I’ve been in business for over 25 years, always worked for myself, but never been a what I call a proper businessman. Never worried about bottom lines, profit and loss, scaling a business, getting a business to grow. As long as I was earning enough money it was fine. In fact, everything I had run you would probably call a lifestyle business.
Just over four years ago I naively asked a friend who had worked in my business for a few months if he would like to become the Managing Director as I wanted to take a back step and I would still take a wage, so that I could pursue other opportunities. He jumped at the chance, stupidly I left the business as it was, with the money in the bank, including all assets. It didn’t take long for him to run down the business to the point of liquidation. Staff who stayed loyal to the company informed me what was happening and how bad things had got. The liquidators contacted me directly to see if I wanted to buy the company back, after much thought I decided that I would, I felt duty bound to the staff, suppliers and clients, also I had worked hard to get it where I had done previously.
With an enormous task on my hands and a company struggling and running very chaotically I started to get things going again. It was hard work, long days and weeks. Sometimes when you’re so consumed in something you can’t see the wood for the trees! It was at this point a friend recommended Stuart Allan, business coach. She had recommended him some years back but at that time I didn’t think that I needed any help. Skeptically I took his number and gave him a call, I still didn’t think that he could help me; also, if he was so good at business why wasn’t he running his own very successful one?
We arranged an initial first meeting for him to come and see me and to discuss how it all worked, I still didn’t believe that he would be able to help in any way but was interested in what he had to say. I had a list of questions in my head for our first meeting, my top one being “if it’s so easy, why wasn’t he doing it?”
When he walked into the office, I thought I recognised him, but put that to one side. We discussed my business right from the start, how hard things were, and I had to be totally honest with Stuart, which was difficult, but he listened. He then started to tell me his background, and what he had achieved to enable him to coach others, it was at this point I knew where I recognised him from. Many years ago I trained as a chef and at catering college Stuart was always regarded as someone to aspire to because he had run a very, very, successful international patisserie company, selling to big named supermarkets globally and employing many people in the area. It was at this point I thought fair enough I know how successful you have been, maybe he could help.
We engaged Stuart’s services in December 2018 and haven’t looked back. He has made small changes each week we see him to help us really get to grips with the business. Some of the changes haven’t been easy but I can see the benefit of them. Stuart has helped on every aspect of the business from operational to financial, profit and loss, bottom lines. All the things I had never really thought necessary but now see the huge benefit of them. We are scaling up the business and I’m really excited for the future. Stuart keeps me accountable on everything, which I need as I just wouldn’t do it if left to my own devises.
If you’re wondering how Stuart can help your business don’t hesitate to contact him, he has made a world of difference in mine in such a short space of time and I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Taylor Made for the trade Ltd ‘Building companies, constructing profits’
After spending the last decade building successful businesses, we approached Stuart to help us embark on the next chapter of our business development - A coaching and mentoring business, based in Suffolk, that complimented our existing interests.
We initially thought of partnering with a franchise, however after speaking with Stuart, we decided the better option would be to use his expertise to help set up the new venture.
Right from the initial contact Stuart not only formed an understanding of what we wanted to achieve, he also grasped exactly where we were with our existing businesses, and was able to formulate plans that fitted in perfectly with our goals.
Stuart is extremely organised and punctual. He arrives early for every session and is always prepared. The sessions are always enjoyable, informative and thought provoking.
Should we fall behind and get side tracked Stuart always bring us back to our plans and keep us accountable.
The biggest testament to Stuart’s business acumen is that he is so confident in his own coaching abilities, and cares so much about developing others, that he agreed to coach another company with similar goals and aspirations to himself.
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After a rapid rise and growth in our first 3 years of trading, I felt help was needed in understanding better our financial management, understanding where our strengths are and where our weaknesses lay. Stuart has enabled us to now identify down to the minute our business costs and given us a better understanding of financial planning.
When you start a company, you can do the basics, but it’s the level of detail required as you grow as a company that makes you realise help is needed to maintain profitability. This is where Stuart’s services come in very handy. I was recommended to Stuart by a friend who has used his services for the last three years, as I will continue to do so, and I have no hesitation in recommending his services again myself, as he has given us that added confidence that as we move forward we can be confident in understanding the infrastructure needed for growth and sustainability.
Trevor Lawrie – Managing Director
TLC Environmental Services Ltd
Stuart has supported myself in a vast range of business areas, across various sectors and different companies. His services have included sales growth, exit strategy, start up, senior level recruitment, coaching management, pyschometric profiles, budgets, forecasting and much more.
He has a highly unique approach, a wealth of expertise and is very passionate about supporting other businesses. As well as sharing his vast expertise, Stuart will challenge all areas in a highly positive and very constructive manner that enables you to appreciate your business from wider perspectives, making your own approach far more diverse and holistic, you will find this extremely invigorating.
Most importantly, having started, grown and sold his own business, he completely understands the pressures, challenges and obstacles that all business leaders face, but he’s here to support you to adapt, help you overcome, and progress to conquer all your goals.
Stuart is also extremely personable, accessible and he is a great communicator. I would recommend Stuart to anyone who has the determination to progress both themselves and their business.
Richard Triolo – Managing Director