Business Advice Oxfordshire

Hilltop Methods

Dave Croydon

I work with business owners of all backgrounds and industries to help them get the most out of their business. Everywhere I go, every business owner I meet, there are some common things I hear about whatís going on in their businesses:

a) Time Ė ďIím spending way too much time in the day-to-day running of the business. In fact the business is taking over my life. I went into business in order for my business to provide me with a lifestyle, not take my life away from me. I need to set some strategies to help me get back in control of my business Ė and my life!Ē

b) Money Ė ďIím NOT the highest paid person in the business, for the amount of time I spend in it. My business is profitable, but I need to develop further strategies to make it even more so, in order to give me the income I deserve.Ē

c) Team Ė ďI find it difficult to find the right staff Ė and keep them. Every time I go away from the business, I worry that my staff are doing the right things by me and my customers.Ē

Why Use Me?

I work with business owners who appreciate having some assistance in growing and developing their business. Its not that you need help; its more that youíre looking for someone to bounce ideas off, hold you accountable and make sure you stay on track.

Could you do this yourself? Of course you could. But like all of us, itís good to have someone in your corner. At times running your own business can be pretty lonely. But there is an answer. Just like all top performing individuals, itís good to have someone watch how you ďplay the gameĒ of business and then help you work to your strengths and keep the mistakes to a minimum.

As a business owner, there are lots of decisions to consider:

  • Do I put my prices up or do I discount?
  • Do I hire more employees or not?
  • Do I change my suppliers or keep the ones Iíve got?
  • Do I add more products or services to my business or narrow them up?
  • How am I positioned with my competition?

There are lots of things to consider, but what do you actually do about it? What Sort Of Businesses Do We Work With? Essentially we work with successful business owners who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. Youíll have been in business for a while and have learnt the first vital lesson in business and that is, how to stay in business. No matter where weíve been in the business world, weíve never met a business owner who didnít know WHAT they wanted to achieve with their business. The one thing they want to know is, HOW do I get there? Well work with you to put together a step-by-step plan to make those objectives a reality.

So HOW Do I Do It?

The way I work with you is very straightforward. The first thing is to have a look to see what is actually happening in the business at present. I need to get a complete understanding of whatís going on first. Then Iíll work with you to develop specific, tailored strategies to:

1) Systemise the Business
One thing Iíve learned - no business can perform unless all of the necessary systems are in place and are working correctly. What sort of systems? Things like procedures covering Operations, Finances, Administration, Sales, Marketing, Management, Technology the list goes on. Iíll help you identify the gaps and overlaps and get them sorted.

2) Train your Team
Itís no good having great systems unless you have a team of motivated people to operate those systems. Usually the monthly wages bill is one of your largest commitments. Itís obvious you need to make the most of this by investing in maximising the teams potential.

3) Keep you on Track
Ill meet with you on a regular basis to review your progress and make sure you are implementing the things that you said that you wanted to grow your business. In the meantime, Iíll be working with you, putting in place the systems and strategies that will give the business forward momentum. I'm NOT your boss I'm here to help you achieve the goals that you wanted for the business. One thingís for sure, your business NEVER stands still. Itís either growing or declining as the market changes. Iíll be there with you to keep you focused on success.

4) Advise and Guide You
My knowledge base is substantial: I've confronted most of the problems you will face in my own business. Plus I have access to literally thousands of documents, procedures, spreadsheets, Power Point presentations and workshops for you to take advantage of. Thereís no need to reinvent the wheel I already have it to hand. All you need to do is customise it for your business with our help. This makes implementation much easier and faster. After all, itís the results that are the goal here.

5) Review and Correct
Once we implement a strategy, itís important to make sure itís working. Iíll help you set up practical methods of measuring the results.

6) Be a Sounding Board
One of my greatest advantages for you is the simple fact that I donít work in your business. Because I am not involved in the day-to-day running of the business, this provides me with a unique perspective in helping identify the opportunities for the business.

In addition, I'm not involved in the day-to-day politics of the business. I am seen by everyone involved as an honest broker in the process. This allows your staff and other stakeholders the freedom to approach me to discuss individual issues and get them sorted. The path to business success is thankfully a very well worn one. Literally millions of people have travelled it before you. Like anything in life, there is a right way and a wrong way of getting it done. Every successful business that you can think of started out as someones idea. My goal is to help make your idea and your business goals a reality.


I offer a FREE Strategy Planning Session to help you to understand the key issues that are holding the business back and the actions that will help you move forward at the rate you want to. No obligation. Just my way of demonstrating how I more

Call 01844 237450 or 07836 334150 or e-mail to arrange a suitable date and time.

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Hilltop are great at listening, clarifying my 'big picture' thinking and providing action points to follow. The net result is that more of what needs to be done, gets done. Highly recommended!
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