Serial entrepreneur Ian Roberts joined the Business Doctors’ network with over 20 years’; experience of buying, growing and selling small businesses.
Ian is a strong advocate for the Business Doctors hands-on ethos, saying, “We’re just not the, ‘hand over a report and say our goodbyes,’ kind of people. I really enjoy getting to know businesses and their owners before embarking on their business growth journey with them.”
After initially training and working as an engineer, Ian bought his first company at the age of 30. With confidence in the potential of his idea from the start, he took the high net worth property fit out business from £360,000 turnover up to £1.9 million before selling it on at a profit.
His next step was to buy and manage an under-performing plumbing outfit. Identifying the most profitable parts of the order book, Ian quickly streamlined operations, taking turnover from £190,000 up to half a million within six months and then again selling on the company. Moving on to another office fit out company, he again grew it successfully to £2million turnover. This was followed by an office furniture business which, under Ian’s ownership and direction, reached £5million turnover.
Ian makes his motives plain. “I come from a building family and most of my relatives are self-employed. Business is in my blood. I love to help people get to grips with their dreams, whether that involves taking their business to the next level and growing their wealth or stepping back from their work and having more time on their hands.”
Ian is as interested in people as much as he is in business. His focus is always on what is best for an individual. As he explains, “There are no ‘one size fits all’ fixes for underachieving businesses. For every SME owner there will be a unique best way forward.”
When he does manage to find some free time, Ian enjoys practicing martial arts.