Consultancy Diagnostic

Identify your biggest opportunities for growth, scale or profitability

10x to 30x ROI

In 3 to 5 days over a 2 week period, our Managing Partner, who has led consulting organisations from startup to 500 consultants, will review all key areas of your consultancy and give you a to-the-point actionable list of recommendations to scale, grow or turnaround your organisation.

What does the engagement look like?

The goal is to give you a very specific set of actionable recommendations of what it would take to make the biggest impact to your business. The recommendations would be in a tight, straight to the point document of no more than 4 or 5 pages, and discussions about all of the points through the engagement.

Over 3 to 5 days, we'll cover these areas:

  • Fires: current urgent areas of concern;
  • Control: control systems for the business to ensure it intentionally drives towards its goals;
  • Platform: critical foundational building blocks for scale;
  • Business areas: the core business areas of a consulting organisation.

Let's talk

If you'd like to see if this would be useful for you, schedule a 45 minute chat with Iyas using this link.
Or contact us and we'll get back in touch.

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!