Businesses offered free ‘health check’
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