“It’s my promise to you that if you’re ready and committed to coming on this transformational journey with me and you do the work required, you will transform the performance of your business & your life. You will also make a difference in your community which will inspire your customers, your staff, your suppliers and give you a reason to get out of bed in the mornings, other than just making money.” David Carruthers
David Carruthers is passionate about helping small-to-medium-sized business owners live amazing lives. In addition to running multiple businesses of his own, he volunteered as president of his business association for 4 years & president of a tourism association for 2 years. He built some serious expertise climbing the corporate ladder in large UK & Australian multi-site groups, becoming a successful, multiple-small-business-owner (multi-site operator) himself. Having built $10-12m of assets over a decade, David found himself hospitalised 5 times in 12 months and close to death in 2013. He lost pretty much everything he spent 35 years building at the hands of some ruthless people who saw his integrity as a threat and his determination to protect his suburb from inappropriate overdevelopment as a roadblock to making hundreds of millions in rezoning & development of land. His experiences, health recovery, resilience & determination to live the best life possible, in addition to his proven entrepreneurial ability & strategic marketing expertise, make him truly unique as your guide. David now chooses to work with business people who want to make more money, make more time to live their lives & make-a-difference in their communities. If this is you, then you’ve found the right man to help you transform your performance…..
Business owners have different problems, time availability, budgets & locations. We have a range of services designed to solve the problems of making more money and making more time. Getting your strategy and systems right so you can optimise performance is the key. We can also show you how to make-a-difference in your community which inspires those around you.
The biggest question is,
“do you want to transform your business & life performance and make-a-difference in your community?”
If the answer is yes, then you’re ready to start a journey that will help you get the life you really desire & deserve.
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Online Small Business Consulting ‘Surgery’
Enabling small business owners to access big business consulting in bite-size windows with a ‘doctors-surgery-style’ 25-mins online consulting appointment.
B.E.N. one-day workshop & follow-up support
Help raise $1m for local causes this year. One-day workshop, mentoring & access to 11 months online group coaching. Only available through Councils & Industry Associations.
2-day workshop: 7 steps to more profitability & livability
Designed for small business owners who want to transform their profitability & quality of life. Develop Action Plan. 2018 dates in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.
Mentoring & Coaching: One-on-One Packages
Depending on your level of business experience, David offers one-on-one mentoring OR coaching packages to get the business & life transformation in performance.
Consulting with Multi-site / Larger Businesses
Specifically for larger or multi-site businesses, David’s day-rate consulting service will assist business owners/leaders transform performance.
Online Group Coaching / Training
Designed for busy, time poor small business owners, these online group coaching sessions are 45 minutes long and focus on specific areas of performance.
Public Speaking at Industry Conferences & Events
David has an inspiring & authentic message for business owners & leaders. Perfect for industry events & conferences as a keynote or seminar speaker.
David has a completely unique ‘cocktail’ of strategic & entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, experience & qualifications which make him an ideal mentor, coach, advisory board member, consultant and/or confidante to business owners & senior leadership teams.
EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
School & University
Entrepreneurial / Business
VOLUNTEERING & COMMUNITY
QUALIFICATIONS & COURSES
David operated multiple SME businesses in City of Port Phillip when I was the Economic Development Manager there. He brought both passion, strategic insight and strong leadership skills to representing the St Kilda business owners as president of the Business Association for 4 years and was then asked to be the founding president of the St Kilda Tourism Association which he served for another 2 years. He was heavily involved in his community for over a dozen years and had strong connections with the arts & music communities, being a sponsor of the St Kilda Film Festival for more than 10 years. David is an advocate for businesses being involved and giving back to the communities that support them. In 2008 he convinced the State Member and the Council CEO to back a seminar as the GFC was looming, to help SME owners understand what their options might be. I coordinated it and we had over 500 SME owners attend. It was a huge success.
I am happy to recommend David to any Council CEO, State & Council Economic Development & Tourism teams to help educate, engage, mediate and negotiate in the space where government, business and community overlap. This is an area of strength and passion for David and I hope he invests his time in this area as I am confident government and communities will get great outcomes and real benefits from his insight, outcome-oriented approach and ability to engage businesses with their communities. Bringing his corporate CEO leadership skills, entrepreneurial flair and ability to easily connect people and solve problems strategically, together with his experience of leading business community organisations, possibly makes him unique in this space.
I first met David when he was working with business and community in St Kilda to form a new tourism association.
