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Mentoring support adds up for accountancy firm

Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Woodville Accountancy is generating strong and sustainable growth after taking part in Boost Business Lancashire’s Growth Mentoring programme.

The Chorley accountancy firm recently moved into its own premises after doubling in size in three years.

Owner and managing director Michael Godsmark was alerted to Boost’s mentoring initiative by his bank manager and was later introduced to Sarah Hanson, growth mentoring coordinator at business mentoring consultancy Orvia, which delivers the programme.

Although the last three years had seen rapid client gains and expansion of the workforce from two to five employees, Michael’s rapidly increasing workload had become a potential obstacle to further growth.

He was matched with mentor Peter MacGregor to develop and implement plans for balanced and focused growth.

“During the mentoring process we identified the need for an office manager, who we have now recruited, and we are also taking on an extra accountant to give me more time to concentrate on expanding the business,” said Michael.

“One of the main things I learned is that I don’t need to be working more than 12 hours a day to make the business grow. The mentoring sessions helped me to concentrate my time on specific activities to develop my business in a controlled, measurable and profitable way.” 

Peter MacGregor said: “Michael needed to take stock and put some structure and processes in place to prepare for the next phase of growth, with more focus on gaining larger clients.

“We also put him on the Business Growth and Action Planning Skills Assist Workshop as he wanted to do all the homework he could before he started his one-to-one mentoring sessions.”

Peter added: “Michael used me as a sounding board and to establish his direction for 2015. Often all a business needs is a little strategic direction to be able to build a strategy and feel confident in what they are doing.”

Ann Holcroft, operations manager at Orvia, commented: “We are delighted to see that Michael has benefited from the Growth Mentoring programme. His business had already doubled in size, and now through the support he has robust plans and systems in place to further move the business forward in a manageable way.”

Boost Business Lancashire is the £7.2m Lancashire Business Growth Hub, offering free and part-funded business support to ambitious and growing businesses. Delivered by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, and supported by £3.6m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it aims to grow Lancashire’s economy by £20m and create at least 1,200 new jobs and safeguard 700 more by summer 2015.

To apply for support call 0800 488 0057.

ENDS.

For further information, contact:

Andrew Taylor, Emma Rawlinson or Simon Turner, Freshfield
01772 888400 / andrew@freshfield.com / emma@freshfield.com / simon@freshfield.com

Stephen Axon, communications service, Lancashire County Council
01772 533 194 / stephen.axon@lancashire.gov.uk  


Notes to editors:
Boost Business Lancashire (Boost) is the £7.2million Lancashire Business Growth Hub led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership). The aim of Boost is to grow the county’s economy by £20m and create at least 1,200 new jobs and safeguard 700 more by 2015.

The role of Boost is to help growth-hungry Lancashire businesses realise their potential by providing simple access to a range of leading-edge funded programmes, delivered by specialists with a track record of growing established and innovative start-up businesses.

The service has been developed and will be delivered via a partnership between Lancashire County Council, Community Business Partners, Lancaster University, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, UCLan and Winning Pitch, with £3.6million of funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Boost also helps businesses access specialist private sector business support, as well as other nationally funded programmes, where relevant.

The Boost project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

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