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State of the Business Community Survey for Q4 2021

Please help us to help the small to midrange business community by participating in our quick survey here. You can answer anonymously, but if you want to get our findings later, we will need your email address.

Who We Are

What do you do when the boss is a former space engineer with heavy duty IT expertise, experience pulling a national non-profit back from the edge of collapse, and a bunch of experience across small to immense businesses?

You solve problems, especially those that most other people cannot solve. Technology or business or a blend, we love to make everything work better. Our central theme is helping organizations prosper, especially when they face daunting challenges

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Business Coaching

Book a taster session of under one hour. If your business has annual revenue of at least 500k and we don’t find ways for you to add to your bottom line by at least £10k in that session, without resorting to throwing more money at marketing, your session will cost you nothing. We only bill our standard £1500 fee for the session when we have found orders of magnitude more for your profits than our fee.

You read that right. If we don’t find additional profit opportunities by orders of magnitude more than our fee in less than an hour, your session costs zero. That’s how confident we are about our ability to work with you to improve your business performance.

Slipstream: Especially for Innovators

We sometimes come across a solution that is highly promising but not quite ready for prime time. In that case we work with innovators to commercialise intellectual property or achieve breakthrough growth. We only take on clients for this where we are convinced that the innovation is worthwhile, needed in the world, and close to ready for the light of day. Our method avoids loans, grants or giveaways of equity for funding and establishes sustainable rapid growth. Schedule an introductory online meeting (we recommend you take the 30 minute option so you can lay out your situation fully) and we’ll assess, at no charge, whether your business may be a good candidate for this.

M&A

Involved in mergers & acquisitions in the range of £1M to £50M? We are interested regardless of whether you simply want to plump up ahead of listing for sale, or are actively looking to acquire or be acquired. If you are making an acquisition, we would especially like to help you structure the deal to fend off hazards we’ve noticed that a business broker, accountant or even your legal counsel may overlook. These are not hypothetical. We have seen such hazards take down an acquisition vehicle and everyone associated with it. Let us help you take a better path.

Business Strategy and Consulting

Due to confidentiality agreements we are often unable to say much about our topmost projects. They are transformational projects of scale and importance.

A Few Examples

Sometimes the solution is simple. Not long ago, we ‘unstuck’ a cross-industry project that had been stalled for a year and a half. How? By converting the ‘primary competitor’ into the company’s primary ally! Digging in to where we could see this would resolve the worst sticking points took some time, but once we saw it and got the project sponsor’s approval, getting the competitor on board as an ally happened in a matter of days.

In our most ambitious undertaking, in close collaboration with partners we devised a novel solution to issues affecting large infrastructure-related companies as well as local government authorities. The solution is designed to alleviate specific high priority issues. Although we have not been able to find any place in the world where our solution is being done, every element of the solution has been proven somewhere. What’s clever is the way we put it all together.

If you want to build a good-sized residential or mixed residential-commercial development of noticeable size (e.g. 200 homes at least, with the best outcomes from 2000 homes upward, particularly but not necessarily in the UK), talk with us. We can set you up with a model that has a smaller environmental footprint, provides better comfort with lower operating and maintenance costs, and provides more stable long term economic results for local government, utilities, and the developer.

IT Related Services

When needed, we can provide additional services of a more tactical or technical nature, for which we have a cohort of hand-picked associates. This is a legacy line of business, but we realise we have expertise that is rare, elite, and produces dramatic impact on performance for clients. We keep this arrow in our quiver on behalf of certain clients who cannot get what we deliver anywhere else.

We fit IT to your business needs. New IT is often not necessary. You may be surprised by how much extra yield or cost reduction can come from changes in human procedures and adjustments or modifications to existing IT systems.

In IT we are usually engaged to build or enhance mission critical systems, often with realtime or near-realtime performance demands and crucial interactions with human workflow. We are known for our ability to solve problems that thwart others. Examples of what we can do include:

  • Factory yield increased from 85% to 95%, and time-to-ship reduced from 2 days to 2 hours.
  • Data acquisition from pharmaceutical tablet production increased by orders of magnitude while eliminating a previously needed extra computer and signal splitters.
  • A first of its kind application for the steel industry that enables more production of sophisticated, high quality, high profit margin products.
  • A first of its kind application to help a national telecom backbone provider diagnose and resolve network operations issues in a complex SS7 call routing system.