Kitchen Company, Tauranga
“We found Phil Holland via the post with his tempting introduction letter. It was good timing and good luck for us as we were at a crossroad as where we were heading with our business.
Phil got us motivated again and got us thinking and talking about what we wanted out of our business and how it could really support our personal goals too. The process has been a good challenge. I will never forget the day which was about the 5th visit, Phil showed us the truth of where our business was financially and it made us feel devastated, but we needed to hear it and see it to move forward and with Phil we have been steadily going from strength to strength and it is a wonderful feeling.
Phil has a wealth of knowledge and is always amazing us at how organised and dedicated he is, doing huge amounts of work behind the scenes with his computer savvy skills and his enthusiasm for improving himself along the way. We recommend Phil to anyone who wants to build a sound business plan and gain confidence and security back.
Thanks Phil you’re a good bugger”
“We had a great time working with Douwe and have learnt and grown a lot since we started out….after 12 months in the programme we had climbed out of nearly $30k debt, increased our bottom line and most importantly were enjoying going to work on a Monday morning… I would happily recommend Douwe to anyone or any business at any level, as the value he provides is priceless and inspiring”
“After being in business for a couple of years things were starting to pick up, our little boat struggled to keep up bobbing about in the waves.
When my business partner left due to some unrelated life matters, my little vessel felt like its mast had snapped. Momentum in sales was picking up and as the waves grew it started to dawn that business is unlikely to ever give you conditions suitable for “plain” sailing.
What I needed was to get my company ship shape, a bit of a rebuild for the harsher conditions. What I really needed was a keel, something to hold it in the right direction during temporarily especially daunting moments, if only I knew anything about boats.
Enter Phil, he happened upon me at the worst time, I was so busy at the oars I didn’t have time to be hatching a plan as to what was needed. Of course in his experience he knew this to be the best time, fit in a bit of rebuild amongst the day to day frantic-ness. Slowly conditions cleared a little, the staff gained momentum as the changes made their lives easier also.
We still have an awful lot to do, but the list is finite when you have a list, we still have some very harsh conditions to tend with. But each time I look up the setting sun is always still over the bow of the boat, the course set and maintained by the firmness of the keel in the water.
Thank you Phil.”
Cleaning Company – Hamilton
“Douwe is enthusiastic and totally passionate about your business and its outcome. He is hands-on, which means you can call him at any time with any concern you may have… If you want to earn more money, enjoy more success and make your business a lifestyle, then employ Douwe.”
Cafe Owner, Tauranga
I had left a five star review with no content based on Phil’s energy that brightened my entire cafe up every time he came in for his coffee. I HAD to learn more and wanted too understand how Phill was so DAM happy all the time….so I messaged this page and asked for his help. My first chat with him..unreal, second chat, life changing. THANK YOU
Fresco Shades, Auckland
“Fresco Shades is a family owned business that is well established in the Auckland region. Douwe started working with us a few short months ago, and in that time he has managed to guide us through a restructure, and ensured we have started on our long held plans to expand out of Auckland. He has worked with quite a few members of staff, not just management, and has coached certain people through change and improvement. Thanks to Douwe we have been through a leadership course that changed our perspective on life, and that has had a positive spin off on how we interact in the business. We have had many conversations where Douwe has challenged existing thinking, it has been really valuable to have a fresh eye on issues, combined with a lot of experience, so that we come to conclusions that help us to move forward instead of being stuck in the ‘yes, but…” mode.
There is still so much to accomplish in our business, but in Douwe we have found a partner who has the right balance of experience and the ability to tell it like it is, so that we feel at last there is real momentum in the business.