From box office to garden room

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A MANAGEMENT consultant has relocated her firm – from her box room to the garden.

Tina Cook, of Ethical Management Consulting, took a cautious approach to overheads when she started the business.

But she has been so successful, she’s already had to mover premises – to a purpose-built office in her Carleton garden.

She said: “My business is expanding, I now have six consultants and I needed a bigger office – but I didn’t want to increase my overheads unnecessarily.” Mrs Cook looked at all of the options before opting to work with Carpe Diem, a Lancashire-based permaculture company, to install a new wood build office in her garden.

Mrs Cook added: “When I help clients with their management problems, I help them develop practical, affordable yet creative business solutions that meet their needs. So I applied the same principles to my office requirements.”

Ethical Management Consulting was set up to help companies train their management staff to ensure they work in the most effective manner for their respective firms.

Mrs Cook said: “Your managers are key to helping your organisation win through, not least when times are tough.

“So we have designed an in-house, three-month package that businesses can use to develop their experienced managers in real work time, on real work issues and with real benefit to the organisation.”

Already proven and bringing tangible benefits to North West businesses, the package uses action learning techniques to enable managers to solve complex work problems in the most practical way for the benefit of the business. Tina added: “This is the ideal management development tool for people who need a cost-effective, practical and risk-free solution to help their experienced managers and specialists in the current climate.

New government figures show that 3.1m people in the UK now work from home.

A spokesman for Flexibility, a European resource for smarter working, said: “Working from home as self-employed or running a micro-business takes away the need for an expensive business overhead. The search for a better work-life balance, rising property costs, the availability of new technologies and an upsurge in domestic entrepreneurship all contribute to the continuing upward trend in home working.”