As the inaugural chairperson he brought vision and panache to proceedngs.
David worked his tail off to bring people together and realise the power of collective action in his community.
His leadership in those early days elevated the debate and got people thinking more strategically about how they could work together.
I arranged to meet David for a mentoring session as I was interested in his advice on how to get into corporate consulting. Over one session my entire work direction refocused into doing what I really love right now. I had thought I needed to start again as an entry-level consultant. Instead, David helped me realise my existing strengths, reflected back my own passion and drive, and encouraged me to use this as the basis to develop the ‘nugget’ which I can offer to the world. I left our meeting feeling both unsettled and delighted. The following morning I woke at 4am with my head brimming with ideas about my ‘nugget’. Since then, whenever I speak about my work it’s like I am – for the first time in my life – speaking the obvious truth, with joy and absence of resistance or self-consciousness.
What’s the lesson here? Be careful who you ask for advice as they may just change the course of your life! David has a real gift for helping people realise their deepest goals and supporting them to develop a clear strategy for achieving them.
David was my mentor as part of the School for Social Entrepreneurs BT Accelerator program. He was fantastic at helping me to get my head around key strategies, the steps I needed to take and most importantly to be confident in my ability to take my social business forward. I highly recommend David as a strategic and business mentor.
David is an inspiration. The achievements in his life are remarkable and his advice to me has made a massive impact on my business. After one conversation with David as a business mentor, my business had a whole new outlook, he opened my eyes to a whole new strategy and business model I could implement and get amazing global results from. I would highly recommend tapping into his wealth of business knowledge, expertise and life experience.
I’ve known David Carruthers for 7+ years, while I was working in Economic Development and Tourism at City of Port Phillip. At the time David was the President of the St Kilda Traders Association, long serving committee member, businessman and a very community minded person.
‘He gave a sh’t about business, economic development in Port Phillip and his local community’. He volunteered many long hours supporting local business, the arts and charities in his community.
I was fortunate in my role to have had David as an advocate for economic development and tourism. Not only did he attend many of the Port Phillip business development and networking events, participate in the Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards, David was also key player, driver in the establishment of the first ever St Kilda Tourism Association. Without his support and contribution I don’t think there would be an association. Of course, there were other key people involved who should be equally recognised, but David turned up to every meeting, wrote the marketing plan, championed tourism in the region, established strong connections with the tourism industry and state industry representatives – all mind you, in his own time!
I really like David, he’s smart, he’s experienced, he’s well known in the area, he goes out of his way to make important connections, he turns up to events, he has valuable business insights and experience, he supports local business and the ‘buy local’ ethos, ‘he get’s his hands dirty’, and he’s genuinely a nice guy to work with. Good luck David.
David is a powerful agent for change. He has helped me in one very important area of my life. That needed trust. Which is where David started. He is also patient, thoughtful and insightful. The world needs David. Look out for him.
David has always been a strong supporter, mover and shaker of the local arts scene and has never ceased to sponsor me or support me in what ever way he can in my Arts Projects.
His passion is never-ending!
It’s always hard with these things to articulate just how much an impact someone has made on your life. Earlier this year I had coaching with David. It continues to have a resoundingly positive impact on my career, personal life and overall happiness.
David provided amazing coaching services for my life and career in timely, clear and simple ways that proved more effective than I could imagine. He was excellent to work with because he uses creative techniques to solve problems and gives practical solutions to help you find the right answers.
David is perceptive and analytical. He was warm-natured and considerate when working together. He is passionate about helping people discover their potential, True North and next goals to get there.
I recommend David to anyone needing a guided push to take the next plunge in your business, leadership or personal life – he is a beacon of wisdom, encouragement and direction.
Thank you David!
Thanks David, I just wanted to let you know how much your coaching has helped me.
I needed someone who would challenge my approach to life in business whilst supporting me to achieve the changes required to make it all work. And you delivered all that and more.
Through your coaching, I’ve gained renewed focus and identified the practical steps required to put my ideas into action. As a result, I’ve been able to launch new aspects of my business more quickly and effectively than I could have done on my own. And I’m finding better ways to manage my energy so I can enjoy the journey.
Thanks again David, love your work!
I first met David way back when he was in a major corporate role and we have maintained contact throughout his own entrepreneurial journey. It is refreshing to exchange ideas with a true social entrepreneur who cares about issues beyond his own wealth creation. His passion for genuine hospitality, tourism, events, the arts and retaining the heart and soul of a community, is commendable.