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We’re an independent and experienced consulting, programme management and executive resourcing business. We're focused on the needs of both public and private sector clients. We work with all sizes of organisations from local start-ups through to global concerns. Without the cost overheads associated with a much larger consultancy business we have the flexibility to take on small targeted assignments, or much larger work programmes. Every client relationship is valued greatly and treated with dignity and respect. Each engagement benefits from the breadth and depth of our expertise.

  • Communication,  News

    Obelisk7’s debut at Bournemouth7’s 2019

    Bournemouth 7s Festival is the World’s Largest Sport & Music Festival attracting over 30,000 people and 400 Sports teams to the picturesque surrounding of Bournemouth Sports Club over the May Bank Holiday each year.  By Day, over 400 Rugby, Netball, Dodgeball, Hockey and Volleyball teams will compete in a range of elite and social sports tournaments across the 65-acre festival site. By night, the festival offers 15 beautifully themed festival arenas with a truly unique festival atmosphere inspired by the sporting audience and created by a host of headline DJs and live bands.  The award-winning festival, which has just celebrated its eleventh year, has been growing rapidly since 2008 and…

  • Uncategorized

    British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) Forecast

    The latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) forecast makes interesting reading as Brexit uncertainty continues to impact confidence levels and has resulted in a downgraded growth forecast of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for 2021 of 1.4% growth. Business investment is also forecast to decline by 1.0% in 2019, which would be the weakest outturn since the financial crisis in 2009. Ongoing uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU continues to impact investment intentions.  Average…

  • Business Development,  Strategy

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    We’re now well underway to our fourth industrial revolution based on a foundation of technological innovation and convergence that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In terms of scale, scope, and complexity this transformation will be the most significant and will dwarf the previous three! The First Industrial Revolution was based on water and steam power to power global production and the Second was based on electricity to scale our mass production capabilities. The Third introduced electronics and information technology to automate and introduce intelligence into production. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is being built on a foundation of a digital revolution that has…

  • Blog,  Business Development,  News,  Strategy

    State of Women Owned Business Report – Commissioned by American Express

    All we need share is: The number of women-owned businessessurged 58%, while all businesses increased only 12%. Total employment by women-owned businesses rose 21%, while for all businesses it declined 0.8%. Total revenue of women-owned businessesjumped 46%, while revenue for all businesses increased 36%. It’s pretty compelling?    

  • Investment

    How to choose the right investor

    Introduction If you have built a company fast, with good revenue, margin levels and have a great profile in the market It will only be a matter of time until Private Equity investors start to hunt you out. If they do, or you are interested in some additional capital and support, I would initially suggest reading my first article entitled ‘A Primer on Private Equity’ as choosing the right investor to fund your business growth is both a critical and huge decision. The brief article below will help you to identify which firm best suits you! Key considerations Understand why: To date you have been pretty much master of your…

  • Investment

    A Primer on Private Equity

    Introduction I wrote this article as so many firms I work with have an interest in but lack much insight into how Private Equity works. Perhaps worse, some manage to convince a Private Equity firm to invest in the project and both parties then experience a painful, and in some cases adversarial, journey. It can also be an incredibly rewarding partnership if the target outcomes are clear, agreed and both parties are working closely and openly to achieve shared goals. Private Equity is capital not listed on a public exchange as it’s composed of funds and investors that directly invest in private companies, or that engage in buyouts of public…

  • Strategy

    Brexit is part of a perfect storm for UK retail

    I recently went back to the KPMG Annual Retail Survey 2018 (published Jan 2018) and it’s both striking and worrying just how closely we’re tracking to it. Retail wasn’t fully considered in the Brexit planning process and that probably contributed to the bizarre behaviour we saw in the aftermath of the referendum, as UK consumers kept on shopping! David Davis (the Brexit secretary) stated at the end of 2017 that no economic impact study had been undertaken before the cabinet decision to leave the customs union just an analysis of market sizes etc and that and no assessment had been made of the possible economic effect of a no-deal Brexit…

  • Business Development,  Strategy

    PR vs Marketing

    Companies often confuse PR and marketing but they fulfil very different requirements: Focus – Marketing focuses on products and services and PR focuses on people and relationships. Function – Marketing activities drive sales activities and they can be aligned to discrete KPI’s and targets. In contrast PR supports an organization’s goals and objectives and is much harder to quantify. Target – Marketing works to meet customer demands to sell goods and services. PR targets a range of personas and goals that collectively support an organization’s objectives. Examples include customers, the media, employees, suppliers, the community, investors, political leaders, financial and trade analysts etc. Collateral benefits; PR drives organizational success by building…

  • Business Development,  Communication

    Joy – Netflix

    My wife found this on Netflix last night and for anyone considering life as an entrepreneur it’s just brilliant viewing. More valuable than much of the management consultancy out there, or a heap of books and a heck of a lot more enjoyable (great acting by Jennifer Lawrence, Edgar Ramírez, Robert De Niro) https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80064513

  • Blog,  News

    Florida and a lot of air miles!

