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Profitability

Working on the Planning, People, Processes and Positioning Creates Profitability

Defining, determining and aligning …

How efficient is your business? How many tasks could be streamlined or carried out in a more efficient manner? You’ll be surprised at what I discover with my approach to your process improvement …

Continuous process improvement is one key to profitability!

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It allows me to help you focus on the identification and reduction of non-value added activity in your business. This is a systematic approach to help your organisation optimise its underlying processes to achieve more efficient results.

 

“The best processes allow you to take control of your business and deliver excellence!”

 

I’ll listen carefully to your view of the business, the history behind the current business plan and structure, the areas which are currently successful, those which you would like to improve, and your business goals and objectives for the future.

Business process improvement works by:

  • Defining the organisation’s strategic goals and purposes (who are we, what do we do, and why do we do it?)

  • Determining the organisation’s customers or stakeholders (who do we serve?)

  • Aligning the business processes to realise the organisation’s goals (how do we do it better?)

It’s very important to scrutinise your business processes to identify how and where they can be streamlined, whether process order can be improved, if existing tools can be better utilised and where investment in new systems or equipment can be justified.

Continuous process improvement has been described using a number of models. One of the most popular is the system approach with five phases in the model:

  1. Analysis Phase – Identify areas of opportunity and target specific problems. These areas and problems are based on team brain-storming sessions, process definition sessions, recommendations forwarded to the team by organisational members, and other various analysis techniques.

  2. Design Phase – Generate solutions through brainstorming sessions. Identify the required resources to implement the chosen solution and identify baselines to measure.

  3. Development Phase – Formulate a detailed procedure for implementing the approved solution.

  4. Implementation Phase – Execute the solution.

  5. Evaluation Phase – Build measurement tools, monitor implementation, and evaluate measurements to baseline.

However, the success of continuous process improvement within your business also requires you to take the time to identify issues with existing processes and systems and take corrective action.

 

“Identify areas of non-conformance and rectify them as soon as possible!”

 

How often should you evaluate and follow up to ensure the processes are working? Basically, wait a suitable amount of time and make sure the problem doesn’t recur. If it does, you should be questioning if you have found the actual cause.

On a final note, remember:

  • Corrective action is used when you are reacting to a problem that has already happened.

  • Preventive action follows the same process except that it is applied to a problem before an issue occurs.

Get the right processes and systems in place and your business will be more efficient and allow you to create greater profitability.

If you would you like to know more about anything I’ve mentioned here, call me on 01280 700405 or click here to send over an email enquiry and let’s start a conversation about process improvement for your business.

Until next time …

KATH BONNER-DUNHAM

 

PS:

If you’re looking for a partner to help grow your business, visit www.4pbusinessdevelopment.co.uk to discover how 4P Business Development can help you!

Or, how I can help you to bite that bullet …

I’m Kath Bonner-Dunham and for 40 years I’ve specialised in sales and marketing, operations and management. It seemed like a no-brainer to offer that experience to other passionate business owners …

I challenge you, I ask those bloody difficult questions (BDQs) and I advise you!

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During that time, I gained a business degree from London Thames Valley University and an additional coaching and mentoring degree at Oxford Westminster, That led me to start a successful business in Essex.

 

“I went on to become the General Manager of a £12M company in Maidenhead!”

 

So you can understand why, after helping so many companies to grow and thrive, it was natural for me to lead 4P Business Development and work more formally with passionate business owners who want to reach the next level of success.

So do you have questions like:

  • Who can I bounce ideas off when I need to?

  • Who will question the status quo and ask me questions I have never considered?

  • What is your plan to manage emergencies that could affect your business?

  • Who will challenge me if I’m going in the wrong direction?

  • How can I find the right experts to support me and my business?

  • How can I get more from my people and increase profitability?

  • I don’t know where to find my best clients?

  • What’s my plan to manage emergencies that could affect my business?

Well, I’ve got the answers for you!

It’s often relatively easy to identify the issues holding a business back. What’s not always so easy is to ‘bite the bullet’, to make the necessary changes, and to do it in a way which leaves the business and its people in better shape than before.

 

“And remember, it doesn’t just happen!”

 

The transition process needs to be managed over time to enable everybody in the organisation to accept and work comfortably in the ‘new’ set up. I’ll listen to you, help you to look at your situation holistically, and advise you on ways to grow the profit over the turnover in your business.

