What our  Customers say – in their own words.

Bernard has mentored me through a sometimes rocky first few years at Recharge Cargo. During our various meetings, he has always been engaged, attentive and able to quickly grasp the concepts and issues at hand. One of the things I am most grateful for is his ability to bring clarity and logic to those situations that can sometimes seem overwhelmingly complex or downright impossible when you’re struggling with the daily grind of running your own business. Whenever I have needed support or a second opinion for funding bids, negotiations with 3rd parties, dealing with problem customers, or finding new ways to reinvigorate the team, Bernard has been on hand to calmly shed light on the issues and demystify seemingly intractable challenges. Needless to say, this all amounts to a glowing recommendation to anyone considering his services as a mentor!”
Sam Keam Director Recharge Carbon Neutral Couriers
”Bernard has a talent for listening to complex business issues and offering real clarity of thought and advice. He takes the time to get to know both the business and person, and offers advice and guidance based on experience. Bernard is an operator not just an advisor, he has been there and done it and is able to bring that experience to bear in helping solve issues, and determine a clear path forward. He has been instrumental in my professional development and in the continuing success of our business.

Alastair Badman – CEO Workhorse

”I have been working with Bernard in his capacity as a Business Mentor for some months now. Bernard has the ability and knack of addressing quite complex questions and providing readily-understood options or solutions for future action. I would recommend Bernard without hesitation to anyone who, like myself, has need of clear,, outside-the-box thinking. He is perceptive, innovative and a great person to have in your corner. (and he appreciates a great cup of coffee!)

Peter Attwood – MD – Acoustic Associates Sussex Ltd

“Bernard was our coach as part of our EU Horizon2020 grant . Bernard provided ongoing, weekly mentoring to our company for 3 months. In this time Bernard provided valuable advice in terms of strategy, business development, problem solving, contract/agreement advice, and support with establishing relationships with technology partners. Bernard was also able to offer us specific product design advice wearing his experienced hospitality hat too! Bernard’s wealth of experience in large companies such as Microsoft proved beneficial for our company as we finalised partnerships with two global software companies.”
Steve Dunn CEO / Co Founder LEAPIN Digital Keys
“As a person new to running a business I have found the role challenging and suffered a crisis of confidence. Bernard’s support and probing questions, enabled me to rebuild my confidence and to decide what was really within my control and what was beyond it. His support and experience has been invaluable to me. He is straight talking, challenges your thought processes. Give him a try you might be very surprised at the outcome, I was. The things that I thought represented success at the beginning of the process are not my measures of success now.”
Sarah Clements – Managing Director at Contender Systems Ltd
”Bernard has a pragmatic and hands on approach to business issues. he listened to our problems and worked with us to try and identify areas that were holding us back and making suggestions as to how these could be implemented. Bernard’s style makes growing the company feel achievable, manageable and planned and he has a very calm, encouraging and considered style.”
Richard Strange – CEO Deeply Digital
”Since our on-going meetings I am seeing a definite improvement in the amount of new clients that we are dealing with, which in turn is increasing our turnover and profits. We now meet up on quite a regular basis and nothing ever seems to be a problem for Bernard, I feel that I can call on him at any time to discuss any business matters.”
Neil Dyson MD – Dyson Printers 
”I meet with Bernard about 5 times a year for coaching and mentoring sessions. He continues to be an enormous help to me and has made a positive difference in growing my business. Going forward I will continue to use Bernard as my coach. he understands my strengths and weaknesses and is not afraid to highlight how I should be doing things differently to meet my business and personal objectives.”
Owner – AJS Consulting 
  “ You did a fantastic job guiding us through the complicated pitch process. Your advice and help throughout were invaluable to ensure the whole exercise was conducted in the most professional and transparent manner possible.  Without you, I’m not sure we would have such a positive outcome. For me personally, it was very challenging but you were a real pleasure to work with and I valued your input at all times. Thanks again for a brilliant effort.”
Martin Pickering – MAN Trucks
“Mr. Ashford provides us coaching services in our Horizon 2020 funded project. We thank to his valuable contributions where he challenges our ideas and shares his sincere feedback”
Dr Özgür Zan MD Done
You’ve always been someone who has been able to critique an Agency story so constructively and yesterday was yet more proof of that amazing knack. It really was an absolutely brilliant session from our point of view.  Your builds on our case studies and the front end story were most definitely noted and will be actioned!!”
Mike Spicer – CEO Pulse Group
“Alan  has undertaken a number of marketing, strategy and research projects for us in the last six months. His ability to focus on the core issues of each project, collect and collate supporting information and steer us in the right direction has been invaluable to us. It is also vitally important that we have faith and trust in our external consultants as we frequently share sensitive and confidential information with them. Alan has both our respect and trust and we would have no hesitation in recommending his services to others.”
Richard Blackwell – Sales and marketing Director Bisley Office Equipment
“Alan came into our business with a fresh pair of eyes and listened intently to our views and frustrations. He was able to see opportunities from a fresh perspective and offer help and advice. With Alan’s help we were able to develop a side of the business that complements our core objectives and I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Alan Ward Consulting.” 
Chris Wright – MD Carbonyte UK

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We can offer : Accredited Practitioner Mentors (IIC&M) and Approved Business Growth Service ‘Experts’