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You know the drill, an entrepreneur has an idea, gets a senior team together along with funding and then spends months fighting the tide while the back office and support functions mature. This approach, while important, distracts them from the job of running the core business and burns through that all-important seed capital.
Back in 2017 the question was asked “what if there was a different, unusual, but more effective way to build a business and generate profits from day one?” It was the answer to that question which led to the birth of the RAS Group. On this small piece of rock we call home, we have turned business development on its head and have gone for a totally different approach. We liken it to an ‘inside out model’. We built our fully developed back office and support functions and then sat back and waited for customers to come running and plug in; and come they have!
In providing a turnkey administrative and support framework for new and growing businesses, we have allowed start-ups and businesses moving through growth or rationalisation phases to focus on what they do best. With our staff, systems, checks and balances already working and in place, clients have simply plugged into the functions that they required. Choosing from our Bookkeeping, Administration, Marketing, PR, Creative Design, Risk, Management Accounting, Project Management or Consultancy teams.
It is fair to say, that some saw the idea as lunacy. Instead of building RAS incrementally, only investing in new staff when a certain client threshold was reached, we first put together a team with a core set of skills, then developed our offering before aggressively coming to market. The approach was innovative, game changing and way ahead of its time, a model built to take the twenty first century by storm.
Whether a client takes just bookkeeping or a selection of our services; the model remains focussed on building a strong knowledge based relationship where we are able to fully understand the wider needs of the client and support them accordingly. We call this approach ‘Insourcing’, where members of our team work directly for the client on day-to-day business activities which they have neither the time, space nor experience to handle in house. It is this approach, where our staff go beyond service provision to work with the business at every stage of their journey, that has delivered the successes that our clients are shouting about.
But our value proposition is about more than a cost-effective turnkey solution. We deliver for our clients in other ways too. The first is our crucial experience in business re-engineering which enables us to solve client problems by creating solutions that use a combination of people, processes and technology. After all, when you have fewer limitations on your solution you have greater opportunities to deliver. Our practical, real world and expert led solutions have consistently provided great business value at the lowest possible cost.
The second is simply that we are accountable. Supporting clients means having experts on hand. RAS Group has gathered those experts in one room and made them singularly accountable to our clients. Because with a single provider there are no ‘he said, she said’ excuses to muddy the water, slow down a project or simply cost clients money!
While much of our work remains confidential, eighteen months on we can point to the very public successes of our working relationship with the innovative brewing and distillery company White Rock where we have leveraged the skills and business know how of the RAS team to make a very real difference.
The brewery has core brewing expertise and a strong sales focus. Working with RAS has allowed them to do much more at a faster pace, to enter new markets and generate exciting new opportunities while they focus on what they do best.
From law firms to financial service providers, local businesses are waking up to the opportunities that a working relationship with RAS brings, whether they are seeking input on acquisitions, general business development or equity partnerships. RAS works to successfully shape and deliver their ambitions.
And it’s not just on the rock! RAS is working with businesses around the globe to identify and expand on their own markets and opportunities, but for the team at RAS, Guernsey will remain pivotal to their growth ambitions.