"I prize Alan's insight, coaching and consulting very highly; he is one of the first people I seek when I need to make a difficult decision and the stakes are high. He is direct, scrupulous, sees the big picture and all the detail. He fights my corner and challenges me hard to think differently - as an entrepreneur, that's my top combination! He also meets me (conceptually) at a place that leaves me energised, not overwhelmed."
MD, The Sound Agency
"Alan took time and care to understand our business needs and deliver to them. He helped us create a clear plan, with a lot of structure, so we knew exactly what to do. He enabled us to position our business clearly in the marketplace. He also advised us on our international distribution strategy, which is developing well. He brings creative rigour, business acumen and is a fountain of knowledge! He helps with whatever the business is challenged by and produces the right tools to help it succeed. He energises and trusts you, but he gives you a bollocking if you are doing the wrong thing! He is brilliant, supportive, positive and confident. Ultimately, he is obsessed with business excellence. I love working with him!"
Founder/Producer, Gearbox Records
"Alan has delivered what we set out do by being analytical, while having a holistic and distinct approach. He's developed projections and he's guided me on where we should go for funding and how we should approach that. Alan is very good! He's a solid chap, funny and listens."
Founder, Delicious Alchemy
"Alan is a great business coach. He's very perceptive, with excellent timing during the tussle of boardroom discussions. He's helped me change the business from a high growth organisation heaving on its keel into a more relaxed, happy place, in which I'm doing far less with no loss of growth or standards."
CEO & CTO, Atheon Analytics
"Alan helped us grow a new revenue stream by 600%. He has helped me tease out a range of issues and turn them into opportunities. He is a first-class business coach / advisor / consultant (all three are different), and he steps between them with ease. Alan's a genuinely great guy and an invaluable sounding board."
"Alan is Mr Clarity. He is all about helping you get clear on where you are going. He opens the right door for innovative thinking and closes the wrong doors. What he does is subtle, yet sound. It's brilliant what he does. He gave me the confidence to think differently to enable me to do what I do. Since working with Alan, there has been a seismic shift in my thinking."
CEO, Morrison Ward
"We worked with Alan for over two years developing strategy papers for three key areas of our business. Alan was a rock of support, offering his expert guidance and assistance throughout each step of the process. Over time, as the papers took shape, Alan helped us knit the whole project together to achieve the most effective outcome for our business."
CEO, Bowles & Wyer
"Alan changed the way we look at the world. He has helped us see things differently from the outside in, and evaluate our internal environment with a fresh perspective, so we’ve been able to restructure effectively. Alan helps people to understand their own businesses better than they could before, and has helped transform ours."
Founder, The Sound Agency
"Alan has been a brilliant resource for us. It's rare for a coach to produce in me a real paradigm shift, but Alan has done that - and I'm at least 50% more effective as a result. Highly recommended to SMEs and corporates alike."
Relationship Director, Magus Wealth
"Alan has been instrumental in enabling me to grow my business. My clients are typically successful business owners working towards exiting their business. Alan knows when to encourage them to push through, using their gut instinct, and when they need to do things differently. Having owned and sold businesses himself, he has been "in their shoes" and has the perfect credentials and experience to help my clients along their journey."
Principal, Peter Backman
"Alan has an innate ability to distil things down to the important issues and focus on those with fresh eyes. He has helped us through our whole business cycle. The good and the bad. Ultimately Alan has brought clarity and purpose to my business at a time when it's been undergoing extensive transformation. Also he's been instrumental in helping me negotiate a number of key deals that have been very lucrative."
"Alan has great people skills. He gains trust and executes it well. It's been refreshing to work with him. He has helped us to understand the value of our business and its added value to our clients, as well as the financial value. Alan's a pleasure to work with."
"Alan is a tremendous asset to our business, adding huge value by providing methodologies and structures to apply, while asking probing questions about our next steps. As a growing business, we face challenges of taking the business to the next level while ensuring it’s done in a controlled manner. Alan has been instrumental in this, derived from his years of business experience; all done in a diplomatic, knowledgeable and passionate manner. I highly recommend Alan’s services."
Director Origination, ABN AMRO
"Working with Alan is good fun. I learn a lot, I come out enthusiastic and engaged. It's a really good balance of working as a human being in business. It's about driving a balance between life and work. He paints a picture of structure and you focus on the right message and it will pay dividends for you."
Partner, Chester & Aldgate
"Alan is someone who cares deeply about people. He is calm, focussed, considered and is able to give an objective assessment. Alan is open, honest, candid and someone I trust. He's not afraid to probe and ask challenging, and uncomfortable questions. Working with Alan gives you a deeper insight into your own strengths and especially weaknesses. If you want proper business advice with purpose, he'll give it to you."
Founder, Metamorph Law
"I've worked with Alan on various occasions over the years and he has constantly impressed with his ability to get straight to the heart of any issue and the clarity of thought and communication he brings to bear. I've recently had the benefit of his coaching and have no hesitation in recommending him. He's also one of the most genuine people I know!"
Director, Bowles & Wyer
"Alan has coached Bowles & Wyer through a potentially tumultuous period in our business development, helping us to build a strong strategy for the future, working with us on purpose and values, vision and direction, functionality and capacity, as well as teaching us many valuable ways of listening, selling, facilitating meetings and managing people. He is supportive, encouraging, knowledgeable, patient, committed and generous with his time and energy. A pleasure to work with."
MD, Orbital Sound
"Alan was very good at getting me to dream and think out of the box. No one else has managed that! Now that we can dream, we need to work out how to do it. We know now we can build a future! We know we can run the business and have brain-space to move it and think of the future. Alan is brilliant. I wouldn't want to work with anybody else."