Case study: Stage One Interiors

The Brief: Stage One Interiors approached CMR needing help to grow the business. We reviewed the business model and quickly identified gaps in profitability.

The Challenge:

Liz, the Founder and Designer, was overloaded.  Working on successful project design and bids didn’t allow time to review effective cost structures and revenue streams.

This great little business had moved from staging for home sales and show homes into full furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E).  Supplying for multi-million pound commercial design projects.

So, we needed to act fast to bring in systems that showed clear profit margins.  Refresh fair and consistent client pricing along with tracking 100’s of items into new build ventures.

The Action:

CMR worked with Liz to review and audit current processes.  We then improved control of costs, profit and loss and FF&E management.   And finally, we overhauled data systems for remote working systems and secure data storage, to improve productivity, profitability and team working.

We managed this without interrupting the day to day running of the business.  Because we used existing systems and improved they way they were used.  And where new systems were brought in we made sure they balanced the current applications.

So, finally, we wanted to track project buying and delivery, alongside sourcing new supplier relationships and ensuring great products with competitive pricing.  And we managed all this using the existing Xero accounting software.

The Results:

Profitability increased.  New supplier relationships flourished.  Time tracking and streamlining improved the internal and external processes.   Using cloud based, secure, systems gave visibility to the whole team.

“Clare has moved us into a new business arena and has her sights set on our brand strategy, website remodelling and future growth.  Her project management skills have seen increased productivity, clear project P&L tracking and FF&E successes.”
Liz Tabecki
Creative Director

So now holidays could be taken without the need to check emails and take calls – a real win!

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