Active Partnership2022-04-22T17:01:52+00:00

Active Partnership

Why would an Active Partnership work for you?

Would you like the support of a partner in your business but without the legal ties?

Small business owners typically juggle many tasks and it is easy to become overwhelmed by constant pressure, late nights, working weekends and never-ending deadlines. If your workload is not manageable you can soon find yourself surrounded with mounting problems. This is where an active partnership can make all the difference.

I’m not a ‘Business Coach’ I am a business owner, one who’s been there and done it. I have started, built and exited multiple businesses before starting consultancy work in 2017. I have been in your position and felt the same pain and frustrations that you have. I am passionate about working with you to get your business working for you rather than against you, just like I did in mine!

With an Active Partnership, I would be supporting you with the daily operations of your business without actually having a financial stake or share in the business. I will be there to help you not only improve but also grow your business by enhancing productivity and profitability and enabling change. I will provide an objective viewpoint to your business and I am on hand to help weather the storms as and when they arise.

Before you start….

Are you ready? It is not easy to bring someone into your business and accept the changes they may bring with them. Are you in a position to work with me and embrace the changes I would recommend?

Are you sure you will benefit from my help or would you prefer to go alone? Some people simply prefer to be alone and make decisions themselves. Whilst I will not take any ownership or control of your business, an Active Partnership only works for those who want to be part of a team and who really want active help to move their business forward.

Will your style work with mine? Starting an Active Partnership is a commitment and it is important that you can see us working together for the medium to long term. In order for your business to grow we need to work together and we would be able to discover that in our first meeting… if it’s not right for either of us we can walk away.

Benefits of a Active Partnership

  • We can divide up tasks, meaning things will get done faster and together we can tackle more than if you worked alone.
  • You benefit from additional knowledge. I have been in business since 2008 and I will bring skills and experience to your business that you might not have. You know your business and your industry and the products or services, but you might need help to run the business, create a training programme or providing or a recruitment process for example. My experience can help to direct your business onto a more successful path.
  • A sense checker on hand – Two heads are better than one. Working in your business as the only senior decision maker can be a very lonely place to be, and it can be difficult to work through ideas and changes that need to be made without another experienced person to help guide your through the process.
  • It is not a financial partnership, I have no say in the shares within your business, you remain the complete owner. My job is to help you improve your business.
  • I have an extensive network of professionals that I bring with me so if you need a specialist service or product, I can recommend individuals and businesses that are able to deliver because I have worked with them and I trust them.
When I first met Hayley my business was stuck and not really going anywhere, after working with her the business is now growing, her advice is invaluable. Thank you
Rachael Clifford
Rachael Clifford
Great advise and support from someone who has built massively successful businesses and can draw on the experience that comes with that. I'd highly recommend iekos for any startup business, or if you are wanting your business to take the next step.
Aubrey Harmony
Aubrey Harmony
Hayley was a massive support to me when i set up my business, helping me with everything for branding ideas to the financial set up. It was amazing to have her on hand as a sounding board having never set a business up before. I can not recommend her enough.
Lisa Betsworth
Lisa Betsworth
In working with Hayley and iekos we have been able to expedite our ability to hire by rapidly implementing critical policies and processes. Her advice and template documents were invaluable.
Paul Ridgway
Paul Ridgway
Working with Hayley was really helpful, her practical idea and advice have really helped our business run more efficiently. The fact that Hayley has grown her business from scratch was key to her understanding our pressures and challenges, and made her support even more credible.
Abi Golland
Abi Golland
Hayley provides invaluable insight to help build your business. Working with iekos has helped to focus my efforts on my businesses profitable growth areas. Having support and structure has made things so much easier and I have achieved more with her support in a few months than I could have imagined.
Abby Abrames
Abby Abrames

How does it work?

Client Name: Daniel

Business Type: Recruitment

Service provided: Active Partnership

Daniel came to me because he was overwhelmed and frustrated with his business he felt like he was in a cycle of frustration juggling Time, Team and Money on a daily basis he was working hard to try and get out of it but nothing he ever did seemed to make a difference to his situation. I began working with Daniel by assessing the financial side of the business. Upon doing this I found a number of in inefficiencies within the finances of the business and I focused on working on the contracts that they have in place the supplier agreements and reviewing everything that was going both into and out of the business. I made sure that there were really robust systems in place to ensure the our sales invoices were paid on time and chased up if not. And I also reviewed the payment agreements of suppliers to ensure they were realistic to the way cash flowed through the business.

Upon completing this and getting the business into a more stable cash position we were then able to start looking at other areas where the business needed to be improved the main focus of this being the team. Daniel was struggling to get the correct level of performance out of his team he felt like everybody was pulling in opposite directions. He was unable to get a consistent output across each individual team member. I sat down with him to understand more about the operational side of business and I did a process mapping exercise with the entire team to help them to understand the importance of working in a synchronised manner but also that if one person was to unfortunately take ill then another person would be in a position to pick up their desks so that both the clients and candidates received a consistent service.

We worked together with the team to create not only a candidate process but also a client management process we worked to improve the culture of the business and updated the values. As a result, the staff performance and morale improved dramatically as everyone felt part of a team and they knew exactly what was expected of them.

Active partnerships can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the need of the business – this is a done for you service…

Proven Business Success

“We just needed some advice to get on top of our employment issues, not having inhouse HR personnel made it really difficult for us to understand our obligations and what we needed to do. With very little disruption, Iekos helped us to understand the process and got buy in from our team too, thank you”. 

Gavin - Manager, PCMS Engineering

“Working with Hayley has been the game changer for us, we knew we needed to change in order to move forward we just didn’t know how. Having a structured approach to this has really helped get a plan in place that is realistic to follow” 

One to one sessions to help with the design and plan for implementation of new internal operational processes to ensure continuity and consistent quality of service and product.

Also, the implementation of full HR policies and procedures to aid and minimise HR issues.

“We had grown successfully over the last 5 years, but we hadn’t adapted what we were doing in order to stay on top of things. We were overwhelmed with the amount of work but just employing more people wasn’t helping. iekos helped us to change how we do things to make the business more streamlined and ultimately gave us a better focus”. Partner

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