From Juice Moving Images Ltd:
Many businesses think they are unique. And generally pretty good at being a business and everything that that entails.
Juice is exactly that – an SME that thinks it’s unique, and took a while to realise it isn’t. We suffer from exactly the same pains that many other businesses suffer from – happily however we spotted it. Whether it’s the realisation that you shouldn’t be doing your own VAT return, or running your own IT infrastructure there comes a critical moment when you need help from someone who actually knows what they are talking about.
Seriously who wants to look after HR and Finance? Isn’t it just better to call in people who actually like these things, or at least claim to like them. OK, so maybe they don’t like them, but they do know what they’re doing. Unlike us – we don’t like them, or know what we are doing – a deadly combination. Where we are like every other SME is that we were looking for a cost effective and pragmatic solution that delivered quick, measurable results – and flexed as our demands and requirements changed.
For us this is where Business Garage came into play, and how pleased we are that they did. Not only did they save us from ourselves (a big job in itself) but they have delivered consistently good advice in what we would describe as a ‘Juice-friendly’ way – no jargon or b*llsh*t. The costs are easy to justify in comparison to doing it yourself (badly) especially when we properly analyzed the time we typically spent on this stuff – time which was not being spent on the bits of the business we really are quite good at.
There’s no question in our mind that on the HR side our team here feel better supported and cared for knowing that we have professionals on call to answer their queries around all things HR’ey. Our recent, and very pleasing, elevation to Investors in People accreditation was without doubt hugely aided by the organization and process they have delivered to us.
On the Finance side we have never been better informed as to the performance of the business or where we can make improvements going forward. It’s not that we have entirely new information – we just now know what it means – or at least the important bits – rather than feeling overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the data.
Finally. Juice is pretty picky about who we partner with. We want people we can trust and who feel like they care about whether we succeed. We don’t want to be sold things we don’t need. We want it on time, and to cost what we expected. And we don’t want to be made to feel like we don’t know what we’re doing (even when we don’t…). Oh, and we don’t write testimonials for money. Just cake.