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The MJF GROUP.  

The MJF GROUP provides Business Advisory Services and Support to the CEO, under the banner of the MJF Group (Business Support to the CEO).

The members of Our Group solve problems which CEO’s are experiencing across a range of demanding and complex disciplines and industry sectors.

We bring a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to clients’ challenges, ensuring the right balance of ability and real-world experience, this includes; strategy, marketing, sales, business planning, accounting services and funding applications, health information management, organisational ability, executive talent development and performance and digital strategy.

About us.

 

Who We are.

Company Expansion

South Africa.

A Sole proprietary business was started by Dr M J Freestone in 2004. It included a JV with an accounting service business called Riverstone Accounting Payroll and Statutory Services (RAPSS). By end 2016 RAPSS services were brought under the banner of The MJF Group.

Australia.

In 2014 the sole proprietor, which by now was a Group of companies, added to its list of professional services by opening an Australian Branch, incorporating Executive Recruitment and Leadership profiling,

This broadened our services to include Information Management to the Health Sector by amalgamating with DataProComms (Pty) Ltd Australia, run by Dr D Freestone Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health).

United Kingdom

We created a UK Company; Interco Development & Training Limited.  This company provides soft skill training for micro to small businesses in Hull and offers them access to a funding portal run in conjunction with Sterling Capital Limited. Interco also offers Business Support to companies needing to grow and develop their businesses.

We have also opened BASS Business and Soft Skills Limited (By Guarantee), a Charity created to train under 25’s to get a broader perspective of business skills needed to get into the business world.

The adoption of Australia and the United Kingdom into the MJF Group brings together 85 years of senior executive knowledge and experience in the Freestone family with 38 years joint management consulting experience across three continents.

This enables us to offer clients a complete suite of consulting and advisory services into key industry and services sectors such as:

  • finance,
  • manufacturing,
  • engineering
  • textiles specifically under manufacturing
  • mining,
  • telecommunications,
  • construction,
  • distribution,
  • health,
  • hospitality

About us

Companies in Group

  • Dr Michael John Freestone trading as MJF GROUP ™.(SA)
  • Interco Development & Training Limited (UK)
  • South African Mining and Exploration Company (SAMEC) ™)
  • Business and Advisory Soft Skills cc t/a as BASS ™ (SA)
  • DataproComms (Pty) Ltd Melbourne Australia (Pty) ™ Ltd (AU)
  • BASS Business and Soft Skill Limited ™ (By Guarantee) A Charity to train under 25’s (UK)

Legal Entity

The company is incorporated in South Africa as a Sole Proprietor, In Australia as a (Pty) Ltd; In the UK as Limited Companies.

What Methods Do We Use?

Business Support Program

Created as a Business Advisory Service, offering Strategy, Peformance Improvement, Marketing, Sales, Operational, Business Planning and Funding Applications support to the busy CEO, leaving him time and energy to focus on the key issues affecting their businesses today. We have doing this for the past 14 years.

Our Customer Value Proposition is:

We work with CEO’s to: Improve Productivity; Increase their profitable Sales by as much as 179%”

Proprietary Tools

Utilizing our proprietary tools assists us in understanding the condition of the Client’s business and the diagnostic approach used by us identifies what needs to be done to uncover hidden profits.

AQL Business Diagnostics ™ http://www.mjfgroup.biz/aboutus

 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/7 Step Diagnostic for the CEO ©.

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/nichemarketCompetitor Analysis ©

 

 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/newbusinessservicesDISC © Analysis Only for our registered Clients.

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/businessdiagnosticPrimary Business Health Check ©

 

 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/chgemenagementandgrowth Performance Toolkit V2.©

 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/growthpredictorindex/dna GE Matrix Chart (Modified) ©

 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/aboutusProprietary Financial Analysis Charts and Spreadsheets.

 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/aboutus Sales Forecasting 5 years ©.

 

 

Consulting Services

Our professional consulting services to CEO’s (Chief Executive Officers) in both Corporate Business and Health/Medical Services sectors has been tried and tested.

Marketing and Sales Plans

Whether we are working on mapping your new strategy, crafting your funding plan, growing sales by using our 133 Marketing and Sales tactics, or searching for your new executive, you can rely on us to get the job done thoroughly.

Full Accounting Services.

We provide full outsourced accounting services including:

  • Bookkepeing
  • Monthly Management Accounts
  • VAT
  • Payroll
  • Accounting Officer
  • Auditing.

Funding Applications

Our funding division makes application for Grants in the Production Incentive Program (PIP) designed for the Clothing, Textile, Leather and General Goods Sector (CTFL).

We successfully negotiate the various protocols in IDC, SEFA, NEF and DTI to get funds for companies who have a great product, Level 2 BBBEE, excellent staff, much innovation but no cash.

