Rachel Hannan

Rachel Hannan

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 6 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 terms of supporting businesses in getting their strategy, business structure and management teams right to support future growth. Rachel also delivers the Business Leadership Academy working with and mentoring business leaders with the various growth challenges.

Articles by Rachel


Looking After Your Team’s Well-Being in Lockdown 3.0 – Part 2

Last time we considered why it might not be ‘lockdown business as usual’ in this latest lockdown, the importance of a continued commitment to communication and being aware of the dangers of ‘Zoom fatigue’. …


Looking After Your Team’s Well-Being in Lockdown 3.0

We’ve endured lockdowns before and come through it. However, it’s probably also true to say after almost a year of uncertainty, anxiety and stress, both at work and at home, some in our teams may be suffering from higher levels of…


The Power of “adaptive leadership”

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus pandemic has sometimes pushed our ability to adapt to its limits. But even before the words lockdown, furlough or ‘new normal’ become depressingly familiar, the benefits of adaptive leadership were well known…


The Business Case for Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a term we've used a lot recently and particularly how insufficient engagement among employees can lead to the business disruption that is sometimes critical.


5 More Motivational Tips That Cost You Next To Nothing!

In our previous blog, we suggested three tips for team motivation at no cost to you. Today, we're offering two more highly effective but still low-cost ways to increase your team's motivation.


5 Team Motivational Tips That Cost You Next To Nothing!

People work better when they're motivated, and at BHP we have first-hand experience and research to prove it. It's not always easy to know how to motivate your team, but our five top tips will really help. In this blog, we'll look at the first three…


Want to Strengthen Employee Engagement? Communication is critical

In our recent blogs, we've been discussing various areas of strengthening employee engagement. These include sharing your vision, organisational integrity, and the importance of effective management at all levels. In our final look at employee…


Want to Strengthen Employee Engagement? Here is how to become an effective manager

In our previous blog, we looked at strengthening employee engagement by sharing your vision and establishing mutual trust with your employees. Today we're exploring another key element that's critical to achieving a fully engaged workforce, and hence…


Want to Strengthen Employee Engagement? Here’s how…

Employee engagement is when people do a job because they love it rather than just because it pays their salary. It's where everyone in your organisation is on the same page and your performance and productivity start to demonstrate significant…


Want to become a better Manager? Here are our Top Tips

Is there a difference between management and leadership? This has long been a subject for debate, and depends largely on the difference between thinking and doing.


What makes an Entrepreneur?

Many people see entrepreneurship as an attitude of dogged determination in pursuit of the big buck. It's perceived as a fast track for talented individuals to succeed in business, but for most entrepreneurs that's not really true.


Top tips for getting the most out of millennials

Arguably millennial's have had a bad rap over the last few years, variously described as entitled, ‘Snowflakes’ and difficult to manage. Clearly this generation, generally described as those born in the 1980s and 1990s, are not all the same and…


More ideas to support your employees’ mental health

In our last email we highlighted the importance of supporting your employees’ mental health and how promoting an open culture and keeping an eye on the things that can most commonly cause stress can help. …


The business benefits of supporting your employees’ mental health

Understandably this year health is at the top of everyone’s agenda. Allied to this there’s been a big increase in the awareness of the importance of promoting mental wellbeing, and of the need to support those who find themselves suffering from…


The essence of good leadership

We have looked before at some of the skills that make a good leader.


The importance of wellbeing in the ‘new normal’

In our last few articles we’ve looked at how to aid transition to home working and tips for managing remote working teams. This time, we’ll suggest more ways to help maintain wellbeing and positive mental health in your teams.


Managing the ‘new normal’ of a remote team

In our last article we covered the transition to home working. This time we’re going to focus on some tips to help you manage the team once remote working has been established.


Remote working – the ‘new normal’

With a large proportion of our collective workforces now working from home, knowing how to support and manage them effectively is becoming increasingly important for most businesses.


Four C’s to help you lead

Aside from the direct health implications, it is perhaps the uncertainty around the duration and severity of the impact of Coronavirus that is one of the most serious issues we face - for individuals, our businesses and the broader economy.