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We’ve allowed way
too much complexity
to creep in.

When I decided to set up Tackle, I carried out detailed research and listened to many opinions to ensure that the service I offer is steeped in professionalism and credibility and is totally relevant to SMEs.

During this process, ex-colleagues, staff, owners and MDs, and others I have had the pleasure to work with, offered to provide a few comments to help you feel completely comfortable about asking me to get involved in your business.

I am forever grateful to these important individuals and, whilst they aren’t underwriting my services, they give you an insight into my credentials from real work experiences we’ve had together.

So, in case it matters to you, here are a few I picked out.

What people say…

  • “One of the keys to being a successful entrepreneur is to surround yourself with people who are better than you at managing key parts of your business. Richard was one of those for me – he reviewed, re-organised and managed everything to do with our people, from recruitment to internal interaction and processes, so ensuring that the company was operationally fit for our rapid growth. With a rare talent for seeing the big picture and the detail in tandem he is utterly reliable, extraordinarily efficient and sharply insightful.

    Jerry LockspeiserChairman of Off Piste Wines and MyPeopleManager
  • "I have known Richard for many years, both in his early career roles and his more recent move into consultancy. It would be hard to meet someone with more integrity, general capability and drive to excel than Richard. Without doubt, and without exception, Richard makes a positive difference and offers experience, expertise, energy and entrepreneurial flair. I have always enjoyed working with him, talking and comparing notes with him, and sharing challenges. I would work with Richard again at the first opportunity and would not hesitate to recommend others do the same."

    Roger FieldingOwner/Director, Roger Fielding Consulting Limited
  • “I worked with Richard over a number of years, mostly when he was in senior leadership roles in sales and marketing.  He is a consummate professional who always added tremendous value, not least at a time when market conditions were very challenging.  He was equally highly respected by his colleagues, his staff and those he worked for across a wide range of functions. His approach to problem-solving is to get right to the heart of the issue and then achieve results by involving those around him, ensuring that implementation is a true team effort. His attention to detail, combined with his ability to think clearly around an issue and then communicate and bring people on-board with his involving style always delivered results.”

    Stewart ReganChief Executive of the Scottish FA
  • "As a graduate consultant fresh from university I had the privilege of being trained and mentored by Richard and can honestly say that his sensible and down to earth advice stood me in good stead and still pays dividends today for both myself and my clients. Richard’s strategic thinking, project management and attention to detail were particular traits that I noted over the 6 years that we worked together, and it was no surprise to me that Richard went on to put these to use to great effect in his subsequent commercial career. Richard is that rare individual that can both consult on growth, and also then make it happen with sensible implementation in a commercial setting, and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to clients looking to improve their operations and plot a future growth strategy.  Just don’t ask him to do Facebook though!"

    John O’GormanOwner: Indian Ocean Group
  • "Richard is a very intelligent, resourceful and loyal team player. During my four years working with him I appreciated his honest and constructive feedback and was continuously impressed by the quality of his thinking and insights. He also has very broad business understanding and would be a smart choice to advise businesses on any aspect of their commercial operations."

    Kevin BrownseyOwner: Red Pill Consulting
  • "I worked closely with Richard for six 6 years. He held a senior role within the regional executive, and led the strategy, marketing and operational planning function, very much the central hub and driving force behind our business. Richard always recruited, developed and retained teams of exceptional talent, and was very much a role model and mentor for many within our team. My role at the time was regional sales director. Our success and ability to meet critical timelines very much relied on Richard and his team providing customer and marketing communication briefings, Strat plan summary and key performance metrics to help manage performance. For me Richard is the ultimate professional, both in terms of strategic capability but also operational excellence. He has exceptional interpersonal skills, always held in high regard for his unrelenting integrity, humility, compassion and support to all he works with. A true "one team" player, he always leads people and business scenarios exceptionally. Richard’s breadth of experience and knowledge make him an invaluable asset to any business. He has always demonstrated the art of "great questions" combined with fantastic listening skills. He has the ability to successfully lead strategic change, business transformation, performance diagnostic, and also possesses a unique skill for simplified business process. I would welcome Richard into any business, an exceptional talent.”

    David HallidayManging Director, Campari Plc , Asia Pacific region.
  • "I worked with Richard for around four years. He has a really positive mindset and works effectively to bring new ideas and plans to life. He’s also not afraid to challenge the status quo if he feels it is appropriate and he acts with integrity to deliver the right outcome. He trusts people and has the trust of others.  He has a great breadth of knowledge and experience that he can adapt to any situation, along with the passion to do things the right way."

    Martin SpiveyOn Trade Trading Controller at Landmark Wholesale
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