our ingredients & recipe

To make a great business you need a great recipe to combine the right ingredients at the right time.

 

Our recipe resulted in a business being listed twice in BRW’s Top 100 fastest growing companies in Australia.

 

Ingredients and Recipes change for different types of business and also the stage of business.

 

We assess the ingredients within your business and see which are great and which need to be replaced.

 

As every business is different, we need to modify our winning recipe to suit your business. We do this through the following:

 

1. Assess – check the ingredients
2. Plan – create the recipe
3. Execute – follow the recipe
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assess

We check your current business ingredients and identify what else you need – within marketing, sales, systems, people, technology, finance and metrics, mindset and strategy.

Here’s example questions we ask about your Sales Strategy & Lead Generation: Do you have a defined sales process, with which you can monitor what works and what doesn’t work for your organisation? Once you have captured the leads, can you close them quickly and effectively? Do you have a lead generation?

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plan

This is your recipe. Short term and long term plans are created from the assessment phase results. We target the critical areas first and prioritise the other actions. Each plan is tailored to your stage of business and includes the goals you want to achieve and by when. 

A common problem businesses have is that they don’t have a tailored process and action plan to focus on improving the business.

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execute

We follow the plan created in the previous stage and achieve the goals we set. There’s work here for both of us to do and it takes the combination of our businesses to make it happen. 

For example, As technology has rapidly changed over the last few years, companies can now leverage solutions and systems to improve internal processes and help grow revenue and market share, with minimal effort and cost. As there’s a number of solutions available, we will help you choose the right solution for your business, and help you to deploy that solution.

At times you need extra hands on deck to help you manage the implementation, and we can help you execute smoothly. 

our services

The Unique Mentors suite of business services are delivered under a methodology which focusses on delivering fair outcomes for all parties.

 

The majority of our services utilise a performance structured model – a structure that rewards for achievement of milestones.

 

This allows for an acceptable cash cost of engagement and aligns interests toward maximum business growth and value at exit (e.g. IPO, trade sale or management buyout).
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business advisory

Experienced advisors (non-executive director) to provide strategic direction on a short term or long term engagement.  The person is a board member without responsibilities for daily management or operations of the company/organisation. 

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startup & growth

Accelerate your business with experienced growth mentors and assistance with investment. Selected businesses are prepared for investment and presented to investors to raise capital. We advise and assist the accelerated growth of the business to maximise stability, milestone achievement and valuation.

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hire mentors

Experienced industry professionals for specific opportunities or issue resolution.  Through years of personal and professional experience, our mentors have developed the skills to assist you through the confusing or difficult times, the decision making process (at every stage of the journey), and how to capitalise on your big moment!

our team

Our team members have decades of business experience and knowledge that has helped them achieve many goals for clients. At Unique Mentors, our main focus is being with you for every step of your business journey.

Gerrie Aldag

The entrepreneur, investor and strategist of Unique Mentors, Gerrie understands the DNA of business and what it takes to launch, build, grow and sell a successful business.

Gerrie formalised his interest in business with a degree in Business and Accounting. On completion of his studies, he worked in the UK, Japan, USA, Australia and South Africa in various roles including finance and business intelligence solutions. In 2005 he created a business consulting company generating $20 million in revenue per year before selling the business in 2012.

As an entrepreneur, and having had many successful ventures, Gerrie understands what it truly means to be an entrepreneur – “Failure only made me stronger; it is how I know what I know today.” Gerrie has a passion and a drive to share his own business methodology with companies, helping them benefit from his knowledge and mentoring them towards success.

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Strategy

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Financial planning

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Management

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Customer relations

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Product development

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Preparing your business for sale

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Business Intelligence

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Software solutions

Ian Markram

As an entrepreneur, and having had many successful ventures, understands what it truly means to be an entrepreneur – “Ian has a impressive record yet has also had failure, allows him to learn a few lessons in his business journey. Ian has a true drive and passion for business and is keen share his own business methodology with clients, helping them benefit from his knowledge and mentoring them towards
success.

Ian is an entrepreneur a thought leader and senior business executive with over 20 years’ experience. He excels at strategic thinking, innovation, building and mentoring teams, improving organisational culture and business operation/execution – particularly in the Analytics, Data and Digital world.

He has a unique ability to balance his detailed technical capabilities with strategic insights into the ‘big picture’ of analytics, data strategy and governance to achieve the most effective approach for his customers.

Ian is a professional investor and a member of the Sydney Angels network, actively participates in the startup scene in Australia as both an advocate for innovation, technology as well as a mentor to startup founders, and as an angel investor. He has a portfolio of investments that span commercial property, residential property, software and professional services.

 

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Strategy and Planning

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Management

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Sales process

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Customer relations

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Mentoring startups

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Raising capital

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Deep understanding of Software solutions

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Product development

Ashley Freedman 

As a qualified Chartered Accountant Ashley brings his experience as a CFO to the Northern Beaches.

Gaining his audit and accounting knowledge in South Africa, before moving to London, where he has worked in many roles around accounting system implementation, risk and change management. Ashley has spent the last 10 years based in Singapore, most recently as CFO for a Pan- Asia Pacific business, which he helped take private from a large multi-national with multiple strategic exits.

Under his remit as CFO Ashley has also held headed up the HR, Legal and Tax Functions.

Having worked in offices across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, including long established and developing markets, Ashley understands the importance of effective, efficient financial and cashflow management.

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Financial forecasting

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Cashflow Management

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Management

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Accounting procedures and controls

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Preparing your business for sale

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Acquisitions

Tony Carter

Experienced technology & business intelligence professional with a proven track record delivering commercial value to organizations.

With over 15+ years helping organizations of all sizes deliver on their commercial & operational initiatives. (from business unit to small business to start-up to corporate enterprise)

Extensive experience utilizing the latest technologies to deliver cost-effective solutions for any areas of your business. (Customer insights, product, sales, marketing, digital presence, operations, business intelligence, software, infrastructure).

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Strategy

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Business transformation

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Digital transformation

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Management

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Customer relations

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Business Intelligence

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Technology solutions

Sam McLennan

A founder who has completed the entrepreneurial journey, Sam has started, grown and exited his own business and is keen to pass on his knowledge and networks to others.

His business knowledge and experience is broad after working with a wide range of businesses throughout the globe for over 25 years: tourism, medicinal cannabis, robotics, hospitality & events, military, hardware and software, mechanical engineering, agriculture, construction, fisheries, retail, sales, education, physical and personal development, superannuation, financial services, food and beverage, scientific, business incubation and acceleration and more.

Being aware of global trends and meeting the needs of current and future customers, Sam works closely with some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.

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Operations

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Customer service

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Commercialisation

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Sales and Business Development

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Boot strapping and Capital raising

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Risk and Mitigation

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Growth hacking

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