Here at Cloud-Busting we are passionate about helping SME businesses navigate their way through the scale-up transition phase from Small to Medium.
Thriving SME businesses provide the UK economy with revenue and growth that enables our fabulous country to prosper in the global arena.
For every business we help successfully transition from Small to Medium, we know we have helped to secure long-term stability for the business and facilitated the creation of jobs for future generations. Driving growth through innovation and focus on culture, vision and people-engagement. Medium-sized organisations generate a wider positive impact on society.
Being Managing Director of an SME business is lonely, whether you want to admit it or not. Few SME’s organisations have a structure of support and accountability at the top level as we often see in larger organisations. It is very much the buck stops here with the MD.
Working with Cloud-Busting, you will feel supported, you will have a confidential sounding-board to bounce and explore ideas and solutions. And you will be challenged to push your business to the next level. You can do it.
We are practical thinkers, straight-talkers, honest and caring. We are hands-on. And we are here to help you prevent clouds from forming, and if they do, you will know how to avoid losing your TIME, your PLAN and your TEAM.
But WHY do we do it?
“Over the 17 years I was Managing Director, I spent one third of my time working ON the business and two-thirds hands-on in the business sorting out issues around cash, people, product, customers, suppliers, systems. But the time I actually spent ON the business, we scaled, innovated, made great hires, promoted A-star employees, entered new markets, gained new customers and strengthened its brand.”
Mel spotted the pattern recurring over the years, and goes on to say “I knew this was not the right balance and best use of my time. So I started to explore options to tackle the issues we were finding whilst scaling-up. Over the years I joined Vistage and Nexus CEO peer groups, had business coaching, attended leadership training, attended workshops run by their accountants and banks, networked, accessed grants and support for the business. I also brought in consultants, specialists and part-time help to support the leadership team. Some of the initiatives made a few individual positive dents, but there never was that sizable shift and sustainable scale of the business. Instead it was a slow slog, requiring my 24/7 support which felt increasingly more frustrating as I grew further away from where I knew I could make the biggest difference.”
“I understand what those issues look like for MD’s and CEO’s, I also understand how they form, just like clouds building in the sky, and more importantly how to tackle, not just to make a small dent, but to take help other business leaders take their business to the next level of scale-up success.”