We hear a lot about business management consultants and there is always the difficult choice between boutique consultants in each capital city. Many businesses are making the jump from large multi-national business consultancy firms in favor of the smaller ‘boutique’ options.
Boutique consultancy firms are usually run by those who have left the big corporate outfits to gain a better work life balance by running their own business. Eager to make their own mark in the industry, many of them are willing to go the extra mile to prove their worth. Many companies take on these agencies as they offer a local knowledge and a more human approach to cost cutting and layoffs.
Many businesses find themselves in financial trouble, and with the sink or swim economy, it’s a good idea to get help early to give your business the best chance to weather the financial storm.
We intend to compile lists of boutique business management consultants in major cities and this is the first in our list. We have gone with Sydney because it is our home town!
This is not a top ten list, rather it is a list of ten of the top boutique firms in Sydney, so they are listed in no particular order.
This relatively new group of consultants are actually the hidden gem of the bunch. They have some pretty well-known names in their fold which makes this little firm pack a punch in the local market. They have been making quite an impact locally but I have a feeling we may be just seeing the tip of the iceberg with this group. A strong financial background, they also offer expertise in waste and recycling, which is a little harder to come by in this economy. Definitely one to watch. Their base is in Pyrmont, but they have already been branching out to other Australian cities.
Halking are a Sydney based outfit who have been around quite a while. Staying small that whole time, this group has specialists across a range of industries. A strong accounting offering, this firm presents as a highly professional outfit with a lot of emphasis in the current economic climate. They also offer training in accounting packages so you may be able to kill two birds with one stone.
3. Change Works
Change works are on the borderline of the boutique-ness. They have offices in a few cities, but still have a small and exclusive vibe. With a few major clients under their belts, they seem to have a lot of experience in banking and utilities. Don’t let the outdated website/logo concept put you off.
WDScott consultants have been in business for 75 years, which is a whole lot longer than most companies survive. That alone should speak volumes. Still remaining boutique after 75 years also gets points from us. With an impressive international clientele across mainstream industries this firm has the basics covered.
Unity is an industrial powerhouse in the Sydney consultancy industry. They consult on all phases of the business from acquisition to disposal. A host of clients rave about how they achieved above average returns whilst working with unity so results speak for themselves.
6. CK Partners
Specialising in strategy management, CK have a solid reputation and their consultants are senior which translates into having experience of many market types which is what you want. They have a speciality in agribusiness which is highly specialised area of expertise. A no fuss approach can achieve results without the fluff.
With an emphasis on sustaining performance instead of pushing boundaries to achieve instant numbers, this firm has a firm grasp in the industry. Having been around for 17 years they are well versed in call centre and implementing improvement programs. Improving cost per call and cutting overall costs.
Peer made it to his list because of a solid and proven expertise. With an expertise in growth strategy, this boutique firm also have a series of videos to watch on the website. Keeping it simple seems to be a common theme here.
Onirik made the cut even though it’s bordering on non-boutique and has a couple of offices. Its privately owned and the consultants have their specialties and each have both qualifications and experience which are both important. They have several performance models which are worth exploring.