‘It gives me great pleasure to make this recommendation for John.

I have worked with many of John’s clients over the last five years and have seen the results of the systems and strategies he has put in place for them. In many cases he has taken them from barely making a profit to achieving full margins in their businesses.

All too often in business we get bogged down in the daily work of the business and have little time to focus on the strategies of building our businesses. John is able to help his clients to focus on the “big picture” and attain the maximum results. As a matter of course I refer all my clients to John as I am confident that he is able to add value to them.’

Brett Burgess – Sales Impact Group

‘We have been working with John for over three months now and he has greatly improved our in-house operations.   He has provided us with the tools and systems to ensure optimal productivity, and how to monitor and measure our targets – but he has also taught us to always look to the future and work out ways to make the boat go faster.    I highly recommend PlanA Consulting’.

Georgina Miller – Managing Director – Mogul


‘John has worked closely with many of our clients and the results have always been no less than staggering. One of my clients told me that introducing him to John was the best thing I could have done for him. This is a business that is well established and known in Hawkes Bay.

John has the ability of getting the business owner to focus on the small things that make the biggest difference, which in turns leads to better profitability.

I sometimes find it difficult to explain to people, exactly what John does. Normally I just tell them to meet with him for an hour and see for themselves, and in almost all cases, John comes up with so many great ideas, the person is left dumbstruck.

Personally the directors of Black & White Accounting startred to work with John when we started trading. We feel that he guided us through the business maze with absolute precision, and kept us focused on what we needed to address. All of our most innovative ideas came out during the meetings with John. He now chairs our advisory board that meets monthly.

I am pleased to be associated with John and Plan A Consulting, and urge all business owners to talk to him, regardless of your situation, or your industry.

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss any of the above matters with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.’

Simon Hankins – Director Black & White Accounting, Napier


Case Study 1

This client has being operating in the Hawkes Bay market for around 20 years.   Click here fo the case study.

Case Study 2

This client has being operating in ther local market for less than 5 years.   Click here for the case study

Case Study 3

This client has beoing operating in the local market for about 15 years.   Click here for the case study

Three case studies of clients who have worked with PlanA Consulting


 ‘We appreciate the way you’ve helped us focus our vision and energy and identify the most important core parts of our business.   Also the importance of reporting and clarity and more attention to detail when required.   This allows us to take 20 ideas and bring them to 1-3 key points and activities’.



‘It is with pleasure that I write this recommendation for John as he has added fantastic value to our business.    We are a small management team who faces the same issues as thousands of other business owners – finding time to work on the business.    John’s programme follows a weekly meeting type format and this I believe is the only way to really get results.

The weekly meetings enabled us to stop, think, plan then implement before the next weeks meeting where we would review and evaluate our progress – we are always moving forward with John giving us good old fashioned practical business support…..being a business owner is not rocket science but you do need to have a qualified sounding board and that’s provided by John. The first time I met him I liked his style – an observer, a listener, a quiet sense of humour and most importantly he knew what he was talking about because he has been a business owner for a number of years and having police training certainly doesn’t hurt – except for the note taking! Our success is a key driver for John and that means a lot’.

Adrienne Pearce, SMART Business


‘John is commercially focussed and pragmatic and is able to provide sound advice to buisnesses which would benefit from focus and structure around the way they operate.   John understands what drives profit and is readily able to identify those activities versus those that don’t.   This allows for better bottom line improvement’.

Murray Cowan, Grow Human Resources


‘John is very analytical and good with systems.  He is efficient and good with communication/feedback plus flexible with meeting times.  He enabled us to set consistent 90day goals with specific time frames to achieve by.  We now have key performance indicators in place to measure our progress and motivated us to create a website that generates more business.  I would recommend John to any small business wanting direction and a good exit strategy’.

Dave Gordon – Baywide Dingos


‘We have got a lot more direction, clarity and focus and a better understanding of where we need to be’

Michelle and Will Kereru – Natural Born Builders


‘Thank you for the session the other day, both Jo and I enjoyed it and came away feeling much calmer and confident with where we are heading.   Also great to have an independent person involved.   Look forward to our session next week’

Paul Harvey – Williams’ Harvey Registered Valuers


After 22 years in business we were looking for professional yet sensible business advice and after a recommendation from a friend we met with John and then decided to engage him.   John was able to give us the confidence to make sound business decisions during a tough economic period, introducing systems that allowed us to track time and costs more effectively, become more efficient, increase our gross profit dollars and also focus on expense reduction.   We found working with John gave us an independent view and assessment of our business and his advice is logical and extremely practical.   As a result of working with him we were able to improve profitability and we would have no hesitation in recommending his services’.

Warren van den Ende, Hawkes Bay Auto Transmissions


 ‘An insight on how a business should be viewed in costings/planning and implementation.   Great Value.   Wished we had done this when we bought the business’

Russell Skelton, Copy and Design


Thank you I now feel like I have a direction to move in.   Extremely helpful and empowering.   Understanding of how it all works

Noelene Skelton, Copy and Design