Without John by our side we may well have taken some wrong turns
We have been working with John for over five years now and I can honestly say we would not be where we are without him. John is a great sounding board and he has really drilled into us the benefit of gathering data about our business to back up our gut feelings. He works across various sectors and brings to the table the knowledge shared over his career to offer advice and guidance.
During the Covid-19 pandemic John has come into his own as many businesses went into crisis mode. He advises you to hope for the best yet plan for the worst and without him by our side we may well have taken some wrong turns.
I would highly recommend John to any business owner looking to grow.
Malcolm Davidson, Managing Director, UK Moneyman Ltd
Our cash balance has been protected and we continue to operate in the black
John has been working with us for about three years. He has increased our turnover by over 40% and he has doubled our profit by helping us manage the business on a range of fronts.
As soon as the Covid-19 crisis hit, he has been at our side. He identified four key things we needed to do to protect the business. We were able to reduce our staff and overhead costs by stepping back to a four day week and using furlough effectively. Our cash balance has been protected and we continue to operate in the black.
John introduced us to his re-start programme and in response we are looking at our systems and how we can be more effective to improve customer satisfaction to strengthen our position. Whilst it has been hard work it has also been fun. John has a good sense of humour and there continue to be many laughs as we adjust to changed circumstances.
Jonathan Jenkin, Managing Director - Planning and Design Practice Ltd.
John has helped me to make the easy and tough decisions
I have worked with John for approaching five years and his ‘outside looking in’ help has always been invaluable. Since March, his ability to talk in a calm and considered manner has assisted me with guiding my business and helped me to make the easy and tough decisions. His use of simple tools such as cash flow models and one-page strategy forms has meant that my plans in the short and medium term have not become over complicated to give me a clear vision for the future.
James Carpenter, Director, BB Mortgages
John's skills in putting things into perspective are invaluable to me
John has a rare and precious gift. He has an instinctive understanding of the forces that shape and define businesses, and has the ability to see the structure of a business, with its strengths and faults. He is able to define strategy, and show and explain how it differs from tactics in business, and as importantly how the two mesh together.
I see John as an ally of my business - a critical friend when needed, as well as an informed shoulder to lean on. His cool, clear thinking and his skill in putting things into perspective are invaluable to me in helping me steer my company in a positive direction.
Paul Pinder, Chairman, Boards Direct
As a young, entrepreneurial and fast-growing business, we were faced with a large number of opportunities and possible directions in which to take our company. We struggled to see through the day to day to get a clear idea of where we were going and where we wanted to be.
No matter what stage you are in in life or in business, I firmly believe there is always a mentor and advisor that one can learn a great deal from. For me, John has been that person.
Working with John, we leaned on his vast experience to develop a three year growth strategy with a targeted measurable approach that the whole team could get on board with. He has helped me introduce a monthly employee evaluation system to address issues early and create clear direction for employees.
His wealth of experience and general advice in many matters has been invaluable, especially in his help regarding financial management, reporting and recruitment.
John has a large network and is able to connect us with trusted contacts that may be able to assist in areas outside of his expertise. It has been a privilege to work with him over the last 12 months and I look forward to continuing our working relationship in the future. - Kieran
His experience of our sector helped us to crystalize our thoughts and quickly implement a robust scale-up strategy.
Fast-growing annuity company
As a direct result of the work we’ve done with John Hassall, sales have increased significantly over the past 12 months and are set to do so again this year. Group of children’s day nurseries engaging in performance without compromising care
John has brought enormous clarity to our company, turning a ‘sole trader’ structure into a sustainable, growth driven business.
Entrepreneurial health and safety firm
Together we have created a highly bespoke growth plan for the next few years.
Medium-sized law firm wanting to gain clients and enhance profitability
We really value having someone to talk to who has experienced the highs and lows of running an SME business.
Estate and lettings agents wanting to expand