Busi­nesses of­fered free ‘health check’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS FOR THE VERY LATEST JOBS AN - by Mike Ben­nett

ASH­FORD en­tre­pre­neur and busi­ness leader Philip Carter is be­gin­ning a new ven­ture de­signed to help other com­pa­nies achieve suc­cess.

Mr Carter is be­com­ing an Icon Busi­ness So­lu­tions ad­viser and will be us­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence to help busi­nesses tackle the prob­lems that can seem so daunt­ing to fledg­ling firms.

He said: “Many busi­ness own­ers are so busy with the day-to­day prob­lems of run­ning the busi­ness that tak­ing a step back and look­ing at how they can im­prove what they are do­ing be­comes a lux­ury they think they can’t af­ford.”

The 52-year-old busi­ness­man said that if they don’t take a long hard look at where they are go­ing and how they plan to get there then they could soon run into prob­lems.

He said: “Cash flow prob­lems, 70 or 80 hour work­ing weeks, staffing is­sues – all th­ese things can seem in­sur­mount­able for the busi­ness owner, par­tic­u­larly if he or she is spend­ing ev­ery work­ing minute at the ‘coal face’.”

His new role chal­lenges busi­nesses to take a hard look at what they are do­ing by of­fer­ing them a free busi­ness health check.

If that finds ar­eas of weak- ness that the owner thinks need to be tack­led then Icon can work with them to strengthen their com­pany.

Icon works by of­fer­ing ad­vice not from busi­ness the­o­rists but from peo­ple who have proved they know what they are talk­ing about – by do­ing it them­selves.

Mr Carter says his suc­cess in run­ning re­tail busi­nesses in Ash­ford make him ideally suited to help oth­ers, while his chair­man­ship of the Ash­ford Town Cen­tre Part­ner­ship and his role as a di­rec­tor of the Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce gives him ad­di­tional in­sight.

Philip Carter with Icon re­gional di­rec­tor Glyn Moore

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