Improve Your Business

Knowing what to do
is more important than knowing how to do it...

“Anyone can learn how to do something…
…it’s knowing what to do first that really counts!”

– Ainsley Bilton, Creator of ESF

The Entity Stage Framework platform and methodology provides everything you need to map, understand and improve your business in line with your strategic objectives. Scroll down to find out what it’s all about.

Do you want to start your digital transformation programme? find out where your carbon footprint is the highest? understand where your biggest risks are? pinpoint where your most expensive processes are? identify where the complexity lies within your business? understand the people and systems that make your business work?

Get to know your business...

Make Sure You Know Where You Are

Entity Stage Framework, or simply ESF, will help you understand your business in ways you never imagined! It provides a context specific framework that allows you to overlay key questions about your business to gain insight into where to start improving it.

Stop wondering about what to do next...

Find a Direction For Your Business to Follow

Identify and target the parts of your business that require attention using a combination of data driven insights and your own strategic objectives. Create your own, or use one of the many pre-defined Question Sets to help you understand what your business needs.

Three Simple Steps to Success

How Does ESF Work?

Entity Stage Framework is a context framework designed to provide a simple model against which all business data, knowledge and insight can be analysed. ESF provides data-driven insight into every part of your business and enables you to identify areas you should be focusing on to reach your goals and objectives.

Step One


Define your entities, stages and associated systems and people to form the foundations of your change programmes.

Step Two


Gain an understanding of the relationships between business knowledge and strategy.

Step Three


Target identified weaknesses within your business  to meet your strategic objectives.

Streamline Your Process

Implement ESF With GRASP

Getting started with ESF isn’t hard as long as you know which systems to look at, which people to involve and which questions to ask. The GRASP methodology was designed to help you streamline the ESF implementation process.

It is, quite simply, a set of steps you need to follow in order to ensure you’re getting accurate insights from your business knowledge to facilitate targeted change.

Need Help

Of course, you can take the do-it-yourself approach if you wish.

If you want guaranteed quality, you can hire a certified partner to help take you through the process to ensure it all goes well. You decide the extent to which you need their help.

An Answer to Every Question

What Question Sets Are Available?

There are a number of curated context-specific question sets to allow you to focus on what really matters to you. Select specific or mix and match questions from one or more sets to create a bespoke question set that targets your strategic objectives.

Financial Performance Set

Learn where your money is going and how to reduce costs.

Process Performance Set

Identify where your processes are slow and improve overall performance.

Portfolio Management Set

Learn what your teams are working on, how well the work is being managed and target areas of improvement.

Governance & Compliance Set

Find out where your corporate standards, policies and governance is being applied and target areas of improvement.

Business Value Set

Find out which parts of your business provide the most value and target low value areas for improvement.

Business Capability Set

Build up and understand your core business capabilities.

Equalities Set

Understand your BAME workforce and levels of equality throughout your business.

Environmental Set

Discover the environmental impact parts of your business has and identify areas of improvement.

Information Governance Set

Understand where your data is being governed well, your GDPR responsibilities and identify areas of improvement.

Data Architecture Set

Understand your data architecture, models, taxonomy and other artefacts and identify areas for improvement.

Data Quality Set

Poor quality data costs 10x more to manage than good quality data! Find out where your poor quality data is and identify areas for improvement.

Wellbeing Set

Understand how well your workforce is feeling and identify ways in which you can improve their wellbeing.

As you can see, there are plenty of question sets to get you started. The question sets can be purchased individually or as a bundle. Once you have the question sets, you can create your own custom sets by cherry picking relevant questions from different sets in order to carry out bespoke analysis.