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The power of simplicity and efficient working

Sometimes making small, simple changes can bring about great benefits. Jon Cartwright from Hazlewoods provides some tips.

We have spent lots of time with a number of practices over the last year or so working on improving operational efficiency. By just implementing some “easy wins” the results have been amazing: a 10% bottom line improvement seems to be realistic for many practices over a two-year period. We have put together a list of 11 examples to show how simple it can be.

Most practices are busy and pitching can lose some of the attention it deserves. Try involving two people when specifying and costing jobs over £2,000, and encourage them to challenge each other about how to provide the best specification, the most appropriate people to do the work, and the most efficient way of going about it. They should also challenge the proposed fee with each other before it goes out to the client, and speak to the client too about price expectations – it is definitely not all about being seen to be the cheapest.