Acordia is a Round Table Business Alliance
Unlocking Capabilities within Business Owners & Key Executives
Whatever your business, you need to aim to be in the top 20% of your market to truly succeed in your business. Our coaching approach to personal development and business improvement supports our members in gaining insights, both into themselves and their businesses, to transform their results. The Acordia Mini Executive MBA is also available to help Northern Ireland SME's gain the skills to develop their business profitably. Acordia operates in Belfast City centre and across Greater Belfast.
With advanced training, peer to peer learning through knowledge transfer between business owners and direct mentoring interventions, we facilitate your success.
Our quarterly business planning workshops help you achieve more as you can tap into the insights and ideas of other business owners and our business planning specialist. This is further supported by our business health check workshops.
At the heart of the Acordia is collaboration and strategic partnerships as members can engage in projects to access new resources and customers. Below, we answer some common questions potential members ask us. Acordia runs regular networking events in Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Bangor, North Down.
How can I build my business faster?
Acordia is focused on equipping business owners and key executives in doing business better. Our knowledge driven approach is designed to give our members leadership and strategic tools that can be readily applied in their businesses every day to transform performance.
Can I submit Acordia training as evidence of CPD?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement of many organisations and professional bodies. The standard, structure and content of Acordia training and mentoring sessions, workshops and conferences etc. align with the CPD requirements of a wide range of organisations and professional bodies. CPD outcomes are also evidenced through quarterly certifications of your knowledge and skills development. Members are however, responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules of their particular CPD specifications and requirements.
Even though I work with others in my business, why do I still feel isolated?
Whether you work on your own or with others, if you cannot confide in them or share your experiences, challenges or problems, you are likely to feel isolated. Acordia creates a congenial atmosphere where you will feel comfortable in discussing issues in confidence with like-minded others. You will find new perspectives on problems from those experiencing the same issues as you, and then collaborate with them to find innovative and creative solutions. Getting out of isolation is one of the most prevalent, and indeed, important reasons why business owners in Northern Ireland engage with the advanced strategic approach of Acordia.
Can I get help to create a dynamic business plan to produce real results?
Given that 95% of firms which fail to produce adequate business plans are likely to go out of business within five years, a dynamic business planning process is an absolute essential for survival. Acordia ensures its members not only produce a dynamic business plan, but we also facilitate ongoing business health checks so you can make sure you achieve your business and personal goals.
How can I work smarter and up move to the next level?
Acordia use both coaching and mentoring to facilitate you in achieving your best. Our coaching approach supports self-discovery of existing capabilities, and our mentoring interventions can help you find better solutions to business problems that would otherwise block success. To achieve increases in sales and business growth, whether you are a small to medium sized enterprise or a larger company, Acordia can support you in developing your strategic direction and vision.
How can I gain long term competitive advantage?
Competitive practices typically involve rapidly changing tactics between businesses such as, price changes and special offers. These tactics are however easily copied and are consequently not sustainable. The most sustainable competitive advantage comes from that which cannot be copied i.e. knowledge, skills and team dynamics. That which is inside our heads is not visible and therefore is not easily imitated by others who cannot come up with their own ideas. Consequently, by using knowledge based strategies
rather than short-term tactics, sustainable competitive advantage becomes possible. Acordia through its MBA level business improvement and marketing training, peer to peer knowledge transfer and strategic development, will facilitate you in developing, not only sustainable competitive advantage, but also sustainable profitability.
Are there opportunities for Business Networking and Referrals?
Because we have a wide range of members, networking is a natural outcome of our process. We also run successful networking events that follow professional networking protocols that support the giving and gaining of 'safe' referrals.
Critically, our protocols guide members away from 'pushing' each other's products at their own customers. Ultimately, you will lose customers who find you 'pushing' products at them for your gain rather than their benefit. Additionally, getting caught up in database sharing is a wreckless practice and can have devastating impacts on unsuspecting business owners, often new start-ups, who may not be fully aware of the protective protocols of 'professional' networking practices. That is why any referral organisation that stipulates the bringing of regular referrals to meetings is not engaged in professional networking. You should never feel pressurised into giving referrals, leads or any other information. If you are required to spend hours 'OFF' your business, essentially selling the products of others to your customers, then you are not building your own business. It is counter-productive in many ways. Professional networking practice is 'unconditional'... So if you find a group with 'conditions attached' then it is NOT Networking!
Conversely, Acordia members identify opportunities to recommend the services of members to others where they can identify a genuine need. Additionally, when firms deal with professionals they are more likely to ask them for recommendations when they need help. Indeed, helping customers by being able to reffer those whom you trust and know will not let you down will strengthen your customer relationships.
Where are your round-table business meetings held?
Currently, we have four venues where we hold a mixture of weekly and once monthly meetings; Belfast, Lisburn, Bangor & Newtownards and Newtownabbey. If you would like to come along to find out more about how Acordia can help your business, please contact us and we will arrange for you to attend a preview session. All our venues are easy to access and have free car parking!