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Challenges Of Growth

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Adjusting to growth can be difficult.  Challenges and opportunities will arise which demand different solutions.  A previous strategy may no longer work.  Expanding your business may add a layer of complexity with the entrepreneur finding themselves dealing less with the day-to-day running of the business.

Richard Freedman transformed his his company that provided a kilt hire service to the retail sector into the largest Formal Hire business in the UK.  ACS Clothing has grown from 25 employees in an 8,000sq ft unit to 150 employees operating from a 100,000sq ft purpose built unit in the east end of Glasgow. 


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Browns 131-133 George Street

0131 225 4442


Ann Rushforth MBE, ScotNursing, www.scotnursing.com


  • Richard Freedman, ACS Clothing, www.acsclothing.co.uk

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"I realised that all businesses go through similar challenges and that we are not the only ones. It was interesting to hear the problems other companies had when trying to get the right people for the job".

"The value I got was the conversation around the table".

"Great to listen to Richard's fantastic success story and how he has consistently grown the business to become the UK market leader".

"I woke at 5.30am and listed 3 follow up actions for this week & next - so pretty inspiring!".

"It was very reassuring to hear the rest of the group and their thoughts and experiences. I was impressed by everyone's honesty around the table - very refreshing!".

"Richard's experiences gave me a real kick up the backside to go and do some of the key changes that my business needs at this time".

"The value was just great conversation sparked off by the speaker".

"Great speaker and Chair. Lots of sound advice from Richard".

"This was my first event and found the people were willing to share their personal experiences in an open and honest way which was really helpful to get nuggets of wisdom to encourage me to move to the next level".

"I intend to use some of the suggestions the next time I employ someone. I won't rush into expansion but let it grow organically to start with".

"Key tip was that I need to review what our unique advantage is".

"I got important tips on HR/people, culture, values and finance - the discussion covered a lot of different topics".

"Tips for me were - Deal with the no-hope staff - don't procrastinate. Redundancy or compromise agreement. Always overestimate working capital needed for growth".

"Key tip -People, People, People. Get it right and change quickly if you know it is not!".

"Key tip for me was getting the right people in my team and getting rid of the wrong ones and to find my niche market and stick in it".

"Key tip - believe in your dream, do not be afaraid to take calculated risks to achieve it. Also do not be afraid to get rid of anyone who is not aligned to the vision of the company and where I am headed. DO NOT PUT IT OFF".

"Ann was very good at keeping the conversation moving and gave us the benefit of her experiences".

"Ann brought people in well. She made sure everyone got a chance to speak and ask questions".

"I thought Ann was very friendly and controlled the meeting very well. As a new member on the evening Ann really involved me in the discussions, I felt really relaxed. She spoke of her experiences".

"Ann as ever gives these type of events a very calm and relaxed atmosphere".

"Ann involved everyone within the group and promoted discussion. Very easy to talk to".

"Great Chair. Welcomed and included the new members while involving the more experienced ones".

"As a new member, Ann was very welcoming and was exceptional at allowing me to get involved and interact with what was happening".

"Richard was very interesting".

"Richard was very engaging and insightful on challenges".

"Richard had a nice style and was very inspiring".

"Richard was enthusiastic, honest and told a good story".

"I enjoyed Richard's talk - particularly as we are both in the clothing trade".

"Richard explained very plainly the growth pains the business has gone through and some of the clear decisions he has taken to grow the business. I was so impressed that I have arranged to go and visit Richard at his office to talk though some ideas I have to use some of his products".

"Richard was honest, open and shared a good story".

"Richard was a modest and enjoyable speaker".

"Richard was very practical on how to apply what he has learned into my situation and see great results. Was very honest about not just the ups but also some of the downs".

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