Testimonials




"I had three businesses that were all closely linked and had great potential but lacked a clear focus and direction. I decided I needed some help to get them all on track. The programme was life changing from both a business perspective and also because I finally worked out what I was trying to achieve as an individual."

Chris Hall
Easypack UK Ltd

"I was tired of running my business. I felt it had stalled and I had little motivation to continue. I participated in the programme in search of an exit strategy and came away re-invigorated. Now, my business is going from strength to strength, we're winning new clients, making more profits and I'm thoroughly enjoying life once again."

Martin Smith
The Security Company (International) Ltd

"You have made such a difference to me personally as well as to my business. Thank you!"

Effie Smillie
Rainbow Medical Services

"In the 35 years that I've been running my business, I've faced some pretty tough challenges: recessions, the City meltdown and worst of all, a fraud of close to £1 million which forced the company into receivership. I had to start again at 55, borrow the money to buy the business back and keep myself and my team motivated in the process.

When I met Gerard and his team, they were a catalyst in my journey back to success. Most importantly of all, they helped reignite my passion and excitement for the business, which had been drained by the fraud. Some of the strategies I developed with their support took time to bear fruit. Then, in 2007, we more than quadrupled the profits of the previous year and achieved our aim of a 5 star weekend for all the team in Mougins in the South of France!

I don't think I would have won the NatWest Hera Award without the renewed enthusiasm and motivation that Gerard and his team helped me discover!"

Lyn Cecil
Secretaries Plus

"Participating in your programme was a great experience and worth every penny. It has revitalised me and I've identified many new ideas and plans to create the future I want for the business and for me."

David Long
Marshgate Farm

"Participating in your programme was the best decision I've made in years. I would like to thank you personally for revitalising my interest in my business and for inspiring me to achieve much more."

Clark Skates
STC Solutions

"Without doubt, I believe the advice and learning we have received from the programme, and from Gerard in particular, has helped Caltec shareholders to realize millions of pounds of additional value."

Dave Turley
Caltec

"Your programmes are unique. The benefits to me and my business were immediate and I know they will also be long-lasting."

Paul Stewart
IRSDirect

"You've helped us hugely over the years and we're keen to keep that relationship going."

Max MacGillivray
Redfox

"The business was already doing well - and we knew that we could do even better! Participating in the programme together was hugely valuable for us both - to spend some time out of the business together and jointly define our vision and strategy. As a result, we built a comprehensive plan and we both developed our leadership roles. The outcome is that the business is growing faster than ever and we feel in control."

Tim Wallis and Craig Beard
Content and Code

“It was, and still is, the best investment I’ve made from a business perspective. Not a single week goes by where there is not something I learnt from the programme that I use and reinforce.”

Richard Brown
LabLogic

“Participating in a programme, run by Gerard and his team in 2006, was the key turning point in driving profitable growth for Go Ape. It led to us trebling our profit to £1.4M in three years. I believe any ambitious owner-led business would benefit from going through this exercise.”

Go Ape was the Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2009 and has been in the Sunday Times FastTrack of the UK's 100 fastest growing independently owned businesses for three consecutive years.

Tristram Mayhew
Go Ape

The speed and momentum of change in the business and the positive affect on morale have totally reignited our engagement and passion.

The programme was an epiphany moment for the two of us when we reconnected our thinking, feelings and ambitions for our company. It not only provided the catalyst for much of what we have done and are continuing to do, it also gave us the tools and the building blocks to understand how to make it happen.

You helped us realise that what we needed to do was a natural and inevitable stage in a company’s development into a sustainable, scalable business.

Ben Hillson
Aspect Ltd

Thank you for putting together and running such a great programme. You've enlightened and inspired me and I feel invigorated; ready to face the challenges ahead.

Shaun Alpine-Crabtree
The Table Cafe

“The process that Gerard and his team guided us through was central to the development of the strategy that underpins the success of the business today.”

Duncan Peace
Crondall Energy

“The Better Business Programme is just so good! I can’t understand why any business owner would not participate in it. My own participation has paid for itself many times over – both in bottom line financial benefits and much greater clarity and confidence - and I’m sure that is also true for all the other participants on my programme."

Charles Wilson
Lovetts plc

“The Better Business Programme is a tried and tested programme that delivers on what it promises. We’ve realised significant direct financial benefit as a result of the programme and we have much greater clarity of thought for the business going forward. Thanks very much – it’s been a blast!”

Cindy Barnes and Helen Blake
Futurecurve

"As the business grows, I'm keen to ensure that all our key people receive the type of high quality and motivational development that you're famous for."

Giles Murray
Affinity Wills/Lakeside Karting

"The programme was fantastic and it's transformed the business and the way we work. It challenged us in many ways and has given us a very clear direction to move forward. In the first year after the programme, sales increased by 17% and profits by 65%!"

Nathan Pettitt
Dickson Harris

"It was such an extraordinary programme. Thank you so much for all the dedication and focus, energy and commitment you gave. Now the hard work really starts.... what an adventure!"

Victor Stekly
Welding Alloys

"Participating in The Manager's Toolkit was brilliant! I picked up invaluable new ideas and it's already resulted in really positive changes to the way Ian and I work together."

Jemma Perry
Ticon

"It was brilliant to step away from the day-to-day and think about the business as a whole during The Manager's Toolkit. I've developed a wider understanding of marketing and, especially, finance. Working with other participants helped me think about the business as a whole and identify many ways in which we can improve the business."

Jo Tanser
Green and Benz

"My sales manager has gone from strength to strength - The Manager's Toolkit has given him a new perspective on some long-held preconceptions and an armoury of new tools and attitudes which has helped him push for his own personal goals - which happily are aligned with the company's objectives. He's taken on a lot more responsibility and has almost tripled his sales target in the last month!"

Kevin Ross
Solo Trading