Business remedies for the downturn and beyond

Some businesses can positively thrive during recession. Business Doctors helps small businesses get better in all conditions, while at the same time providing a recession resistant offer for franchisees

In tough economic times, strong businesses succeed while weak ones fail. As a result, the UK's £8 billion business consulting market is booming, one of the largest in the world, and growing still. Advice and guidance that affects the bottom line is highly valued when the economy is at its strongest, and even more so in harsher times. After IT consulting, programme and project management, operational improvement, financial management, human resources and outsourcing consulting are the largest and fastest growing markets.

Business Doctors offers all of the above as part of its structured solutions for small and medium sized businesses who are looking to achieve maximum turnover, profitability and growth. Offering expert, friendly, practical support with strategy, sales and profit growth and people engagement, Business Doctors also provides implementation and interim support with management, sales, operations, HR, finance, training and development as well as helping businesses access funding and financial support.

Launching as a franchise in 2008, Business Doctors provides its franchisees with the chance to apply professional experience and business acumen to develop their own successful business. Joining a proven business concept, franchisees are fully supported with a lead generation and client acquisition. Using innovative customer focused business tools and processes when working with clients, full training and ongoing support are provided.

Business Doctors Director Rod Davies says: 'Business Doctors' success indicates that the founders, owners and directors of the UK's 1.7 million SMEs need more than simple advice. They need guidance and understanding from experts who take a personal interest in the health of their business.

'To join Business Doctors, no consulting experience is needed as training in all aspects of the operation will be provided. However, you will need the motivation and capacity to learn how to become a premiere business advisor. It will be valuable to use your own experience and business know-how to develop your own Business Doctors franchise. We are looking for someone who is business-minded, has managerial or sales experience and has well developed people skills. The successful franchise owner will be able to communicate well and demonstrate initiative, commitment, competence and a determination to succeed. It is important that the candidate also has a strong client care mentality and is able to respond well to problems.'

Franchisee Keith McCallum, who launched his Business Doctors franchise in September 2008, says: 'I looked at various business to business franchises and felt that Business Doctors offered a solid opportunity, which will cope well with the economic downturn. There was no 'hard sell' from the head office team, very much the opposite as they are keen to recruit only very professional individuals.

'A lot of small and medium sized enterprises are isolated. They don't have anyone with a useful insight into their business to use as a sounding board. That's where Business Doctors comes in. We provide strategic planning assistance for business owners to help them achieve their ultimate vision for their company. Business Doctors is a business that is recession proof because now is a time that people need our advice more than ever. It's a time we can really add positive value for a business.'

Reported by Greg Wilson