    If I have to pick any airline to take me out to the US it has to be Virgin Atlantic, the lounge is just outstanding with an incredible menu and just about every service you could imagine from a shoe shine up to a full spa treatment! It’s also nice getting to go through a fast track security check. As soon as I hit New York I stick with United, the benefits are not as good as if I were a US citizen but it has great coverage and its really easy to arrange and change flights on-line. My initial plans were to have a lay-over in New York ahead…

  • Communication

    Chicago, Salt Lake City and New York

    Back out to the US this week and covered a lot of ground including Chicago, Salt Lake City and New York. Unfortunately due to Hurricane Irma we decided to postpone Florida as we didn’t want to take up valuable airline and hotel places that could be put to much better use. It was a particularly tough time over there and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those who lost homes or loved ones. Probably the most epic time of the week was the road trip from Salt Lake City up into the Utah hills to visit a bunch of guys who presented us with what looked like a Bagel…

  • Communication,  News

    Croatia

    Just returned from a recent visit to Croatia, partly for a break and partly for business. It’s a fascinating country strategically placed at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans and the Adriatic Sea and close to the Mediterranean. The International Monetary Fund classified Croatia as an emerging and developing economy, and the World Bank identified it as a high income economy. Croatia is also an acceding state of the European Union, with full membership expected in July 2013. It’s also a country with a diverse climate ranging from continental to alpine and Mediterranean along the coast. Croatia’s Adriatic coast also contains more than a thousand islands. Altogether Croatia comprises…

  • Uncategorized

    On the road…

    On Sunday I flew out to Newark and in the next 5 days visited San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Michigan, Detroit and New York, a grand total of 12,463.85 miles. It’s been intense and included visits to highly secure research institutes, manufacturing plants and a few Attorney’s as we put in the ground-work to help launch a new business. Saturday at least gave me a chance to get back to my start point in Newark to catch up on a lot of paperwork before I headed back to the airport for one last flight this week – home! All that travelling has helped teach me not to worry too much about the…

  • Communication,  News

    Website and logo tidy up!

    It’s been a pretty amazing start to 2017 and despite a heavy workload and many new clients we have managed to do a bit of a tidy up across our digital assets. LinkedIn,Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have all been revamped and we have also updated our website with recent market events. Our services have remained broadly the same which is down to the amount of time we put in a the start to get them right and keep them simple! The website has had quite a few minor changes including a much extended footer section to include many more article and tweet links. The new website footer Audience wise we’re continuing…

  • Investment

    Invest and Sell – Dress to Impress!

    A Confidential Information Memorandum (CIM), also referred to as an Offering Memorandum (OM), Memorandum of Information (MOI) or the “book” is part of a sell-side M&A process. It’s typically created at the beginning of the M&A process by the Investment Bank contracted to assist the business. It provides a single point of reference for all the key information that a prospective buyer or investor would need to fully evaluate and come to a decision and its contents are broadly as follows: Overview and Investment Highlights Products and Services Strategy & Market Sales & Marketing Management Team Financial Results and Forecasts Risk Factors Appendices The CIM can be developed into both…

  • News

    Korolit Digital Media Stats

    We have not taken a look at our website analytics for a quite while hence the brief review we ran this morning was going to be interesting! 3 years ago we moved from a UK focused business to a more global one and this is certainly reflected in our audience with USA, EMEA, China and Russia now comprising our largest audience! It’s also great to see that 50% of our audience is returning on a regular basis, surprisingly however 90% are via desk top. It’s also interesting to note that 60% of visitors navigate to us directly with 30% using a Google search via a key word evenly spread between ‘korolit’…

  • Business Development,  News,  Strategy

    A Brexit Guide for SME’s

    Introduction The term Brexit has now become used as an encapsulation of the incredibly complex journey we have ahead of us in moving Britain out of the EU. The actual Brexit referendum was held on Thursday 23 June 2016 with a decision to leave carried by 51.9% to 48.1% with a turnout of 71.8% and more than 30 million people voting. England and Wales voted in favour of leaving but Scotland and Northern Ireland both backed staying in the EU by 62% and 55.8% respectively. There were prophesies of huge market impacts and the pound did slump the day after the referendum and it remains around 15% lower against the…

  • Business Development

    Transforming a business!

    Each Monday I face the usual rush to leave home in Bedford by 5am to get ahead of the M1/M25 traffic. After a long drive I drop the car off in Reading at 7am and take a short walk past the office to pick up a large Cappuccino from the local Starbucks before heading back to meet up with Antony Redmond and Jonathan Spragg, the joint founders of reqiva and the other early starting members of the management team. Starting a business from scratch is tough, long hours, stress and you have to pretty much do everything yourself from building the business plan to selling the products or services, plumbing…