The Managing Director of Triangle Software endured a gruelling application process before being accepted to join a scheme that supports the heads of established small businesses and social enterprises via a programme of high quality, practically-
The aim of the programme, which in the North West is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University is to equip businesses for growth.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that offers unique networking and peer-learning opportunities as well as providing a high quality, practically focussed business and management education,” said Tim speaking from his office that sits in the shadow of Jodrell Bank at Lower Withington near Macclesfield.
“It was an opportunity that was just too good to miss especially at a time when we are all faced with challenging economic conditions that demand a degree of precision management from business owners and managing directors.”
But why does a businessman with an impressive track record need additional business and management education. After all Tim has enjoyed a long and successful career in the airline industry before taking the reins of fast growing bespoke software specialist Triangle Software.
He even headed up Triangle’s development and subsequent successful launch last year of Cocentric, an affordable business software package suitable for all small to medium sized businesses whatever their activity.
Cocentric, dubbed the ‘Holy Grail’ of business software, has been taken up by a wide range of businesses across the UK and is about to be exported to the offices of two Scandinavian companies.
“Yes, of course I’ve had lots of hands-on experience in business,” added Tim. “But over the years I have learned that in good times anybody can make money by just getting on with things and working hard.
“But when the times get tough you’ve got to look very closely at what you are doing and why you’re doing it and ensure that your are working effectively and efficiently. You also need to focus on improving your performance and the performance of your team.
“The networking opportunities and the business education that I am enjoying under the auspices of this Goldman Sachs programme is giving me a unique opportunity to identify my weaknesses and work out better ways of achieving my aims,” added the businessman who lives with his wife in Congleton.
“I am talking to other business leaders involved in this programme and by sharing our experiences we are giving each other valuable insights into a whole range of business practices and issues. I am convinced that when I come through this programme I will be a better Managing Director and a more able leader.
“Manchester Metropolitan University provides a very supportive environment where we can dig into the details of real issues. And the quality of the presenters, course tutors and others on the programme means I am constantly challenged which is something business owners don’t always experience.”
Now it looks like Tim will be kept extremely busy on his return to his business. The £650,000 a year turnover company with a full time staff of 12 has recently attracted two major new clients who have commissioned the Lower Withington IT experts to design entirely new bespoke software.
They will join Triangle’s impressive client list which includes the Ministry of Defence, Tarmac and Nottingham City Transport.
“I feel the 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme has given me a valuable opportunity to work on my business rather than in it,” added Tim. “It has also introduced me to a number of other business owners who have been prepared to share their experiences with others and I am certain this will provide me with a valuable network of like-minded people for many years.
“The programme so far has been extremely useful and my brain is brimming with new ideas which I’ll be implementing back at Triangle over the next few months..”
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