ECUS are a leading independent multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy with 54 employees in 5 locations.
Sara Blannin, Finance Director of ECUS, talks about the four fundamentals you need to solve when turning consultancy profitability around.
“Prior to this, we could be focusing on the wrong areas. We had 54 people working hard, but profits were still elusive."
"I joined ECUS in April 2015 as FD: We have 54 people here now. The company has been growing organically”.
“We previously used another system, but it was unfriendly and clunky to use and it didn’t give us the information needed to run the consultancy well."
2. “Solving our WIP has also been a major step forward.
3. “Synergist has helped communications between our regional managers. Now they all have the visibility to know what the others are working on and what their resourcing levels are, so they can quickly sort out issues together.
4. “Before, people would ask for more resources and justify it by saying they’re really busy. They were indeed busy, but busy doing what? Synergist now shows where their priorities should be. When more resources really are needed, that’s clear too.
5. “Going forward, it’s about learning better from what we do today. We’re better at avoiding common mistakes, such as underestimating the time needed for certain types of jobs.”