Consulting at Gravan Business Solutions

What is Consulting?

Consulting is defined as the practice of providing a third party with expertise on a matter in exchange for a fee. The service can involve either advisory or implementation services. For the consultant, taking an independent and unbiased stance on an issue is central to their role. A consultant can, in principle, service any sector. Over the past decades, the term has become synonymous with a business advisory – which focuses mostly on business strategy, management, organisation, operational processes.

What We Do.

What do consulting companies base their right to exist on? One key feature of the industry is the so-called ‘knowledge advantage’ that consultancy companies hold in relation to their clients. Consultancy companies are hired to help their clients with a dilemma, for which specialist expertise or knowledge is needed which is otherwise lacking on the clients’ end. Another feature is that consultancy companies form an independent party, which can give the client an objective perspective on the problems their organisation struggles with and can offer them solutions toward the problem. Involving a consultancy company can also, in some cases, be more cost-effective than if an organisation were to hire experts themselves. Furthermore, an organisation often simply does not have enough capacity to manage its change portfolio, which, can instead be done by hiring an external consultancy company.

Gravan Business Solutions have Business consultants who provide management consulting to help organisations improve performance and efficiency. We analyse businesses and create solutions while also helping companies meet their goals. Business owners should consider hiring business consultants when they need help or perspective on their chosen path or need a catalyst for change in their companies. The first step for any business consultant is the discovery phase, where the goal is to learn the client’s business. Our consultant takes the time to learn as much as possible about your business, from the owner and employees. This can include touring the company, meeting with the board of directors and employees. During this process, our business consultant will uncover the details of a company’s mission and what operations are in place.

Once an in-depth understanding has been developed, our business consultant has entered the evaluation phase, where the goal is to identify where change is needed. This includes identifying the company’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as current and foreseeable problems. These can include problems already seen by ownership and management, and new problems seen thanks to the business consultant’s objectivity.

In addition to identifying these problems and opportunities, our business consultant should also develop solutions to problems and plans on capitalising on opportunities. Perhaps a company has a particularly strong sales department but weak marketing department; this is an opportunity for the company to increase marketing resources and capitalise on the sales staff. During this phase, it’s important for the consultant and the company’s employees to maintain open and clear communications.

Why should clients consider hiring us?

One of the defining features of a consultant suggests that clients hire consultants because they possess a knowledge advantage. In most cases this is the main reason; a client hires a consulting company to provide expert advice that ultimately (should) lead to the resolution of an issue within the client’s organisation. There are however more reasons why consultants are hired:

  • consultants are independent and provide an objective view on dilemmas and solutions
  • external consultants are less susceptible to internal politics and/or sensitive situations
  • hiring consultants may in certain areas be cheaper than retaining the expertise in-house
  • when firms find themselves short in capacity for projects/positions consultants can backfill
  • consultants can easier do the ‘dirty work’, i.e. take the decisions no one internally wants to make.

There are several reasons why Business Owners should consider hiring us:

  • Expertise in a specific market
  • Identify problems
  • Supplement the existing staff
  • Get the ball rolling on change
  • Provide objectivity
  • Teach and train employees
  • Revive an organisation
  • Create a new business

Our Fields of expertise are in the following functional areas Management Consulting, Operations Consulting, HR Consulting, Financial Advisory, and Social Media Consulting.

Working for your company's future

Management Consulting

Management consultants, in practice also known as business consultants or organisational advisors, are consultants who focus on all sorts of organisational concerns from strategy to a variety of elements within management. Management Consulting is a collective term used for all services that fall under Strategy Consulting, Operations Consulting and HR Consulting. For that reason, management consultants form the vast majority in the advisory branch – more than half of all advisors can be defined as a management consultant.

Human Resource Consulting

At Gravan Business Solutions we help clients with human capital questions within their organisations and/or with improving the performance of the HR department. The topics that are central to the job description of HR consultants are, among others, organisational changes, change management, terms of employment, learning & development, talent management, and retirement. HR consultants are also brought in by organisations to help transform the business culture within their organisation, or transform their HR department, which includes changes in the area of organisational design, processes, and systems, among others. Which involves strategy consulting.

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