Karlos Barltrop

CT business Solutions

The main things we love about working with Carl and his team are that they are always available to talk – even if it’s urgent or last minute.

Plus, they are so professional yet personal too.

YBT makes things happen – if we weren’t part of YBT, we wouldn’t be as far ahead as we are. It’s good to meet people with exactly the same issues as us in Coaching Club. 

The group brainstorming is invaluable. The forum provides lots of strategies for sorting out problems and identifying opportunities. Tracking our accounts has helped us already, focusing us on our goals and making sure we achieve them.

Being held accountable at YBT meetings means we have to deliver!

We would highly recommend to people in business whether they are new to the game or have been in business for years.


Karen Hamilton

W Hamilton Building Ltd

Carl and his team are knowledgeable, friendly and very approachable.

Nothing is ever a problem; time frames set are efficient and adhered to, and follow-ups and accountability are excellent and very motivating.

We have learnt so much by working with them and our business has grown considerably due to our work with Carl and his team.


Russell Brown

bachelor of VETERINARY sciences

My start-up business had, over time, become quite busy with over 15 employees. My only succession plan was to hopefully sell the business, but the problem was the business had become barely profitable and cash flow was always an issue.

Carl convinced me that he and his team could make a difference. After engaging a suitable business manager, we entered into a mentoring program with him. Plans were made, decisions taken, directions and targets set and various issues addressed.

It all required some commitment and effort on our part. Then the graph lines started going up and the new manager and program costs became incidental. Then the business attracted interest from prospective buyers who could see the structure and systems were achieving value and prospects. 

A very satisfactory sale of the business resulted, for which I am grateful to Carl and his team.

I have no doubt that they can make positive difference to any type of business or enterprise.


Kirk Hawkins


I first began working with Carl professionally several years ago and over that time we have developed a highly valued relationship.

Carl has a wealth of business knowledge to draw on and is generous with his time and perspective.

I’ve always enjoyed our interactions whether it be to conduct business or just have a chat about the issue of the day and it is apparent he has a real passion for helping business owners achieve the results which matter to them.

I would happily refer anyone who is interested in challenging themselves in life and business to set aside some time to talk to Carl and see how he might offer some value to their aspirations.


Murray Cockburn

Mainland Minerals

Carl and his team have been very intuitive when it comes to providing helpful business advice.

His background in banking, business advising and accountancy sectors has helped our business several times over, adding significant value over the last ten years.

Carl’s business coaching has proved to be an effective sounding board, able to put his feedback and advice in simple, easily digestible terms.

He also keeps us accountable to achieve our goals and gives us motivation and confidence in what we’re doing.

Carl is a fantastic adviser who we wholeheartedly trust with his opinion and guidance, and we would highly recommend him to any business at any stage.


Mathew Wilson

Crom-Dig Ltd.

YBT have been invaluable, providing huge assistance with our business transition.

Speaking in a language we understand and going above and beyond.

Always someone available to offer support or guidance where needed.

Thank you Carl & Abby!


Bruce Carvill

Williams Signs + Graphix

After over 30 years of ownership, I had come to a point where I knew I had to develop an exit strategy that wouldn’t rock the boat and cause disruptions in my busy workplace.

 The company was in good health, but I was showing all the classic signs of burn out.

Carl Spruyt had been a trusted business adviser to me for many years and knew my business well. Having explored the prospect of succession previously, it was evident that it was not an option for me.

Carl encouraged me to take stock of my situation, evaluate what was important to me and my family and then guided me through the steps towards exiting the business in a way that was best for everybody.

As much as it was a tough decision to make, Carl’s support and advice helped me put a plan in place, and, in fact, made a relatively quick sale at a price and on terms that I was very satisfied with.

Giving up your baby of 30+ years is never easy, especially when the baby is thriving, but sometimes we have to do what is best for the long-term and for those around us.

I would have found this entire process incredibly difficult and overwhelming had I not had the support and backing of Carl, Abby and the YBT team.

Thank you!


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