Archi’s Jottings

Week Ending 6/10/19

Back with the team at IPU Group and they plan the next chapter in their story

What we worked on

This week provided an amazing example of the breadth of projects we get involved with, and we hope, bring our particular Crawford touch to.

Team Event — Getting to know your colleagues better

IPU Group, have engaged Crawford to help with a major restructuring of their business, a result of the realisation of strategy; shifting focus from the distribution of OEM products to their own engineered and manufactured solutions.

As part of the programme of change, some time away from the office to help build new connections and deepen relationships within the business was planned, under the banner of ‘corporate away-day’, we hope we removed the corporate from the title and designed something special for the team.

Keeping to IPU’s aims of informal, low-key, team and communication focused Crawford put together a two-day Peak District retreat. Placing a gentle focus on high performing teams, and winning mindsets. While enjoying the shared endeavour of challenging winter walk and beauty of the Hope Valley, all based from a spectacular National Trust property.

Sales Process Optimisation

DB Automotive, who offer busy professionals a bespoke car sourcing and financing service, have exploded over the past twenty-four months from a founder working from Costa Coffee to a £10M pound organisation trading from presitgous premises in Leeds.

The fast-paced growth has brought to life the idiom that starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and assembling a plane on the way down.

Crawford have worked with Founder Danny Bond from his first stages of growth and will over the next few months be adding that extra horsepower needed to optimise the sales and sales management processes, alongside Crawford’s Coaching, Strategy and Non-exec role at DB Automotive.

A typical sourcing request, a C-Class Coupe.

What I’m reading

The Four — The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Audiobooks & Original Audio Shows – Get More from Audible

For the Record — David Cameron.

Audiobooks & Original Audio Shows – Get More from Audible

At play

Favourite recent run:

Morning Run – Archi Stewart’s 9.9 mi run

After a couple of speed-focused runs, it was lovely just to plod around pretty local trails, on the edge of Sherwood Forest. The weather after the recent extremes was just right, dry and around 10 degrees celsius. The result was slower than I planned or expected, I must have been enjoying the views too much.


No adventures to report this week, boo!

So in place of an adventure completed, check out next year’s big adventure:

400KM over 8-days through the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Cape Wrath.

Cape Wrath Ultra – Scotland’s Expedition Race