Creating unstoppable forward momentum through expertise and experience

Why choose us

Our specialists are all former successful business leaders drawn from a wide range of customer facing industries, as such we focus on supporting our clients with pragmatic advice and recommendations that are proven not theoretical. We support our services with the offer of spending time within our clients business to support any implementation of our recommendations.

Highly Experienced Team

Industry Specialists

Proven Business Success

Practical Recommendations

Cost effective business model

The Team

Tony Franks: Director

Tony’s specialism is brand proposition leverage and franchising. His expertise encompasses all aspects of brand marketing, sales, business development and commercial management. Tony has built brand propositions from the ground up, transformed existing brands, developed new business both nationally and internationally, though B2B/B2C sales, franchising and licensing deals.

Tony has worked across all sizes of business and across a number of different industries for example advising Deloitte on their Propel cloud-based accounting and analytics service that targeted ambitious start-ups and SMEs as they grew, to developing and launching a unique franchise business. Tony’s specialism is also in establishing operating concessions in retail chains. Tony supports local community projects and currently works with a charity that offers outreach, accommodation and addiction recovery in Sussex.

Andrew Dixon: Managing Director

Andrew’s specialism is in retail, performance improvement, turn around solutions & data analytics. He is an expert in developing and implementing strategic business change to drive growth and efficiency.

Andrew’s key strengths include: leveraging territories, organisations and cultures as a senior business leader to rapidly achieve optimal performance; developing and delivering customer-focused business strategies that align to the business vision; establishing high-performing teams, processes and cultures that drive major business transformations; increasing staff engagement and significantly improving efficiency and nurturing collaborative key stakeholder relationships up to board level to clearly communicate objectives and win buy-in to strategic initiatives. Andrew is unique in his knowledge of customer loyalty having been one of the few to run both the Tesco and Boots loyalty schemes. Customer centricity is his real passion.

Steven Cowcher: Director

Steven’s specialism is advising start-ups and early stage companies on structuring, strategy, growth opportunities and capital raising. He is passionate about entrepreneurialism having been involved with a number of start-ups and relishes working with new companies to minimise their early stage risks.
Steven now puts to use his deep finance knowledge and investor contacts acquired through his career in investment banking to assist businesses. Through subsequent consulting roles including to the Dragons on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, his areas of expertise have broadened to include branding, social media marketing, logistics and operations. He has worked with companies in numerous industries including food & beverage manufacturing, recycling, green energy, gaming, ecommerce, clothing & fashion and deep tech at the most senior levels, identifying solutions & strategies to help businesses achieve their full potential.

Andy Crummey

Andy is an expert in the development and implementation of marketing and communication resource and strategy.
With 20 years of experience at executive management level, Andy has worked with a wide range of companies across different industry sectors to optimise strategic planning and to maximise both internal and external marketing and communication resources.

This experience is complemented by 16 years in senior sales and marketing positions within Scottish Television and Sky Television
He has worked with many market leading organisations including: HBOS, Scottish Widows, Alliance Trust, Standard Life, SAB Miller, T&R Theakston, Matalan, Co-op Group, Reid Furniture, Glasgow Life, Scottish Government, Scottish Golf, Glasgow 2014, Glasgow Life, Casio and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Andy brings insight, experience and relevant expertise that’s tailored to the unique needs of each client, with a focus on providing actionable, achievable and affordable outcomes.

Narcis Balalau

Narcis’ specialism is in FMCG sector, operational excellence, M&A diagnostics & data analytics. He is an expert in developing and implementing strategic business change to drive growth and efficiency.

Narcis’ key strengths include: collaborative approach to successful transformational leadership, engaging with business stakeholders at Board/C-Level and with 3rd parties, delivering ‘fit for purpose’ business strategies, models and operations; driving change & business transformations, developing global supply chain and procurement strategies to maximise returns, restructures, acquisitions, retail set-ups and the realisation of shareholder value; deep knowledge of sourcing and procurement techniques, with dexterity in ‘reading’ the market, analysing trends, and forming effective strategic solutions to reduce costs, launch new products and enter new markets. Narcis is unique in his knowledge of planning and executing growth plans for both vertical and horizontal markets expansion and brand exposure. Scaling up is his real passion.

Previous work experience has included Gail’s Bakery, The Bread Factory, Gate Group, Lupa Foods, Goodness Foods, Platinum Equity.

Sector: FMCG, Retail, F&B, Wholesale, E-commerce, Import/Export, Travel & Aviation, Organic and Free-from, Not for Profit, Manufacturing and Global Logistics.

Wayne Hodgkiss

A focused and results driven executive director, adding significant value to businesses, driving growth, increasing revenue and securing sustainability for organisations. Proven in the manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, construction equipment, corporate and commercial markets. Wayne has a strong track record of delivering seamless change management strategies and implementations globally within blue-chip organisations. Experienced in managing multiple sites across the UK and Europe.

