Businesses looking to fast-track their growth can find help with a local business growth programme Accelerate. Taupo businesses owners are urged to apply quickly so not to miss out on subsidised places.
The programme run by Firestation, a central North Island business growth centre, will start late September. Up to ten businesses will receive subsidised places with funding from Enterprise Great Lake Taupo.
Business owners will attend fortnightly sessions over six months to grow capability in sales, leadership, brand, planning, finance and developing a growth mind-set with professionally facilitated individual and group coaching sessions. The overall goal is to triple the current growth rate.
Accelerate is predominantly facilitated by business growth expert Darren McGarvie, co-founder and chief coach at Firestation. Additional facilitation is provided by other organisations including Employers & Manufacturers Association (BoP) and Woods Brand Innovation.
Participants receive a mix of professional coaching and business capability training with the focus on participants setting goals, implementing actions and increasing success through planning for growth.
“Accelerate teaches the importance of spending time working on the business and, after six months participants will walk away with a growth acceleration plan.”
“Many business owners are so busy working in their business that they have no time to step back and work on their business. This programme provides them with the skills and mindset to work on their business to plan and achieve faster growth,” McGarvie said.
“What is unique about this programme is that the new behaviours and skills learnt in the training are enforced and followed up with one-on-one business coaching sessions,” he said.
Thirty businesses have already graduated from the programme and are reaping the benefits including higher revenue, increased profit margins and improved leadership.
David Merwood from Laser Plumbing graduated from Accelerate in 2015. He said it was a good opportunity to learn and meet other successful local businesses.
“The programme was very good and I’d recommend it. It was great for getting ideas for growth and the company vision,” he said.
Carolyn Douglas from DBCon was also part of the programme and highly recommends it to other business owners.
“Being part of the this was extremely valuable to my growth as a Manager and to the overall development of our company.”
“Our focus on HR and our team has improved and net profit has increased. I am still in contact on a regular basis with some of the highly motivated people I met through the programme,” she said.
Accelerate is designed for business owners of established, medium size businesses that are profitable and scalable with an ambition to grow regionally, nationally or even internationally.
Participants need to commit to 2-3 hours per fortnight for the training and business coaching sessions.
Taupo business owners are invited to register their interest online. To find out more go to www.bit.ly/FS-Taupo or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Applications close Wednesday 20 September.
• 12 Mastery Modules providing training in sales, leadership, brand, marketing and finance presented by experienced, local professionals recognised as leaders in their field.
• 4 Group Review sessions with a facilitated discussion encouraging participants to share their challenges, celebrate their successes, and support each other.
• 3 Individual Coaching sessions to set goals, actions and plans for business success.