Jon Asquith, MD of ActionCOACH Sheffield, has been working with UK SMEs for more than 15 years. Here he shares with unLTD how his local focus and pro bono stance has been a ‘revelation’ since lockdown, helping dozens of companies with free strategy sessions
I’m a local lad, born in Rotherham but have ended up traveling the UK supporting SMEs in their growth and development and after working with more than 1000 companies in the last 15 years, I made the decision to support my local community in 2019.
The vision is to help and empower 100,000 people in the next ten years and help transform the Sheffield economy. This pro bono stance has been a revelation since lockdown first started, as I’ve been able to help dozens of companies with free strategy sessions, along with a free monthly call with guest speakers talking about anything from sales to mental wellbeing.
I also launched ‘Sheffield Steel, The Lockdown Interviews’ with business owners from the region to discover how people have been adapting and changing how they do business in these unprecedented times. The idea was to share some insight, fun and much needed good news. It all felt a bit doom and gloom and from working with owners of companies in the region and seeing what they had been doing, I thought we needed to share a positive message. We’ve built up more than 20,000 people watching the YouTube series. The feedback from companies across the Sheffield City Region has been fantastic and it’s so rewarding to know I have done a little to help.
Gerry Arcari. founder and MD of Vivid Creative: “Jon has been our rock during lockdown – helping us stay calm and focussed on strategies to succeed. The results speak for themselves – we have had an incredibly strong trading quarter – in excess of the previous quarter before lockdown! We are now focused on growth across all service areas and are actively looking to recruit new staff.
Jon is now pivotal to our growth. He’s incredibly talented and gets the best out of you and your teams, he’s a ‘must have’ additional to any SME business looking for growth.”
Karl Austin, director of KDA Web Services: “Deciding to work with Jon wasn’t an easy decision for our collective ego, but it has been a revelation. We’ve got more done on our business in the last three months than we had in the last three years.”
Wez Little, operations director of ControlPoint: “Jon has become an integral part of our business, providing unrivalled insight from his vast business experience, and from within the group of small business clients Jon has built up. If I had to sum up Jon in a sentence – he is ‘Insight Man’, your SME business superhero.”
ActionCOACH Sheffield is all about helping you achieve the business you want, that third eye to offer perspective, confidence, skill, and knowledge on how to get your business really working.
Has your business taken a dip due to lockdown? Are you on the up and want to keep on climbing? Have you perhaps lost your way a little and need some direction and guidance? If you answered YES to any of the above, get in touch for a complimentary business strategy session to help you re-focus, give you impetus and improve your business.
Tel: 0114 358 2788