“Your workshop surpassed my expectations. I have paid to see the masters – J Rohn, T Robbins, H Kaye, B Tracey. Your workshop is informative, progressive and hits the core, integrating aspects that some of the above presenters miss… thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Marie Stonell

Workshops testimonial

“Ray Hodge is a rare individual who, as a Business Consultant, has the talent to hone in on the true innate strengths of a business in order to increase bottom lines and improve productivity. This is a man who knows his stuff and could easily rest on his laurels. However Ray maintains a constant vigil on new technologies, methodologies and systems so that his clients have access to the latest opportunities. Dedicated to excellence, when Ray works with you in your business, you are in the very best of hands.”

Nichola Burton - The Pushworth Group

Consulting testimonial

“This is a testament to the services of Ignite Business Consulting and more particularly Ray Hodge. I have worked with Ray for in excess of 18 months for a combination of one-on-one coaching as well as participation in his course, Business in the Cellar. I chose to do both the one-on-one and group coaching to give me a broader range of skills. Rays individual consulting work has assisted in keeping me focused, setting up systems and reviewing budgets to keep my firm’s ‘producers’ accountable. Ray has also assisted greatly in providing advice and support during a transition period where the previous business owner left under unfavourable circumstances. The result for this last financial year is an approximate 25% increase in turnover when compared to the previous 2 financial years. Prior to working with Ray, the business had seen no growth or increase in staff performance. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Ray and Ignite Business Consulting to any business owner looking to increase productivity and profitability through the services of a supportive and knowledgeable coach.”

Peter McCartney - Spranklin McCartney Lawyers

Consulting testimonial

“I have been working with Ray for the last 6 months and in that time have seen continual growth of our business. Increase has happened in actual jobs, revenues and the corresponding staffing to keep up with the growth. We are more fully utilising our internal systems, keeping on top of invoicing and debtors and now starting to monitor the business in terms of numbers.”

Brad Smith - Wolfenden Electrical

Consulting testimonial

“Over the past 6 months working with our family business, Ray has shown great patience and persistence. He has helped us to look AT our business and identify where to start when it all seemed to much from a day to day perspective. I am excited to be moving into the next phase of working with Ray and can see the business and personal benefits ahead.”

GM/Director of Regional Plumbing Company - (MPAQ member)

Consulting testimonial

“Ray’s raw talent, energy, presence, professionalism and commitment to me through the financial coaching has been phenomenal. He goes way beyond expectations and delivers what he promises – and some. And as a Master Certified Coach, I am very fussy who I engage to be in my space. Thanks Ray, you rock!!”

Peter Barr - Master Certified Coach (ICF)

Consulting testimonial

“Ray’s simple and effective strategy ultimately turned my business around and doubled my profits.”

Ben Cowan - Xcentuate Personal Training

Consulting testimonial

“I’ve started sub-contracting out all the work I don’t like doing as per your advice, which is freeing me up for more family time, to work on and promoting the things I do enjoy and more time to develop other services.”

Belinda Abbott - Ruby Rabbit Office Assist

Consulting testimonial

“Ray has taught me to take my business to the next level, by linking my passions and strengths with the right strategy and action. Ray’s uncanny ability to help you discover the ‘Why’ is the key. And it’s little wonder why Ray has achieved great success himself – he actually practices what he preaches.”

Jason Currie - Property for Wealth

Consulting testimonial

“Ray coached me as a finance broker and has helped me make the transition to being a ‘business owner.’ Ray has always encouraged continual self-development to achieve abundance in life; he encourages people to take accountability for themselves and their finances. He has a great knowledge of finance, investment structures, wealth creation, cashflow management, and business practices. He uses this knowledge along with his friendly persona to reach the core issues and to guide change in people and in business. Ray is a true professional who can be trusted, and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ray’s services to anyone who has a desire to make significant steps forward with their life, business.”

Jayde Johnston - Maxium Finance

Consulting testimonial

“I have known Ray in both a personal and business capacity for over 5 years now. From a business perspective, Ray has always been acutely aware of the critical aspects of making a business work, and further doing whatever it takes to make it work. He continually questions his own business practices to ensure no stone is left unturned with respect to improving his business results and his client’s experience. As long as I have known Ray he has had a passion for helping others achieve their financial goals. His mortgage broking business was a great example of this. Ray carved his own niche with in this space and built a nearly 100% referral based business through client care, consistently providing above and beyond client expectations and having a strong understanding of his products and how they best suited his clients. This is just one example, his other ventures into property development and his current business further quantify his drive and expertise in relation to owning and running successful businesses.”

