Read what some of my clients say
Tony Beale – Director of Hazlemere Window Company Ltd says: -
“Anthony Pratt helped us to understand, who exactly our typical customer is and where to find them. He also helped to devise a strategic plan with regards to our marketing and building of Brand strength. We still follow this today, albeit using the internet instead of other media delivery methods, which were our preferred methods when we began this strategy. We have successfully expanded our trading area and increased our market share due, in part, to the assistance of Anthony and his wealth of knowledge”.
Hazlemere Window Company Ltd is a leading home improvement specialist in the Home Counties. Based in High Wycombe, the company supplies a range of high quality UPVC and aluminium windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries to both residential and commercial clients. For further information log on to http://www.hazlemere.co.uk
Marcus Alcindor – Managing Director of KTD Facades Ltd says: -
KTD Facades Ltd was in danger of being a victim of its own success. At the beginning of the economic downturn, four trade experienced people put together a specialist subcontracting company. In contrast to the economy, KTD Facades grew exponentially, securing vast contracts such as accommodation blocks at the “Olympic Athletes Village”, hotels around the country and the “Orbit Tower” overlooking the “Olympic Stadium”. Although sales & prestige put KTD on the map, organisationally the company was growing too fast and, in an attempt to stay in control, it threw resources at problems, primarily in the shape of personnel. As turnover escalated so did overheads.
By chance, I read a blog by Anthony Pratt on LinkedIn. It was so very simple to understand and highlighted our experiences. We made contact; and Anthony came to meet with us. He recognised our situation but he also appreciated the bespoke issues of personalities and client relations.
We employed Anthony's services on a fixed term basis, during which he produced a simple, clear cut and accurate analyses of our company. It made issues glaringly obvious and we immediately implemented the solutions. That was twelve months ago. We did not have to make a redundancy or sack anyone; instead, we adjusted our focus and aligned our processes to improve efficiencies. As a result we continued to grow, this year by 20%.
Without the clear insight and honesty of Anthony Pratt, we would have continued to chase our tail and who knows where that spiral would have taken us?
KTD Facades Ltd is a specialist external leaf subcontractor. Based in Biggin Hill, Kent, they install insulated render, rainscreen cladding, including high pressure laminates, terracotta and lightweight steel framing. For further information log on to http://www.ktdfacades.com
Lawrence Wall - Mangaing Director of ERW Joinery Ltd says: -
"I was looking for help in improving our business and putting together a business plan for future growth, and was struggling to find anybody from the local Businesslink network who I felt had in depth knowledge of our industry and understood my business and market and the challenges we faced. I felt that most of the consultants came from large organisations and whilst they could offer help in general commercial areas, they did not really appreciate the difficulties faced by owner managers and in the main were from a business to business background.
Then I came across an article written by Anthony Pratt in the trade press, and felt that it clearly showed an understanding of our industry and the direction in which the market place was moving.
After meeting and discussing our needs It became clear that Anthony had a clear understanding of the problems faced by smaller family owned companies and also had a handle on the challenges the industry was facing in the future.
We worked together for a year, not only addressing the areas of our business which required improvement, but also producing a realistic plan for the growth of our business in what was becoming a maturing market.
I found the once-a-month day we spent together invaluable and in fact it was like having a non-executive director on board who could provide experience and advice. Our business is better as a result of our collaboration and I am a more professional manager as a result of the experience."
ERW Joinery Ltd is a specialist timber window and door manufacturer based in Middlesbrough. For further information, log on to www.erwltd.co.uk
Chris Watson – Managing Director of Polyframe Trade Ltd says: -
“I have known Anthony Pratt for in excess of 25 years. Initially we worked together as colleagues, but after ten years or so Anthony entered the consultancy profession. In my role as chief executive of Zenith Windows, I used Anthony’s services on numerous occasions, across a variety of projects. I have always been very satisfied in the quality of Anthony’s work and I have no hesitation in recommending him.”
Polyframe Trade Ltd is based in Halifax and is the largest privately owned manufacturer and supplier of trade windows, doors and conservatories in the United Kingdom.. For further information log onto www.polyframetrade.co.uk
John Ward – Managing Director of GBW Panels Limited says: -
“Anthony Pratt has always delivered practical solutions generating real added value to my business. He possesses that macro business experience and yet is able to apply it with singular clarity to an SME business. He will always challenge that most relied upon statement, ‘We have always done it this way’; and sometimes the reality is painful.”
GBW Panels Limited is based in Worcester and is one of the leading Panel, Door Panel and External Composite Door producers within Europe. For further information log on to www.gbwuk.com
Andrew Laing - Operations Director of Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd says: -
"I highly recommend Anthony Pratt. I worked with him for 3 years and always found him to be professional, honest, hardworking and fully committed to his role. He led our management team and board through difficult and uncertain times with integrity, professional and unfailing belief in our values and worth. I can whole heartily recommend him to all. Anthony did an amazing job."
Glencraft (Aberdeen) Ltd is a social enterprise for crafts people with a variety of abilities and disabilities. Based in Aberdeen, it manufactures and supplies high quality mattresses, divans and furniture. For further information, log on to www.glencraft.co.uk