Mark Taylor


Basic information
Eriskay Associates Ltd
Specializing in Strategy, Finance and Learning and Development, I work with a broad range of businesses and organisations across the private, public and third sectors. My approach is always to get the top-level thinking right first and to work collaboratively to get buy in and motivation across the organisation. Once everyone has buy-in to what we want to achieve, then we can focus on getting the operational detail and people issues right. Ultimately, my aim is to help people bring out the best in their businesses and businesses to bring out the best in their people. I employ well-grounded techniques and methods to ensure the most robust approach possible, but never forget that business is all about people.

I have worked across a range of sectors including financial services, business services, education, third sector, arts and culture, engineering, retail and tourism, for companies ranging from start ups to PLCs. I am part of the PwC Core Consulting Skills team, and deliver consultancy projects for PA Consulting on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. I have a wide range of references and testimonials from many satisfied customers on my website and Linked In profile.

I bring enthusiasm, expertise and a commitment to deliver value to every engagement I undertake.
St Andrews DipArts - Management, Economics and Politics 01/09/1989 - 01/06/1990
Strathclyde MBA With Distinction 01/09/2004 - 01/06/2007
Stirling MSc With Distinction 10/10/1995 - 23/09/1996

Vital Design Limited Director 01/09/1996 - 31/05/2001
Glasgow Business Services Business Start Up Manager 01/06/2001 - 31/12/2007
Eriskay Associates Director 01/11/2007 - present
Hanson PLC Analyst 01/09/1992 - 30/09/1995
Guinness PLC Analyst 01/03/1991 - 31/08/1992
Open University Business School Associate Lecturer - MBA and Professional Certificate in Management (PT) 01/06/2009 - present

Mark's recommendations

Allan Ross

I have been engaged on a number of projects with Mark , where he has used a quiet logical approach to investigate strategy by engaging a pool of people within a business to really understand where their key issues lie in terms of issues , competencies , goals , and where the business should focus. Mark has the ability to get the best from people , whilst challenging their perspective which allows the business to find areas of competitive advantage . To do that one needs to be a pretty capable individual , which Mark is.

Frank Craig

Eriskay Associates have worked with a number of our portfolio firms. I believe that their Strategic Framework is unique and was very beneficial to the firms involved such that it significantly improved their performance. I would strongly recommend Eriskay to other firms in need of a strategic review or improved profitability.

Mark's services
  • Social enterprise adviser
    Eriskay Associates has helped many growing businesses make the most of their resources and develop the skills and capabilities they need for success:
  • Strategy consultancy
    A range of methods are available, including the Making Strategy approach which employs a structured mapping process to explore core competencies and how they can be best employed to deliver the objectives and goals of the organisation.
Mark's projects
  • Overview of Approaches to Strategy
    The key to a successful strategy is finding the right way for each organisation to fully engage all stakeholders and create a plan that is suitable, feasible and acceptable.
  • Making Strategy for First Independent Finance
    A short case study on how the Making Strategy method helped First Independent Finance become one of the UK's largest commercial credit brokers.
Mark's articles