Choosing Your Business Coach In Torbay (Part 1)

In business, as with sport, it’s recognised that having a coach, mentor, or someone outside the business as support, will contribute to how successful you are.

No-one has all the answers, and having someone else outside the business – unattached, as a sounding board for your thoughts and ideas, can make a big difference – helping you to see the bigger picture and keep you focused on the important things.

So if you want support with your business, what kind of help would you like? Where do you start looking for assistance? And how much would it cost?

Here are some of your options – these are the people behind many successful businesses in the Torbay area, and I’ve included some basic info about what they can each provide. We hope you will find this useful in your first step to creating a successful and rewarding partnership!

Barry Cole

The Resultant

Who’s it for? 
Leaders of small businesses with 6 or more employees.

Is there a free first consultation? 
I offer a coffee meeting to establish what support may be helpful.

What’s the length of term of the relationship?
 A 6-month retainer with an evaluation at the end of the first month, and no payment if the support thereafter is not required.

What’s involved? Invariably, I get embedded in the business, meeting as and when necessary, supporting them 24/7.

What’s the one main benefit this service provides? Providing entrepreneurial support; in essence acting as a ‘partner’ without my client giving away equity, dividends, or decision-making power.

How much does it cost?  Costs are decided by negotiation, based on likely demand and the business’s ability to pay. Typically, it’s between £150 – £300 p.m. for unfettered
weekly support

Location: 59 Aller Brake Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4NL

Phone: 07776 39 55 35



David Collins

Business Life Planning

Who’s it for?

Small business owners; either established or aspiring.

Is there a free first consultation?       

A 2-hour no commitment/no fee meeting to create a personal
business plan.

What’s the length of term of the relationship?

3 months; extended by mutual agreement.

What does it look like?

A 2-hour planning meeting, plus 30 minutes once a week, either face to face at my office on Torquay harbour, or at your premises, or by phone. Plus a 1 hour review and completion meeting after 3 months.

What’s the one main benefit this service provides?

Clarity – you get clear on your values and motivation, where you are ultimately headed, and the steps you should focus on to help you get there.

How much does it cost?

£150 per month, for 3 months.

Location: 3/4 Vaughan Parade,
Torquay TQ2 5EG

Phone: 01803 211222 / 07894 851838



Steve Gaskell

High-Performance Business Coaching

Who’s it for?

Business Owners, Managing Directors and their teams.

Is there a free first consultation?

No, there is a FREE TWO-HOUR coaching session to demonstrate first-hand the impact a coach can have.

What’s the length of the term of the relationship?

As long as you have the performance-enhancing drive, then I’ll be your coach.


Whatever fits! Be it reading a book, quarterly planning, group coaching, or accelerated growth with a 1-2-1 package.

What’s the one main benefit this service provides?

To help you get from where you are, to where you want to be.

How much does it cost?

Investment can start with a book at £9.99, through group coaching at £300, all the way to 1-2-1 coaching, which starts at £1000.

Location: Offices in Newton Abbot and Exeter

Phone: 01626 798007 or 01392 927997


Website: or my book site

Helen Hoyte

Coaching Torbay

Who’s it for? 

Anyone. I deal with barriers, fixed beliefs, and values which might be unhelpful, or work in a negative way – such as low self-worth and negative narratives.

I work with people and businesses who want to find their true potential, and clear a path to getting there. I am a logical and practical person, as well as being empathetic, warm, supportive, encouraging, and non-judgemental. 

I work alongside my clients to help them find clarity, and to prioritise actions that come out of our coaching sessions. I will gently challenge my clients when necessary, and will act as a sounding board, as well as ask questions to focus my clients’ attention on what needs to be done, and how they might do it. I don’t have all the answers, so I focus on empowering people to find them for themselves. As well as coaching, I may use my mentoring and counselling skills.

Is there a free first consultation? My first 1 hour no-obligation meeting is £20.

What’s the length of term of  the relationship? 

I allow complete flexibility and the client is in total control – therefore the length of the relationship is as long or short as it needs to be.

What’s involved? An initial meeting for an hour to start establishing goals and areas to be worked on. Then weekly, fortnightly, or monthly sessions of either 1 hour or 90 minutes, depending on the client’s needs. This is usually discussed at our first session. I see clients either at my private practice at home, at the client’s home, via Skype, or telephone.

What’s the one main benefit  this service provides? 

Finding meaning, clarity, focus, and direction to help you to break free from what holds you back, and stops you from achieving your goals.  Together, we will build a plan for you to work towards, so that you can be who you want to be, and have the life and business you want to have!

How much does it cost? 

£40 per 1hr session, or £55 per 90 minute session. First session £20.

Location: 38 Thurlow Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3EG

Phone: 01803 310048 / 07923469456



Written By: David Collins,
Business Life Planning

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