Classic car specialist achieves year on year growth thanks to Worcestershire business support provider

Leading classic Mercedes-Benz SL specialist, SL Shop, has achieved year on year growth and doubled in size over the past six years, thanks to help from Worcestershire-based business support provider, BizSmart®.


SL Shop was established in 2006 after founder, Sam Bailey, turned his passion for old Mercedes-Benz cars into a business. Today, SL Shop specialises in selling, servicing and restoring Mercedes-Benz SL motor cars from its premises in Stratford-upon-Avon.


The company began working with BizSmart® in 2015, after Sam felt the business needed greater direction and support to develop well-integrated internal practices and drive continuous growth.


The business has benefitted from BizSmart®’s ‘in-flight checks’ and ‘Smart90 Planning®’, which encourage business planning, reflection, support and engagement with like-minded business owners.


Sam Bailey, founder of SL Shop, said: “Before we began working with BizSmart®, we were going in the right direction in terms of growth, but there were frustrations and growing pains along the way that we struggled to address internally.


“The BizSmart® team has a well-rounded knowledge of business and vast experience in approaching issues like the ones we were facing. They were very good at bringing the business back down to basics to assess our vision and purpose going forward, which was a revelation.


“Since working with BizSmart®, our business has doubled in size and we now have a robust plan in place to continue this growth. Without the BizSmart® team, the business wouldn’t have been able to grow at the rate it has.”


Headquartered in Worcestershire, BizSmart® has established itself as a leading business support provider by developing a series of support programmes with a key focus on bringing like-minded business leaders together via peer-to-peer learning and engagement.


The firm has recently launched a new franchise model, which offers proven professionals the opportunity to build and establish their own business support offering under the BizSmart® umbrella.


Kevin Brent, director of BizSmart®, said: “It has been a pleasure to support Sam in SL Shop’s growth journey of over the past six years, and we look forward to seeing the business continue to go from strength to strength.


“Research indicates that business owners who engage in peer-to-peer support programmes will experience an average of two to three times the growth rate of those that don’t. Therefore, in launching the BizSmart® Franchise, we are not only excited to expand our brand and innovative support programmes but also to help thousands of business owners achieve sustainable growth.”


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