I work with Lesley Long to help grow her business and she said of me:

”Kath is a dynamic, inventive and challenging business coach able to adapt her style to suit her client’s needs and their preferred way of working. With Kath’s help, I was able to push aside limiting beliefs that were holding me back and form a clearer vision of what I want for my business and myself. I now have a personal game plan in place and am working steadily towards putting my business strategy into place.”

And Michael C. Cody, a fellow coach said:

”Kath Bonner-Dunham gets results. She has the powerful ability to cut through the distraction, noise, and chaos that beset so many business owners today. Her refreshingly clear communication and straight-to-the-heart approach are a gift to her clients. The value of her input and her results cannot be overstated.

Her compassion shines through in her commitment to helping clients achieve their excellence. Kath is brilliant and has my deepest respect and endorsement. If you want results in your business and are sick of empty motivation, then you owe it to yourself and your business to work with Kath Bonner-Dunham.”

So, I challenge you, I ask those bloody difficult questions (BDQs) and I advise you. And I’ll prompt you to build on areas of strength in both yourself and your business, enabling you to achieve your full potential.

If you want the confidence and skills to delegate to others and give them the permission and authority to shine, and bring innovation and inspiration into your business then we must talk.

 

“I’ll support you in making those difficult decisions, and challenge you to achieve your highest aims and aspirations!”

 

You know you owe it to yourself and your business to invest in coaching, mentoring and advice with 4P Business Development, so why not give me a call on 01280 700405 or click here to ping over an email enquiry and let’s talk.

Until next time …

KATH BONNER-DUNHAM

 

PS:

If you’re looking for a partner to help grow your business, visit www.4pbusinessdevelopment.co.uk to discover how 4P Business Development can help you!

Under promise and over deliver …

Do you really know just how happy your clients are? Do you deliver what you promise in a timely manner? Or do your clients perceive that you really do not care?

In genuinely customer-focused businesses, customer delight is part of the culture!

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Did you know that only 7% of existing customers that leave you, leave because of the price, whereas 63% leave because they perceive that you do not care about them?

In today’s fast-moving, competitive market, it is more important than ever to ensure customer delight, gaining a competitive advantage and staying ahead of the game.

In genuinely customer-focused businesses, customer delight is part of the culture and make-up of the company. It’s the paradigm, “the way we do things around here”.

It’s about exceeding customer expectations, and in many organisations that can be as simple as:

  • Creating the WOW factor

  • Listening relentlessly

  • Fulfilling the need

  • Delivering to specific standards

  • Timeliness and quality of service

So, do your employees have the customer service skills required of them to ensure customer delight and gain that vital competitive advantage?

  1. A lot of patience

    When dealing with customers on a daily basis, stay patient when they come to you stumped and frustrated, but be sure to take the time to honestly figure out what they want.

  2. Good focus and attentiveness

    The ability to really listen to customers is crucial when providing excellent service. What are your customers telling you without actually saying anything?

  3. Clear communication skills

    When it comes to relaying essential points to customers, keep it clear, simple and leave nothing to doubt.

  4. Product knowledge

    Without knowing your products inside out and back to front, you won’t understand how to help customers when they have problems.

  5. Use of positive language

    The language you use is a hugely important part of persuasion, and customers will create perceptions about you based around the words you use.

  6. Good acting skills

    Every good customer service representative will have the acting skills they need to maintain a cheery persona when dealing with grumpy people.

  7. Excellent time management

    Don’t spend time going above and beyond for a customer if you’re just going to end up wasting both of your time.

  8. Ability to ‘read’ a customer’s mood

    Look and listen for subtle clues about their current mood, patience level and personality then mirror the way they are talking to you.

  9. A calming nature

    The best customer service reps know that they cannot let an angry customer makes them lose their cool. It is their job to be calm for the customer who thinks the sky is falling in.

  10. Very goal oriented

    The goal is to delight the customer. Sometimes, this means making decisions on the fly, so support the caller with pre-planned options and guidelines for their use.

  11. Able to think outside the box

    Sometimes, you’re going to get a customer with an issue that hasn’t been heard of before, and there are no guidelines to deal with it. This is when you need to be empowered to make a decision on best how to help the customer and run with it.

