Cutting the jargon to help creative businesses scale
Strategy consulting can be associated with drawn-out scoping exercises and fee-generating activities, which do not necessarily add value to you. I have set up my consultancy services to focus on delivering value in a flexible and ethical way.
With over 24 years of professional experience, varying in many different sectors, including time at a top 4, I am an FCCA accountant and an MBA- I feel I have gained invaluable experience as a result.
For a friendly and ethical approach, get in touch to see how I can help.
Your time is precious
I want to make sure you focus on your priorities. My services are to fill gaps and to help ensure that you have more time to focus on- sales and growth.
Involve Your People
Sometimes your staff want the opportunity to be part of the change, or may want to develop new skills. I would prefer to collaborate with your people. It can be cost effective and morale boosting.
Three Pillars of Service
Choose what works for you
Fresh pair of Eyes
When you need only a few hours or a few days to get an objective opinion:
House in Order
When you need to get focused and target an area of your business:
When you want to build your own internal capabilities:
Some things are universal and a fresh pair of eyes from a completely different industry could be invaluable. However, if looking for sector specific, I have worked in Financial services, Retail, FMCG, Pharma,Tech start up, Media, fashion and Public Sector.
Want a practical review of your sustainability? At the core of sustainability is resource management. I can help you review your current processes and policies to develop ways to save on waste, improve knowledge of what sustainability actually is and aid transparency with your customers/clients.
Bin the Greenwashing
There are so many self-styled experts out there. But the reality is there is still so many unknowns and barriers to becoming truly green in the creative sector, especially fashion.
You might want to switch to an electric car, but is your electrical source coming from fossil fuels? A perceived positive switch might actually have a far greater negative impact.
Therefore to help guide you through what you can sensibly do for your business get in touch at email@example.com
360 business review
I work with businesses to develop their business infrastructure to maximise profits. This doesn't require endless meetings. Instead, a day or two to review the current business and examine all the functions.
By strategically reviewing the business in a friendly and non-judgemental way, leaders can take a much-needed opportunity to take a step back and plan for the future.
Prices depending on turnover
Mentoring, Pivoting and idea generation
I have found through mentoring for Startup loans and other clients, businesses appreciate a fresh pair of eyes to trigger and encourage new ideas.
It is not about reinventing the wheel, but using techniques to spot new markets, customers and opportunities. Meetings can be done in person or virtually.
Mentoring and Speaking
Some of the other things I get up to
I have spoken at events such as Pure London, Microsoft London SME events, and Enterprise Nations Fashion Exchange & their Accelerate program. Providing advice on finance and general business for startups and creative businesses. Plus I am not afraid to MC the odd event and have been trusted to take the reigns at tech conferences and events.
If you are looking for someone with a deep knowledge of Business, Finance, and Tech (I was in a Wayra winning Fashion Tech startup!) with a high energy engaging approach, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Podcast with the Twelve Ronnies on Investment opportunities post COVID here: https://soundcloud.com/12ronnies/john-attridge-darryl-bannon-12-ronnies-podcast-rtx
"Darryl worked with Colbea and its Board Members to create a new fresh set of governance to support its strategy and ambitions for growth. Darryl brought years of professional experience to support the process and her pragmatic approach aligned with Colbea's aims. I would have no hesitation in recommending Darryl"
Ashleigh (Booth) Seymour-Rutherford, CEO Colbea
'Darryl offers clear and concise advice to small businesses and is a great speaker as she shares her experience in a way that business owners can go away and implement. Highly recommended!'
Emma Jones, Founder, Enterprise Nation
“BlackLine has contracted with Darryl Bannon Consulting as our annual customer conference moderator for two consecutive years. Why is because she has an expert understanding of the challenges accountants face daily. Our conference spans a wide range of topics around the financial close for the modern accountant. Darryl knows how to pull together diverse panellists into a coherent narrative, expertly summarizes contributions and engages an audience well. We would not hesitate to recommend Darryl as a moderator”. Andres Botero, Chief Marketing Officer, BlackLine
Mentoring & Mastermind
From as little as an hour, I can do a Skype mentoring session to help you through a business decision, an employee dilemma and other matters that you don't know where to start.
I am lucky to have a great network of experts I can then refer you to for specialist help. For booking details please email me on email@example.com.
Please note I do not do 'referral programmes'. I do not charge for introductions, bad Karma. I'm happy to connect people for free as long as I know it will be a good fit:)
Want to discuss further?
I would be delighted to discuss how I can help or even match you with a more suitable person/firm (nothing wrong with being honest).
When it's easier to talk
I like to keep on top of these
I am a thought leader on finance for FSN