Our Intensive Growth programme is 12 months of individual mentoring and focus on where you can create the biggest impact on your consultancy.

What does the engagement look like?

Iyas works directly with the owners and 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.

This engagement has 3 distinct phases:

  1. Planning and analysis, where together we analyse the state of your business. Expect the conversations to be blunt (yet hopefully enjoyable at the same time!). Typically, this is covered in 3 to 5 days in the first couple of weeks.
  2. Momentum-building, where I spend a day a week with you to get into the cycle of execution and make it simply the way you do business. This takes us to the end of the first quarter.
  3. Advisory and fine-tuning, where I spend a day a month with you to keep on track, and act as a sounding board for the things that can and will hit your business in a good and challenging way.

In addition to the time spent physically with you, there is also phone and email access in between for more pressing conversations if needed.

Who is this for?

This is a good fit for technology consultancies and digital agencies who have a need and readiness for change. That need typically comes either because things look bleak, you've hit a plateau that you've not broken through for a while, or you're looking for accelerated growth but need experience to help make it happen.

Sometimes it's all 3.

Because of the time this takes, I can only ever do it with a handful of organisations at most. So 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 £1.0 m (smaller than this, and the service might be too expensive to make sense);
  • that we get on with each other.

This engagement is a year-long commitment at £4,000 per month.

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 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!