Products & Services: Business Development

Our quality products and services are aimed at addressing specific customer needs and creating positive business and social change, impacting business performance indicators.

At Optima we embrace continuous improvement and utilise customer feedback, internal quality assurance processes and offer our clients the option to introduce their own quality assurance checks if required.

Bespoke programmes & integrated learning solutions

Our bespoke programmes are designed to improve specific business performance indicators or defined business needs and bring about substantial change in the performance of individuals and teams. We design and build a new programme to address these needs but will in some cases use existing organisational training material and /or programmes, or SAQA credit bearing…

Programme management

Optima has the ability to manage the implementation of programmes on a turnkey basis for our clients as follows: Before the start of the learning events Make all logistical arrangements Send invitation mails and SMS’s Communicate required preparation to delegates Train workplace coaches Brief in-company guest speakers Print learning material During the learning events Monitor…

Business management development & support

At Optima we have extensive global experience in providing training and expert support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in start-up, growth and expansion phases. Corporates that invest in SME development appoint Optima to assist in problem areas to grow these businesses and to find alternative solutions to overcome difficulties within the businesses. Optima mentors…

Business health checks

Through the use of qualitative and quantitative assessments we at Optima can deliver a ‘health check’ of your business. We use highly experienced experts with a wide range of industry exposure to conduct the health checks, usually in terms of: Financial statements Management practices and principles Inventory practices and policies Ratios Variances Costs Pricing Markets…

Business valuation & deal structuring

Determining the worth of a SME business normally results in an argument between the seller, the buyer, the selling agent and the financier. We developed a unique Business Valuation Instrument. With this instrument, combined with our business ethics and expertise we provide an accurate and reliable business valuation. The same instrument can be used to…

Develop & support investors in SMEs

Optima has trained and supported fund management teams investing in SME’s in nine African countries, the Netherlands, Oman and India. We specialise in developing business advisory skills to successfully advise SME’s. More specifically we provide training and support to: Business advisors to SMEs Practitioners involved in SME finance Investors in on-lending to SMEs Fund Managers…

Project development & management

We have extensive expertise to develop specific projects for and in collaboration with clients. Most of the projects involve small business development varying from supply chain and distribution network development (i.e. developing businesses in a Corporate’s supply chain or distribution network) to social responsibility (e.g. companies investing in small businesses) and economic stimulation (e.g. facilitating…

Coaching

At Optima we believe that coaching is an integral part of the responsibility of every manager and leader in business. Managers must learn how to be coached, and how to coach others for success. Our coaching is therefore focused on development, building experience and confidence and enhancing capacity suitable to all levels in an organisation…

Business Development Short Courses

We have a number of short workshops (one to three days) that were developed by our Optima Team, and by means of our strategic partners we can offer any SAQA credit bearing programmes as well. Business Development Short Courses: Finance for non-finance managers Financial management Access to finance Business development management Business writing skills Small business management Fund management Marketing your business Business communication skills

Insourced alliance

Optima can manage your training function on your behalf as an insourced alliance. An insourced alliance is not on the payroll; however functions just like an internal training department. It shares the same vision and values, has the same responsibilities, and participates in the same planning and review sessions as an internal department. Your benefit…

MasterClass Book Café

It is a cost- and time-effective way for busy Executives and Professionals to learn and master skills and is also ideally suitable for small populations when the cost of developing an entire programme cannot be justified. MasterClass Book Café utilises world-class how-to books (hard copy, audio- and e-books) and expands individual reading with group discussion…