Why We Do It

We founded Ahead Business Consulting to make a difference

We believe all businesses and organisations deserve access to top-quality consulting and the benefits it brings - not just the big players. It is our mission to make this happen. We are particularly proud to support our local Scottish organisations and helping them to succeed.

 

No matter how big or small - we have something for you.

For smaller business and organisations, you get higher quality outcomes which will jump your business forward. For larger organisations, you get the same quality you expect from the big consultancies, but at better value (unlike them our primary concern is growing your profits).

At Ahead Business Consulting, we bring proven methods and deep business experience, combined with innovative thinking, to take your organisation to the next level. We work collaboratively with you for better longterm outcomes, and bring access to our network and the opportunities that presents. We stand for action - not just advice - and take pride in our clear, practical and effective solutions.

Bringing this top-level quality and expertise to benefit organisations who don't normally get access to it, is what makes us truly UNIQUE. With us, expect challenge, support, innovative ideas and fast results!

We believe that business should be conducted the right way, so hold true to a strong set of VALUES that underpin all we do. We call this #DoingBusinessRight. You can trust us to always have your best interests at heart.

Meet some of our team below...

Neil Bradbrook
Managing Director

Neil is an expert in adaptive business strategy and transformation, known for stimulating different ways of thinking. He likes to challenge the status quo, helping to identify new opportunities for business growth and find creative solutions to problems - but his real skill is in blending innovation with practical delivery to make ideas happen. He has instigated and managed successful change delivery for major institutions, with budgets up to £326m, generating over £500m to the bottom line. With a strong people focus, he has particular expertise in effecting cultural change for sustainable high-performance.

Prior to founding ABC, he led a 160-strong Strategy, Transformation and Digital Innovation consultancy for 7 years, growing it from £11m to £23m. 

Professional Qualifications include: MSP, Agile, GDPR, Lean Six Sigma

Andrew Pollard
Director

Andrew has worked as an MD of a BioTech, founded a Wealth Management Company and been a Director in both FinTech and banking.  He has helped businesses reach their most important goals by setting strategy and delivering real-world change. 

 

Experiences include launching new products and propositions, scale-up, raising finance, acquisitions, mergers, trade sales, technology-led change and offshoring.  For 10 years Andrew delivered multi-million pound regulatory change to global financial service firms. 

He is a practical problem-solver and brings the energy and experience needed to change businesses for the better.

Aileen Boyle
Associate Director

Aileen is highly experienced in leading strategic business improvement, with experience across Education, Technology, Legal and Public Sector. She has run her own company, been a Commercial Director for a Tech Company, and Board Advisor to SME founders and business leaders. She has delivered projects for the Circular Economy, led consultation groups for Civtech, been a mentor for the RBS Accelerator Programme, and is currently an assessor for Scottish Edge. Her passions include early-stage and diversifying firms, female-led businesses, and those harnessing the benefits of circular economy business models.  

She is a great champion of new ideas, and views inclusivity and strong leadership as the cornerstones of growth and development.

Robin Gifford
Small Business Expert

Robin has been an Entrepreneur for over 30 years and his career has followed an “out of the ordinary” path. He has built numerous successful businesses from start-up to £multi-million companies, including: an £8m multi-outlet retail business, an engineering and fabrication business, an import and distribution business, a consultancy business, and a £3.5m renewable energy company – and has experienced hardships and business closure along the way too.

 

As we learn as much from when things don’t work as when they do, these varied successes and failure have gained Robin an unrivalled body of experience. His passion now is to impart his knowledge and experience to other small business owners, helping them structure their businesses to minimise risk and maximise sales.

Catherine Cradock
Client Liaison

With a long career in Education, Catherine gets a lot of satisfaction from being a part of development and growth. For Ahead Business Consulting, Catherine manages our client liaison and accounts. Not being directly involved in client assignments herself, this means you have an objective and independent contact to help resolve any queries to ensure ABC's support helps you achieve your aspirations.

Emma McKay
Comms Specialist

Emma is a Marketing and HR graduate from the University of Stirling, and finalist for the Star Marketing Student of the year, as recognised by the Marketing Society Scotland. She is a noted influencer of the gluten-free online community, with over 30,000 followers of her blog and social media.

Emma loves the creative and inspirational aspects of Marketing – how to get your message across to really engage with your audience in a meaningful way on topics which matter to them, and create deep engagement.

Finalist for Star Marketing Student of the Year - Marketing Society Scotland

Why Choose Us

We could write a section about why ABC is the best and great value, but we'd rather you gave us a call.

  1. We do not bite.  We don't charge any fees until we all agree on the work.

  2. We are not prohibitively expensive because we don't have a lot of overheads.

  3. We only work with customers where we can make a difference.  It isn't fun for us if we lack the skills you need or you are not open to advice and change.

  4. Whatever we tell you will be in plain English and practical.

  5. If we think you won't like what we have to say then we will say it anyway.  You can reject our honest advice, but we think it is better that if we tell it how it is. 

  6. We are happy to stay around to give ongoing support and delivery, but we are not interested in padding the job out to keep the meter running.  

  7. Talk to us first, then choose.  It's free and you will learn a lot more than reading anybody's web page.

Based in Falkirk, we support organisations across Scotland.

Get in touch! Tell us your successes, your aspirations and the challenges you face. We will share how we can help – with no obligation for more.

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