Our founder, Iyas, works directly with a very limited number of technology consulting and digital agency boards. See below for details, and fill in the form if you'd like to know more.

What does the engagement look like?

Custom Engagement

If you're looking for a voice of experience to discuss tough choices, get out of a rut, exploit a new opportunity, make a change, figure out why profitability isn't where it should be, bounce around how to deal with a challenging contractor, discuss why your best consultants are leaving, why there's a project quality issue, why there's still too much dependency on your "start consultant" (or founder) to dive in and rescue a project, why clients aren't retaining you even though you've done a great job, or any other myriad of issues and opportunities that are involved in running and growing a tech consulting business, then this may well be the best option for you.

I work directly with the boards of a handful of client consultancies and agencies to help them grow and build scale, and to do it in a values-led way. I'll schedule a regular day every month with your board to dive into specific topics, and make myself available in between for phone and email (within reason!) to help on things that may be more pressing.

Although each engagement is defined according to your needs, the emphasis has tended to be on:

  • Creating strategies, and actually finding ways to achieve them rather than leaving them as "hope";
  • Creating supporting structures and processes to scale the business;
  • Troubleshooting, discussing exits, rediscovering the mojo, getting clarity on direction, and other small questions!

The goal is to create a business that is sustainable, ready for profitable growth, and values-centred. Consultancies and agencies I've worked with, ranging from a turnover of around £1 million to £5 million, have all gained from a clearer strategy, a mechanism for turning that strategy into goals and action, and all while growing rapidly and driving their values through the organisation, in one instance doubling within 12 months.

I only do this work with a handful of organisations. The decision whether to do it or not depends on available time, and the following criteria:

  • a demonstrable commitment to take action;
  • a demonstrable commitment to lead with values;
  • turnover over £1.5 m (smaller than this, and the service would be too expensive to make sense);
  • that we simply get on with each other.

it's essential to talk at the start to see if we are a fit for each other before any kind of commitment. Get in touch with the form above if you're interested, and we'll call you for a chat.

Iyas's background and experience

I'm Iyas, the founder of Inspired Indie, and the person delivering most of the services outlined above. I co-founded a consultancy which I grew from 2 to 30+ consultants before it was merged into a larger consulting company. I joined its board of directors, and took on a dispirited and rapidly diminishing team of 60 consultants. Leading with a core set of values, I turned its shrinkage around and grew it to over 200 before we sold the company for over £40m to a large corporate. I stayed there for a period in which I led a team of 500 consultants across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and left to return to working with the dynamic world of entrepreneurs.

So I bring experience of having been there from 2 consultants to 500.

Phase 1 - Startup to 30 consultants

  • Co-founded a Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse consultancy;
  • Grew it to 30+ consultants;
  • Primarily blue-chip client base such as Lloyds, Mothercare, Debenhams and Yell.
  • Merged into a larger Business and Technology consultancy, in which I took a shareholding stake.

Phase 2 - Communities of Practice

  • Took on a board role in merged consultancy to develop our Intellectual Capital;
  • Created communities of practice and community days, which were responsible for significant increases in knowledge sharing and capability development.

Phase 3 - Growing to 200 Consultants

  • As part owner and board director, took over a team of 60 consultants, our largest, in a turnaround scenario;
  • Leading with a set of principles focussed on developing our team to become world class, I put in place a structure and practices that reduced consultant churn (i.e. the % leaving us every year) from a disastrous 40% to an industry leading 6%;
  • Grew the practice to over 200 consultants, started a practice in India, recruited a support team, recruited a recruiter to overhaul recruitment (too many 'recruits' in that sentence?);
  • Made us a destination employer so we no longer needed any external recruitment while we grew from 60 to over 200 consultants, and saving well over £1 million in recruitment fees;
  • Created an environment where we achieved recognition (ranked 4th Full Services Agency in Europe by Forrester), challenged and grew the best consultants, and (nearly) all enjoyed the ride;
  • Created a children's charity alongside, and aligned our consultancy's fundraising efforts to it with fun events put on by our operations team.

Phase 4 - Acquired for £42M

  • Board member and part owner when we were acquired for £42 Million ($84 Million at the time) to kick-start a consulting practice across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • Took on the entire EMEA consulting team of nearly 500 ranging from UK to South Africa, Spain to the Middle East;
  • Grew and started practices in new territories;
  • Left to go back to independent companies where I believed the values were more aligned with my own beliefs.

Phase 5 - Helping Other Consultancies

  • Founded Inspired Indie to work with independent companies looking to grow in a way that is aligned with the founders' values. Using growth and values to reinforce each other, rather than in opposition.
  • Started working with consultancies, the businesses that are closest to my heart and experience.
Yes, everything I do is mindmapped!