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Business planning & strategy

Having an honest, broad-reaching and thought-provoking discussion with a skilled, independent party can be the catalyst for clarity – a clear direction to take the business forward and an understanding of what is key to success.

It could be getting over a hurdle you have been unable to navigate, chasing a new opportunity, testing a diversification idea, developing better internal or governance procedures, singling in on unit or aspect of the organisation, or pausing to reassess the direction of the business overall. An independent party will help in taking the helicopter view of your business and the industry in which you operate.

The day-to-day demands of a business leader – or those in charge of units or departments – can mean little time to reflect on your business and what's required to achieve your vision. And if you were to seek objective support or advice, it can be costly and complex.

Clients that work with Grant Thornton, for whatever reason, gain access to our value add business strategy sessions. The industry and specialist team assembled from our full service firm is dictated by your business, industry, and current challenges, as is the frequency of the sessions – which can be at the outset of a relationship or engagement, periodically or annually.

Following these, leadership teams receive 3-5 critical business issues identified for achieving success, and a plan for how you can achieve these milestones with a practical implementation plan. We can help with the communication to your broader team, check in to see how you’re tracking, or run the required programs alongside your teams.

While we are known as tax and compliance experts, we draw upon our industry, advisory and specialised service providers to run an engaging strategy clarification and confirmation workshop. Collectively, we determine what is critical to the success of your business, not just identifying what Grant Thornton can deliver. Recognition of success is measured in those moments, when clarity of direction and opportunity are confirmed.

Our business strategy workshops

Grant Thornton International took the learnings of strategic conversations and built a methodology that is focused on all aspects of a business, through to a logical understanding of what is truly critical to the success of a business. We call it 6-Box – a program that focuses attention on the six critical success factors for business survival and growth:

  • Realistic strategic ambitions
  • Finance growth
  • Manage risk and regulation
  • Optimise operations
  • Engage leadership and talent
  • Maximise stakeholder value

With informed questioning and visual aids, it is easy for you to articulate your ambitions, prioritise areas of focus and develop a clear action plan. Our investment in technology means we can work alongside you, or remotely, regardless of where you are based or how you prefer to work.

The 6-Box framework is dynamic and can be used to facilitate a full workshop with your key management or the framework can be applied to a one-on-one conversation.

 

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Testimonial

Heka Hoods

Heka Hoods

6 Box - A Client's Perspective
6 Box - A Client's Perspective
6 Box - A Client's Perspective
"The 6 Box session with Grant Thornton (Mark Phillips, Peter Parsons and Madison Rose) was extremely engaging and also useful from a practical perspective. Mark’s extensive background and knowledge in manufacturing gave me additional insight into options and improvements in our current operations. Mark was also able to give perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted the manufacturing sector on a broader scale. For example, it was reassuring to know that other manufacturing businesses inundated with orders had found it difficult to find staff in the last quarter of 2020 when labour shortages were not yet a well- known issue for businesses operating in this space. It was reassuring to know nearly all other manufacturing businesses were experiencing the same pain and helped us look at the problem differently...

DIFOT

DIFOT

6 Box - A Client's Perspective (cont'd)
6 Box - A Client's Perspective (cont'd)
6 Box - A Client's Perspective (cont'd)
"We have implemented DIFOT (delivery in full, on time) measures as a result of the meeting and tracking this has really helped us identify areas for improvement and also recognise where we are performing really well especially against industry standards. The 6 Box session with the Grant Thornton team was a highlight for me in 2020. I have enjoyed working with Peter and Madison over the last 2 years and find that their personalised service and professional approach to be very beneficial to both myself and the business. Thank you!" Yvette Kordick Diprose Managing Director Heka Hoods [Heka Hoods is a manufacturer of aluminium one-piece awnings without brackets.]