David Handley - Oakland Investments

Consulting testimonial

“Coaching Ray over a period of time was a great experience. His determination, discipline, skills and commitment to grow personally, set him apart and are foundational to his success as a businessperson and investor. I was so impressed with his achievements that I’m now one of his investment clients. His business success and his insights into people make him a great Mentor/Coach for anyone who wants to go to the next level of fulfilling their dreams.”

Colin Noyes - CoachNet International

Consulting testimonial

“When I first started working with Ray I had one house and was earning $45, 000 p.a. I have subsequently purchased another 5 properties, making more money than my annual income in just one of the properties I built and sold.”

Tamara Sinclair

Consulting testimonial

“I have been working with Ignite now for approximately three months and in that time we have experienced the following…
– an annual profit increase of $80, 600 from a simple tweak to one of our accountants charge out rates (and this is just the start)
– focus and a personal increase to my own billable hours
– understanding of my highest paying work and directing my ongoing activities to that end
– increased focus and strategy around cashflow and outstanding debtors
– analysis of work flow
– gaining an understanding of our core business and where the key economic drivers are
– understanding the grading of clients and where our focus needs to be as we go forward
– strategic implementation of a customer service strategy based on a client research satisfaction survey that we conducted
– team training in DiSC behavioural profiling. Helping my staff understand themselves, how to work together and how to better relate to our clients
– team training in Time Management and focusing on converting time waste to billable hours
– beginning to look at the business as a system that ultimately won’t be reliant on my personal contribution I can thoroughly recommend the services of Ignite, and am more than happy for to be contacted as a reference.”

Nathan Morris - Morris Accounting - East Brisbane

Consulting testimonial

“… everyone whom I have referred to your business has been 100% satisfied. More importantly from my point of view you offer a broad knowledge and experience, which gives you far more credibility and knowledge than most others.”

Peter McDuff - McDuff Accountants

Consulting testimonial

“Meeting with Ray has been beneficial in many ways. Last week for example, he gave me on idea that added $24, 000 directly to my bottom line that I was able to implement the next day. They will remain part of my business / wealth advisory team for many years to come.”

Megan Winders - HelloBabe

Consulting testimonial

“As a business owner and director myself, I realize the importance of the following 3 things to succeed and grow in any business: Knowledge and experience; Ambitious and self motivated staff & team around you; Excellent customer service. I believe you and your team possess everyone of these qualities and would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.”

Paul Jensen, Director - Cannon Building Services (Air Conditioning)

Consulting testimonial

“Ray came to work for me on contract as a General Manager for a period of 12 – 18 months. In that time he guided and managed the day to day accounts of the company and helped bring the business out of a very deep and serious financial hole to ride a wave of success for another 3 years. My big mistake was to not keep him connected with the business for regular checkups and strategic consultation…more fool me.”

Darryl - Former Director, Construction/Tourism Company

Consulting testimonial

“Ray has worked with us for the past six months and apart from some significant shifts in our business, a recent consulting proposal we submitted to a client resulted in a 70% revenue increase. Ray has demonstrated that by providing options with increased levels of value, we could get paid accordingly.”

David Cowling - Accountant/Consultant

Consulting testimonial

“Our work with Ray, over an approximate 4 month period focused primarily on streamlining our systems and processes, my personal time management, ensuring we had the appropriate employees performing the work that I didn’t want to do, and then the recording of key result areas. I have to say that having Ray consult to us resulted in a more streamlined business with processes in place that has made it possible to hire office staff and what’s all the more pleasing (given that Ray is no longer consulting to us) is that I am now working less hours per day, overseeing the operations, with the business continuing to do exceptionally well. Additionally when I am ready for the next phase to grow the business to the next level I will be getting Ray back to assist me with this.”

Joanne Puttins - Switch Group, Perth

Consulting testimonial

“I have worked with Ray for the last 12 months to review the business processes and then monitor on a monthly basis. Ray’s ability to look at a micro level and then shift to a “helicopter” view is exceptional and been invaluable to me as a business owner. He is generous with his time and experience which regardless of whether you are small or large enterprise Ignite Business Consulting is an absolute necessity.”

