James Allison


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I am a creative commercial problem solver. My expertise is helping my clients to improve their margins and deliver what really matters to their customers by achieving a more effective blend between their people and processes. I specialise in enabling businesses to operate more effectively as an end-to-end system, which often involves the use of IT.

I have significant senior level sector experience in print and publishing.

WLP are a full business consultancy offering help, advice and support to small and medium sized firms. Our team of experienced consultants are able to offer friendly, pragmatic advice and guidance across a broad range of business areas.

Our approach is to work with you and your team, complement what you already have in place, overcome barriers and enable you to get to where you want to go.

We have excellent contacts with our support partners; we pride ourselves in knowing someone somewhere who can.

Alongside my work as a director and consultant with WLP, I am also a registered and approved Growth Coach for GrowthAccelerator - the premier service that helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid, sustainable growth.

Specialties: IT strategy development and implementation, project leadership, change management, business continuity planning, mentoring and coaching
University of Warwick Politics and International Studies 01/10/1993 - 30/06/1996
University of East Anglia MBA 01/09/2005 - 31/12/2007

WLP Director and Practice Principal 01/11/2013 - present
WLP Associate Consultant 01/06/2012 - 31/10/2013
Clays Ltd (St Ives plc) Commercial Director 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2011
Clays Ltd (St Ives plc) Associate Director - Commercial Services 01/05/2007 - 31/12/2007
Clays Ltd (St Ives plc) Commercial General Manager 01/10/2002 - 30/04/2007
St Ives plc Various (operations and project management) 01/09/1996 - 30/09/2002
GrowthAccelerator Registered and approved Growth Coach 01/10/2012 - present

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  • Take time to take stock
    Controlling inventory is a crucial issue for any business handling physical product. In WLP’s experience, inadequate stock management can equate to around 10% of the total spend on parts. Better systems can directly improve the bottom line.