15 May, 2017
By Lynne Rawlinson
Leicestershire Business Doctor Russell Grant got the business bug at a young age when a series of rapid promotions put university plans on hold.
After becoming one of the youngest Victoria Wine branch managers at just 19, Russell progressed through the ranks of bluechip fast moving consumer goods firms, including Iceland Frozen Foods and Nisa.
He can now draw on almost 30 years' management experience, the last 20 years as trading director, commercial director and most recently, managing director of a £300m family business. He is a high profile figure in the wholesale industry and has been a council member of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.
Russell's experience takes in the wholesale, foodservice, retail and distribution sides of FMCG. However, as a Business Doctor, he is interested in working with all kinds of businesses.
"My skills and knowledge are very transferable," says Russell. "I do not see myself as a retail or wholesale specialist, but as a business specialist who can help business owners to realise their aspirations".
Russell lists competitive and strategic planning, team building and development, revenue generation strategies, negotiation, marketing, operations management, budget planning, project management and forecasting amongst his core skills - all vitally important building blocks for SMEs.
He says: "I have always found the people development, mentoring and coaching side of my work the most fulfilling and feel myself fortunate to now be in a position to offer this to business owners around Leicestershire".
In 2008, Russell finally made it to university, achieving an MSc in Management from Sheffield Hallam, whilst holding a full time senior position.
In his spare time, he enjoys amateur drama, keeping fit, cinema, theatre, eating out, walking, gardening and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Russell offers a free 60 minute business health check for businesses interested in achieving their next level of growth. He can be contacted on 07870 187661 or at email@example.com