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Lakes and Dales Business Doctor

  • Steve Howard

  • T07774287640

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  • Steve is a great leader and someone that I reported to for several roles from Business Manager to Trading Controller; a great team builder, he is collaborative and inclusive - bringing the team with him. Steve is clear and challenging in his vision and strategy but rigourous about the the day to day delivery of targets. He is a challenging ...

  • "Business Doctors has been extremely valuable in helping us concentrate our resources on the UK market and capitalise on the personal approach and accountability of our services."

  • "Business Doctors have given us a new systematic approach to running our business in a way that gives us the logic and clarity"

  • "Business Doctors has given us great confidence in the service we provide and where we're heading"

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Background

Steve is a self-confessed business junkie.

"I just enjoy business," he says. "I love doing business, talking to people about business and I read all the business press in my spare time. It's what interests and motivates me".

With a strong commercial background in FMCG across the UK and Europe, Steve is highly experienced in general management, operations, supply chain, logistics and production. His sales and marketing pedigree is second to none, including multi-territory brand development, pricing and competitive intelligence.

Appointed to set up the UK operation of a German wine producer, Steve grew the business to 40m euros turnover within six years. Despite operating in a declining market, he was able to successfully introduce a new product range with a higher margin.

"Part of being a business junkie," he says, "is having my finger on the pulse. I can bring both intelligent, practical ideas and implementation strategy to small and medium sized businesses, operating as a hands on team member rather than a consultant.

"I am all too aware of the expression 'consultants steal your watch and then tell you the time'.

"This couldn't be further from my approach. As part of the Business Doctors network, I work with and alongside the owners of SMEs to help them to develop and grow their business. With me it's definitely not about telling: it's all about doing".