I have worked with Ray this past year and his coaching has had a significant effect on our business operations, my management effectiveness and on my personal life. Invoicing arrears are now up to date, debtors have been reduced by over 50% and we are now aligning the team for the future. This and more have been accomplished through Ray's guidance and direction despite him having never been onsite due to COVID.

Bianca Cameron - Managing Director, Mick Sawtell Electrical. Lismore

Having worked with Ray on numerous simPRO customer sites he always seems to be able to find and drive the efficiency gains our customers are look for.

He Identifies any bottlenecks in their processes and realigning their workflows with simPRO and the correct personnel within the organisation to carry out the tasks to create a very efficient end to end process.

Stephen Bradshaw - Director at simPRO Software

As a company working within the energy sector in a high growth environment, we felt we needed some objective assistance to ensure that we were heading in the right direction.

We felt it best to do this now rather than find we had to repair things down the track. Ray has been enlisted by HEQ to help continue our growth in a sustainable and structured way. Doing this, we are more readily able to take on more work through having the right people in the right places with the corresponding structures and plans in place for the future.

Ray’s work in identifying the strengths and weaknesses, in both the processes/ procedures and also through the interviews he has conducted with key staff and management has been pleasing to say the least. Collating and regularly reviewing the numbers and performance for the different divisions has also been invaluable. We continue to see progressive and positive change as he continues his work with us.

Greg Goodmanson - General Manager, HEQ. Dalby QLD.

In the last few months of working with Ray we have seen significant results within our business in terms of streamlining our processes and workflow along with the effectiveness of having redefined the supervisory roles.

This also involved ensuring that our current job management system was being fully utilised that we are still in process with. Once the initial stage was completed we then added a marketing focus to our improvement endeavours. From this we have seen our an estimated 65% increase in work over the last 4 months with one client returning to us representing approximately 50% of our current revenues. Given the increase of work we are now having to plan the next stage of growth.

Ray’s focus on ensuring that the internal efficiencies (workflows and our staff) along with the external focus of getting our company onto the front edge of marketing and growth has been a great approach. I have regained enthusiasm for my business, my mind has sharpened with the broadening of the scope of other potential work and opportunities and am much more optimistic about the future.

Brendan Findlay: Findlay Engineering Pty Ltd

Ray has enabled me to establish a performance driven culture within my business.

The implementation of a KPI system has driven greater accountability among my staff, resulting in increased efficiency across the business. His role as a business coach had been extremely valuable for me as a business owner in making strategic business decisions.

Damien Yates - Director, D & K Electrical Services Pty Ltd

We employed the services of Ray Hodge to increase the effectiveness of our management team and also to assist in our ambitious goal of doubling our business within the next three years. Ray’s work and the associated outcomes have been significant resulting in:

  • taking our current management team (who were already good at what they did) to the next level of maturity in their roles and personal confidence. This also involved the clarification and alignment of their future roles in relation to our expansion plans and repositioning accordingly
  • dealing with the ‘dead wood’ in the place
  • increased clarity on the strategic direction of the company which has resulted in two new acquisitions and one joint venture, improving revenues by a projected 12% in the short to mid term
  • approximately 50% shift in our account managers sales performance

It is also worth noting that I have increased time to work on the future of the business given that I now have a team who continue to carry on with the day to day business affairs.

Dean Nelson - Managing Director, Hoisting Equipment Specialists (Vic) Pty Ltd

This is a testament to the services of Ignite Business Consulting and more particularly Ray Hodge.

I have worked with Ray for in excess of 18 months for a combination of one-on-one coaching as well as participation in his course, Business in the Cellar. I chose to do both the one-on-one and group coaching to give me a broader range of skills. Rays individual consulting work has assisted in keeping me focused, setting up systems and reviewing budgets to keep my firm’s ‘producers’ accountable. Ray has also assisted greatly in providing advice and support during a transition period where the previous business owner left under unfavourable circumstances. The result for this last financial year is an approximate 25% increase in turnover when compared to the previous 2 financial years. Prior to working with Ray, the business had seen no growth or increase in staff performance. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Ray and Ignite Business Consulting to any business owner looking to increase productivity and profitability through the services of a supportive and knowledgeable coach

Peter McCartney - Spranklin McCartney Lawyers

Ray Hodge was engaged to help the directors of Roberts & Cowling analyse their business with an objective party.

In our first meeting Ray asked us to analyse our processes and as such designed a process map. This enabled us to identify bottle necks and design new efficient systems to overcome these bottlenecks. Ray then assisted us to establish and put in place these systems. In honesty we knew some of the systems were needed prior to Ray’s engagement however, having a third party discussing our business made it a matter of priority to put these in place. The third party accountability established by meeting with Ray made sure these systems were established and that we continued to work on the business.

This process helped us, with Ray’s assistance develop a vision statement of continual improvement. All staff have become engaged and business seems so much easier. Ray’s services made David Cowling and I continually evaluate the business, not just working in it doing the same thing day in day out. The business now is growing rapidly with a motivated team that reminds me of why I wanted to run my own business in the beginning. It has brought back excitement and a feeling of self-worth and accomplishment

Ben Roberts M Acct BBus (Man) Partner ROBERTS & COWLING

We recently met with Ray and embarked on his services to help turn our Electrical Contracting Business around from a 2 year slump.

We have used the services of business consultants prior but, while I found this insightful, my husband found it too “wishy washy” for him and did not trust that good vibes and little work was going to turn our business around.

Meeting with Ray was a reality check that sometimes it takes a lot of focus and old fashioned hard work to get the job done. Our time spent with Ray was focusing on positive marketing strategies that didn’t involve loads of cash flow (as in a slump there is no cash flow). This was done in three sessions and has definitely set us in the right direction and mind-set to make this work. We cut back on our marketing costs, which more than covered Ray’s consultant fee, and have 4 direct strategies to work with that are tailored to the direction we want to take the business.

I am pleased to say that we are currently experiencing a “boom” time in our business and look forward to continue putting in place the strategies to continue to grow our business.

Trish Elsden - Starr Electrics & Solar

When Ray initially began working with us we had significant challenges and bottlenecks in the areas of paperwork and cashflow. I felt like I was behind all the time.

Over a period of a few months, systems were created and implemented, our tradesmen adopted the new way of doing things, invoicing was happening quicker and the chaos started to ease. What is significant that we couldn’t see at the time is that the results in cashflow turnaround enabled us to fund a million dollar job that we could never have done previously out of business funds.

Kelly Mullins - J Mullins Plumbing

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