Every business needs partnerships with others to succeed and mine is no different.
Firstly, I have some cracking clients, all really good businesses run by dynamic and resourceful individuals. I have put links to these in my Happy Clients section and can recommend all of them highly if you are looking for a supplier in these fields.
Below, and in no particular order, are professionals who have been key to my business, or who have done a wonderful job for my clients. I would like to thank them for their help and expertise:
Andrew is a goal based financial planner, which means that he takes the time to understand your life goals, so he can help you plan to ensure you have the financial resources to achieve these goals. Clearly my business is a key contributor to the picture and so, by aligning my business goals to the personal ones, I have a great road map to work to.
There is not much about the sales process that Trevor hasn't mastered. His expertise has helped me to refine my 'sales' technique and to match prospective customers needs to the service I can offer. As well as 121 or team training, he also offers some fantastic day courses to business owners, of all levels of sales experience, to help them sell more effectively.
Mark was instrumental in getting my book published as he pointed me in the right direction to get the hardback released into the world! He then worked his magic to publish it in Kindle and ibook formats. The whole process was enjoyable and I am very proud of the results. So, if you have a book in you and want to publish it, I would thoroughly recommend using Mark’s services.
Jeff has designed and maintains my website. He has a great eye for creating professional websites, which capture the essence of the owner and what they stand for. I feel my website perfectly conveys the business image I wish to portray whilst giving prospective clients a feel of who I am as an individual. Jeff has also helped me to re-design my blog site www.brightbusinessthoughts.co.uk.
As the Information Commissioner becomes more aggressive with its fining strategy it is good to know my client's information is disposed of effectively. Shredit provided me with a locked box in which to post my sensitive documents for disposal and once they are shredded on site I receive a certificate of destruction. The waste is even recycled afterwards.
Jane and her team are the voice of Bevan Financial Management. They have answered my phone and provided other PA services for several years. They provide a wonderful service. I would not hesitate to recommend Jayne to anyone who wants a professional PA without the cost of employing anyone full time.
Steve has helped my business in a less direct way. He has provided excellent service to key clients of mine by helping them to connect their business information systems. He has saved considerable amounts of time, and reduced frustration levels, by taking away the need for entering information in multiple systems and by automating the production of key reports.
I have known, and worked with, Judith for a number of years and I can highly recommend her as an excellent bookkeeper with bag loads of experience. As well as organising client's financial records, she runs their payroll, prepares invoices, chases debts and ensures suppliers are paid - in short she is the perfect person to get a client's day-to-day financial systems running smoothly.
Clive does all the accounting bits I don't touch - tax, compliance, audit and company secretarial. He does a great job for clients, because he is interested in them and their business. I know I can rely on Clive to give my clients sound advice to keep them on the straight and narrow (as you would expect from any Chartered accountant), in a way which is fun and interesting (which you expect but don't always get from other Chartered accountants).
Mark is the VAT expert we all want on our side. His knowledge of UK VAT is second to none, but he is able to explain this complicated 'simple' tax in a way which is understandable and not too boring (sorry Mark, but most of us think the ins and outs of VAT is pretty dull!). He also offers half day VAT review days for anyone who wants an expert to give their VAT systems the once over.
Most businesses have cash flow issues at one time or another. For many businesses' their first port of call is the bank but banks are not always the most cost effective, or even the easiest solution. Paul has access to many different finance providers, and will match the cash flow need to the best solution. But the key thing is that he takes the stress away and makes the process easy.
Rarely, but unfortunately less so in these recessionary times, a business finds itself in a position where the owner fears that they may need to shut up shop. There is no one better to go to, to discuss options and to help make any outcome as stress-free as possible, than John. It may be that the situation is not so dark as the owner thinks and they have more options than they thought, or it may be that they have reached the end of the road, in which case John will hold their hand throughout the process.
I have known Fiona for a long time now and have recently asked her to be my compliance and tax accountant. I am a great believer in delegating anything I am not proficient at and as I don't do tax and compliance myself, am perfectly happy to delegate this work to Fiona. There is no-one better qualified than Fiona to offer fantastic tax planning advise and she is simply lovely to work with.
Ryan's approach is to link the power of marketing with effective sales to re-energise individuals, teams and companies, and help them reconnect with customers, generate more opportunities and win more sales. He is a genuine good egg and is passionate about helping businesses generate more business. If your marketing is ineffective Ryan is your man.