After 4 years in the Army and 30 years of working for a number of businesses, predominantly in the Leisure industry developing now famous brands such as Pitcher and Piano bars, Nigel identified a niche market in analysing and reducing costs for such organisations. Hence the idea of setting up the Cost Reduction Company in 2010, based in Henley on Thames where he has lived and worked for 25 years. As well as reducing costs, Nigel embraces opportunities to help clients to use less stuff, an aspiration widely discussed in society but rarely achieved in earnest without outside help. Nigel’s new book, Using Less Stuff, will be invaluable to any organisations interested in knowing how to motivate staff to be environmentally friendly and to promote personal responsibility amongst staff.
Having studied Politics and Law at Southampton University, Harriet worked for Motivforce Group, a full-service marketing and incentives agency. She started as an Account Manager running corporate incentive campaigns, then ran the Awards Services and Buying Departments. Her time at Motiveforce was cut short when her husband’s job took them to the Far East, where she taught English as a foreign language, worked as a marketing consultant for an interior design company, and learnt to speak Thai. Back in the UK, now with three children, Harriet wrote a Thai Cookery book, ran Thai cooking demonstrations and designed several websites. Once her youngest child started in full time school in 2012 it felt like the right time to return to the workplace, and she joined The Cost Reduction Company.
Richard Trant (Dickie)
After a first career in the Army, Dickie settled in the South West, where he set up a management company with his wife, Becks, which they run from home. Utilising a broad range of skills, and commercial and organisational experience, they assist companies to streamline operational management and deliver programmes and projects. Over the years, Dickie has been involved with the education sector both as a parent and as a governor, within the private and public sectors. These skills and experiences chime tremendously well with being a consultant in The Cost Reduction Company. Dickie joined CRC this year as Partner for the South West and the North.