  12. Good at persuasion

    It’s not about making a sales pitch in every email or call, but it’s about not letting potential customers slip away if you can’t create a compelling message that what your offering is worth buying.

  13. Determined

    A great work ethic and a willingness to do what needs to be done is a crucial skill when providing the kind of service that people talk about.

  14. Good at closing

    Ending a conversation with a happy customer is essential in the drive for customer delight. Ok, maybe you can’t solve every issue there and then, but you can strive to get as close as possible.

  15. A willingness to learn

    Whether it’s building products, marketing businesses, or helping customers, if you don’t invest in yourself you will get left behind by the people who are.

It’s far more than just managing expectations. Customer delight occurs when a business delivers a customer a strong, positive experience that exceeds their expectations.

This positive emotional response is what leads to repeat buying, loyalty and word-of-mouth referrals. Delighted customers are five times more likely to repurchase from you than just satisfied customers.

According to the American Express Customer Service Report, more than 50% of UK customers will spend more on products and services if the service experience was guaranteed to be first class.

It shows that on average, UK consumers will pay a premium of 7% for the privilege of good customer service and 70% state they would do more business with an organisation that offered decent customer care.

 

“Does working with your team to encourage customer delight now sound more attractive to you?”

 

Would you like learn how to increase your profitability, customer retention, repeat business and competitiveness in today’s market of increasing customer expectations?

You may feel that now is the time to give me a call on 01280 700405or click here to ping me an email and let’s see how I can help you.

Until next time …

KATH BONNER-DUNHAM

 

PS:

If you’re looking for a partner to help grow your business, visit www.4pbusinessdevelopment.co.uk to discover how 4P Business Development can help you!

What our clients say

“Kath is a highly committed and energetic Business Mentor with a strong focus on providing a high quality client service. Armed with a wide ranging support and resources she is well placed to support the needs of SME’s.”

Bernard Goodchild

2017-07-16T23:32:41+00:00

Bernard Goodchild

“Kath is a highly committed and energetic Business Mentor with a strong focus on providing a high quality client service. Armed with a wide ranging support and resources she is well placed to support the needs of SME’s.”
“Kath is an amazing woman. Kath can get to the root cause of the ‘blockage’ which is mostly in us. If you thought you were good, you will be 10 times better after meeting Kath.”

Dan Kaye
Smith Kennedy Ltd

2017-07-20T14:04:40+00:00

Dan Kaye
Smith Kennedy Ltd

“Kath is an amazing woman. Kath can get to the root cause of the ‘blockage’ which is mostly in us. If you thought you were good, you will be 10 times better after meeting Kath.”
“Kath is an inspiring Business Mentor. Selection Matters has been using Kath on ongoing basis for more than two years and she has added real value to our business. She is full of ideas and an expert in her field. I would highly recommend Kath to any business owner who wants to accelerate the growth of their business!”

Izabela Cooper
Selection Matters

2017-07-20T13:56:45+00:00

Izabela Cooper
Selection Matters

“Kath is an inspiring Business Mentor. Selection Matters has been using Kath on ongoing basis for more than two years and she has added real value to our business. She is full of ideas and an expert in her field. I would highly recommend Kath to any business owner who wants to accelerate the growth of their business!”
“Kath is a skilled and experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Adviser who will always go the extra mile to bring value to her clients.”

Charles Briggs
CMC Partnership

2017-07-20T14:07:00+00:00

Charles Briggs
CMC Partnership

“Kath is a skilled and experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Adviser who will always go the extra mile to bring value to her clients.”
“Kath is a dynamic, inventive and challenging business coach able to adapt her style to suit her client’s needs and their preferred way of working. With Kath’s help I was able to push aside limiting beliefs that were holding me back and form a clearer vision of what I want for my business and myself. I now have a game plan in place and am working steadily to put it into place.”

Lesley Long
Women Go Wild Outdoors

2017-07-16T23:50:27+00:00

Lesley Long
Women Go Wild Outdoors

“Kath is a dynamic, inventive and challenging business coach able to adapt her style to suit her client’s needs and their preferred way of working. With Kath’s help I was able to push aside limiting beliefs that were holding me back and form a clearer vision of what I want for my business and myself. I now have a game plan in place and am working steadily to put it into place.”
“Kath is just a person you need to know! She can help you on many levels and she helped me as a Mentor and the results were fabulous!”

