“1st November 2013. That day will be etched on my mind for the rest of my life. We were at Centre Parcs, Sherwood Forest. My wife held our two sons Oliver, 3 and Harry, 3 months, in her arms. Her whole demeanor oozed equal measures of desperation and sadness as she uttered the immortal words “these two boys worship you and you’re going to lose them.” I’m still not sure whether that was a genuine threat to leave me or whether because I was never around I would miss out on the most important years of their young lives. Either way a chill shot up my spine with such force it jolted me to take action.
Bizarrely the business was doing pretty well. We were making profits and turnover was increasing steadily. We were even enjoying some of the material trappings of success. However, in reality, the quality of my life was very different. Like a lot of owner managed businesses I was working twenty hour days, spending all my time micro-managing people, putting out fires (the bulk of which I’d started through poor leadership!) and getting involved in daily tasks that were both low value and time consuming. I lived in perpetual fear that one day it would all come crashing down along with my sole worth as a person (which I’d ludicrously based only on the success of my business)
I was desperate to get balance in my life and business and after some searching was introduced to Ash through a mutual friend. I’d had no formal training in business so was prepared to listen to new advice and try new ideas. Through the Mindset course and working with him personally, he has quite simply changed my life. His knack of breaking business down to seven, basic key principles that, if implemented well, will ensure success has changed the way I perceive my roll. I now spend most of my time doing what I’m best at, working on the business as opposed to in it. The staff have become more engaged, we have direction and a purpose for the first time and this filtered through to happier customers and higher profits. (Ash actually introduced me to a one business model that has added £40k to our bottom line after 10 months and is still gathering momentum!) More importantly I have a balance in my life where I head to work everyday with a renewed sense of optimism, energy and enthusiasm and have more time to spend with my family!
The EBC is an incubator for like minded business people to exchange ideas, experiences and initiatives so we can all achieve sustained growth, profits and quality of life. Unlike other business groups I’ve attended, the goal setting and accountability aspect encourage you to grow outside your comfort zone, giving you confidence to take your business to the next level. Like all of Ash’s courses the environment is fun, friendly and vibrant but one attended by people who are serious about making their business a success! If you are, sign up. It might open the door to a host of opportunities!” Matt Wiley
up the momentum. Setting goals every month for which we are held accountable is motivating. We know everything remains confidential so we are able to discuss sensitive issues which arise in our businesses and find solutions. It is also a very supportive group which is vital for a small business. Being a business owner can be lonely; we have each other to use as sounding boards when necessary. I would recommend this group to any ambitious business owner who is serious about growing their business.” Sally Marshall. www.marshallsconsulting.co.uk
If you want your business to keep moving forward, keep an open mind and speak to Ash or Sally today about the EBC.” Kerry Madgwick