27 May, 2015
By Kevin Cook
Running your own business can be a lonely affair. It can sometimes feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to and bounce ideas off. Sometimes it can feel that the business is running you and not the other way round.
What gets me out of bed every morning is a desire to help ‘busy’ business owners gain some headspace from the day to day business, take stock of where they are, understand what motivates and drives them and identify where they want to get to. Sharing some of my experiences to work alongside the owners and Directors to develop and implement a strategic plan for the growth and development of the business that delivers for them.
I am a keen advocate of ‘playing to strengths’ and a strong believer that your business is only as good as the people in it. Engagement is key – creating a strong sense of purpose, a sense of urgency, aligning everyone around it and empowering your people to deliver.
I have spent over 15 years leading strategic change within businesses ranging from a £3m turnover family-run leisure business, to a £2bn utility giant. I have been fortunate enough across all of this experience to be given opportunities to lead on strategy, business planning and business development activities, often starting from a completely blank sheet to devise strategies to enter new markets or challenge existing ones.
Over the last few years I have worked alongside more than 60 businesses, from start-up to exit, from retail to public health. I was honoured to have been recognized for this work by Enterprise Nation and central Government as one of Britain’s top 50 business advisers.