Your questions answered

I first started a group for accountants in 2013. It was relaxed and informal but it was a great environment to discuss work, these meetings still continue, the same people still attend the meetings – no one has decided to leave.

I have got a huge amount of value from these meetings. It was in these meetings that I received the advice, encouragement and support to make a number of changes in my practice. The list is very long – too long for here but includes:

• To start using outsourcing.

• To streamline systems and processes.

• To record my time (I did this for 18 months) as a means of measuring my efficiency and the accuracy of our fixed pricing.

• To try ReceiptBank (back in the day when you had to stick receipts in a bag and post them for conversion).

• Realising that constant growth isn’t for everyone.

From having conversations with many other accountants at Accountex, Xerocon, Xero Roadshows and On-line I realised there was huge value to be had from taking what I had gained from my group lunches and to combine this with what I learned from working with a coach (I’ve worked with 3 over the last 3 years and still have one now). Which brings us to where we are now. So, I’m running these groups because I want others to benefit in the same way that I have from having a structure in place where you share ideas and experiences with like minded accountants. Air your issues and problems which have restricted your personal and business development – and find a way to overcome these.

If you are running your own accountancy business and you aren’t achieving the results you want and think you would benefit from working as part of a group who share, collaborate and learn from each other. Then a Mastermind Group is a great environment for you. Groups are a great format in which to identify solutions to overcoming problems which have been holding you back. Getting feedback from others who have been there and done that, is invaluable.

The first Mastermind Groups will meet at Eight Club in Moorgate. We will be starting other Mastermind Groups across the whole of the UK. Currently we intend to start Mastermind Groups in: – Manchester – Newcastle – Edinburgh – Bristol or Cardiff If you’re interesting in joining a group in one of these locations, please get in touch [LINK to contact us page] and we can provide you with more details of when we expect a group to be starting. Or if you’d be interested in joining a group in different location please get in touch [LINK to contact us page] and let us know where.

The first Mastermind Group starts in September 2019. We will be starting other groups in a number of different locations. Currently we intend to start Mastermind Groups in: – Manchester – Newcastle – Edinburgh – Bristol or Cardiff

Membership of a Mastermind Group is for a minimum of 12 months. It takes this amount of time for members to work effectively in the group environment and to start to see real results which will transform their practices.

Usually members join in advance of a new group starting. The new groups will be publicised to people who have been to one of our events, are subscribers to our newsletters or are connected to me on LinkedIn.

Each group meets 4 times a year, every three months.

Between each meeting Group members will work through their actions. There is a 1-2-1 momentum call with Mark around 4-6 weeks after each meeting. If members do continue to struggle there is further support available from Mark.

This very much depends on you but fundamentally it’s to help you make significant improvements in your business. To help you to run the practice you want, the way you want. Ultimately to allow you to have the lifestyle you want – spending time doing the things you love with the people you care about and not worrying about money.

If you want to improve your business, develop personally and be held accountable to delivering on what you say you will do and want to do this in a group environment, then yes a Mastermind Group could be right for you.

Absolutely – this is very important to me. If you join a Group and implement the concepts and ideas you commit to and don’t get at least a 5 times return on your investment, then you’ll get your money back. Simple as that.

We will be holding free events regularly through the year. At the moment I expect there will be at least 6 free events a year. These will have been 6 and 15 people attending, depending on the location and venue. The events are by invitation only. The events are for like minded accountants who want to share, learn and collaborate.

The free events will be held across the UK. We’re not just restricting these to London. At the moment we plan to hold events in Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and either Bristol or Cardiff. If you would be interested in attending an event at a different location, let us know and if there’s sufficient interest we’ll hold an event there.

There’s two real purposes to the free Mastermind events: 1. To tell accountants what a Mastermind Group is, how it works and what you can expect to achieve from being a member. 2. To be a free networking event – to create an environment where accountants can talk to other accountants. Share information and work experiences. To learn from others. Collaboration is key – we aren’t competing with each other, there is more than enough work to go around. We’re all working to achieve something similar for ourselves and our clients. If we can improve collectively by working together – how powerful is that!?