Dr MJ Freestone is a Senior IDC Expert and sources Plant and Equipment funding as well as Working Capital funding to ensure that cash flow is not a limiting factor.

The division works hand in hand with Business Support. It has been our experience that unless the client changes his business behaviour there is not enough funding in the world. So once a workable Business Plan has been completed, it will require change management, which is offered by Business Support.

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Training Division

Our Softskills division; Interco Training and Development UK/South Africa provides training solutions with courses designed to increase business and leadership knowledge.

The 97 practical courses that we offer can be held at your Company premises, making it very convenient and cost-effective.

Our normal courses, held in very upmarket premises in HULL, United Kingdom/Midrand South Africa are conducted weekly, 4 courses per month. They change the following month and depending on popularity may come back sooner than every 2 months.

The courses are monitored by an invigilator and score results are given to management a week after training, which enables the Company sending the trainee, a subjective evaluation of how they have done.

Interco has a Joint Venture with Sterling Capital to provide funding to SME’s through our Funding Lines suite of products.

Business Problems that we solve for the CEO’s include:

  • Falling profitability
  • Ineffective Strategy
  • Poor Inventory controls
  • Old fashioned Accounting systems
  • Not using Accounting systems correctly
  • Poor marketing and/or no marketing
  • Poor marketing tactics as no marketing strategy exists
  • Too much marketing causing space and order backups leading to low customer satisfaction
  • Extremely low customer satisfaction score
  • Disappearing sales
  • Productivity in tatters
  • Low On-Time In-full statistics.
  • No staff training
  • High employment changes
  • Over-employment adding to lack of productivity
  • Poor systems and procedures
  • Lack of control in the organisation causing chaos.
  • No Mechanisms to check and control the organisation.
  • No Tracking of Executives progress to planned objectives.
  • Poor Leadership
  • No Leadership profiling
  • No Executive training
  • Poor Executive recruitment using the DISC Tools.
  • Poor Management practices

Professional Services we offer the Health Service CEO’s

  • Conducting Quality Audits of Clinical Coding
  • Project Management of clinical and administrative information systems implementation
  • General Practice Accreditation Readiness.

Services for Education & Professional Development in the Health Care Sector – Ausralia run by Dr Darren Freestone

  • Professional development and staff training for;
    • Activity Based Funding
    • Clinical Coding readiness. ICD10
  • Education & Training;
    • People entering or re-entering the Clinical Coding profession.
    • Overseas organisations looking to set up Health Information Management systems

About us

Management Expertise.

Management expertise focuses on two specialities – strategic positioning to support and grow market share; development and implementation of working plans to meet strategic outcomes:

Boutique consulting services provided include;

  • Providing due diligence services and contract negotiations for the acquisition of:
    • mines
    • educational institutes
    • healthcare manufacturing facilities for major UK and South African based Industries.
  • Project to integrate multiple mining facilities into one plant, ensuring uninterrupted supply to the market.
  • Change management and the negotiation of a purchase of a South African owned Transport business to get mining product from the DRC to South Africa.
  • Project to transition a trading entity into a copper cable manufacturing entity with a world-class a new range of copper cable manufacturing plant in South Africa.
  • Engaged in working with a telecommunications provider in Tanzania for 2 years.
  • Engaged by a South African company to craft a business plan which had a complete design and construction to build electrical and telecommunications projects in East Africa.  The scope involved designing and costing the project to connect with the Middle East from Tanzania to South Africa.
  • Taking a low-cost mass distributor textile provider to becoming a multi-faceted high cost “Made to Order” Clothing and Uniforms Fashion House and provider of Premium Gifts to a Corporate Niche Market.
  • Crafting a Greenfied Business Plan for a Copper Cable Factory using the latest state of the art technology.

Membership and Affiliations

The MJF GROUP holds Membership with:

  • JCCI
  • VCCI
  • The Institute of Directors (IOD)
  • Institute for Independent Business (IIB);
  • The South Africa Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT),
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • SARS Tax Practitioner.
  • Full Member of the HIMAA (Health Information Management Association of Australia). Certified Health Information Manager.
  • CSSA/ICSA/CIBM

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Company Contact details

South Africa

South Africa.:  Potgieter Road Glen Austin AH Ext 1.1685.

Cell#: +278369423753.   Gloria A Wright Freestone.

Email: admin@mjfgroup.biz

Cell# +2783 4754192. Dr Michael J Freestone.

Email: info@mjfgroup.biz
Webpage: http://www.mjfgroup.biz /ABOUTUS 
Skype name: mfreestone5209

The United Kingdom.

Head Office.

K2 Bond Street.

44 Bond Street, Hull. HU13EN

Interco Development & Training Limited

Cell# +44 1482363903       Director Mr Brian Freestone

Webpage: http://www.interco.mjfgroup.biz

BASS Business and Soft Skills Training Limited (By Guarantee)

Cell +447729905578         Director  Dr Michael John Freestone.

