Longevity in Business


Longevity in Business

By , May 3, 2021
Sharon Williams (03-05)

CEO and Strategy Director for Taurus Marketing Sharon Williams joins this week’s episode. As Founder of one of Australia’s longest established integrated Marketing and PR agencies, Sharon’s experience and knowledge is an unbeatable combination. Sharon works with smart clients across all industries, from entrepreneurs, SMEs, to ASX-listed corporations. She has delivered award-winning solutions for over 1000 brands, across 6 continents, over an impressive 25 years. Her solutions are based on her unique, proven methodology, which she named The Taurus Bullseye. Renowned for her unparalleled levels of personalised service and a practical ‘No Bull’ approach that tells you exactly how it is and her international view of marketing in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, Sharon’s purpose is sharing her experience to fast-track others.

Sharon emphasises the need for communication, stressing the need to critique and elevate communication to target markets: brands with the most reputable, loudest voices are consistently the ones that cut through. Not only is there a need to increase communication, but with the impact of Covid-19, Sharon highlights empathy as a new brand currency. This is especially relevant to mid-market businesses – demonstrating empathy confirms you are genuine, giving your business an edge, not just to staff, but also to clients. If increasing communication isn’t an option for you, then she recommends upping the experience that your clients have with your company, and ensuring you show empathy as you do so. You can find more about Sharon here, or on her Linked In.


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Craig West

Craig West

Executive Chairman | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant with over 20 years of experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice has provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners.

In March 2014, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of the SME Association of Australia, Australia’s largest small business organisation representing over 300,000 business owners.

In October 2014, he was awarded the Exit Planner of the Year at the Exit Planning Institute Annual Conference in Texas, USA, due to his innovative development of an exit planning process to help business owners maximise business value and achieve a successful exit.

Craig’s proprietary structure - a Peak Performance Trust - has won the Australia-wide award for the Employee Share Ownership Plan of the year twice in four years.

In November 2018, Craig launched SME Experts in partnership with Mark Bouris’ Mentored on Podcast One and quickly grew the monthly podcast audience to over 26,500 downloads; in October 2019, he released a new podcast focused on medium-sized businesses - Mid-Market Matters.

In July 2021, Craig joined the NSW Committee for STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) – focusing on advising families across generations.

Craig has also launched a SaaS platform, Capitaliz (which captures the 21-step process), to assist other advisers internationally deliver advisory services at scale.

In November 2021, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of NSW Leaders, a business mentoring group for leading NSW businesses.

In July 2022, Craig West received the award of Doctor of Business Administration for his research thesis titled “Examination of the key factors driving business exit options in Australian Small and Medium Enterprises.”

Craig is passionate about encouraging business owners to think strategically, maximise the value of their business and achieve a successful exit.

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