Testimonials

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 

 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. 

Tel: 01394 44 7500 

w: www.taylormadeforthetrade.com 

A: 40 Tomline Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7PA 

I had my first experience with a business coach in January 2016. Initially I was very enthusiastic about our activities, plans and goals. However, as the year progressed I felt that we were jumping from one theme to another without fully completing outstanding tasks. On reflection we were responding to the current issues whilst not having a carefully considered business plan. A failing, I identified in myself, but one that a seasoned business coach would have alerted me to and held me accountable to by analysing the business, identifying the priorities and setting ambitious goals. In addition, and most importantly, they would provide bespoke management tools pertinent and relevant to my business. Unfortunately, going into the last quarter of 2016 I couldn’t identify any significant progress; or returns on our coaching investment. Therefore, I terminated our contract with the business coach.

 

Around the same time, I received a referral from a supplier to give Stuart a call, who at that stage he’d work with for two and half years; and arranged an initial meeting to discuss our situation. From the outset the whole approach was completely different. I felt that despite our recent bad experience we couldn’t refuse the opportunity to engage Stuart’s services. Stuart was very analytical from the start of the meeting, asking detailed questions about our business, listening intently, and suggesting improvements that immediately resonated with us.

We already had a fairly good understanding of our businesses financials, but Stuart interrogated them to a much deeper level and through 2017 we gradually implemented additional systems to plan, measure and forecast our financial performance. This helped us to make much more informed decisions about the business and our strategies moving forward. In addition, we continued to maintain detailed financial reports enabling us to really keep our ’fingers on the pulse’ of the businesses’ financial performance.

 

Stuart founded and managed his own company, over a twenty-five year period, which I believe sets him apart from the majority of other business coaches. It seems an obvious prerequisite to becoming a business coach, but the facts are that most coaches haven’t actually operated their own businesses. They are classroom taught rather than learning from their own experiences good or bad.

 

During our first year with Stuart our turnover increased by 32% and our net profits improved by 109%, which made a significant impact on the business.

 

Stuart is a valuable member of our management team and continues to play a significant part in our financial, sales, marketing, operations, production and HR activities.

 

I would have no hesitation in recommending Stuart’s services to other ambitious businesses, regardless of their industry, who require help and support to build a more profitable business.

 

Chris Davies - Managing Director

We’d reached a point at Abigail’s Collection & The Grooms Room where we wanted (and needed) help to drive up profit within our growing business!

 

Stuart has taught us that it’s all about having absolute clarity on the numbers!

 

We’ve changed financial reporting to measure what matters, tidied up systems, set clearer (and exciting) goals and just 8 months in, we’re already feeling the huge benefit of Stuart’s expert advice!

 

His support and guidance has been exceptional, he goes over and above to help us achieve more and think bigger!

 

We regard Stuart as an absolute asset to our business team and are extremely excited about our business’s future with Stuart at our side! Sky’s the limit and business is really exciting!

 

Abigail Neill – Founder & Managing Director of Abigail’s Collection