Business Doctors, the UK’s fastest growing support service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), has opened a brand-new operation for Exeter and Devon.
The business, which provides support and strategic advice to owners and directors of SMEs, is being run by local businessmen David Meek and Jon Axon.
David has 30 years’ experience in managing big teams in customer-oriented businesses, particularly car dealerships. He’s very experienced at recruiting, sales and marketing and end-to-end business strategy.
Jon’s complementary background lies in the leisure sector primarily. A keen local rugby player, he worked in the UK and overseas in senior leisure-industry and tourism roles for many years, before moving on to head up a car-rentals business in the Middle East that he grew rapidly while in charge. Since 2011 he has been based once again in his beloved Devon and met David when developing a strategy for a local enterprise in Exeter.
Business Doctors now has more than 30 operations across the country. It provides smaller businesses with advice to drive business growth, from strategies for sales and boosting profits to advice for effective people management, accessing finance and acquiring other businesses.
David says: “What Jon and I have in common is on-the-ground commercial experience, and that’s invaluable to business owners. We have never worked in corporates, so we talk the same language as small business owners and understand the challenges they are up against. We’ve set up and grown small businesses ourselves, and know just what’s needed to take things to the next stage.”
Jon says of the new challenge: “I am delighted to be driving Business Doctors here in Devon, and working alongside David. Business Doctors takes an adaptive approach to helping SMEs, tailoring its strategies to each business, and that really appeals. We will also be working closely with the other Business Doctors operating across the country, drawing on our respective skills to help our clients and to promote business growth here in Devon.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out there and meeting business leaders who are looking for practical support to grow profitably.”
Rod Davies, founder of Business Doctors, added: “We are delighted to now be established in Exeter and Devon. This area is such an important part of the South West’s economy.
“Having been there and done it at the highest level in business, both David and Jon are typical of all our Business Doctors around the country. They are not just consultants, but are proven business people who can advise and support based on real experience.”
Business Doctors has been described as the antidote to Dragons’ Den. With its extended coverage nationally, its experts have plugged the gap left by the closure of Business Link by helping business leaders take control of their future and achieve their vision.