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New industry business consultancy launches

There’s a new business consultancy for the industry. Trade Chambers gathers together a number of experts in their field who have worked in manufacturing, distribution and retail/merchant sectors’ within the hardware and building products industry.

The brainchild of former merchant Andrew Weiss, the consultancy encompasses informed, industry-hardened advice on everything from bringing new products to market to training new directors; from creating and managing impactful merchandising to offering advice on management buy-outs. The key is that it is all from one single point of contact with the experience to sort ‘the wheat from the chaff’.

The team comprises:

  • Andrew Weiss: Business diagnostics, strategic marketing, product development, interim management.

  • Chris Pateman: Supply Chain Management, PR with 30 years’ experience serving the hardware and building materials industries as a journalist, business facilitator and advocate to government. Special interest in branding, marketing, PR and cost/incentive supply chain dynamics

  • Mark Alexander: Retail support. He has been in sales since 1983 and has worked at Burton’s Biscuits, Philip Morris (Marlboro), Yale Security Products and Ostendorf UK, (supplier of B&Q’s own label paint).

  • Jamie Johnson: People Development and mentoring.

  • Tim Hubbard: Creative design, Advertising & Print, Digital Marketing. Over 20 years experience client side with major multinational manufacturers. Experienced in building sales through major pan European retailers, UK based builders merchants groups and architectural ironmongers.

    “It’s fair to say people in the building products industry can be sceptical of consultants,” says Weiss. “Make a poor choice of consultant, misinterpret the brief, fail to connect with staff and it can be a huge waste of time, money and management credibility. So we thought we’d offer them genuine, ‘battle-hardened’ experience instead. And it is from people who really understand how our industry works, who are passionate about building products, and who have a vested interest in seeing the sector prosper.

    “We aim to offer specialist advice from established experts in your industry, all under one banner. It will be faster to find the right service. It will be easier to establish a brief. It will be simple to understand costs. And because we understand that output is important, it will be standard procedure to build in and monitor the measures for success.”

    For further information contact Andrew Weiss

    020 8398 3605, 07980 877701 aweiss@sky.com www.weissmarketing.co.uk

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