“I found the session extremely useful. Everyone was very supportive and they knew what they were talking about. There was no feeling that they had not been there and done it themselves. I came away with a huge number of ideas and a lot to think about. I would strongly recommend Prime thinkers to anyone looking for fresh ideas for their business.”
“My session with Prime Thinkers was one of the most important and defining moments in the 10 years I’ve been managing my own business.
"They got together a group of experienced business people who focussed on my business from all their different perspectives and came up with plenty of ideas for me to take away and work on.
"I would definitely recommend a session to anyone building a small business. It was spot on.”
Researcher and Business Consultant
“I started my business eight years ago and, within a couple of years, we bought the property we worked from and created a showroom and workshop, which resulted in a huge leap in turnover. However, after the initial ‘leap’, things became a bit static.
“I went to Prime thinkers because, when you are working in isolation, it can be difficult to stand back and objectively review the business.
“I found the session extremely helpful. Everyone had so many ideas and different points of view and all helped to feed the mind. It really spurred me to get on with things. It was a bit like giving the business an electric shock.”
Tim Moss Ltd (bespoke kitchens)
“I found my Prime thinkers session immensely helpful. I was trying to increase sales and wanted to know what I could do differently and it was really useful to tap into such a vast bank of business experience.
“Sometimes when you are so focused on your business, you cannot see the wood for the trees but Prime thinkers makes you think outside the box. They came up with a number of more than helpful suggestions – some of which I thought, “That’s really obvious, why didn’t I think of that?” but the reality is, I hadn’t thought of it and sometimes you need a really objective view of a business to see how simple changes can make a real difference. I would strongly recommend a Prime thinkers session for any business.”
David Lewis Director Family Seat Limited
Family Seat Limited
“I came to Prime Thinkers because I was running Fledglings, a charity with primary purpose trading which I needed to make sustainable.
“Fledglings supports families with disabled children by sourcing products, many of which are mainstream products that have particular attributes which may benefit a specific disabled child. Because we deal with each case individually, we may identify a helpful item for one particular child but as we only need to buy one at a time we do not have the purchasing power to negotiate on bulk sales.
“Also, because we sit across two areas as both a charity and a trading organisation- it seems to confuse everyone, whether we were applying for grants or discussing our business with business advisors. Even our suppliers and manufacturers did not always understand us or appreciate why we wanted them to share their profits to help disabled children.
“I came to Prime thinkers to ask how they would deal with this particular problem and it was a truly energising experience. I had to think very quickly and deal with a great many questions. It gave me a lot of different perspectives but the one thing that came out of it was a huge amount of confidence that I was doing the right thing but needed to make more of the trading side. It is a massive market and there is very little competition. What I needed was someone within our team with more commercial retail experience.
“I am delighted to say, we have now managed to recruit just such a person. They joined our team this month (April 2012) and I know it will have a major and very positive impact on our work. Thank you, Prime thinkers!”
Fledglings Family Services
“I am delighted to give a testimonial for Prime Thinkers because we found the experience extremely beneficial. It is rare to get the opportunity to discuss key business issues with such an experienced team and it was really useful.
We are a small charity based in Kent, looking to raise £1.3m for a new, purpose built therapy centre. We are already pretty experienced fund raisers, so some of the areas raised in the session had, in all honesty, already been thought of by us but then one of the Prime Thinkers would say, ‘Well, have you looked at it this way?’, and suddenly it put a completely different perspective on the situation. It was a very intense and useful 60 minutes and I would recommend it for any small business – whether commercial or working in the voluntary sector.”
Chairman of the Trustees
The Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre