Strong results from Grey4Gold Thriving High Street Mentoring
James Hobbley of Ark Pet Supplies and Ruth Rees of Martin Rees Jewellers and Pawnbrokers of Wrexham have already reported strong results from Grey4Gold's mentoring that they received as part of the Thriving High Street Campaign.
Ruth Rees: "What I liked about the National Skills Academy and Grey4Gold was their straight forward approach and there was virtually no red-tape and we were able to put things in place very quickly and we're looking forward to going from strength to strength."
James Hobbley: "The last two weeks were the best we've ever had back to back so it's not one of those things where you'll see an improvement over four to six months, it was an instant result. We feel we've had excellent value for money and it's the best thing we've ever done. I would recommend Grey4Gold mentoring to everybody because if you don't get the foundations of your business right then everything on top will just collapse."
Danielle Reid from Folklore Ltd
Thank you for providing financial plans and forecasts and for our conversation on Friday which was very helpful.
Overall we are very pleased with the work and are confident this framework is going to be of huge benefit to us going forward.
We appreciate the significant value in what you've prepared.
Tim.Elliott Retail & Marketing Consultancy
I am just sending you a quick note to thank you for the candidates I have been able to put forward to one of my clients with who I supply temps, and now going forward Retail Agents/consultants. We have placed x3, 2 from G4G and 1 of my own contacts.
I threw a bit of a fastball at Alex last Friday and he didn't drop it, quite the contrary, he did a great job of getting details of guys over to me very swiftly.
It is still early days in respect of this, but with your support we are off to a good start.
I plan to see Alex next week in London, and hopefully we can catch up for a pre-xmas drink, I think we deserve it!
All the best!!
time - Retail & Marketing Consultancy
We wanted to drop you a line to thank Grey4Gold so very much for the time you spent in our shop yesterday. It was so refreshing to sit, listen and learn from someone who understood our passion and enjoyed the enthusiasm we have for our little shop.
All your points and suggestions were warmly received by us both and we are going to impart them to our designers with whom we are meeting this morning.
With fondest and warm regards.
Sarah and Lizzie
Late Artist Barry Flanagan's estate
Grey4Gold recently completed some consultancy work for the estate of the late artist, Barry Flanagan. This work included advice on accountancy services, corporate governance, and improving the web presence in order to enable continued promotion and awareness of Mr Flanagan's fantastic creations. Mr Alfred Widmann of Meckers Ltd, working for the late artist's estate, recently sent us this testimonial.
I just thought I would let you know that we have taken steps, following Grey4Gold's advice and analysis, to get the accounting costs down and it has worked, we now have a flat fee for the bookkeeping for the year, which is a huge improvement. Thank you.
As with the corporate governance, the idea of getting a chairperson is catching on, though we will have to wait a while till things have calmed down on the company structure side since, again on your advice, we are merging the two companies so there will only be two that need looking after.
In any case I wanted to say thanks for your support.
Shropshire Business Mentoring
A county of historical market towns full of independent shops, Shropshire is both a popular tourist destination as well as an area struggling to keep its high streets alive. In the last few years, Shropshire Council has created a Market Towns Revitalisation Programme in order to invest in its towns and local businesses to ensure their sustainability. Part of this project has been teaming up with the National Skills Academy for Retail to offer business mentoring to new and existing businesses, helping them to become more successful.
NSA and Skillsmart Retail Ltd
"I met with Elegant Steps of Liverpool yesterday and Jayne Bransby was very complimentary and extremely appreciative of the work Grey4Gold have done with her company and also the continued support you are providing her with.
I am sure her business will go from strength to strength- just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of The NSA for Retail and Academy ONE as she is now using them for all future staff training- as your support has not only helped the business it has identified gaps in their own internal training structures."
Starting Over Show
"As a growing small business what I lack most is mentorship and links to key professionals and organisations, who can provide the experience and contacts that I need to develop and expand my Starting Over Show events. Grey4Gold is a godsend to small business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere, who reach that point when their business is ready to grow into something much bigger - but they need specialist advice on a flexible, affordable basis and ways to get in front of the 'right people' that even LinkedIn cannot provide!
To be able to access professionals with the level of experience and impressive industry connections that can be found on the Grey4Gold site is impressive enough, but when added to that you have a venture that is one of collaboration and a genuine interest in supporting and helping those businesses to grow - it is that ethos that makes Grey4Gold so completely unique, and so very much needed. Their diagnosis of what was needed for SOS was clear and the resultant analysis has helped me significantly."
Creator & Producer
Minister for Business and Enterprise
Mark Prisk, minister for business and enterprise has given his backing to the site and said it is "essential" that the UK makes "full use of the skills and talent that already exists in the community".
"I am delighted that Grey4Gold has risen to this challenge," Prisk said.
Stan Frith BComm, MBA, AICSA
Formerly Director of: Texas Instruments, House of Fraser, Harrods and Somerfield.
September 15th 2010
To the Directors of Grey4Gold:
"I have read the literature you gave me and I think it is a great idea. I have also sounded out a few retired or displaced ex main board directors I know who also liked it . Without exception they felt it could be a very useful tool for a variety of individuals all seeking different levels of engagement as well as companies satisfying their frequently diverse and sometimes ad hoc requirements. Although I am very busy at present with two non-executive directorships, a charity trusteeship and several committees, it is something I might entertain. If nothing else I would be happy to pass it around or participate in whatever other capacity you feel is helpful".
Harold Tillman CBE
Chairman of Jaeger, Aquascutum, and the British Fashion Council.
April 23rd 2010
The events of April 2010 have gone a long way to reminding us all that we are an island nation - one that has, over the centuries, still been responsible for some of the greatest inventions, discoveries and indeed brands, to have gone out and changed and influenced the world.
Those initiatives and energies are very much needed again and we can, no longer, afford to let any of our island assets lie fallow or go to waste.
Our greatest assets are our people and ideas like Grey4Gold would help connect experienced people with enterprise.
It is essential that small and medium sized businesses grow and flourish to get our economy going again, and that is why I believe that Grey4Gold, designed by young British talent, is an exciting new initiative.
Originally conceived for the British fashion and retail trades, it is already clear that it is just as applicable to so many other important activities.
Its an easy to follow and a free format, young and energetic companies will be able to find and tap into the wealth of experience which today's older, and still very much in touch generations, have to offer.
I wish Grey4Gold all the best...