He has a high command of risk and crisis management and crafts proactive strategies to capitalise on market opportunities. With a productivity focused mindset, Wayne is adept at problem solving and troubleshooting. He streamlines enterprises to provide clarity and transparency within the business, confidently and empathetically managing teams through significant change.

Previous work experience has included BMW, Bentley, JLR, London Taxis, Johnson Controls, GKN, Autins Group, Goodrich, Rolls Royce, Walsall MBC, DHL

Sector: Automotive OEM, Automotive Tier 1, Aerospace, Construction Equipment OEM, Rail / Transport, General Manufacturing, Logistics, Local Metropolitan Authority, Social Housing

Andrew J Davies

Andrew has a varied wealth of experience spanning the past 30 years, having worked across a range of areas including sales, business development, recruitment, and finance. Andrew is passionate about working with and helping SME businesses as well as larger corporates.
Andrew has always had an interest in business and in particular Sales & Marketing. Andrew always puts the client at the heart of all that he does and focuses on keeping things simple and straight forward. He ran his own sales recruitment/training business and has worked with companies like GE Capital, Daily Mail Group, Rank Group and worked locally in South Wales with the likes of Chamber of Commerce, Swansea Sound/The Wave Independent Radio & JLG Group. Andrew is a well connected professional and always takes the time to support anyone. He has worked with SME businesses most of his business life and is knowledgeable about a wide range of industries.

Stephen Redden

Stephen is hospitality professional with over 20 years’ experience. He specialises in distressed property improvement and turnaround. An expert in Hotel Operations, Revenue & yield management, Sales & marketing planning across all levels, he is a strategic leader who focuses on delivering maximum asset potential. Stephens Key skills include Business planning and budgeting, data analysis, project management, New Openings, Asset value optimisation and feasibility.
Stephen is driven by gaining a thorough understanding of his work and delivering accurate, quality output. He is a focused, committed, pro-active professional.
Across his career, Stephen has worked with some of the biggest Brands in UK & Ireland hospitality including Dalata Hotel Group, IHG, Accor, Interstate hotels and resorts, Hastings hotels, as well as Asset stakeholders Capita, EY and Cerberus.

Aileen Salfarlie

Aileen has 11 years specialising in business development, team development and coaching as well as collaborating with not for profit pan European research partnerships such as La Metropoli Onlus CSR.

More recently Aileen has been supporting local SME businesses with growth and development strategies. Working with Uxbridge BID she has been instrumental in establishing collaborative initiatives and projects through partnerships.

Aileen is passionate about community and supporting local business owners to thrive through collaboration and partnerships

Stephen Colderwood

Stephen’s specialism is working with micro and start-up businesses implementing effective business development and managing the transition from skilled worker to business owner through mentoring.

Stephen’s key strengths include: building the all important initial client base, assisting business owners to prioritise for reduced workload and stress, developing and implementing effective marketing strategies that are measurable. Building excellent business relationships with clients and suppliers for efficient operating and providing ideas and alternative perspectives for growth and efficiencies.

Previous work experience has included international trust companies, manufacturing and financial services.

Sector: Getting started, Financial services, Micro-businesses, Business development and Relaunch/Reinvention.

Seonaid MacDonald

Seonaid has personally set up, run and sold a number of businesses. Seonaid’s expertise is primarily been in retail, media, healthcare, hospitality, agriculture and the service sector, more recently she has been working in the digital and ecommerce space.

Today she uses this expertise through her business coaching, her approach is about putting ‘the customer at the heart of the organisation’ across all channels and processes. Her broad business experience enables her to confidently support and challenge her clients, provide insight, enabling personal development and most importantly gaining a commitment to action.

Fiona Hunt

Fiona is non exec director, business advisor, marketer & writer with 15+ years’ leadership experience in international marketing agencies, and global Saas, travel and leisure brands in the UK and APAC.

Her expertise spans both brand-side and agency-side marketing, including:

Building and leading best-in-class businesses and omni-channel marketing strategies that drove business growth, directing teams with a depth of expertise across business strategy, marketing and advertising disciplines, including digital, content, social, thought leadership and PR.

Brand building activity for market-leaders and disruptors, including multiple award-winning marketing
campaigns from strategy and ideation to delivery. Expert in negotiating and managing high-profile partnerships, and overseeing large-scale projects, including rebrandings.

Significant experience in creating wordsmithing from campaign and brand taglines and brand positions through to a broad range of tv writing, feature film scriptwriting, short film scripting, playwriting and fiction. Writing creative content for brands and businesses who want a clear creative voice.

Working with businesses from established science and government boards to SaaS & startups, and creative businesses .

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