Raine Hilson
Banbury-Cross.co.uk

2017-07-16T23:48:54+00:00

Raine Hilson
Banbury-Cross.co.uk

“Kath is just a person you need to know! She can help you on many levels and she helped me as a Mentor and the results were fabulous!”
"Marshes know, like and trust Kath and have benefited immensely from her wisdom, experience, and encouragement. If you're looking for a professional, personal and honest intervention that will help kick your business into its next vital stage of development then arrange to meet with Kath."

Phil Cockayne & Danny Jones
Marshes

2017-07-16T23:51:54+00:00

Phil Cockayne & Danny Jones
Marshes

"Marshes know, like and trust Kath and have benefited immensely from her wisdom, experience, and encouragement. If you're looking for a professional, personal and honest intervention that will help kick your business into its next vital stage of development then arrange to meet with Kath."
“In few words Kath is a highly motivated, professional and results driven mentor with great experience and know how. A must for all business people in need of mentoring/coaching to get the best out of you. I recommend her enthusiasm and warmth to anyone looking to improve their management skills.”

Alan Cooper
Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research Ltd

2017-07-20T13:55:59+00:00

Alan Cooper
Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research Ltd

“In few words Kath is a highly motivated, professional and results driven mentor with great experience and know how. A must for all business people in need of mentoring/coaching to get the best out of you. I recommend her enthusiasm and warmth to anyone looking to improve their management skills.”
“Kath takes an interest in your business, and is excellent at identifying key areas for development. She’s wonderfully positive, full of enthusiasm and good ideas, and has a huge network of contacts that she shares to create positive outcomes for all involved. I would thoroughly recommend Kath to anyone wanting to develop or grow their business who needs a solid sounding board and progress monitor.”

Sophie Breslin
Athensis

2017-07-20T14:01:55+00:00

Sophie Breslin
Athensis

“Kath takes an interest in your business, and is excellent at identifying key areas for development. She’s wonderfully positive, full of enthusiasm and good ideas, and has a huge network of contacts that she shares to create positive outcomes for all involved. I would thoroughly recommend Kath to anyone wanting to develop or grow their business who needs a solid sounding board and progress monitor.”
“I cannot recommend Kath highly enough. I hired Kath to work with us as a business mentor last year and in addition has subsequently been working with our management team and staff on a monthly basis. Kath is an excellent mentor, has great rapport with all our staff who have responded to her advice and mentoring in a very productive and positive way. I am sure that we will continue to use her invaluable services for many years to come.”

Jo Robinson
Indulgence Bespoke Catering

2017-07-20T13:51:44+00:00

Jo Robinson
Indulgence Bespoke Catering

“I cannot recommend Kath highly enough. I hired Kath to work with us as a business mentor last year and in addition has subsequently been working with our management team and staff on a monthly basis. Kath is an excellent mentor, has great rapport with all our staff who have responded to her advice and mentoring in a very productive and positive way. I am sure that we will continue to use her invaluable services for many years to come.”
“Kath is a very personal Business Mentor who has provided us with valuable information and contacts. Kath is very reliable and always ready to answer any questions we may have for her. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding marketing and business development idea’s and has really pushed our company in the right direction. Her enthusiasm and drive is really inspiring and she has played an important role in helping our venture become a reality.”

Bryony Brice
Betty Brice

2017-07-20T13:54:59+00:00

Bryony Brice
Betty Brice

“Kath is a very personal Business Mentor who has provided us with valuable information and contacts. Kath is very reliable and always ready to answer any questions we may have for her. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding marketing and business development idea’s and has really pushed our company in the right direction. Her enthusiasm and drive is really inspiring and she has played an important role in helping our venture become a reality.”
“Kath is a superb Business Mentor. She asks perceptive questions that enable her to gain a rapid grasp of the key issues in a business so that she can provide exactly the right resources to support the business in the way that is right for them.”

Elaine Whittaker
Marketing Being

2017-07-20T14:03:52+00:00

Elaine Whittaker
Marketing Being

“Kath is a superb Business Mentor. She asks perceptive questions that enable her to gain a rapid grasp of the key issues in a business so that she can provide exactly the right resources to support the business in the way that is right for them.”
"Kath Bonner-Dunham gets results. She has the powerful ability to cut through the distraction, noise, and chaos that beset so many business owners today. Her refreshingly clear communication and straight-to-the-heart approach are a gift to her clients."

