Clients

I have worked with James and Chris for over 20 years, both in their capacity as operators and subsequently in their roles at The Strategy Exchange

I would rate them as the most informed industry experts I know, coupled with a keen understanding of deal dynamics and subsequent value creation through operational change.

Mervyn Metcalf
Managing Director
Dean Street Advisors

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:40:37+00:00

Mervyn Metcalf
Managing Director
Dean Street Advisors

I would rate them as the most informed industry experts I know, coupled with a keen understanding of deal dynamics and subsequent value creation through operational change.

I would not hesitate to work with TSE in future

- however, next time I would bring them into the process much earlier.

John Charnock
Managing Director
Inventive IT

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:44:33+00:00

John Charnock
Managing Director
Inventive IT

- however, next time I would bring them into the process much earlier.

Their role as non executive Directors has assisted in changing our senior management team into a very proficient Board of Directors

Their guidance and mentoring has enabled us to focus on key issues of business performance. We now have excellent management reporting and governance, invaluable financial information, KPI’s and clear vision of our goals and business strategy

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T19:34:37+00:00

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

Their guidance and mentoring has enabled us to focus on key issues of business performance. We now have excellent management reporting and governance, invaluable financial information, KPI’s and clear vision of our goals and business strategy

Chris is a standout strategic thinker, able not only to ask the right question, but also to deliver his own unique and non-plagiarised insights.

His extensive and broad ranging experience, allied to the aforementioned intellect, make him a highly valuable resource to call upon across a wide spectrum of situations, issues and opportunities.

Miles Hill
Chief Executive Officer
Sykes Cottages

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:48:23+00:00

Miles Hill
Chief Executive Officer
Sykes Cottages

His extensive and broad ranging experience, allied to the aforementioned intellect, make him a highly valuable resource to call upon across a wide spectrum of situations, issues and opportunities.

TSE added value to the business that went far beyond the sale process

Their in-depth knowledge from a buyer-side perspective delivered value that greatly simplified the process and helped to increase our valuation.

John Charnock
Managing Director
Inventive IT

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:42:23+00:00

John Charnock
Managing Director
Inventive IT

Their in-depth knowledge from a buyer-side perspective delivered value that greatly simplified the process and helped to increase our valuation.

Each step of the way, Chris and James have walked us through a unique process that they are expert at executing

They have challenged us and guided us. As a result, we are a more focused, facile, more efficient and more valuable entity.

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:11:23+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

They have challenged us and guided us. As a result, we are a more focused, facile, more efficient and more valuable entity.

In the three years we have worked together, Chris and James have impacted our efforts in innumerable ways

Chris and James first contacted us in the winter of 2014. We were quickly impressed by their approach. They showed a sincere interest in our business, asked a great many meaningful questions and took the time to develop a deeper understanding of our business and our goals as company owners.

 

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T16:28:44+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

Chris and James first contacted us in the winter of 2014. We were quickly impressed by their approach. They showed a sincere interest in our business, asked a great many meaningful questions and took the time to develop a deeper understanding of our business and our goals as company owners.  

The Strategy Exchange provided us with deep insight

which helped North Edge to build a compelling investment case, in turn helping to give us a strong competitive advantage throughout the bidding process.

Ray Stenton
Partner and Head of New Business
NorthEdge Capital

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:39:19+00:00

Ray Stenton
Partner and Head of New Business
NorthEdge Capital

which helped North Edge to build a compelling investment case, in turn helping to give us a strong competitive advantage throughout the bidding process.

It’s rare that you come across standout talent like Chris’ razor-sharp strategic thinking

He profoundly understood our strategic challenges, pointed out the right questions and guided us in such a respectful, intelligent manner that we finally believed we found the solution on our own.

Thomas Meier
Managing Director
Carpe Diem

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:49:36+00:00

Thomas Meier
Managing Director
Carpe Diem

He profoundly understood our strategic challenges, pointed out the right questions and guided us in such a respectful, intelligent manner that we finally believed we found the solution on our own.

Chris is the first person I turn to for advice about the important things in business.

He has an uncanny ability to take an impossibly large situation and distill the vital focus that helps me be a better leader, and he does this with charm and humour.

Adrian Nixon

CEO, Nixene Limited

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-16T14:36:48+00:00

Adrian Nixon

CEO, Nixene Limited

He has an uncanny ability to take an impossibly large situation and distill the vital focus that helps me be a better leader, and he does this with charm and humour.

helping to bring together the bigger picture, testing specific points of detail and providing the commercial context

It was also great fun working with them

Edward Brett

Partner

Elysian Capital

The Strategy Exchange
2018-10-04T12:04:27+00:00

Edward Brett

Partner

Elysian Capital

It was also great fun working with them

Chris and James collected copious amounts of information about all aspects of the company, including financial, procedural, client, competitor and performance

They met with key managers and teams. They developed a picture of our culture and traditions. Ongoing discussions were had throughout.

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T19:46:06+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

They met with key managers and teams. They developed a picture of our culture and traditions. Ongoing discussions were had throughout.

