Downturn sparks upturn for business coach

One of Britain’s top business coaches has announced expansion plans as growing numbers of companies seek advice on how to survive the economic downturn.

Saxton Partners is opening a new office in the North West of England – and has increased its number of associates to cope with the rising demand for its services.

The Harrogate-based firm has advised companies including Pfizer, Sky and Parker Hannifin. Company founder Sonia Saxton also acts as a consultant for the Academy for Chief Executives.

She said: “Our expansion mirrors the increased demand for help, advice and coaching that exists, as companies in all sectors look to meet the challenges arising from the current economic conditions.

“More and more firms realise they can’t get through this on their own and they need as many tools as possible to help them. Through our work, we provide those tools.”

Saxton Partners’ new base across the Pennines is in Bolton and has been opened in response to the number of North West firms seeking its services.  The company already runs free-to-attend workshop sessions in Manchester, Harrogate and Hull, which were set up specifically to help companies deal with the downturn.

The company is also looking to continue to take on associates, as the business develops further – with its guaranteed-results basis proving popular with firms looking to grow sales and improve productivity.

Sonia said: “We believe that there are many opportunities for us that we have yet to explore, as an increasing number of companies realise the value of our Neuro Linguistic Programming courses for business and diagnostic tools that solve problems and significantly enhance performance, sales and profitability.

“This is the start of a plan that aims to grasp the opportunities that exist for us in all sectors of business and industry.”

Saxton and Partners was founded in 1999. It was set up by international NLP expert Sonia, after she used its techniques to help the sales team at Royal Sun Alliance beat their sales target by more than 100 per cent.

Saxton runs courses and provides advice on a range of business issues, from beating sales targets and overcoming specific challenges to increasing performance and working better as a team.

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