New man at the helm for growth

Jeremy Carr, non-exective chairman of Business Doctors
Jeremy Carr, non-exective chairman of Business Doctors

A St Helens firm which has helped other businesses grow has appointed a new role as part of its own expansion plan.

Business Doctors has announced the arrival of corporate financier, chartered accountant, and founder of Warrington-based private equity business Energize Capital, Jeremy Carr, as non-executive chairman.

We are delighted to welcome Jeremy onto our board

Business Doctors joint managing director Rod Davies

The firm, in Mere Grange, helps small and medium-sized businesses to achieve the next level of growth in turnover and profitability.

Jeremy said: “I am very pleased to be joining Business Doctors at this time of rapid expansion. With an aim of opening 130 offices in the UK and 250 overseas in the next five years, it is going to be an exciting journey.”

Business Doctors joint managing director Rod Davies said: “We are delighted to welcome Jeremy onto our board. He brings a wealth of experience from a professional services background and also brings with him an opportunity to extend our corporate finance offering to clients who are looking to sell or raise money to achieve their vision.”

Launched by Rod Davies and Matthew Levington in 2004, the St Helens headquartered business now has over 40 franchisees operating across the UK, as well as nine in South Africa and is currently targeting Australia, New Zealand and the USA for further expansion.

Providing hands-on support to help SMEs throughout the UK to grow, Business Doctors is thriving by filling a gap in the market between the big four consultancies and lone consultants.

In 2014 the company won an array of industry awards – including Best Continuous Improvement, 5 Star Satisfaction, Finalist in Best Overall Marketing Campaign, Finalist In Best Franchise – and was the first business support network to become a full member of the British Franchise Association. In the same year, they also published a book, Breaking Big, published by Wylie. In 2015, the Group launched Business Doctors Professional Services – a joint venture with chartered accountant Chris Cummings and former ICAEW president Arthur Bailey, which provides training to help accountants offer added value services to clients.

Anthony Richardson of Transaction Support Services, Tony Woolley of Pareto Tax and Andrew Page of McHale and Co provided financial, taxation and legal advice on the transaction.