Stearman enjoys great relationships with clients from most markets.
What some of our clients say
We like to get close to our clients, to the owners and the Leadership Team. This helps us understand both what the client wants to achieve, as well as what is possible. No off-the-shelf solutions from us. We are always client-led, always listening, always focused on actions geared to growth. Here is what a small sample of our clients say:
We can’t think of a market or niche in which we haven’t had an involvement with at least one client, often many more. Typically, we like to build long term relationships with our clients, but it all begins with a clear understanding of what the client wants to achieve. Understanding the market in which a client operates is vitally important of course, as part of the plan will be how the client can penetrate that market more effectively.
OSE is a logistics/transport specialist specialising in a full range of transport and warehousing services. In 2009 the business had an excellent reputation for same day/net day services across Europe but was struggling to grow and be profitable in the prevailing trading conditions. Now OSE has expanded in all areas and is seen by its loyal customers, many of whom are blue chip multi-nationals, as providing partnership or outsourced transport services capable of reliably and competitively meeting all of their transport needs, particularly the most challenging ones. The business now has a steep growth profile and having doubled in size in recent years is now set to double again over the next 2-3 years. Financially sound and profitable OSE has ambitious expansion plans both in terms of capacity and capability.
Cast Media Group
Cast Media Group is a full service marketing agency specialising in the construction, housing association; retail and leisure markets. Working with the directors a full strategic review resulted in the development of a strategic business and marketing plan, and supporting process, to allow for business planning to be a continuous, self-supporting process. Further support has also been provided with Board and senior management re-structuring; organisation change; opening of a London office and ongoing marketing and sales planning and implementation. Cast Media has also added to core organic growth through several acquisitions geared to adding to the service offerings offered by the Group and to geographical coverage. The ongoing role with Cast is very definitely geared to mentoring the board and coaching the executive team to deliver the ambitious growth plans agreed.
Tutor2U is known as The Online Education Publisher. The business is a specialist provider to schools and students, and provides unique (online and print) resources geared to assisting teachers with their continual professional development (CPD) and students with targeted support to get them through GCSE and A level exams. Tutor2U also operates a highly successful Events business, supporting teacher CPD and running hugely popular sell-out (500 + attendees at each event) student events. With 24 million visitors to the website in the last 12 months, Tutor2U has an enviable reputation with teachers, students, parents, school management and exam boards and in fact the market in general. In 2013/14 the business launched overseas in Middle and Far East with resources for the International Baccalaureate. Strategy plans now incorporate a vision for Tutor2U to have a presence globally. Tutor2U has doubled in size over the last two years and plans to more than double again over the next two years. Strategy review, strategy and business planning as well as ongoing non-executive mentoring support has and will be there throughout the journey.
Architecture 519 Ltd
Over the course of the last 5 years since inception we have been closely involved in getting the Architecture 519 business established and helping achieve meteoric growth from 14 architects and technical specialists at the outset, to today with a team approaching 40. This growth has been achieved through a period where market conditions have been at their worst and many practices have either contracted or gone to the wall.
Andrew Geoghegan is a well established jewellery designer producing high quality, high value and high design pieces. Short listed a number of times in recent years, 2014 has proved to be a breakthrough year, with the award of UK Jewellery Designer of the Year 2014. Well recognised by designers and by the industry, and supplying loyal customers across the UK through more than 60 retail partners, 2014 has been a breakthrough year for the business. AG also launched in to Europe in 2014 Now in high growth mode, Andrew Geoghegan brought us in to review the business; examine existing strategy; build a new strategic business plan and assist with ongoing mentoring and broad support to the implementation of the plan.
Remlive, founded by Bryan Rollason came into being as the direct result of the rise in deaths and serious injuries caused by electrocution in the workplace.
An example of a Remlive installation in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Gold Fields
Innergy LPG is a leading bottle and bulk liquid petroleum gas and industrial gases distributor based in Leeds. On a steep growth path Gez Walsh, owner and managing director had a clear vision for his business; he was ambitious and knew where the significant planned growth was going to come from; he had also appointed a very effective leadership team and was committed to investing in their training and development. Help with a strategic review and updating the business plan and assistance with one or two structural and ownership issues was the starting point, but ongoing business mentoring helps to ensure the business stays on track with the plan; sanity-checks thinking and introduces new ideas to contribute to the growth plan
BNH Associates Ltd
BNH Associates provide a comprehensive range of legal and investigative support services to solicitors, insurance companies and the finance industry throughout the UK. The business is skilled in the areas of investigation, statement taking, document service, customer sign-up and document collection. A leading and rapidly growing provider to a range of large and demanding markets, we were brought in to assist in both helping with the growth plan for the core business and to assist with setting up a new division of the Group.
Just Desserts Ltd
A successful and well established baker supplying retail and leisure outlets across the North Just Desserts has an enviable reputation for innovation, quality and service, but were keen to drive the business to a new level. Strategy review, business planning and ongoing board support was provided to help the ambitious directors and owners to deliver the growth desired.
Helping to get new ventures off the ground is an established part of what Stearman does. Mvue was established to offer a range of marketing communications and event management services primarily to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Founded by two experienced industry professionals, Mvue sought help with their ‘go to market’ strategy and in addition to strategic planning and funding requirements, ongoing board mentoring support also proved to be of real benefit to getting this ambitious new venture up and running