From Nolan Penning – Former Owner – Magnum Flavours & Ingredients
“A few years before I wanted to sell my business, I attended John’s “Prepare Your Business Ready For Sale” course and this was extremely beneficial. I discovered that selling a business was a lot more complicated than I expected. After the course John worked with me as my business ready for sale coach to prepare my company for sale over an 18 month period.
When the time came to list I was fully prepared and achieved a very satisfying result. I cannot thank John and his Business Owners Board group enough for the support and guidance. My advice to business owners, call John today.”
Jurgen Van Pletsen – Entrepreneur and Founder of Blink Innovation, Niche Interview and others
“Whether you’re just getting started with your business or already thinking about an exit, John’s workshop will give you the right information to consider to ensure the whole process goes smoothly. Well worth it! It covers a range of issues often missed by business owners. As they say “a business worth selling, is a business worth keeping”, so even if you’re NOT interested in selling, I highly recommend attending one of these workshops because it will open your eyes to new opportunities. It will help you get out of the “job” you’ve created for yourself, think like a real entrepreneur and build something that works for you without you being present all the time.” – Jurgen Van Pletsen – Entrepreneur and Founder of Blink Innovation, Niche Interview and others
Gary Maynard – Owner – Medichill
“When it comes time to make big decisions, to bounce ideas off people or have a focus group on a new product, that’s when it can feel very lonely for a lot of small business people. That is where I have found John Denton’s mentoring/business owners board (Bob) to be invaluable assistance. You are grouped with a wide variety of like-minded people who want to improve their business, willing to share their time and experience to potentially help you. The advice also comes un-biased with no strings attached, and sometimes it hurts! The fact that I have been a member for over 8 years and my business has improved each year is testament to the value of the group and the professionalism of John as a facilitator. I recommend the group unreservedly.”
Alex Retallick – Hand Works OT – www.handworks.net.au
“John has helped me to see what my staff are capable of, and what a great success my business can be with them working in an organization that they love. In the past I have worked really hard dealing with day-to-day functions in the business. I had difficulty attracting the best workers and then retaining them because I was too busy to organize things to make it an attractive place to work. We now have such good systems in place that, I am able to take an extended holiday without worrying that my business will suffer. Our reputation in the industry is exemplary. Staff turn-over is low because clinicians want to work for me now, and referrers give constant positive feedback to us without even soliciting it. All this while our turnover has increased 17% in just one year. Previously, growth was generally around the 5% to 7% mark. I’m expecting growth of 17% again for the next year. John has been a great investment for me.”
Peter Butler of Smarter Web Sites recommends John Denton
“John Denton’s catch cry and passion is “Building Business’ For Sale or Lifestyle”. John sums it up well in that people mostly started their business for a ‘lifestyle’ reason and then somehow became a ‘slave’ to the business at some level. John Denton is our “Jedi” knight and his core question… “What’s the objective here?” cuts straight to the bone and stops us from going over ‘to the dark side’ in all our entrepreneurial ‘flair and creativity’. That objectiveness converts into manageable, implementable and focussed tasks that help us and many others move forward in their business with great momentum. For those who know the ‘Jedi’ ways John also lives by the “Do… or do not… there is no try” which translates into massive action.“
By Peter Butler – Smarter Websites
From Michael McElhinney – Anna Chandler Design www.annachandler.com
“As part of the regular Mentor group sessions we each got our turn in the spotlight to review our business with the group. When I presented my business situation and asked for advice the consensus that came from John and the group was to stop manufacturing and concentrate on importing only.
I put this plan into action and now our business runs itself with just a little input from myself and my wife. I feel a lot less stressed and am mostly retired now. Throughout my time in the group I regularly received advice and mentoring that turned out to be invaluable. I would thoroughly recommend this group to anyone who needs help with direction.”
From Kathii Richards – Evaglo Natural Skin Care www.evaglo.com.au
Just wanted to let you know that we have now re-branded and thank god we listened to you as things have been improving ever since !
We are now doing custom branded candles for companies and small business’ which has proven to be very successful , we are working away at getting new customers and working on maintaining the relationship so repeat orders are placed. Thanks again John for your help and the mentoring group experience.”
From Andrew Foote – Master Franchisor of Party Plus www.partyplus.com.au
“Party Plus engaged John Denton to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for franchisees (business owners).
The day included presentations and activities on the business sale process, with an emphasis upon achieving maximum sale price and minimum timeframe through a process of conscious business planning and improvement.
John received a consistently high rating and positive comments from the franchisees.
As the event organiser, I appreciated John’s willingness to determine our brief for the day, to relate his presentation to prior learning events we had conducted, and to deliver as per our expectation. I found John reliable to work with, he delivered what was agreed in full, exercised good time management , and was flexible on the day to spend more or less time in areas the attendees wanted.
Party Plus franchisees operate a 6 day business, so to ask them to devote a Sunday off to a workshop and pay for it takes a leap of faith. John delivered and the franchisees stated they gained real value from their investment.
From Lillian Wolfinger of Lillian’s Counselling
I would like to comment on the Mentor Group that I attended, run by John Denton. I found the meetings to be informative and stimulating and I always came away with something to think about in relation to my business. It was good to be amongst a group of people who were ready to share their experiences and successes.
John presented in a manner that was non-judgemental, challenging, supportive and encouraging (and a bit of humour thrown in. I am looking forward to the next group, so that I can continue to work on the growth of my business.
From Leon Best, Bestgroup Pty Ltd & Best Professional Services
I would like to thank You and the Team ( and I don’t use the word ‘team’ lightly), at your Advanced Mentoring Group (AMG) which I have participated in for over two years. The amount that I have learned from our meetings is huge, being the sponge that I am, I have put many things into practice from implementing full Systems and Procedures to knowing the numbers and what they mean to marketing and sales and my business which has progressed in leaps and bounds trippling in turnover over that period and now heading to a solid 2.5 million in turnover, cutting many costs and increasing Net profit.
Without the help from yourself and the Advanced Mentoring group and those wonderful, knowledgeable, people involved I would never have built a Triple award winning successful business and would never have started another one at the same time.
Steve Laing on the half day workshop “The 7 Key Steps To Developing Your Business Ready For Sale”
“It doesn’t matter if you are planning to sell next year, in five years, or in twenty – at some point it is likely that you will be looking to sell it. Before you do, it is essential that you know what your business is worth on the market.
If you haven’t thought about how you intend to sell your business when you started it up – and lets face it, many business owners don’t – then this course is essential. You need to prepare for at least three years prior to selling, so thinking about your exit strategy early is extremely worthwhile. I’d recommend this course to the owner of any business so that they can understand how their business is valued, and how to produce a more saleable, and valuable, asset.”
Steve Laing – Ace Scooters
Roger Gott on the half day workshop “The 7 Key Steps To Developing Your Business Ready For Sale”
“A good session if you are starting in business or have been in it for a while. Until you know what is required to sell a business, you will find it difficult to create a successful one.”
Roger Gott – Cove Health Clubs
John McGill of QMax on the value of membership of an Advanced Mentoring Group (AMG) sessions
“To all the people that helped me with my “Hot Seat” session recently … may I say a big thank you to you. As per the update in one of the earlier meetings, thanks to the information offered in the hot seat session and the directions I chose, I am now on the way to growing the business and we have now received the first order from the Middle East. This one order is for an amount that exceeds our best annual turnover for any of the past 9 years. We are now working on another project over there that will be at least 4 times the size of this first middle east order and our system is being presented in more projects this week. I am still working on the wireless link too and that has plenty of potential to go international as well. Wow ! what a result from evaluating the answers to a few questions in the hot seat and making a few decisions.”