I think the best thing we ever did was to employ Greg to merge the two practices into a new entity because of what we've achieved. We made an enormous progression very quickly. Our financial performance has been excellent and I don't think we would have been able to achieve that on our own in such a quick period of time.
We strongly recommend Greg for anyone else who’s planning to go down the path that we have, which was acquisition and mergers of businesses and practices. I think Greg is in a very good position to advise other veterinarians on how to better perform in their business. On a financial level, the new business is growing 20 per cent as opposed to our original growth of about 6 per cent. That's partly due to the fact that the staff have been released and allowed to run on their own and with more structure. Certainly financially it's been very successful.
Hugh and Libby McIntosh
Owners, Care Veterinary Group - Toowoomba
Probably the greatest impact since starting with Greg is the direction where all of our business, life and family aspects of our life were heading.
There is definitely an increase in the bottom line of the business which is probably the main reason I started with Greg. We're working the same type of hours whereas before there was no direction in where those hours were going.
The difference is we are working more on the business. The opportunities have just started to roll from there, we are able to give more direction to staff and more direction to the business itself. So rather than having to go out and get those, or just hope those opportunities come, they're just rolling on now.
The way I describe (Greg’s service) is it's about having clear directions and also being more a business partner than a business coach. It's not about advertising, it's not about the sales, it’s not about three-for-one offers that other coaches have talked to me about. This is about having a clear direction of where you want to go and having clear structures in place and then everything else will flow from there. There's no fluff.
If you are serious about moving your business forward and growing your business in the direction that you actually want to take it, then I think the service that you need needs to come from an outsider. I've been an athlete all my life and I've always take the value of the coach in that and I think the business needs someone like that as well. I truly believe that there's some sort of internal system that has to be there for a business to move forward, a small business to move forward because the support's just not there.
Owner, Vision Health and Fitness - Toowoomba
The Board of Crystalaid Manufacture engaged Greg Gunther to facilitate its inaugural strategic review. Managing a diverse range of personalities, ages and cultures, Greg successful assisted us to work through the current situation and critically examine our future options. Greg’s approach was effective, structured and delivered clear outcomes for our board.
Crystalaid Manufacture Pty Ltd
We had a vision to grow the business into a national operation, to be bigger than our current skill set, thinking and financial restraints. We didn’t know what we didn’t know as it turned out!
Luckily we had the foresight to bring Greg Gunther as an independent director, shareholder and employee of Fitzpatricks Financial Group to help us realise our vision.
The business under Greg’s guidance went from two partners making decisions on the run to a functional business, governed by a board with independent representation.
Greg, as unconscionable big brother, took us through a process of setting up the Board for Fitzpatricks, along with our yearly calendar, governance framework, decision making process, accountability and roles and responsibilities. In the early days he hounded us to get us functioning and to be accountable to the business and all stakeholders.
Three years later, our business has grown considerably. We are clear on our vision, our governance is robust, financials outstanding and we have attracted quality outstanding industry leaders to our business. This in particular we never thought possible. A great result in hindsight from humble beginnings. All made possible by one phone call. Thanks Greg!
If you’re thinking of taking your business to the next level or have a second set of eyes cast over it, I cannot recommend Greg highly enough.
Fitzpatricks Financial Planning