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Bob Bradley

Bob is a specialist in running high value added service businesses, having run five such businesses as General Manager, Managing Director or Chief Executive. His last employed role was as Chief Executive of a £16M, 200 person family owned business having previously been Chief Executive of an AIM listed company for which he raised £5M funding and which he grew from £4M to £12M in three years through two acquisitions and organic growth, and a corporate PLC subsidiary where he was Managing Director responsible for delivering £10M profit on £45M turnover through 450 staff.

Bob is now following a portfolio career providing entrepreneurial business leaders with mentoring and coaching around business leadership, business growth, merger integration and exit planning.

Core to his portfolio is MD2MD. Having experienced for himself the value of having a strong sounding board of fellow Managing Directors he founded MD2MD to provide groups of business leaders with a confidential environment within which they can support and challenge each other to raise their game as leaders and by doing so improve the success of their organisation.

Effective managementLeading behaviours

Celynn Erasmus has spoken for all the MD2MD business leaders groups recently, on the subject of Performance Chemistry.

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Effective managementOperations & Quality

As a manager how do you encourage and motivate members of your team? The article draws together some thoughts from a variety of MD2MD speakers.

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Effective managementLeading behavioursOperations & Quality

MD2MD speaker Jeff Grout recently suggested to members that business leaders use a simple checklist of questions at the end of every meeting to…

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthMarketingSales

In this tight economic climate many clients are reducing their spending. So how in that context can my exhortation to use the tight economic environment to grow market share be achieved? It’s not easy, but the following may stimulate some ideas. Rather than putting all your effort into winning the few new clients that are around think hard about how

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthStaff & teams

As the winner of ‘Growth Strategy of the Year’ European Business awards, and more recently winner of the Insitute of Directors’ ‘SME Director of the Year’ award, as well as runner-up in ‘Overall Director of the Year’, we were delighted Simon Biltcliffe could join the leaders and business owners who attended the MD2MD LeaderFest conference to share his thoughts on

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Business StrategyFinance, Governance & Control

Last month MD2MD asked a number of local business leaders to come and talk to its’ members on how businesses are viewed by external financial and commercial professionals. We were delighted to welcome Dr Mike Sweeting of BCMS/Acquisitions International, who spoke to the group about how an acquirer may assess and value their business. Mike shared from his experience on

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

Lots of business people talk about a compelling vision.  Leaders are supposed to have one and their followers need to believe in it. So I thought it would be helpful for the developing leaders reading if I shared some of the ideas that ring most true for me. Let’s begin with why a leader having a vision matters.  The Harvard Business

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

The MD2MD article about how important it is for the Managing Director leading a business to have a compelling vision came to me on New Year’s Day, traditionally a time for looking forward. It had a strange impact on me, taking me back to March last year when the MD of a quantity surveying firm rang me and asked me to help them find their company

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

With thanks to Luke Surridge for submitting this interesting blog for me to share for the benefit of business leaders reading with an interest in international expansion For a business to become truly successful, it needs to expand into overseas markets. Although a domestic business can perform well and dominate the local markets, it is vital that businesses start to look

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Business StrategyOperations & Quality

Earlier this year MD2MD member, Alex Minchin of Zest Digital recently shared with the MD2MD A40A34 Managing Directors group some simple cloud based IT applications he found useful in his dynamic, fast growing young business. The following is a small list, suggested mainly by Alex and Darryl Adie. In general they are modern IT applications of the sort described in

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