Joanne Brooks - Talent 2

Consulting testimonial

“when Ray initially began working with us we had significant challenges and bottlenecks in the areas of paperwork and cashflow. I felt like I was behind all the time. Over a period of a few months, systems were created and implemented, our tradesmen adopted the new way of doing things, invoicing was happening quicker and the chaos started to ease. What is significant that we couldn’t see at the time is that the results in cashflow turnaround enabled us to fund a million dollar job that we could never have done previously out of business funds.”

Kelly Mullins - J Mullins Plumbing

Consulting testimonial

“The Surat Basin Corporation feel extraordinarily privileged to have Ignite Business Consulting as a member. Feedback from our members who have used Ignite’s services is very positive indeed.”

David Breese - CEO:Surat Basin Corporation

Consulting testimonial

“We have worked with Ray Hodge from Ignite Business Consulting these past eight months. Our business had grown to a point where we really needed assistance with the systems and related people who interacted with the various procedures. Ray’s help has been invaluable in that we have achieved a more fully process driven business with significant reductions in turnaround time frames, particularly relating to administration, with quoting times reduced by half. Increased role and responsibility clarification of staff and management along with the introduction of a new job management system Ray introduced us to has also helped this to become reality. His ability to spot the key issues has been immensely helpful and are grateful for his assistance.”

Brett Matthews - RNM Solutions Pty Ltd Perth

Consulting testimonial

“Working with Ray has been beneficial in helping us to effectively look at our business costs and analyse them so that we were able to break it down and really discard our inefficiencies. This has given us the confidence in our own budgeting and structure, that if we wish to expand further, we will do this with confidence; that our costs will be kept to a minimum and we will be using the most cost effective ways to expand but still minimise our overheads”.

Annette Edwards - Red Soil Constructions, Toowoomba

Consulting testimonial

“Ray Hodge was engaged to help the directors of Roberts & Cowling analyse their business with an objective party. In our first meeting Ray asked us to analyse our processes and as such designed a process map. This enabled us to identify bottle necks and design new efficient systems to overcome these bottlenecks. Ray then assisted us to establish and put in place these systems. In honesty we knew some of the systems were needed prior to Ray’s engagement however, having a third party discussing our business made it a matter of priority to put these in place. The third party accountability established by meeting with Ray made sure these systems were established and that we continued to work on the business. This process helped us, with Ray’s assistance develop a vision statement of continual improvement. All staff have become engaged and business seems so much easier. Ray’s services made David Cowling and I continually evaluate the business, not just working in it doing the same thing day in day out. The business now is growing rapidly with a motivated team that reminds me of why I wanted to run my own business in the beginning. It has brought back excitement and a feeling of self-worth and accomplishment.”

Ben Roberts M Acct BBus (Man) Partner ROBERTS & COWLING

Consulting testimonial

“Ray has worked with myself at HEQ for almost the past 12 months. On the passing of my husband, and being 29 at the time, I felt I could do the job of leading the business but needed the additional support that Ray could offer. He has helped me grow as a manager and provided the tools that I needed to act on the constant issues that came my way. He was a constant support both by phone and in personal meetings and always there when I needed him. His involvement at HEQ was varied from the designing and establishing budgets that were easy to understand; help through recruitment, staff dismissals and the restructuring we completed; providing back up for me when I was still learning; working on flows for jobs in/jobs out (fast turnaround time for invoicing) etc. He also helped identify and turn around a division within our company that was initially unprofitable. Ray’s contribution to HEQ has been significant both at a personal and business level and recommend him highly.”

Francine Burke : HEQ, Dalby

Consulting testimonial

“We worked with Ray 2 years ago now and the changes that he suggested and implemented are still in place today. We are still going from strength to strength as a result of some of the systems and procedures that Ray instigated which ultimately impacted on our and team members behaviour.”

Ben Roberts M Acct BBus (Man) Partner ROBERTS & COWLING

Consulting testimonial

“Having worked with Ray on numerous simPRO customer sites he always seems to be able to find and drive the efficiency gains our customers are look for. He Identifies any bottlenecks in their processes and realigning their workflows with simPRO and the correct personnel within the organisation to carry out the tasks to create a very efficient end to end process.”

Stephen Bradshaw : Director at simPRO Software

Consulting testimonial

“Ray has been an excellent guide and mentor over the past couple of years. His insights into certain aspects of our business have given us a clear direction and focus for the future. Every business owner needs a hand on their shoulder to keep them on the right path. For a large number of businesses out there – that hand should be attached to Ray.”