Webpage (Under Construction) http://www.basshull.org)

Australia.

By Introduction only as we maintain a very low profile while we are growing this business.

Should you require any of the services mentioned use the contact form below.

IN THE NEWS

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IN THE NEWS

SAY OF THE DAY

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/intenews/5 Ways to Start a Business Part-Time While Holding a Day Job Full-Time.


5 Ways to Start a Business Part-Time While Holding a Day Job Full-TimeYou know you want to start a business, but you can’t shake those financial pressures – rent or a mortgage, a car payment and maybe you have kids. Even young people have responsibilities after all. But tack on the fact your business idea will surely take time to catch on, and starting up can seem even further out of reach.

You are a perfect candidate to become a part-time entrepreneur. While not ideal for every young trep – jumping head first into the start-up pool can be a preferred route – getting the business up and running before letting go of a regular paycheck may be the best course. Here are six ways to make the transition into entrepreneurship a smooth one:

1. Find balance.

Of course, this is what being a part-time entrepreneur is all about. Can you start up and maintain your commitment to your full-time responsibilities? If you get caught up in your business to the point that your full-time job suffers, people will notice and it will cost you opportunities and, potentially, the job itself.

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2. Be patient.

As a part-time entrepreneur, you simply can’t move forward with your new business at the same pace as those who can work on theirs full-time. And even full-time entrepreneurs never have enough hours in the day. Find the right pace for you so you can see progress without completely wearing yourself out. Be patient; you may not be moving as fast as you would like, but forward is good.

3. Bank your profits.

At some point, you will want to walk away from your job and be a full-time entrepreneur. The money you save now will enable you to take that step sooner. If you don’t need it to grow the business, then save it for your future, but be prepared to put it back into your new business as needed.

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/inthenews/goalsetting4. Set flexible goals.

As you build your business, you may find your day job getting in the way of your entrepreneurial goals. That’s okay. It’s what being a part-time entrepreneur is about. Watch out for a tendency to beat yourself up for spending too much time on your job at the expense of your business. Your energies will need to shift from one to the other as time goes on, and that’s okay.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Have an escape plan.

https://www.mjfgroup.biz/inthenews/escapeplanDo you want to be a part-time entrepreneur forever? That’s actually alright. Operating as a part-time entrepreneur may not have been your original plan, but if your business can succeed in your off hours and you enjoy your full-time job, why not?

However, if your entrepreneurial plans include running your dream business full time, you need to define milestones and set goals that include walking away from your day job. What needs to be in place in terms of infrastructure, sales, product development or other criteria before you will be ready to quit?

 

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Different Types of Business Strategies

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Different Types of Business Strategies are available to any startup or a business.

Basic Approach to Strategic Planning

A critical review of past performance by the owners and management of a business and the preparation of a plan beyond normal budgetary horizons require a certain attitude of mind and predisposition. Some essential points which should to be observed during the review and planning process include the following:

  • Relate to the medium term i.e. 2/4 years
  • Be undertaken by owners/directors
  • Focus on matters of strategic importance
  • Be separated from day-to-day work
  • Be realistic, detached and critical
  • Distinguish between cause and effect
  • Be reviewed periodically
  • Be written down.

As the precursor to developing a strategic plan, it is desirable to clearly identify the current status, objectives and strategies of an existing business or the latest thinking in respect of a new venture. Correctly defined, these can be used as the basis for a critical examination to probe existing or perceived Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats and Opportunities. This then leads to strategy development covering the following issues discussed in more detail below:

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Values
  • Objectives
  • Strategies
  • Goals
  • Programs

Strategic statements can be defined as broad indicators of the direction(s) in which a business should be driven in order to fulfil its vision/mission while taking realistic account of its resources, constraints and opportunities.

In the case of a start-up venture, organic and quantum approaches translate into soft or hard start-up strategies. An example of a soft start would be a software company which evolves from a part-time business into full-time service provider and then progresses into software products (classic “back room” start). Another example, would be an engineering company which starts in a shed and gradually moves into a proper premises (“garage” start).

Soft start strategies can be very effective as they allow entrepreneurs to learn the trade (and make mistakes) without incurring major, irrevocable (and maybe premature) commitments. Hard starts are obligatory where substantial investments (in R&D, market or assets) or resources (technology, manpower etc.) are needed from the outset. It may be possible to soften a hard start by renting (rather than buying) premises; leasing equipment (instead of purchasing); acquiring a franchise (in lieu of developing a new brand, systems etc.); entering into a joint venture; or subcontracting manufacturing, distribution, accountancy services and so on.

