17 August, 2015
By Chris Simpson
In an eclectic career I ran a number of businesses, including The Search Works Europe’s largest search marketing agency, with billings of £110 million and EBIT of £5 million p.a.
I served on the Executive Board of Swedish Listed Tradedoubler AB and managed the sale of its subsidiary to a French listed business.
I worked at Capita plc as General Manager Offshore Services in Mumbai, reporting directly to a plc board director. I was Commercial Director of Air Miles (now Avios), which grew from 150 to 1,500 employees my time there. Before that I put my engineering and operations training to work for Shell in Ellesmere Port and Texaco in Scotland and Ireland.
All that’s nice but I’m acutely aware that what counts is how well I can leverage that experience to help others grow and achieve their goals.
I loved working with over 50 businesses on the Government backed Growth Accelerator programme until its recent closure. My portfolio includes several construction companies, manufacturers and engineering businesses, marketing services businesses and many professional services firms including, health and saftety consultants, coaching firms, IT service businesses, architects and accountants. My retainer clients show consistent double digit growth and a significant number of my clients have doubled their profits whilst working with me.
I’m an inveterate outdoorsman and when my three kids allow I am usually marathon or ultra running,swimming,long distance triathloning or canoeing!