The Consort Group
Strong collaborations enable business expansion
The Consort Group is a luxury carpentry and joinery firm that deliver high quality bespoke solutions. Based in Reading, Berkshire, the business was founded in 2016 by Darren Saunders who quickly started working with Get Ahead. He was familiar with the outsourcing model because he used contractors himself to deliver his own projects. He understood that outsourcing is a great way to get a skilled team in place quickly and cost-effectively.
Darren knew he needed some back-office support. The business had to deliver the practical side of carpentry projects while also staying on top of invoicing, orders and customer service.
He also had a plan to expand the business. Darren could see the possibilities of other markets and was keen to take the business beyond its original carpentry offering.
Outsourcing the admin enabled Darren to concentrate on delivering his core business, confident that the operational back-office activities were being taken care of behind the scenes. Virtual Assistant Gwen was able to bring her experience and skills to Consort. Her role quickly evolved within the growing business and she became Darren’s virtual PA.
An evolving relationship
Darren had a clear vision for his business and Gwen has been able to grow with him and help support his aspirations. When Darren needed expertise beyond Gwen’s field, regional directors Kristy and Suzanne were able to connect him with the right virtual experts for his requirements.
This process built a strong relationship between Darren and the regional directors. Get Ahead is now his first port of call when he needs either an ad hoc support or an ongoing solution.
Gwen continues in her role as Darren’s virtual PA, but Get Ahead also now manages the Consort Group’s social media activity and provides its HR Support. We have recently created a promotional video and written and managed an award submission for the Construction News Awards 2022.
Outsourcing has been a real success for Darren. His expansion plans are on track and he’s recently moved to a modern state-of-the-art office.
We’re delighted that his business is the success he’s been reaching for and we’re able to proudly say we’ve been a positive part of that journey.