How to manage change in a fast-growing business

Your company needs to evolve as it takes on more staff and clients.

by Jack Torrance
Credit: Ude/Wikimedia
Credit: Ude/Wikimedia

It should go without saying that larger businesses function in a different way to smaller ones, but the transition between the two is a long and complicated road. If you're a small company planning for rapid sales growth and an expanding workforce, you need to gradually introduce more complex processes and management structures – and your own role as a founder is likely to change as the business grows as well.

'When businesses grow everything changes – absolutely everything has to change as you go up,' says Stephen Dann, an entrepreneur and growth coach with the government-backed GrowthAccelerator scheme. 'What works when you're five guys in a basement no longer works when you're 150 people on three floors, or three sites or in three countries.' 

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