Between them, our team have founded, grown and successfully exited private and family businesses in a number of different business sectors. Our practical, real world approach means we understand that no two businesses are the same, but having first-hand experience of some of the challenges that business owners can encounter means we appreciate that there are a number of critical success factors that can make the difference to stimulate growth.
With proven expertise in:
- Developing an effective business strategy, growth planning and, critically, execution
- Developing effective management teams
- Implementing successful business development and sales strategies
- Dealing effectively with the dynamics of a family business
- Increasing productivity and promoting performance management culture
- Understanding the key ingredients to developing a successful technology business
- Unlocking the potential of export sales
- Investment readiness and attracting growth funding
- Exit and succession planning
Meet the team
Head of Consulting
Mark Roberts brings valuable corporate and family business experience to the team. He successfully grew a significant family business organically by 50% over a five year period and subsequently led the business through disposals/acquisitions. He is experienced in building management teams, M&A activity with private equity. His understanding of business strategy and effective implementation provides clients with valuable experience in creating the right environment for business growth and management development. He undertakes both specific projects and business mentoring assignments. In addition, Mark continues to operate with a number of businesses in the strategic advisory capacity in Yorkshire and nationally.
Rachel has a strong track record in both the corporate world, including PwC Consulting and as an entrepreneur, growing a range of businesses including one from start up to just under £24m in 7 years. For the last 7 years she has been a strategic advisor and NED for a range of high growth businesses and is one of Yorkshire’s most active Angel Investors, having invested in 12 businesses across a range of sectors. She has successfully delivered a range of client assignments across a number of industries, but has a particular specialism in supporting businesses in getting their strategy, business structure and management teams right to support future growth. Rachel also delivers the Management Academy working with and mentoring business leaders with the various growth challenges.
David Manley has experience in assisting companies with growth and diversification especially within their potential export markets. He works with clients on projects for Customer growth and Operational improvement. He has grown a local business to a global leader and has extensive experience in M&A, both as an acquirer and a target. David works with clients on the BHP Consulting corporate planning process and provides real value at board level working on strategic implementation and providing objective and balanced opinion.
Simon has 20 years’ experience of working in industry and as a consultant on supply chain and operation issues. He began his career on Asda’s logistics graduate scheme, where he opened new distribution centres (DC’s), worked on performance improvement projects and latterly managed a high throughput DC. He is the former head of PwC’s logistics consulting practice where he led and worked on performance improvement projects with Blue Chip clients across Europe. Since 2009 he has led a team of supply chain consultants supporting businesses of all sizes with end supply chain challenges. He has won the European Supply Chain Excellence award for Logistics and Distribution for the development of a DC for a client. Simon works with boards to help them develop their strategic supply chain plans, improve operational performance and release working capital through better stock management.
Steve has a strong track record of building value in technology based businesses. He has been CEO of two software companies, growing the second of these from an early stage venture with a team of 6 into a successful and profitable business with 60 staff. Having exited from this last role, Steve was looking forward to a new challenge a new challenge with the BHP Consulting team. Steve’s expertise covers many of the areas important to SMEs seeking to grow their businesses and includes strategy planning and execution, new market expansion and channel development, IT deployment, procurement, fundraising, due diligence and exit planning.