Our Core Services

We help organisations in the private and public sectors to find a structure that works.

 

On numerous projects, we have helped clients:

  • to integrate a newly acquired business

  • to react to changes in the market and the economy

  • to respond to competitors’ moves

  • to cut costs quickly and restore profitability

  • to improve the performance of a business or division so that it can be sold off

  • to save costs by applying new technology or moving business units.

We analyse the costs of people and processes and match them to what the business wants to do. We put customers in the spotlight, and tighten control on operations and finance to keep them there. The result is a slimmer organisation, with fewer but motivated people, more efficient processes, and lower costs.

Collinson Grant has restructured large companies throughout the United Kingdom, North America and Europe. Some projects are for private equity owners who want to improve the performance of investments. Others are for British companies that have bought new businesses in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. We handle the protracted negotiations on social chapters and establish effective working relationships with employees’ representatives.

 

Whatever the circumstances, we agree on the priorities for action with senior managers and work with them to reach targets. Our skills in employee relations and in negotiating directly with trades unions help us to achieve organisational change with minimal disruption.

Restructuring presents an opportunity to review how well the business is exploiting digital opportunities. New technologies can present better ways of engaging with customers, managing products and processes, or designing completely new ways of doing business.

We cut through the clutter

The structure is the means by which an organisation translates strategy into tangible results, manages assets, controls resources, creates value and, most of all, allows people to excel and to spur its success.

Over time, disorder is introduced by poorly planned changes, new reporting relationships and narrowing spans of control. This can increase cost dramatically, reducing competitiveness and profitability. Clients want to cut through the clutter, so we remove managerial layers, designing and setting up new structures, accountabilities and procedures. We have done this in many sectors: aerospace, construction and building products; consumer goods; distribution; energy; engineering, nuclear and transport. In central Government departments we have streamlined operations and helped Executive Agencies to integrate new services and reduce costs.

Our work is based on the belief that organisations should be designed around the core processes which create value for customers and that flatter structures lead to better managerial performance, more highly motivated staff, speedier communication and shared goals. Having fewer layers is also a powerful antidote to managerial remoteness.

We analyse, recommend and implement

Any enterprise that takes its eye off profit will end up making a loss. Successful managers create a sustained pressure to review and control costs, but first they have to understand what drives them and to control it. We show them how.

In an economic slowdown or an upheaval in the market, there is often a need to cut costs deeply and urgently. Collinson Grant has restructured large companies throughout the United Kingdom, North America and continental Europe. We have helped acquirers and private equity owners to get better results from their investments; improved the performance of subsidiaries so they could be sold; and remodelled businesses to respond to changes in competition, the market and the economy.

We match the costs of people and processes to what the business wants to do for its customers. We do this in small teams with the client's staff, collecting and analysing data to create costed options for a new structure. When a decision is made, we implement it. The result is a slimmer organisation, with fewer but motivated people, more efficient processes and lower costs.

We are good with people

We have more than 40 years' experience of helping clients get the best out of their people. Our human resources consultants have all held senior positions in large organisations. They are committed to adding value. They understand the constant need to increase organisational capability. They are practical, business-focused and operationally aware.

Our work on managing people provides practical, pragmatic and innovative responses to every aspect of the employment relationship. We collaborate with clients to achieve measurable results.

We help managers to ensure that strategies for pay and benefits add value and make a positive contribution to the bottom line. We show clients how to adopt a more responsive approach to managing performance and give their managers the skills and confidence to implement it.