Business Consulting

Delivering from within the organisation

Large organisations, whether they are global corporations or public authorities employing thousands are complex and fast-moving, requiring the consultants who work with them to be adaptable to the internal culture and able to perform effectively from day one. I spent many years in the telecoms industry during the ‘boom and bust years’ which gave me the skill and experience to cope with and manage change as well as lead teams in matrix organisations. Since 2002 I have built on that foundation by working with large organisations from both the private and public sectors.

Comments about my performance from a major corporate client included “Clear thinking which results in simplification of issues and outputs in a complex matrix environment…” and “Superb value from Chris’s contribution to a project. His willingness and flexibility enable objectives to be delivered on time, despite any distractions or blockers to delivery…” Feedback like that confirms to me that I have the right attitude and skills to deliver projects successfully from within the organisation.

Many large businesses effectively operate as a confederation of small internal businesses with empowered workforces and high levels of autonomy for functional heads. My experience of working with small businesses (sometimes as an adviser or mentor) gives me an edge by appreciating the need for internal businesses to operate in an enterprising way whilst my marketing training ensures that internal marketing and brand consistency is maintained. My project management skills, combined with good interpersonal skills that enable me to work with people at all levels of an organisation, mean I deliver to time and to budget in a way that reflects the culture of my customer’s organisation.

Charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations

My client base includes both profit-making and not-for-profit organisations, the latter group benefiting from my experience as a trustee/director of several charities and as a CEO. In many ways business is the same irrespective of size (it’s mainly a question of scale!) or purpose and the same principles can often be applied to ensure they are sustainable. A not-for-profit still needs to generate a surplus income from trading activities for example, in order to be viable.

The Voluntary and Community Sector landscape is changing significantly and organisations that operate for community benefit are having to become more business-like to capitalise on the opportunities brought about by commissioning and contracting under the emerging ‘Big Society’. The recent recession also brings challenges for these organisations such as considering collaboration and even merger. As well as being a SFEDI accredited business adviser specialising in social enterprise, my mixed experience of all three sectors and a passion and empathy with the Third Sector, mean I can offer practical meaningful support to charities, CICs and other social enterprises.

Flexible charging

Clients have sometimes been concerned about consultant charging – the cost being too high and a minimum of a day rate. My rates are very competitive and I am very happy to charge by the hour if that is the most efficient solution. Similarly, my well-resourced office means it I can introduce the flexibility of remote working into the assignment when required to ensure it is as effective (and economical) as possible for the client.

Versatile solutions

Whether your business is an SME, large corporation or social enterprise, my services are tailored to what you need and draw on a range of different skills and techniques I have developed over many years. This helps me to deliver, not only, well-considered strategic solutions, but also, practical, effective delivery.

 

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    Chris Greenhill is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Institute of Consulting, British Institute of Professional Photographers and a Member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

    He is also a SFEDI accredited business adviser specialising in Social Enterprise

  • Landlord of a country pub

    "...we have noticed a big increase in our trade and feel a lot more positive about the future. We cannot...
    2013-06-04T21:22:38+00:00
    "...we have noticed a big increase in our trade and feel a lot more positive about the future. We cannot thank Chris enough and would recommend his help to any business."

    CEO of lead charity forming consortium

    "Without his facilitation, challenge and constant pushing we would not have achieved what we set out to do and for...
    2014-11-13T09:43:59+00:00
    "Without his facilitation, challenge and constant pushing we would not have achieved what we set out to do and for these reasons I would not hesitate to recommend Greenhill Consulting."

    Principal of a design agency

    "We had hit a bit of a brick wall, and Chris gave our company the push up it needed, we...
    2013-08-12T13:13:27+00:00
    "We had hit a bit of a brick wall, and Chris gave our company the push up it needed, we are very grateful indeed."

    General manager of a golf club

    "...we were surprised and delighted by the extremely professional approach. We would thoroughly recommend his company."
    2013-08-12T13:12:32+00:00
    "...we were surprised and delighted by the extremely professional approach. We would thoroughly recommend his company."

    Landlord of a country pub

    "...we have noticed a big increase in our trade and feel a lot more positive about the future. We cannot...
    2013-08-12T13:11:32+00:00
    "...we have noticed a big increase in our trade and feel a lot more positive about the future. We cannot thank Chris enough and would recommend his help to any business."
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