Sunday 17 February 2013

Developing your therapy business

Setting up a business is fairly straight forwards and there may be start up workshops or in the case of Speech and language therapy, ASLTIP run a very successful introduction to setting up in independent practice. But what next? Here is often the more difficult part and where potentially money can be wasted and  hours can be mis-spent.

I have been lucky enough to have set up and developed several businesses during my time out of speech therapy i.e. UK Garden Buildings Ltd which became the largest independent manufacturer of garden buildings in the UK, Hill Properties Developments Ltd, a property development company, Bexfield Developments Ltd, a leisure and entertainment business, and Armour Security Personnel Ltd, a security company. 

What I learned was, that in many respects all businesses are the same, in that the same drivers need to be established. The answers will be different but the questions need to be the same. The lessons I learned from the other businesses helped me enormously when I was developing my speech and language therapy business which I started in 2007.

I've just read an ASLTIP forum post where the person was asking whether a website or leaflets or business cards are essential. A much better question would be 'who am I targeting and what would help me  reach them? However, if you don't know the questions you should be asking, you are unlikely to get the right answers.

We are running a course to look at such matters called 'Developing your therapy business'.

If you come on this you will: 
  • understand essential business drivers
  • learn about effective advertising and marketing
  • be able to identify social media potential and learn how to harness this
  • examine the usefulness of websites and SEO.  
  • learn how a business plan can be a practical tool. 
I'm doing it with Ray Wellington who is Director of Strategy at Milton Bayer Communications which is a strategic,creative marketing agency.
The first course in London is already fully booked with a waiting list but we have spaces on the Bristol, Birmingham and Salford ones. See
We'd love to see you there and be able to say we had a small part in helping you to develop your therapy business.

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Do you know about two year old's speech, language and communication?

If you are in the Stafford area and work with 0-3 year olds, you are welcome to attend some free training. 19th April 1pm - 3pm at Silkmore children's Centre. 
By the end of the session participants will:
  • be able to describe the development of speech, language and communication skills in children under 3 years
  • to be able to understand the processes of pre-verbal and early verbal development
  •  to be able to identify risk factors that impact on the development of communication skills
  • understand the role practitioners play in supporting speech, language and communication development in children aged 0-3 years
  • be able to gather information regarding any difficulties along with knowledge of when and where to refer
To book a place see Places are limited, so reserve your asap!