Fast Forward Growth Supplier Portal

Sourcing a new supplier can be tough for a growing SME. It’s a time-consuming and risky business especially when you’ve never sourced that particular product or service before. We’ve all faced the challenge of trying to look beyond the accreditations, awards and well-crafted sales pitches in order to find a supplier that you can really trust.

The Fast Forward Growth team has spent many years helping companies grow. Over that time we, and our clients, have clocked up thousands of hours finding, selecting and working with suppliers across a wide variety of products and services. It’s no surprise then that our clients regularly ask us about suppliers that we know; and we’ve been very happy to help. The Supplier Portal is a way for us to collate and share this information more effectively. (We’ve only just started to add suppliers so watch this space as the numbers grow over the coming months.)

We’ve tried to keep this portal simple to use. We hope it will save you some valuable time and help you grow your business successfully. If you need further help please get in touch.

By invitation only

The organisations listed below are here by invitation only. They are either

  • Suppliers that our clients have used successfully a number of times in the recent past or
  • Fast Forward Growth clients; we know their business and their leadership team

Some fall into both categories!

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Grassroots HR

Grassroots HR is an award winning HR consultancy, founded by Natasha Schofield, in 2006. We provide SME’s with a comprehensive and affordable human resources service, helping business owners to stay in control of every aspect of their company, including their people.

Enquiry
Client Testimonial

Nixor engaged Grassroots HR to rewrite our contracts of employment and since then have used them a number of times to provide professional advice concerning various HR issues. We recognise that the potential pitfalls of poor decisions in this area are huge, so the advice provided by Natasha and her team has been invaluable. Highly recommended and a pleasure to work with.

Sam Smith, Director, Nixor Resource Consulting

FFG Testimonial

This client-focussed HR team provides a practical “hands on” approach to delivering HR solutions to our clients in a cost effective manner. The solutions provided by Grassroots HR provide our clients with consistent support and continually strive to improve the HR practices for the benefit of the company.

Peter Collins, Founding Director, Fast Forward Growth

Ballard Evans

Ballard Evans is a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants specialising in Corporate Finance and was formed to offer a partner-led style of corporate finance advice to entrepreneurs and small and medium sized private companies across the UK.

 

 

Enquiry
Client Testimonial

We engaged Ballard Evans for assistance in selling our business. They created a prospectus for us, identifying a target market, including follow-up of interested parties and accompaniment to first meetings. They were very supportive with regards to the due diligence required and available on all other matters. We were very happy with the service provided, together with the competitive price.

Mike Phillips, Entrepreneur Ambassador

FFG Testimonial

Ballard Evans were selected as part of the Fast Forward Growth Team based upon their simple approach to the difficult area of Corporate Finance and advanced Business Intelligence techniques which has produced quick and measurable successes for many of our clients.

Peter Collins, Founding Director, Fast Forward Growth

 

PC Edutech

PC Edutech is an I.T. Support specialist provider catering for the Education and SME market. We plan, advise, procure, install and support every aspect of your I.T. needs, finding the fine line between your I.T. requirements and desire to ensure a cost effective and proactive solution is implemented.

 

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Client Testimonial

PC Edutech provides both administrative and technical support to Butterstile Primary School. Their staff are both knowledgeable and informative, providing quick response times. We are very pleased with their support and service levels provided to date. The technical knowledge provided is exemplary and they are always on hand to assist with troubleshooting issues promptly.

Butterstile Primary School

 

FFG Testimonial

PC Edutech have excellent product and technical knowledge which is clearly explained in layman’s terms, for clarity of understanding. They are a specialist I.T. Support provider and recognised for offering outstanding service.

Mike Orme, Finance Director, Fast Forward Growth

Nixor Resource Consulting Limited

Nixor has been around since 2010, specialising purely in High Demand recruitment, finding technical staff with niche skills for clients across the globe. We’ve built a reputation for being open and transparent, becoming well known for our in-depth knowledge of the High Demand recruitment market and for delivering the right candidate time after time.

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Client Testimonial

Nixor have demonstrated an acute understanding of our business needs, culture and future vision and have supplied high calibre candidates in highly technical roles and areas in which we have historically found it difficult to attract the right talent.

Recruitment Business Partner, Talk Talk Group

FFG Testimonial

An exceptional client-focused company with significant experience in the recruitment of “hard to find” skill-based labour solutions. We have utilised this company which has produced quick and effective results for several clients.

