The Business: The company’s focus is the supply of transit, industrial and bespoke packaging and packing materials to most industry sectors UK wide.
The Challenge: Provide support to Swiftpak’s top team and head of marketing in the development of their marketing strategy for the next three years.
Support Delivered: Simon Derry and Steve Constable facilitated a corporate strategy development session with the members of Swiftpak’s top team. This session identified the key elements of the company’s three-year plan. Steve Constable then worked with Swiftpak’s head of marketing to support the development of a detailed marketing strategy.
Future Plans: In the process of developing a corporate strategy, the Directors have identified that a process for promoting and ensuring innovation would set the company apart from their competitors. Vitalsix have been asked to facilitate an innovation strategy session with Swiftpak’s top team early in 2017.
Quote: “Working with Vital Six last year was incredibly useful for us as a growing company. The strategic level planning we did with them was brilliantly insightful and has given us a much clearer focus for our continued growth going forward” Toni Henderson - Marketing manager
Many businesses with more than 10 plus full-time staff recognise that they need some to help with managing their human resources but don’t need a full time person and or do not have the knowledge or confidence to address people issues as they start to unfold.
Vital Six have a number of HR specialists that work with clients in the Thames Valley providing a retained HR service for a few days each month to help keep them up to date with areas such as legal requirements, policy and process and dealing with tricky situations such as redundancies, restructures, dismissals and other staffing matters such as, training, retaining the top people and recruitment.
One of our retained clients is a niche software company servicing the insurance sector. In the last twelve months we have provided the executives with practical HR help to update contracts and policies introduce a simple data base to manage required records along with supporting a restructure and redundancy programme and outplacement help for those that would be looking for work. Other projects have been on general staffing matters to resolve disputes, a leadership development programme and help on recruitment to find key members of staff.
Getting the right help has saved the business significant savings in staffing costs and through careful management of the tricky issues avoided any legal claims or staff disputes.
"Becoming MD of Contemi UK Ltd, a software supplier, was a big step up for me as for anyone. And, such a change presents an excellent opportunity to make changes within a company. I was lucky enough to be put in contact with VitalSix who helped identify changes and improvements, particularly in terms of HR and increasing the skills levels of the new management.
A plan was put in place and at a very early stage, but events occurred which meant the plan needed to be changed. VitalSix was there to support, help and guide me to mitigate the effects of those events, and get the company back on track. We then returned to many aspects of the original plan, plugging some HR holes that had grown over time, and have started with a programme to move the company forward in terms of investing in better soft skills". William Pitt - Managing Director, Contemi.
VitalSix are a regular visitor to the Contemi office, as well as being in regular contact, to grow a relationship and help Contemi be the success it can be.
The Business: Development Pathways brings together a group of social policy experts with extensive international experience of working on social protection, social development, gender, financial inclusion, and livelihoods. The aim is to provide creative, evidence-based and context-specific solutions to the social and economic policy challenges facing developing countries.
The Challenge: To assist Development Pathways with growth plans and restructuring.
Support Delivered: VitalSix were approached by Development Pathways in 2015 when the company was preparing for growth and required some coaching support. At that point turnover was £650k with 2 full time employees and a network of consultants. The support delivered, included a full business plan review, financial forecasting and vision for growth. In 2017, having grown the business to a turnover of £2m+ with 17 employees VitalSix were recommissioned. A one day workshop looking at vision, structure and board roles was delivered and further input requested on the financial forecasts including a full review of the forecasting model.
Future Plans: VitalSix is now assisting with the build of a robust set of financial forecasts and looks forward to working further with Development Pathways on people development and growth strategy.
Quote: “VitalSix have helped us develop our vision for the future and understand the roles needed and how best to structure our business to move forward. Their form of practical advice and facilitation born from direct experience has been invaluable” - Sandra Kidd, HR Manager - Development Pathways