Although my main business experience has been running a Recruitment Consultancy from start up to £20m turnover and exit, I do have experience of working with other sectors of the economy in my role as a Business Mentor over the past 10-12 years. Some of the other businesses I’ve worked with have included:
- Sale of a specialist Xmas business to an external buyer
- Set up and scale up of a specialist health & fitness business
- Expansion and development of a specialist Sports business across different locations
- Start up and development of a specialist maternity business
- Feasibility study into the building of a new niche Sports facility
- Expansion of a specialist Accountancy franchise and associated Consultancy business
- New business plan for an online car & van hire organisation
My involvement in these businesses has varied from specialist advice on one particular aspect of their business to working with an organisation over a longer period of time to resolve numerous issues. Businesses worked with have ranged from start ups(both pre start and shortly after starting)to businesses in their first 6-12 months and those longer established businesses requiring a fresh perspective on business problems.
Talent on Leave
“I first met Colin at an RBS Entrepreneur Accelerator event connecting mentors and entrepreneurs. His experience spoke volumes but what struck me most was that he knew the right questions to ask to help us dig deeper in our products, services, customers and operations. His encouragement, guidance and careful challenging has helped Talent On Leave to move from an idea to a growing business with a big vision, even in COVID 19. From contributing his time to bounce ideas around, supporting my thought processes as I tackled challenges and encouraging me to future proof even the here and now, the learning continues!”
Adam Brown Tennis Academy
“Colin has been an enormous help to my business. He has provided invaluable advice at key times which has enabled me to successfully develop and expand to become the leading tennis academy in Scotland. His calm, thoughtful approach has meant that I have been able to make decisions confidently and with the knowledge that I have taken everything into account. In addition his contacts and advisors have provided the required expert specialist advice when required. There is no doubt that Coresco has been key to the success of my sports business to date and I will have no hesitation in contacting him again in the future.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to have Colin as a business mentor since 2015. I was 22 at the time and it’s fair to say I didn’t have much business experience as I came from a Sporting background. I knew Colin had a very successful business that he started from scratch so I figured he would be a great person to approach for some advice about my business idea. Colin was more than happy to take me under his wing and pass on his knowledge.
Colin has been fundamental in helping me to turn my idea into first a “Lifestyle Business” turning over circa 45K and now more recently transitioning it into a scalable business operating internationally with financial projections increasing to 385-500K.
This involved growing the team and investing heavily in technology and content creation. As well as complete re-brand.
A few key attributes that Colin has helped me with include:
- Business Planning / Model
- Financial cash flow projections
- Successful Grant Applications
- Generating sales prospects/techniques
- Growing my professional network & forming partnerships
A shining example of how a mentor can develop someone professionally and as a person.”