Mike Orme, Finance Director, Fast Forward Growth

Bermans

Established in 1970, Bermans is a niche practice of commercial, forward-thinking lawyers with offices in Liverpool and Manchester. Our partner-led approach to personal client service is underpinned by clear and uncomplicated legal advice. We are market leaders in asset finance and invoice finance, offering a specialist range of services to ensure our clients receive the best strategic legal advice.

 

Enquiry
Client Testimonial

FFG Testimonial

This long established and highly respected legal practice have been part of the Fast Forward Growth network for several years. The Commercial and Transactional Law Department has been often used to support several clients to improve the business foundations to facilitate growth. Their practical and down-to-earth approach to complex situations has been positively commented on by several clients.

Peter Collins, Founding Director, Fast Forward Growth

Intelligent Technology Management (ITM)

ITM – the latest offering from our award-winning PC Edutech Ltd Group of Companies, providing specialism in outsourced IT Management. Outsourcing is often the most cost effective resource for companies, creating efficiency, security and flexibility, with identifiable cost savings against conventional methods.

ITM is respected for being helpful, honest and positive, with a highly efficient support team, driving targets and challenges. They provide a strong fortress of IT support for your business and uniquely offer a 360-degree view of the IT world – delivering this support in a warm and down-to-earth manner.

 

Enquiry
Client Testimonial

FFG Testimonial

Following on from the success of the PC Edutech Group of Companies – we are pleased to highlight this new private sector offering, which is supported by strategic partners, to be at the very heart of education and social enterprise. ITM offers award-winning Technical Support, Cloud Backup, e-Safety and Telecommunications Costing Solutions, to name but a few – as part of their excellent range of services.

Alison Kent – Manager, Fast Forward Growth Limited

BCR Associates

BCR Associates is a cost management consultancy business that works with clients through the lifetime of their business to increase efficiency, providing a risk management and fully-managed service for all procurement needs. We help clients rationalise business procurement across a range of services: energy, telecoms, business supplies, insurance, water, staff, H&S, property and vehicles. Our team of experienced consultants and exclusive panel of suppliers offer tailored client solutions which allow businesses to flourish.

We deal with a wide variety of industry sectors: manufacturing, care, professional services, education and hospitality, providing guidance on Energy Management and legislation, infrastructure projects and new site feasibility surveys for utilities.

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Client Testimonial

Recently we appointed BCR Associates to assist with the procurement and management of our utilities. The number of sites and various utility contracts and tariffs linked to these had led to a number of billing and operational issues.

These matters were passed to BCR Associates and we were delighted in their extremely prompt and efficient response – a response that has resolved long standing invoicing problems, reductions in costs and an excellent re-negotiation of a rolled-over contract. Savings to date have included a £21,000 (40%) saving on electricity and a £3,000 (21%) saving on gas.

I anticipate a long term and positive relationship with BCR Associates and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Wayne Gale – Estates Manager, Hospiscare

 

 

 

FFG Testimonial

BCR Associates provide an excellent service to businesses, allowing them to achieve greater profitability by eliminating waste on essential spend, offering the expertise of dedicated Account Managers and Suppliers.

Chris Boothman, Managing Director, Inspire Risk Management Group – FFG Ambassador

Profile Consulting

Profile Consulting specialises in assisting clients achieve third party accreditation to national and international standards – working on developing skills and expertise within the organisation’s own management so that the consultancy or training solution is sustainable into the future. Profile Consulting offers a portfolio of services to clients, which include:

Quality – ISO 9001; Environmental: ISO 14001 ; Information Security Management Systems – ISO 27001; Business Continuity Management – ISO 22301: Health & Safety  – OHSAS 18001; Vehicle Rescue & Recovery – PAS 43; and CHAS, Achilles; Safecontractor Health & Safety accredited schemes and Internal Audits and Risk Assessments.

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Client Testimonial

We engaged James Parsons of Profile Consulting to help us achieve ISO 9001 and 14001 which we did first time. James was very personable as well as highly professional. His approach helped us secure Quality and Environmental certification very easily. He helped us create all the necessary documentation, trained our core office staff, assisted us to audit our systems and guided us through a combined Management Review. These standards will demonstrate to our clients that we provide the excellent services they have come to expect from us. I would have no hesitation in recommending James to any company thinking of going down this route.

Michael Porter – Director, Regal Care Shower Trays

FFG Testimonial

James is our “Ambassador of Accredited Management Standards” – with 25 years’ experience as a management consultant, working with both public and private sectors. He is committed to delivering all stages of the implementation process through to external assessment, providing a valued service to our clients.

Alison Kent – Administration Manager, Fast Forward Growth