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Lessons Learned

The aim of “Lessons Learned” is to capture what it’s like to run a small or medium sized business through interviews with CEOs, MDs and FDs with an interesting story to tell. No two businesses are the same as it’s the individuals within them that give them their uniqueness and their edge in the marketplace.

By sharing their reflections on the successes and the challenges, I hope these lessons learned provide useful and stimulating ideas.


  • From oncology nurse to CEO

    Introduction Alison Moorey, CEO of St Wilfrid's Hospice, has been working at the hospice since 1997. St Wilfrid’s Hospice is an independent Hospice, based in Chichester, and since it opened in 1987 has provided care for over 10,000 local people. Their services are provided free… view article >

  • There’s no fixed path to success for a CEO

    Andy Cook became CEO of Canine Partners in September 2009 - a charity that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities.  He was dog-mad as a child, having his first aged twelve, and quickly became involved with the local dog club instructing at their obedience classes.  Andy studied… view article >

  • Praise, praise, praise

    Margaret Eva BEd (Hons) MA (Ed) is Head teacher at Bourne Community College (the Bourne). With a budget of £4.5m, and a staff (both teaching and support staff) of just under 100, there are many similarities between her role as Head teacher and that of a CEO of an SME (small /medium enterprise).… view article >

  • Telling people what to do isn’t directing

    SFM Consulting meets John Reay, Chief Executive of London Bridge Hospital. London Bridge hospital, situated on London’s south bank near the bridge of the same name, is one of Europe’s leading private hospitals; it has 590 staff, treats thousands of patients a year and… view article >

  • Here today and here tomorrow

    SFM Consulting meets Hogarth’s incoming and outgoing CEOs. In this interview, the first in a series of conversations with leaders… view article >

  • Think like a small business and you’ll always be a small business

    SFM Consulting meets Alistair Barr, Chairman and Founder of award winning architecture practice Barr Gazetas. Barr Gazetas is a highly successful, medium sized, architectural practice and design consultancy set up by Alistair Barr in 1993 whose clients include Regus, AEG, Petro… view article >

Lessons Learned

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