Before deciding on what type of strategy to adopt you will need to have the following statements if you are an existing company or you will need to work through what is posted here before you decide.

Different Types of Business Strategies

Note Well.

The preparation of a strategic plan is a multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs you need to initiate to complete the strategy decide upon.

Vision.

 

 

Mission.

The nature of a business is often expressed in terms of its Mission which indicates the purposes of the business, for example, “to design, develop, manufacture and market specific product lines for sale on the basis of certain features to meet the identified needs of specified customer groups via certain distribution channels in particular geographic areas”. A statement along these lines indicates what the business is about and is infinitely clearer than saying, for instance, “we’re in electronics” or worse still, “we are in business to make money” (assuming that the business is not a mint !)

Peter Drucker says “Mission: Why you do what you do; the
organization’s reason for being, its
purpose. Says what, in the end, you want
to be remembered”

There are many tools that you can use to define your strategic position in your market,and what sort of strategy you should adopt.

One of them is the GE matrix. The GE matrix helps a strategic business unit evaluate its overall strength. Each product, brand, service, or potential product is mapped in this industry attractiveness/business strength space. The GE multi factoral was first developed by Mckinsey for General Electric in the 1970s.In order to use the GE Matrix you need to understand the market you are in and you must have a very good grasp of strategy.

I have modified the GE And the GE McKinsey graph as seen below.

I addition to giving you two points on a square block i have added what type of strategy best fits each quadrant. This has been developed by me over 3 decades of in company research, as Africa Director responsible for growth and development. The Group I worked for was massive as it had more than 136 companies in its stable.

You are asked to identify percentages in a range of questions and give an indication of your strategic ability.

When Completed you will get a Graph as shown here. Careful consideration is needed when compiling the answers.

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Click on this link to download the Free excel spreadsheet, which I modified to give You a better picture of what strategy you should follow. A Resulting graphic display will clearly tell you in which quadrant that you can

Different Types of Business Strategies.

Growth Strategy
Any growth strategy entails introducing new products or adding new features to existing products.

Sometimes, a small company may be forced to modify or increase its product line to keep up with competitors. Otherwise, customers may start using the new technology of a competitive company.

For example, cell phone companies are constantly adding new features or discovering new technology. Cell phone companies that do not keep up with consumer demand will not stay in business very long.

A small company may also adopt a growth strategy by finding a new market for its products. Sometimes, companies find new markets for their products by accident. For example, a small consumer soap manufacturer may discover through marketing research that industrial workers like its products. Hence, in addition to selling soap in retail stores, the company could package the soap in larger containers for factory and plant workers.

Product Differentiation Strategy
Small companies will often use a product differentiation strategy when they have a competitive advantage, such as superior quality or service. For example, a small manufacturer or air purifiers may set themselves apart from competitors with their superior engineering design. Obviously, companies use a product differentiation strategy to set themselves apart from key competitors. However, a product differentiation strategy can also help a company build brand loyalty, according to the article “Porter’s Generic Strategies” at QuickMBA.com.

Different Types of Business Strategies

Price-Skimming Strategy
A price-skimming strategy involves charging high prices for a product, particularly during the introductory phase. A small company will use a price-skimming strategy to quickly recover its production and advertising costs. However, there must be something special about the product for consumers to pay the exorbitant price. An example would be the introduction of a new technology. A small company may be the first to introduce a new type of solar panel. Because the company is the only one selling the product, customers that really want the solar panels may pay the higher price. One disadvantage of a price-skimming is that it tends to attract competition relatively quickly, according to the Small Business Administration. Enterprising individuals may see the profits the company is reaping and produce their own products, provided they have the technological know-how.

Acquisition Strategy
A small company with extra capital may use an acquisition strategy to gain a competitive advantage. An acquisition strategy entails purchasing another company, or one or more product lines of that company. For example, a small grocery retailer on the east coast may purchase a comparable grocery chain in the Midwest to expand its operations.

Please contact us so we an assist you with a complete strategy and corresponding tactics needed to achieve your strategy chosen.

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Business Improvement

Dear CEO/Managing Director, Executive Director we are creating this post to tell you that Business Improvement is at hand

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  • declining market share,
  • no marketing strategy,
  • no sales plan or controls in place
  • slow manufacturing
  • the worst on time in full ratio in the industry
  • rising cost of sales due to poor procurement processes
  • inappropriate processes,
  • poorly trained staff,
  • sales slumping
  • inventory climbing
  • more and more obsolete inventory
  • poor accounting
  • not up to date with SARS requirements
  • no cash flow control
  • a horde of dissatisfied customers, and on and on and on.

Business Improvement

You have so many issues to attend to, your staff are all ‘so busy” they cant support you and if they had time would not be as competent as you would like them to be in order to support you.

In order to fix the problems mentioned above, we have our program called The Business Support for the CEO.

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