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Articles, blogs and resources created to support your business and leadership journey

Blog: Will Mass Remote Working Remain a Reality Post-Pandemic?

Blog: Will Mass Remote Working Remain a Reality Post-Pandemic?

In previous years the concept of a location independent working life, meaning you can work effectively from anywhere, has been on the wish list of many. This can be referred to as WFA (Work From Anywhere). Pre-pandemic very few managed to make WFA a reality, some examples of those who did are those with their own online businesses, digital nomads

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Blog: Is Slowing Down the Key to Productivity?

Blog: Is Slowing Down the Key to Productivity?

​Many successful business people identify with being a ‘Type A’ personality, which we colloquially agree means ambitious, action oriented, goal driven and tenacious. This often translates to a full schedule and a long To Do List with big goals to achieve. However, we are all limited by the time and energy we have available to succeed, so it’s useful to develop strategies to maximise productivity.

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Insight Article: Sustainability and the Board

Insight Article: Sustainability and the Board

It seems that climate change is rarely out of the news these days; jostling for top-spot with COVID, Brexit and US politics. Yet, in SKCI’s experience, the Directors of many companies are still struggling to define a clear strategy for sustainability and climate change. Smaller companies are often doing little whilst it is easy for larger companies to focus on the legal requirements…

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Download SKCI’s SWOT Analysis Worksheet

SWOT is one of the first tools you should use when looking into strategy development. Our framework lays out a clear structure so that you can manage your strategy development in an effective way.

Book Your Complimentary Business Consultancy Call

SKCI’s team of expert consultants look forward to connecting with you on a free introductory call. Our aim is to give you value, and a practical action plan, from the very first step you take with us.

Download SKCI’s PEST Analysis Worksheets

PEST Analysis is a tool used to understand the macro external factors affecting your organisation. PEST stands for Political, Economic, Social and Technical.

Some Client Testimonials

In working with SKCI our key goal was to raise investment for the company, Stephen has been critical to that project and we now have our first stage of funding in the bank. SKCI supported Turnkey during the investment process by reviewing corporate governance, managing the discussions with the potential investors and developing a valuation model for the business. Following this investment, we have asked Stephen to join the board of Turnkey where he is helping us to develop the business further

Tony Wines

Founder & CEO, Turnkey Group

As CEO of a small but growing company, it is essential to have around you the experience needed to guide you through the risks and opportunities that you encounter. Stephen Kirk has been there for me, the Board and Management Team at The Planet Mark, mentoring us individually and providing vital additional expertise and resource for us to rapidly and safely grow the business.  It’s so important to have that support there, on tap. But his support goes beyond his direct experience, it is also his calmness and humour that makes the whole process productive, rewarding and enjoyable.  And that makes all the difference.

Steve Malkin

CEO, The Planet First

Strategy Hub

SKCI’s Strategy Hub is your One-Stop-Shop for all your business strategy needs. You will find SKCI’s 5 Key Questions (5KQ) of Business Strategy. Work your way through from article 5KQ 1 – 5, or dip in and out as you like. A growing library of Strategy Tools are available to download in easy to use Word and Powerpoint format.

Ansoff Growth Matrix – SKCI Business Strategy Tool

Ansoff Growth Matrix – SKCI Business Strategy Tool

Ansoff Growth Matrix - SKCI Business Strategy ToolBackground The Ansoff Growth Matrix, sometimes called the Product/Market Expansion Grid, was developed by the applied mathematician Igor Ansoff and first published in the Harvard Business Review in 1957. The grid shows...

Insight Article: Strategy Series Question 1 – Where are we now?

Insight Article: Strategy Series Question 1 – Where are we now?

Insight Article: Strategy Series Question 1 – Where are we now?“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.  Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”Many business leaders find the process of developing strategy quite daunting. Part of the...

SWOT Analysis – SKCI Business Strategy Tool

SWOT Analysis – SKCI Business Strategy Tool

SWOT Analysis – SKCI Business Strategy ToolBackground SWOT analysis is one of the most popular strategy tools available due to its simplicity and effectiveness. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and is most often used in the early stages...

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