What Is A Business Consultant?
By definition, a business consultant is a working professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as security, management, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing, finance, engineering, science and digital transformations. We’ve probably missed a few specialisms off, but there really are too many to account for.
There can sometimes be some confusion surrounding what a business consultant is or what they actually do. The term is often considered to be very broad surrounding the work consultants can actually perform, but there are specific characteristics that set them apart from any other profession.
First of all, a consultant provides knowledge, expertise and support for a client and their business. Why? Well, it’s as simple as this. Overall, a business will contact a consultant or a consultancy firm if they feel they lack the experience to fulfil certain tasks within their business. In return for their skills, a consultant will charge a fee dependent on the work needed to be completed.
But it’s not just extra skills that consultants can bring to the table.
If you read our blog post last year, we talked about the trials and tribulations of running a family business. You can read that here. We focussed on the conflicts that can arise in family establishments due to the nature and structure of family businesses including the overlap of job roles, miscommunication and personal disputes. This is also an area in which consultants come in. They are independent and hold no bias over familial politics so they can provide an alternative view on problems and solutions.
What Does Ampios Offer?
Here at Ampios, our consultants work and operate as independent consultants under the canopy of Ampios’s name. You’ve probably heard of the ‘Big Four’ : Price Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. Unless you’re a large corporation with big bucks to spend, you probably won’t be considering these companies. Here at Ampios, we work with small to medium sized businesses and will be much more purse friendly but we can still provide you with fresh insight, experience and capability to help you develop winning strategies for your business.
So now you’ve identified your issue and need to get the ball rolling, what’s next? it’s probably best you know which types of consultants are available to you. This is where the fun begins. We have 13 consultants here at Ampios that all specialise in various different areas throughout business. Our consultants are specialised to work with you in the following areas:
- Human Resources,
- Digital Transformation
- Culture Building and Health and Safety Training
- Business Transformation and Profit Improvement
- Strategic Review and Direction Planning
- Overseas Trade and Global Business Growth
- Financial Management
- Finance-Raising and Corporate Governance
- Strategic Leadership and Corporate Governance
Phew! That was quite an extensive list. So now you know what they can do, you can take a look at their friendly faces here, and get to know them a little bit better.
So before we go any further, you’ve probably noticed we don’t call our business consultants, consultants. We refer to them as Management Partners. It’s effectively the same thing, however Managing Partners are responsible for guiding the overall strategic direction of the business as well as managing its daily activities.
How Does Ampios Work With You?
First things first, we need to know what you’re trying to achieve. We want to help you grow and ensure the overall success of your business. Ampios can help you create a strategic vision to aim for, its timeline and to plan your strategies to achieve that vision. Planning requires execution and we’ll work alongside you, with independent eyes and expertise, to ensure plans are turned into action.
We’ll effectively assign you an account manager, this will be your management partner. To initiate our plan going forward we will create a proposal that outlines how we’re going to work with you. We will sit down with you and offer you a ½ day review, to get to the core of what really needs improving. We’ll then go away and write a report on the areas we feel are a little concerning, this will also include a summary of our discussion. Once we’ve established the help you need we will go away and get straight to work. But don’t worry, we won’t leave you in the dark, we’ll give you regular check ins to keep you in the know.
But bear in mind this isn’t a quick fix, these things take time, effort and a lot of hard work. If you’re ready to take the first step and help your business get back on the right track, please get in touch today. Either give us a call on +44 (0)333 987 4672 or fill in our contact form via the website.