I met Stuart in 2010 when we moved from London and became his neighbour in Colchester. We hit it off pretty quickly and since then we’ve built a really good friendship with his family.
I’d been in business for nearly 3 years before starting with Stuart and I had reached a stage where I felt the business’s potential was greater than its current model. Stuart and I would often talk about our work and future business idea, and it was very natural to reach-out to Stuart when I needed help transforming how I was selling our services.
The majority of the first 6 months were focussed on improving the sales and marketing. Stuart identified our priority was to invest in a sales and marketing strategy that could be developed to build the businesses potential. This has been an extremely rewarding process learning from his in-depth knowledge and experience. Stuart has given me more confidence to deal with generating more sales.
Initially, we worked to raise the websites SEO and ensure the website is a place of knowledge and information. We started posting monthly news updates on to the website, used social media to share the information with the construction community and lifted our presence in the internet search engines to a top-3 placing. We now have more traffic to the website and have experienced a sharp increase in business enquires and sales.
Stuart then reviewed our approach to promoting our services and advised expanding our portfolio to encourage more interest. Traditional quantity surveying services are often understood to mean employing a full-time surveyor, but I believed the industry would also welcome buying quantity surveying on an ad-hoc basis. We had no idea how to bring this idea to market – needless to say Stuart had lots ideas and he has successfully guided us through this tricky process.
If you’re thinking of investing in someone to guide your company to the next level, I would definitely recommend getting Stuart on board. Stuart is greatly experienced and knowledgeable in business matters, he is calm in chaotic situations, and brings clarity to my ideas and helps to make my plans real things that work for the business. We are very excited about the next 6 months and what we will achieve with together!