As an established, successful stationery manufacturer in the gift market we wanted to develop our ranges further and were not sure of the best way to do this without the danger of it just getting bigger.We felt we needed the objective input from someone outside the business but with a good understanding of the industry. Having worked with Henri over a number of years we knew she had the market knowledge and product expertise we were looking for and this coupled with her ‘buyer’s perspective’ would be able to give us a clear and honest view of our options.Rather than producing a report Henri works with us in the office, in a discussion forum with other members of our team, sharing ideas so we combine the best of both worlds. Henri’s pragmatic and realistic approach has helped us come up with some very effective solutions.
As an established Book Publisher we are always looking for opportunities to broaden our product portfolio and wanted to understand more about our options in the stationery and related gift market. Henri was recommended to us as someone we should talk to as she has a good understanding of both sectors of the market and could therefore give us an honest and objective appraisal of the current position and how we could fit into this.We needed to make some big decisions in a short space of time and Henri’s report was comprehensive and insightful and allowed us to learn a lot about the market and the opportunities it held for us. It was also very realistic and ensured that we understood the size of the task ahead; her advise was invaluable.
Henri worked for me on a project as a consultant, and based on her work, I would rank her as one of the best consultants we have ever had. Henri distinguished herself by submitting well-researched and well-written reports on the stationery market. I have been impressed by both Henri’s attitude towards her work and her performance on the job. Henri has the listening and interviewing skills necessary to extract information while performing assessments. She possesses solid writing skills which have enabled her to compose quality reports. She also has the analytical skills to diagnose problems and devise viable solutions. If her performance for our company is a good indication of how she would perform for yours, she would be an extremely positive asset to your program. Henri is always willing to offer her assistance and I can highly recommend her.
My business was growing really fast and I needed someone who knew the student fashion stationery market and the products in it to help me develop new ideas for my customers. I knew Henri as a buyer at WH Smith and realised that her experience in product development, as well as her understanding of the market were the ideal skill set to work alongside me; having worked together before I knew we would get on.What really worked for me was that Henri was prepared to work as and when required, in the main from her office with us meeting up every couple of weeks. We worked like this for almost a year developing own brand ranges for my customers, Henri was happy to take control as and when I needed but we worked well as a team too bouncing ideas off one another. This arrangement ended when I decided to take on someone full time who needed to live locally so they could be in the office everyday.
As an established manufacturer of filing and organisation products, supplying the office products channel we wanted to understand the possible opportunities for us in the UK retail channel. What we needed was a retail strategy that fitted comfortably with our brand values. Henri’s experience at WH Smith meant she had a good knowledge of the products and an excellent working knowledge of the retail stationery market. Having worked with her on a previous project I knew she was a clear and logical thinker and would be able to produce a considered appraisal of our position, what could be achieved and how it should be approached.The final report gave us a clear assessment of the retail market and where we would be positioned within it with realistic short, medium and long term plans to help us achieve our desired goal.
Contact me for a more detailed discussion or to arrange a free initial consultation.