Coconut Creatives’ client news: Assist with Solutions takes a look at the business support market
There are over 4.5 million businesses in the UK, each with specific and different needs. Over 3 million of these are in the Small to Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) sector and are looking for ways to expand without having to commit to employing new staff and expensive training programmes. Traditionally, SMEs look to organisations such as Business Link for development opportunities but the reduction in Government grants and the withdrawal of funded support like Business Link, mean that SMEs will need to look to the private sector for solutions.
Assist with Solutions is a business consultancy franchise that is filling this role in a sector now worth £10 billion; providing support and advice to business owners wanting to develop and grow. At some point during their business cycle, companies need help in areas such as marketing, operations, finance or I.T. Assist with Solutions help them identify what they need and when, then they work with them to help make it happen. They help their clients to make money, save money and save time.
Andy MacDonald, MD of Assist with Solutions, explains: “We help business owners to achieve their dreams, goals and ambitions. It’s a little bit of business magic! Setting them free from the daily operational and growth headaches.”
Assist with Solutions has developed a simple-to-follow system for their franchisees that provides predictable results with the additional benefit of tapping in to over 50 years collective industry experience. Their training gives franchisees all of the management tools they need to be operational within six weeks. Franchisees operate in a Managing Director style position, so previous Directors and Managers of any business types are ideal for this franchise. They look out for prospective franchisees with certain key attributes:
- A good understanding of how a business operates
- Previous Management or Director experience
- Enjoy working in the B2B environment with clients & suppliers
- Enthusiasm to run a business & work with other business owners
- Passion to work on a business as much as in a business
- A drive to achieve success!
Andy adds: “We are currently achieving up to 50% net profit margins and so that we can continue our excellent level of support to win and keep clients, we are only looking to recruit 10 franchisees in 2011.”
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