Businesswoman gets stuck into helping firms rebuild after lockdown

An award-winning Nottinghamshire businesswoman has founded a new company to help rebuild businesses in the East Midlands that were forced to temporarily close, reduce their operations or pivot because of the pandemic. TJ Duncan-Moir – who was

named in the top 20 leading figures in the UK manufacturing industry a couple of years ago – has launched Business Glu, a consultancy in which she parachutes into companies to identify and fix problems in areas such as productivity, operations, sales, finance and HR. Over the past few months, TJ has

already helped to mastermind a Coalville engineering firm’s switch from 3D printing parts for the aerospace industry to making PPE equipment for the NHS, care homes and food producers. She was instrumental in putting

funding arrangements in place to purchase new tooling for Ubiquitous Engineering. TJ also enabled the firm to protect its design for face shields and even got the PPE listed on Amazon - leading to increased revenue and profitability. Before the lockdown, she also

worked with a metal fabrication company in North Nottinghamshire to secure a project worth £440,000 by identifying ways to improve the firm’s process for following up on projects where it had previously submitted a quote. This enabled the firm to secure an order from a giant online retailer – and this has since led to the company having two more orders in the pipeline worth £1m. TJ said: “My work with the metal

fabrication company was me proving to myself that I could distil all my 30 years’ experience to identify the blockers within my

client’s business and put measures in place to help it to grow. “Business Glu was originally

conceived to support firms that are struggling to address the reasons why they are not as productive or profitable as they should be. Given that the region’s economy stalled during the coronavirus pandemic, now is an opportune time to work with companies that either want to get back to where they were pre- lockdown or see opportunities ahead and want to take full advantage of them.”

‘It’s vital that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses can get back up to speed as soon as possible’

Having been there, done it and got the T-shirt after spending three decades working for her family manufacturing business A1 Flue Systems - including 10 years as director - TJ knows that business owners and management teams all too often need a fresh perspective and a supportive approach to prosper. TJ, who has won numerous

personal and company honours including the Chamber's Nottinghamshire Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2017, added: “It’s vital that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses can get back up to speed as soon as possible – and this is where I can help. “A lot of businesses will have

their noses to the grindstone again, but where I come in is that I can help with making processes more efficient. I can also help by starting to map out new opportunities.

“With my first client, I could see

straightaway all the pitfalls – and in the space of just five weeks, I was able to put sustainable processes in place that were fundamental to it securing an order that has completely changed its trajectory.” TJ says her strapline of “Business

Glu: creating a strong bond between you and your business” distils everything she has learned after spending three decades in manufacturing. She also has a toolbox of materials and a bulky contacts book to help businesses,

TJ Duncan-Moir

including a network of specialists in areas such as marketing, recruitment, HR, law, research and development, graphic design, insurance, finance, accountancy, banking, asset finance, PR and coaching. TJ added: “The key is to put

sustainable measures in place, which means businesses aren’t dependent on me delivering everything. I must also thank the Chamber, as it has been really supportive and has encouraged me to speak at business events to tell my story.”

business network August/September 2020


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