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Professional , Experienced , Effective
Experienced executive business manager with a profound understanding about how businesses work . Strong financial acumen with excellent history of business development and operational improvements. Business strategy and change management skills developed in sectors as diverse as Plastics/Metals Packaging , Retail Refrigeration/Project Management , Office Furniture/Contract Services , Battery Design /Manufacture and Carton Printing . Successful acquisition integration experience allied to successful divestment, plant closures, relocation and organisation development . Fundamental passion for excellent customer service and management team building . Excellent negotiator and relationship builder
Grew up and educated in Glasgow but have run businesses in U.K and Mainland Europe
Grew up in a broken family home but learned good business skills as a 13 year old from my stepfather who owned a Fruit and Veg business. This taught me the basics about how to manage cash , and customers which has stuck with me throughout my subsequent professional career
I studied economics and marketing but soon adopted a view that I wanted to learn about how functions worked inside businesses. I was fortunate to gain that experience in diverse business sectors which enabled me to learn quickly and adapt my thinking to suit the particular business circumstances.
As a consequence of being given responsibility for companies with trading difficulties I had plenty opportunity to see how companies found themselves with problems , but also enabled me to work with people willing and prepared to listen . This allowed me to become more aware of the strength of teamwork and listening management skills . The training I gave to people in real business situations meant that several have gone on to work at very senior level which is very satisfying
Business Mentoring seems to be the best way to utilise my hard won business experience. I have created a website with a business partner to give people the opportunity to learn about how to run business , whether established or start up , and the use of online help in this modern world is so rewarding for someone brought up in a different business world.
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