BDO commissioned research among some of the UK’s most successful companies to understand what was driving success in business. The results offered an interesting insight into the world of innovators, founders, change drivers and owner/managers alike.

One common theme that emerged from our findings was that like highly effective people, highly effective businesses share specific traits and follow common pathways to greatness. One of the five habits of highly successful businesses we identified was focusing on sales growth.


Identified focusing on productivity and innovation as a driver for profit growth


Identified developing UK markets as a driver for profit growth

“[Investing in systems opens the door] for creating new products and services, rather than cutting costs and limiting innovation. It gives a company tools to continue to rapidly introduce products into the market, fueling additional growth. Thinking of your business as a system is key to determining its successes.”

CEO of a successful technology company in the North West

Download the full report

Read more about this habit and the other four habits  of highly effective companies. Access the report in Spotlight, our knowledge centre.