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Darren's Chartered Accountant qualification can not be underestimated. It's like having your own CFO on call at all times. The best compliment I could give someone is whether I would go into business with this person. The answer is YES. - Craig Roylance, Managing Director, Linc Building Solutions Pty Ltd
 
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Darren Bourke Founder of Business Influence
Bachelor of Commerce (Melb)
Chartered Accountant

One of my passions in life is to investigate all areas of study about successful business and human performance. I observed early on the frustrations and challenges in running a successful business. Those observations led to a strong desire to want to support small & medium business. My goal was to create a service that helped business owners be truly successful in business.

In 1998, I left the accounting profession to pursue my dream of running my own business. In partnership, I started a city-based recruitment agency Caden Consulting. As a Director of a start-up company I was exposed to every aspect of business. I quickly built a reputation as an industry specialist in permanent and contract personnel. My focus at Caden was to introduce best-practice systems & processes throughout the company while maintaining the highest level of personal customer service. This was done through extensive research and further study. This approach led to winning the Seek Australia Recruitment Agency of the Year in 2003 as well as being featured in Business Review Weekly (BRW Magazine). Throughout this time I also wrote published articles and spoke in the media.

Prior to running my own business, I spent ten years in the accounting profession as a business advisor. My accounting career culminated in my appointment as Business Services Manager with leading accounting firm Pitcher Partners. My experience here was built on working with many small to medium businesses in a diverse range of industries. Areas of expertise included management accounting, financial accounting, personal & corporate taxation, budgeting & cashflow analysis and superannuation. I also worked on many specialist management consulting assignments including preparation of business plans, business valuations, fraud investigations, bank investigations, Australian Tax Office audits, due diligence reviews, property development and many other appointments. I also developed strong management skills in managing my own team which included client service, supervision, professional development, mentoring and recruitment. I gained extensive further education through the firm’s ongoing professional & personal development programs. I was a key participant and trainer in the firm’s internal training & development programs.

I entered the accounting profession in 1988 with leading international accounting firm Deloitte where I gained immediate exposure to large publicly listed companies. This was a fantastic introduction to the corporate world where my early business skills were honed working on-site at clients’ premises with the management of successful large business.

My senior education commenced with completion of the Higher School Certificate where I was awarded Dux of Commerce. I successfully gained entry into the prestigious University of Melbourne where I completed a Bachelor of Commerce. After graduating, I completed post-graduate studies while working full-time attaining the premier accounting qualification of Chartered Accountant.

On a personal level, I am happily married to my wife Jan and have two beautiful children Jack & Tayla. I have completed private studies in marketing, building turn-key businesses, copy writing, property investment, share trading, philosophy and creative writing. I am a movie buff, love my sport (doing and watching!) and enjoy reading about six books at a time. Wine appreciation, a true love for music and great friends all contribute to a balanced lifestyle.

A great diversity of business experience over 18 years has guaranteed my ability to help business owners and teams achieve business success. My lifetime of study, years of experience and knowledge are the foundation for my unique Business Influence service.

I also support the reach Foundation through providing voluntary business and financial mentoring. Reach is a non profit organisation helping young people ignite their passion for life.

What makes Business Influence unique?
 

Specialisation. I specialise in only working with small & medium business owners & management to maximise profit, productivity, people and performance.

A tailored approach. Many consultants offer a cookie cutter approach where one size must fit all. I tailor my program to the unique specific needs and challenges facing your business.

Many business consultants lack experience. I have spent over 18 years working with literally hundreds of clients in most industries and I am an experienced Management Consultant, Coach and Mentor.

I understand people. I have worked with business owners and management all my life. I listen to people and understand how to motivate teams having managed and mentored owners and managers for many years. My recruitment and management experience are invaluable here.

Many business consultants don't have time for you and lack broad commercial skills. One of the biggest complaints I hear from business owners is about the lack of time, availability and commercial skills offered by most business advisors. That is why I work personally one-on-one with the business owner and limit the number of clients I work for.

Few business consultants have run a business. I have run successful businesses myself and understand the challenges faced by business owners and their people.

Not all business consultants have a strong business education. I have a Commerce Degree from Melbourne University and a post-graduate qualification as a Chartered Accountant.

A strategic focus on what's important to you. I listen to what your needs are and ensure we focus on these priorities while driving implementation.

Many business consultants lock you in to extended service agreements. I understand that most business owners feel uncomfortable about being locked in to 12 month minimum service agreements. I commit to delivering a significant return on your investment with me. If you don't believe you are getting a return on your financial commitment, you can simply terminate our agreement in any given month.

Fixed fees provide peace-of-mind. I understand you want to know in advance how much your consulting services are going to cost you. That's why we agree on a fixed monthly fee so there are no nasty surprises in the mail. This also helps you manage your budgets and cashflow.
 

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