University of Stirling programme serves up £1.5m boost for food and drinks sales consultancy

A Clackmannanshire businessman is forecasting a £1.5 million turnover boost thanks to a growth scheme delivered by the University of Stirling Management School.

Graeme Clark, managing director of food and drinks sales consultancy Scot Serve, believes that he can now take his £2.5m-revenue business to £4m by 2025 using what he has learned in the course.

Help to Grow: Management is a 12-week programme, 90 per cent funded by the UK government, that trains managers across the UK to help small and medium-sized businesses develop growth strategies and improve performance. Stirling Management School, supported by accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael, is one of four Scottish institutions offering the programme.

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Clark, who has run his business with his wife Helen since 1996, said: “I’m spending the next three to four months restructuring according to what I’ve learned, which has been a revelation. “We’ve now come up with our mission, vision and values, which has been really useful for defining what we’re about.”



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