Do good things and good things will happen

The Excellence Test is a 26 stage business review covering 6 categories.

The contents have been distilled from extensive study of more than 50 high-growth companies that our team have either worked in, worked on, or interviewed substantially. 

What is the excellence test?

We developed the Excellence Test as a unique tool to measure the companies we work with. It’s a tool that allows us to fully evaluate if the competencies for high growth exist within a business.

A company doesn’t have to pass every section of the Excellence Test, but the more the better. For those that score badly, this usually acts as a wake-up call to really think about what they are doing and why. For others it provides a road map of what areas need addressing to take a company from mediocrity to brilliance.

The Excellence Test is carried out in a structured forum discussion with your management team. Before we implement the test we will have already carried out initial research into your business, your aspirations for growth and your marketplace. It WILL challenge you; it MAY completely change your view of what business you are in.



You could refer to me as an advisor, a consultant, a supporter, a mentor, a non executive Director or an investor, or indeed any of those things, and you’d be right. The approach changes depending on the circumstances of the business and the management team I am working with.

However, whatever the description, I am an experienced executive with 30 years of global corporate leadership under my belt. I am an enthusiast who delights in the game of business and seeing committed entrepreneurs grow their companies.

I don’t hide my thoughts or my opinions though. My approach of strategy development and deployment has its roots in the success stories of large, global companies, but my unique and practical application of these strategies has been proven to work over and again in the smaller business environment. The big story though, comes from the people I work with; they trust me with their success.

I am also a Visiting Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Strategy for Lancaster University – ranked number one in the world for corporate strategy by the Financial Times.

Download full programme information


The test is constructed to help leaders see the gaps in their approach and support them to develop positive moves forward. You can download the 12-page programme PDF to learn more:

What can manufactures learn from high-growth industries?

The contents of the Excellence Test have been distilled from extensive study of more than 50 high-growth companies from both within and without the manufacturing industry.  High growth often comes from the tech industry, but you don’t need to be online or work out of swanky offices – many of the core fundamentals born from these industries can be applied to manufacturing and industrial companies:

Three distinct programmes for growth - no matter where you are starting from

Not all companies are ready for the Excellence Test straight away.  You may first want to learn from the best companies in your marketplace, or identify the slow-moving mature businesses that you think you can disrupt and take a bite out of.

take a bite out of the biggest in your market

Do good things & good things will happen

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