16 August 2013
Growing with confidence
When Winterwood Tutors approached SMILE in 2011, they were expanding at an alarmingly fast rate. While this was brilliant for the company, it presented the young directors with a host of problems to tackle that they had no experience with previously.
Tutors are a high-end private tuition agency based in north London
providing tutors of exceptional quality (all are educated to a
postgraduate level and have significant teaching experience) run by
Co-directors Dr Thomas Parkinson and Jade Everingham. To help them
manage their rapid growth, Tom and Jade turned to UCL Advances and
Recognising that they needed guidance in running their expanding business, SMILE was able to introduce Winterwood Tutors to Jolyon White, a life sciences professional with experience as both a general manager of a large corporation and with SMEs.
mentor advised Winterwood Tutors on management technique, how to
structure the business, how to delegate, project executive authority and
how to increase the remit of the business.
advice has been of huge benefit to the business, and we have often
turned to him at times of crisis, or when we needed an experienced
When the business was
offered a partnership by one of their Russian clients in the autumn of
2012, it seemed like a daunting process. Unsure of how to proceed, Tom
and Jade were able to call upon the knowledge of their mentor, who
helped them make financial assessments, weigh up the pros and cons of
the offer, and instil confidence in the directors to strengthen their
position of negotiation.
“This sort of
advice [was] of immense benefit to [us], and really helped build
confidence, making the transition from an inceptive business to a
mature, stable, profit-making entity.”
Tom Parkinson, Director, Winterwood Tutors
collaborating with a SMILE mentor, new positions have opened with the
company and turnover has increased by nearly 400% in 12 months.
Winterwood Tutors is still growing incredibly fast, but with the support
and backing of SMILE and UCL Advances, the directors are better
equipped to handle the challenges that this presents.