Its an absolute pleasure working with them both

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:36:53+00:00

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

We formalized an agreement with The Strategy Exchange on June 1 of 2014

This has proven to be a wise decision that has been invaluable in helping us to hone our strategy, increase efficiency, expand our vision and prepare the company for future management

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T19:41:41+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

This has proven to be a wise decision that has been invaluable in helping us to hone our strategy, increase efficiency, expand our vision and prepare the company for future management

Chris is one of the few strategy guys I’ve met who really gets it

...who understands the need to synchronise strategic planning with commercial imperative, who buys into the journey from short term commercial wins to long term market positioning and who truly understands the frequent barriers and risks which confront businesses in pursuit of their strategic goals. I have valued his advice on many occasions, and he's a good bloke too!

Darren Neylon
Chief Executive Officer
Ski Club of Great Britain

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:52:18+00:00

Darren Neylon
Chief Executive Officer
Ski Club of Great Britain

...who understands the need to synchronise strategic planning with commercial imperative, who buys into the journey from short term commercial wins to long term market positioning and who truly understands the frequent barriers and risks which confront businesses in pursuit of their strategic goals. I have valued his advice on many occasions, and he's a good bloke too!

Key Travel was a complicated deal

Chris and James provided a set of experienced, industry eyes

Edward Brett

Partner

Elysian Capital

The Strategy Exchange
2018-10-04T12:01:00+00:00

Edward Brett

Partner

Elysian Capital

Chris and James provided a set of experienced, industry eyes

Working with James and Chris has been transformational for our business

Two wonderful businessmen with charisma, charm and brains!

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T16:22:39+00:00

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

Two wonderful businessmen with charisma, charm and brains!

We have gained experienced partners with a wealth of knowledge and contacts who provide valuable advice and serve as a strong sounding board for the management team

They have also provided a solid working framework that has guided us through an ongoing process of strategic and tactical review and analysis.

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T19:43:52+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

They have also provided a solid working framework that has guided us through an ongoing process of strategic and tactical review and analysis.

We and the team now share a vision for the company that builds off of our strengths and have realized opportunities that were not previously on our radar.

Chris and James have assisted in helping through the process of aligning our systems and procedures with our goals.

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T19:47:33+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

Chris and James have assisted in helping through the process of aligning our systems and procedures with our goals.

Another key benefit of our relationship has been the focus on Succession Planning

At their suggestion, we have created an Executive Committee of key team members from all aspects of our operation who meet on a monthly basis.    This committee also serves as a training ground for future senior managers. We are supplementing these meetings with individual developmental plans for each manager to prepare them for higher level responsibilities down the road.

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:09:20+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

At their suggestion, we have created an Executive Committee of key team members from all aspects of our operation who meet on a monthly basis.    This committee also serves as a training ground for future senior managers. We are supplementing these meetings with individual developmental plans for each manager to prepare them for higher level responsibilities down the road.

Throughout the sale their advice was invaluable.

Following sale completion, I continued to rely on TSE's assistance through the earn out period.

John Charnock
Managing Director
Inventive IT

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:43:31+00:00

John Charnock
Managing Director
Inventive IT

Following sale completion, I continued to rely on TSE's assistance through the earn out period.

They developed a picture of our culture and traditions

Ongoing discussions were had throughout.

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:05:22+00:00

Joseph W. Small
CEO
AHI International

Ongoing discussions were had throughout.

Their role as non executive Directors has assisted in changing our senior management team into a very proficient Board

Their guidance and mentoring has enabled us to focus on key issues of business performance. We now have excellent management reporting and governance, invaluable financial information, KPI’s and clear vision of our goals and business strategy. Its an absolute pleasure working with them both.

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:16:00+00:00

Derek Walker
Managing Director
Walker Sime

Their guidance and mentoring has enabled us to focus on key issues of business performance. We now have excellent management reporting and governance, invaluable financial information, KPI’s and clear vision of our goals and business strategy. Its an absolute pleasure working with them both.

Chris is MR STRATEGY with capital letters

I have rarely come across someone who is able to guide a strategic way forward like him. Chris is a multitalented person with also great M&A stealth. Above all straightforward, honest and down to earth. No hidden agendas and a great sense of humour.

Karel Vos
Managing Director
Bookit BV

The Strategy Exchange
2018-04-03T20:53:48+00:00

Karel Vos
Managing Director
Bookit BV

I have rarely come across someone who is able to guide a strategic way forward like him. Chris is a multitalented person with also great M&A stealth. Above all straightforward, honest and down to earth. No hidden agendas and a great sense of humour.

  • Accoweb
  • Aclass
  • AHI International
  • AOT Group
  • Dean Street Advisors
  • ‘Project ECHO’
  • Elysian Capital
  • ‘Project ENDEAVOUR’
  • ‘Project ESKIMO’
  • ‘Project EXPERIENCE’
  • Exponent  
  • FWI
  • ‘Project GEORGETOWN’
  • ‘Project GRADUATION’
  • Helloworld
  • JRW Group/Ripe Thinking
  • Inventive IT
  • KKP
  • Kuoni Group
  • LDC
  • Maj Invest
  • ‘Project MINSTRAL’
  • Morrisons
  • Nixene
  • NorthEdge Capital
  • Outlook Expeditions
  • Saga
  • ‘Project SEAGULL’
  • ‘Project STARBOARD’
  • Timotay Group
  • Tripsourcer
  • TUI Group
  • Walker Sime
  • WTH