Growth and expansion for successful local business consultancy

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce member, business consultancy WLP, is expanding its team of consultants to meet increasing demand for the company’s services following a successful year of growth. The company is on track to record turnover growth of 50% compared to the last financial year.

Two new associates have recently joined the company, taking the number of consultants to 13. Another two dynamic and accomplished individuals are now sought to support further expansion plans.

Steve Palmer, director at WLP, said: “Over the past year we have seen significant increased demand from our clients for particular services, notably business planning, process improvement and the development of IT strategy. We also feel the company’s growth reflects a degree of confidence returning to the business community as a whole, with people starting to look positively to the future and coming to us to help them achieve their goals in a rapidly changing business environment.

“We offer a broad portfolio of services, from how to run a ‘lean’ business with minimal resources, to the implementation of good quality management systems. Each of our consultants has a unique skillset we can draw on, so we can match the most appropriate consultants to our clients based on their particular needs, ensuring that clients benefit from specialist expertise. Our growth areas include SMEs, the food industry, health and social care. With our expanding team and growing reputation we are well-equipped to meet our ambitious growth targets for the next three years and look forward to expanding the team at this exciting time for the company.”

In the past three months Pat Powell and John Riley have joined the company as associates and WLP consultant James Allison has become a director.  Norwich-based James specialises in project leadership and process improvement, in particular the effective use of IT to deliver strategic and operational objectives. He joined WLP in 2012 from Clays Ltd, a leading book manufacturing and supply chain solutions business where he was commercial director.

Pat Powell, based near Watton, was previously the national rural business and tax adviser for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and a private banking wealth management consultant. Her specialisms include sales development, customer service, tax and banking.
John Riley has wide business and management experience from a career spanning 36 years with National Westminster Bank Plc and as chief executive of MENTA, the Suffolk Enterprise Agency.

The company’s growth has also led to marketing apprentice – Aidan Rayner – being taken on through the Swarm scheme in conjunction with City College Norwich, and the launch of a new website on 18th November, which offers a more comprehensive and effective platform for WLP to market itself and engage with its audiences.

WLP has a track record of transforming businesses for over 25 years. Its administrative hub is in Watton, with consultants based across East Anglia and the East Midlands. The company specialises in the growth and improvement of small and medium-sized businesses and public sector organisations, primarily in East Anglia and the East Midlands, but also throughout the UK. Clients range from household names such as British Sugar, public sector organisations such as NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, to sector specialists such as Chalcroft Construction and owner - manager businesses such as Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture.

For more information about WLP, its services and new positions please visit or call 0845 3380228.

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About WLP

WLP is a UK business consultancy service based in Watton, Norfolk set up in 1988. The team of 13 experienced business consultants specialises in the growth and improvement of small and medium-sized businesses and public sector organisations, primarily in East Anglia, the East Midlands and North London, but most importantly wherever their clients need them. WLP offers a range of services from business planning and non-execs through business and manufacturing performance improvement to systems, HR and health safety and environmental improvement.

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