Dave Perrigo of Perrigo Consultants in Stourport on Severn first started working with BizSmart five years ago, at the point where he started his business.
Dave is a chartered tax lawyer, and Perrigo Consultants is a tax specialist accountancy firm. Initially, BizSmart helped him to put in place the right foundations for his business and come up with a detailed business plan.
More recently, Perrigo Consultants has worked with BizSmart again as part of the Worcestershire Business Accelerator Programme.
Dave told us, “We were starting to recruit people and to grow, so needed a new three-year goal.”
Business development goals plus new staff
The business now has seven staff, including Dave and his wife, and this gives them a lot more scope to spend time on business development activities. Clients benefit from a streamlined back office where everything is taken care of efficiently. Plus Dave has more time for networking and other strategic activities.
Perrigo Consultants has also benefitted from grant funding, via Worcestershire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund. They’ve put this funding towards new offices, furniture and a new boardroom, as well as upgrading the office computers to Macs and improving their website content.
Dave told us, “I would definitely recommend BizSmart – in fact, I have done.”
Accountability and Help to Tackle Challenges
He added, “Working with BizSmart makes you accountable and gives you guidance in problem areas. The quarterly goal setting keeps you on track – it’s amazing how fast three months go.”
“I’d say it’s like having a coach for sports and fitness. It can be a lonely place, running a business, and having a strategic vision helps with motivation. It stops you being too busy to look at the business.”
Perrigo Consultants worked with BizSmart as part of The Worcestershire Business Accelerator Programme, a dynamic new service that will support 200 businesses to achieve sustainable growth. Businesses must have been trading for 2 years or more to be eligible.
The businesses selected to participate in the programme can access one-to-one consultancy support, seminars and workshops on a wide range of business topics. These will all be delivered by BizSmart. They can also apply for business development grants, for both capital and revenue expenditure (on a competitive basis).