The Growth Academy

Forward Ladies and BHP Consulting have joined forces to bring you ‘The Growth Academy’. A unique new programme for women designed to deliver first-hand business insights and experience, help you drive business growth and unlock your own business potential.

Maximise your management team

Often when you start a business there’s only you. You and of course your big idea – the product or service your business will deliver and your passion and drive to make it a reality. If things go well, soon you will be joined by others. This small team needs focusing, looking after and injecting... Read more »

Growth starts with you: Personal and business goals

If you are an entrepreneur or business owner, you may sometimes find that it is a lonely experience. After all, you don’t have a boss to tell you what to do next, and you don’t have an established business culture which dictates how you should behave – or the performance targets you are aiming to meet.

The power of thinking: Are you working IN or ON your business?

Every successful business starts with a great idea which is developed with careful consideration and planning. But when was the last time you thought about where you want your business to be in the longer term and what you need to do in the future to achieve this?

Developing a corporate culture to drive performance

Achieving the right business culture is one of the most effective ways of improving business performance.The culture of a business can make or break it. Every business relies heavily on its team to get the job done well. If employees do not feel happy, valued and motivated, your business may soon start to flounder, as... Read more »

The importance of a people plan

As an experienced business leader and head of BHP Consulting’s expert team of corporate advisors, who specialise in delivering business growth across all industries, I often find myself talking to people about the benefits of planning. It seems a simple concept that many assume should be a given in most businesses, but many companies simply... Read more »

How Do I Ensure My Management Team Can Support My Company’s Growth?

Whether you’re growing a business to sell, or to leave a legacy for the next generation, the quality of the management team is key to success. Your management team are an extension of you and exemplify the culture and values of the business. They should make time to work ‘on’ as well as ‘in’ the... Read more »

How can I utilise technology to improve profitability?

We are re-running a series of popular blog articles which we originally posted last autumn, covering a range of topics important to business owners and managers. This week we focus on achieving profitability through technology. The concept of technology as an enabler has been around for a long time but is still as relevant today... Read more »

I see huge growth potential but I don’t know how to achieve it

We are re-running a series of popular blog articles which we originally posted last autumn, covering a range of topics important to business owners and managers. This week we focus on how to achieve growth potential in your business. When you first started your business, you will have carried out intensive research and careful planning... Read more »