have a text-book knowledge and trot out the same cliches and motivational material, Stuart has a very practical, bespoke design for each of his clients.
With a history of building up a successful brand, only to see it collapse when a large supermarket played the school-yard bully and then resurrecting it to take it on to a very profitable sale only a few years later, Stuart knows the conditions at the coal face.
We are beginning to see the fruits of the partnership and we hope things will continue to improve as rapidly. Meticulous financial records are a hallmark of Stuart's support and the value of them to our operation has been enormous.
I would add a note of caution to any business employing parrots, not to let Stuart near them, they bite!.
Don Bremner BSc BVSc MRCVS
I started working with Stuart in January 2017, I was a bit sceptical to start with as I had read a bit about business coach’s and was unsure of what to expect.
My main reason for working with Stuart was because I had lost interest, drive, ambition and was on the way to wanting out of my business, I had started the business 13 years ago and in the last five years had seen massive growth but had seen the business plateau in the last 12 months, I was concerned that our costs were increasing but our profit was starting to dwindle.
The first couple of meetings with Stuart I noticed I was getting some interest back but I was still doubting whether I was doing the right thing, anyway as time went on I did all the tasks Stuart told me to do and I started to notice subtle but very interesting changes, I invested in HR, I invested in Marketing, I invested in new vehicles, all the things that I would have never done on my own.
We are 8 months down the line now and I have for the first time a very clear understanding of my business, where I would like my business to go, our figures say it all, to date we are 21.8% increase on our growth to this period last year, my staff now have clear focus, I complete all my work and manage to take time for myself.
Stuart has opened my eyes to the fact that everything I was going through is the same as all other businesses, I no longer worry about what I could have done, I now concentrate on the next idea or project.
From a sceptical start in January to a solid growth plan and structure in September. That is one thing I can thank Stuart for and I am looking forward to the next part of the journey.
Many thanks Stuart for your help and advice
Lee Thrower - Managing Director
Our company has been growing but we hit a brick wall to jump to the next level. We tried to overcome this for a few years but could not work out why we were finding it so hard to get over that wall.
We called on Stuart to help us understand why. Stuart opened our eyes to new ideas, techniques and structure within the company that we had never been able to manage before.
Stuart’s advice and support has been invaluable. He is very supportive and explains things in a way that we can understand and seem not so daunting.
It has been hard work but with Stuart’s professionalism and business acumen we have been able to now grow and put the structure in place that we needed.
We are now growing faster than we had before and we can now see a clearer path ahead. We are much more structured within how we manage the business and discuss all future goals.
Without Stuart’s input and knowledge, we may not have been able to get to that next level. We are glad we met with Stuart. If you are in any doubt I would definitely recommend taking that leap of faith and see how Stuart can help you develop your company and share his expertise. You will be surprised.
Paul Lebrett - Managing Director, Rapid Response Maintenance Ltd
I’ve been working with Stuart for approximately 2 Years; beginning when I first started my company Unity Online, through the Growth Accelerator programme, after finding out about him at a business trade exhibition.
My initial strength when starting the company was client acquisition. Whilst this is incredibly important to grow a company, so is everything else that comes with it! During the early days Stuart helped to keep me grounded, making sure that Sales and Operations where aligned to ensure we consistently delivered a premium end product.
Stuart’s clear concise structure for helping you see the big picture for your business allows you to remove yourself from the day to day noise and focus on the high value tasks which are going to make the biggest difference. This partnered with holding you accountable for tasks and being a sounding board for ideas you have, coupled with his unrelenting enthusiasm, makes a recipe for success.
With Stuart’s assistance during the last 20 months Unity Online has seen a 570% increase in sales, meaning we have expanded from 2 employees to 11 – Consequently we recently had to move into a much larger 4000sq’ office to accommodate the accelerated growth! Being relatively new to employing staff I was always fearful of growing so quickly with the associated increasing overheads. However, Stuart helped overcome this fear with me by indentifying clear trigger points for employing new staff to ensure I was comfortable with the expansion and his evangelism about maintaining profit margins at all times.
Coming into 2017 I’m incredibly excited about continuing to work with Stuart. I feel that now we’re more established the tyres are really going to start to gain traction and the business is going to accelerate at an even faster rate. Our current forecasting puts us at 16 employees by July, having just started another employee this week, and 28 the following year, achieving sales of over £1m within 3 years of starting my business.
Being in marketing and visiting many businesses, I often come across companies that have or have used a so called “Business Coach” and had a bad experience – Drawing upon decades of experience with growing his own company, I can assure you that Stuart Allan does not fit within this bracket. Without Stuart’s help my business would have not scaled to the level it has in such a short space of time and if you’re on the fence about engaging him, I can assure you, you won’t regret it and I couldn’t recommend his services highly enough.
Alex Pattenden – Managing Director