Darren Hart, B.Bus CPA, Darren Hart and Co

Consulting testimonial

“Dear Ray, we would like to sincerely thank you for all your help in relation to our Business, in particular setting up our KPI’S and Cash Flow management for us. We believe we are now in a better position to continue to monitor and control our business through Nev in the office, who is now full time and thanks to you, has a good understanding of what we need to achieve.Therefore we would like to see how we go managing it from our end for the time being without using your services. Once again, we thank you and hope to see you around somewhere in the future.”

Brad Smith - Wolfenden Electrical Dalby

Consulting testimonial

“Our work with Ray Hodge has been extremely beneficial over the last 12 months or so. A few of the key results have been: – the level of professionalism across the company has increased significantly in areas such as our operations and also the broader presentation – we completed a re-brand that is now reflected in a new website, uniforms, vehicle badging etc – our decision making is a lot clearer – we understand where the company is in terms of key numbers – invoicing time frames have decreased from 30+ days to within the week – confidence to work with bigger companies and on bigger jobs One of the other benefits has been to have a sounding board that we can call at any time and Ray’s insight into the industry, understanding of numbers and the continued accountability has made a significant difference to our business.”

Tim and Tamara Pitt - Pitts Plumbing Service

Consulting testimonial

“During my 15 years in the trade service industry, I’ve met with many coaches, consultants and business mentors. Ray is one of only a very few that I would enthusiastically recommend. Ray and his work have proven to humanise and demystify much of the consulting jargon and methodologies in order to produce rapid and concise results. Ray has proven his value many times in the industry by means of understanding the nature and key touch points of contracting workflows thus helping businesses evolve. His reliance of methodologies that actually work and his willingness to meet business owners at their level is just one of the necessary masteries Ray has but many others don’t. I look forward to continuing to promote Ray and his literature as they have enhanced my endeavours in the service industry significantly.”

Rob Francis - Business Development Manager QLD. simPRO Software Group -

Consulting testimonial

“I wanted to pass on my sincere thank you for the immediate value simPRO Software sales staff gained from our day’s sales training with you. Your session on value based selling reignited the importance of asking our prospects & clients what are the drivers behind looking at our product, listening and then reiterating those drivers and values back to them in the sales process. Our numbers and motivations and attitudes greatly improved! Look forward to our next training session.”

Vanessa Winter, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, simPRO Software Group

Workshops testimonial

“Our work with Ray Hodge has been extremely beneficial over the last 12 months or so. A few of the key results have been: – the level of professionalism across the company has increased significantly in areas such as our operations and also the broader presentation – we completed a re-brand that is now reflected in a new website, uniforms, vehicle badging etc – our decision making is a lot clearer – we understand where the company is in terms of key numbers – invoicing time frames have decreased from 30+ days to within the week – confidence to work with bigger companies and on bigger jobs One of the other benefits has been to have a sounding board that we can call at any time and Ray’s insight into the industry, understanding of numbers and the continued accountability has made a significant difference to our business.”

Tim and Tamara Pitt - Pitts Plumbing Service -

Consulting testimonial

Hi Ray, On behalf of the executive committee of the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of W.A. I would like to thank you for your recent presentation concerning “Workplace Culture”. As you are aware the majority of our executive committee consists of small to medium business’s owners. I had some excellent feedback from all in attendance and I am sure your presentation provoked their thinking to evaluate just what type of culture was occurring within their own business’s. It is a great message and one that would have a similar affect on our Member base of approximately 700 business’s. I look forward to continually receiving your newsletter and will keep in touch in regards to future opportunities. Thanks again Murray

Murray Thomas. CEO - MPA Group. -

Speaking testimonial

“During my 15 years in the trade service industry, I’ve met with many coaches, consultants and business mentors. Ray is one of only a very few that I would enthusiastically recommend. Ray and his work have proven to humanise and demystify much of the consulting jargon and methodologies in order to produce rapid and concise results. Ray has proven his value many times in the industry by means of understanding the nature and key touch points of contracting workflows thus helping businesses evolve. His reliance of methodologies that actually work and his willingness to meet business owners at their level is just one of the necessary masteries Ray has but many others don’t. I look forward to continuing to promote Ray and his literature as they have enhanced my endeavours in the service industry significantly.”

Rob Francis - Business Development Manager QLD. simPRO Software Group-

Consulting testimonial