Tell us about your military experience?
I spent 5 Years spent in the Royal Artillery from 1994 to 1999. I completed 3 Tours of Bosnia and left rank of Gunner after serving with 19 Regiment RA and 19.5 Battery RHA. Whilst serving I completed at Battery level in tug-o-war and boxing.
Tell us about your training experience with BMF?
Whilst visiting a friend in Brighton in 2007 I tagged along to a BMF session as a trialists to see what it was all about. There was nothing like this in Leeds (to the best of my knowledge back then) I enjoyed the session and the concept so made contact with head office about getting things up and running in Leeds. I then decided to approach BMF about becoming an Instructor. In 2008 I went to Cardiff to partake in the level 1 fitness qualification course so that I could start working for BMF as an Instructor.
Tell us what it’s like to work for BMF?
I’m a Full time member of staff managing my own 3 venues in Leeds and assisting 2 other local Park Managers in running their parks in South Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. I am given the autonomy to manage my work, parks and staff my own way with very little interference, but always know that help is only a phone call away if needed. The sessions are great fun to lead, they keep me fit and the exposure to so many very varied individuals ensures I am always learning. I’ve enjoyed the journey from fitness industry newbie to where I am now. It is the only job I have ever had that I am fully passionate about…even after 7 years! It is a great environment to work in – you still get the squaddie banter with the lads and you get to work with all types on people – in all types of conditions. You feel valued as a member of staff and there is always loads of focus on making you the best instructor you can be with lots of opportunities to further your knowledge and experience through the BMF Academy and really stay bang up to date with this ever evolving industry.
Case Study: Against All Odds – Steel Burning Component Manufacturing
A small steel burning business is operating in Langley BC supplying sub metal components to construction and equipment manufacturing OME nationally. The business went through a rapid growth over three years prior to the 2008 recession and slow down in economy. The company employs thirteen people and has undergone reconstruction and reorganization after employing BMF Consultants services in 2005. The company achieved high-income growth and profit margin. The owner was the minority shareholder and within two years bought out the partners share and became the 100% owner in 2007.
The company was forced to scale back in 2008 due to the recession and yet had to find a way to retain the skilled labour. As a small business owner it was very hard to go it alone without a mentor, coach and a trusted business professional. The owner had to accept that even though he was conducting business locally he wasn’t immune from the harsh global economic environment. Fortunately, his strategic thinking of retaining BMF Consultants services during this period provided a strong supporting team.
A thorough review and analysis of the financial and organizational structure was necessary for the business to sustain its course. A series of online and face-to-face meetings with the owner and his employees was the most cost effective and the first step in clearly identifying short and long-term plans.
BMF Consultants focus was on:
- Revising sales and profit targets to sustain the business’ short term and ensure the business continuity during the post recession.
- Investigating methods in reducing payroll costs yet minimizing employees and employer hardship.
- Being available as a “Sounding Board” for the owner and providing relentless support, mentoring and coaching to go forward against all odds.
BMF Consultants acted as a mentor, a coach and a savvy business professional and has worked shoulder to shoulder with the owner for the past three years. Several businesses in the same sector folded during the recession but this business has commanded a strong leadership and strategic focus to go forward and even recruit one key personnel during the economic turmoil. This business didn’t face the storm alone.