Michael C. Cody
My Coaches Coach

2017-07-16T23:19:04+00:00

Michael C. Cody
My Coaches Coach

"Kath Bonner-Dunham gets results. She has the powerful ability to cut through the distraction, noise, and chaos that beset so many business owners today. Her refreshingly clear communication and straight-to-the-heart approach are a gift to her clients."
“Kath worked with me over a period of time as a Coach to help me get my business back on track after I had decided to part company with my Business Partner. Kath was very good at helping me to see the way forward myself and to understand what I had to do and why. Anyone wishing to build a successful business would find Kath’s help and skills a golden opportunity to help them succeed. She is highly recommended.”

Rona Cant
Explorer, Author & International Speaker

2017-07-20T13:57:41+00:00

Rona Cant
Explorer, Author & International Speaker

“Kath worked with me over a period of time as a Coach to help me get my business back on track after I had decided to part company with my Business Partner. Kath was very good at helping me to see the way forward myself and to understand what I had to do and why. Anyone wishing to build a successful business would find Kath’s help and skills a golden opportunity to help them succeed. She is highly recommended.”
“Kath gave us just the encouragement we needed when we started out in business and then continued to be on hand when we needed further advice. Kath understands the needs of small businesses and has a huge network of very useful contacts. She is a firm, no nonsense person and we have great confidence in the excellent service she provides.”

Jeremy Sacha
Sacha Barnes

2017-07-20T14:05:25+00:00

Jeremy Sacha
Sacha Barnes

“Kath gave us just the encouragement we needed when we started out in business and then continued to be on hand when we needed further advice. Kath understands the needs of small businesses and has a huge network of very useful contacts. She is a firm, no nonsense person and we have great confidence in the excellent service she provides.”
“Kath Bonner-Dunham is the ultimate networker – always on the look-out for how she can help the people with whom she comes into contact. Her entire focus is to help others find the solutions which work for them, and she will go well out of her way to find them the right support. People are drawn to Kath’s commitment, energy and integrity, and I am delighted to recommend her and the services she provides.”

Kate Mercer
Shine Consulting

2017-07-20T13:59:01+00:00

Kate Mercer
Shine Consulting

“Kath Bonner-Dunham is the ultimate networker – always on the look-out for how she can help the people with whom she comes into contact. Her entire focus is to help others find the solutions which work for them, and she will go well out of her way to find them the right support. People are drawn to Kath’s commitment, energy and integrity, and I am delighted to recommend her and the services she provides.”
“Kath’s support has meant we have many more business ideas and avenues to explore and her input has been motivational, relevant and very insightful. For anyone looking for some sound business advice, I would recommend Kath very highly indeed.”

Duncan Cooper
Selection Matters

2017-07-20T13:49:43+00:00

Duncan Cooper
Selection Matters

“Kath’s support has meant we have many more business ideas and avenues to explore and her input has been motivational, relevant and very insightful. For anyone looking for some sound business advice, I would recommend Kath very highly indeed.”
“Kath has very good work ethics, she delivers a high standard of coaching and has mentored my staff and I on a specific project with great results.”

Sali Brown
Chelton Brown

2017-07-20T14:02:49+00:00

Sali Brown
Chelton Brown

“Kath has very good work ethics, she delivers a high standard of coaching and has mentored my staff and I on a specific project with great results.”
“Kath listened to my situation and gave me some surprising suggestions. Although I was well qualified, with an MSc and an MBA, Kath pointed out that my sales and marketing knowledge was practically non-existent. Kath is exactly the kind of Business Mentor I needed – straight talking and not afraid to tell uncomfortable truths. It is precisely this style that produces the brilliant results Kath gets for her clients. In summary, if you want results, not platitudes, go to Kath.”

Sue Priest
Ems2

2017-07-20T14:00:58+00:00

Sue Priest
Ems2

“Kath listened to my situation and gave me some surprising suggestions. Although I was well qualified, with an MSc and an MBA, Kath pointed out that my sales and marketing knowledge was practically non-existent. Kath is exactly the kind of Business Mentor I needed – straight talking and not afraid to tell uncomfortable truths. It is precisely this style that produces the brilliant results Kath gets for her clients. In summary, if you want results, not platitudes, go to Kath.”

Are you a business owner with a passion and desire to grow your business?

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