Press Release
  11 May 2015 01:24

GCM Advisory forges new consultancy path

GCM Advisory

PERTH, 11 May - In an era where change is the only constant, getting clear-cut, independent advice can make the world of difference to a business.

Whether the enterprise stagnates or thrives, or survives at all, can depend on how that message is delivered, received and acted upon.

For many small business owners the term "consultant" is almost a dirty word as the word is often associated with barely understandable corporate technobabble and a high price tag.

Lawyer Simon Haigh, a successful entrepreneur and businessman in his own right, identified a gap in the market for a better model, and together with Margaret Geraghty, a management consultant, formed GCM Advisory, a boutique - and unique – consulting service.

So what's the main difference between GCM and its more traditional competitors?

"Our advisors are proven entrepreneurs and business people who have first-hand experience of what is required to accelerate an ongoing enterprise," says Simon, whose vast corporate experience includes time spent with Dell and BHP Billiton, among others. 

GCM Advisory’s aims are summed up in three words: Results That Count.

Although started in Perth, Western Australia, GCM's global headquarters is located in Dublin, Ireland. The company has already built up a global network of partnerships and strategic alliances, including with Bangkok-based Lean HubAsia and corporate investor ULTRINIUM Limited.

"And we walk the walk when it comes to diversity," says director of corporate affairs Jane Maringka, noting that GCM has a majority female and culturally diverse (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian, Indonesian and European) Board.

From small to medium business enterprise, to the Aboriginal and not-for-profit sector, corporate and government work, GCM Advisory is able to precisely tailor its services and advice to suit all clients - and even potentially invest in projects.

And its growing client base - including businesses such as DownerED, Carey Mining, the WA Local Government Association, Switzerland's Trestle Foundation and Yawuru IT to name but a few - is expanding rapidly.

One of the hardest things for many inventors, small business owners or anyone who is looking to turn an idea into a commercial reality, is "letting go" enough to bring in help from the "outside".

The company recognises this can be a stumbling block for many looking to take their business to the "next level".

Says company director Tony Connors: "Our approach is to show the business owner where we believe their business can be in three years and then paint a picture for them of how that can be achieved through the right capital input and management capabilities. We do not 'hard sell' any of this; to the contrary, we present the facts as we see them and the savvy business person will likely agree to join up and/or be advised by us."

GCM Advisory also has a significant involvement in one of the world's fastest growing sectors – Aboriginal business.

"There's only one way to go for Aboriginal business in Australia - upwards," says Simon, who recently attended the International Aboriginal Tourism Conference in Quebec, Canada. "Combined with expanded Aboriginal advancement funding, there are exciting times ahead and GCM will be at the forefront of some big developments."

And while the slowdown in the mining boom has many in the business world cautious another GCM director, Aboriginal woman Christine Sindely, says there are very bright signs indeed for Aboriginal business opportunities.

"Those Aboriginal businesses that are still operating present as good investment, acceleration models. Also, there is a groundswell of good technology, such as innovative digital companies. GCM is particularly focused on partnering with such innovative businesses, processes, products and policies in the Aboriginal space, such as the Yawuru IT partnership.

For more details, see www.gcmadvisory.com

For media inquiries: Norman Burns norman@normanburns.com, 0439 424 185


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