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10,000 Small Businesses Partnership Success

GEM Report 2013

27 June 2014

Rob Mannion, RNF Digital Innovation, and Paul Little, Coen Ltd, met as fellow participants on the second cohort of the Midlands 10,000 Small Businesses programme at Aston Business School. 

As well as the immediate impact on their individual businesses, the two companies have also joined together to develop a new app which has already delivered improved profitability and £100,000 cost savings per annum for Coen Ltd. 

Whilst working together on the programme, the two company owners developed a good insight into each other’s businesses and it didn’t take Paul long to start seeing the potential of using mobile technology in his construction business. That’s how the partnership began and now Coen’s labour force is reaping the benefits of a user-friendly tool, replacing the former, complicated, paper-based system. 

Both Paul and Rob attest to the fact the partnership would never have developed without the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme. 

“It brought two completely different businesses together and because of the way the programme is structured, meant we had a good understanding and trust between us from the start,” explained Rob.

They also speak in glowing terms of the wider benefits the programme has brought to their businesses more generally. 

Paul commented that the programme was: “challenging, inspiring and enlightening." He added: "We are no longer a business stuck in the past doing what we have always done. The opportunities ahead of us seem almost endless and the future is exciting.” 

“The programme itself has had a far greater impact than we ever anticipated and opened our eyes to rapid growth through investment and gave us invaluable support, workshops and access to like-minded people”, said Rob Mannion. 

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are actively seeking small growth businesses with the ambition and the potential to generate substantial growth in their enterprises.

Interested businesses or social enterprises should call 0121 204 3225 or visit www.10ksb.aston.ac.uk for details.

 A wide range of video case studies can be found on the website (at http://www.10ksb.aston.ac.uk/programme/case-studies/) which illustrate the benefits of the programme to Midlands businesses. 

Notes to editors 

10,000 Small Businesses is an innovative fully funded programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises from across the Midlands. The Programme is delivered by Aston Business School in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and it is targeted at business owners who have clear ambitions to expand their small businesses or social enterprises.www.10ksb.aston.ac.uk 

RNF Digital Innovation, based in Leamington Spa, is a recognised leader in the provision of mobile enterprise apps, helping businesses empower their mobile workforce. www.rnfdigital.com 

Coen Ltd, Birmingham, efficiently and effectively deliver a range of building services for the construction industry to the highest quality standards. www.jcoen.co.uk