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Cowden Consulting, management consultants, building solid foundations for successful businessesThe Company

Cowden works with business owners to grow their business by improving people, processes and performance. Our work provides direct support through consultancy programmes, training courses and outsourced support packages.

We enable business owners to create and develop successful businesses and successful people using our expertise, experience and know-how.

Cowden People

Alison Gourlay

A fully qualified chartered accountant (ACA) and trained at Price Waterhouse (now PWC) as a chartered accountant operating from their Nottingham office delivering accounting services to customers both large and small throughout the country. Alison’s fifteen years experience, skills and knowledge in delivering accountancy services makes her an invaluable resource in delivering all major accountancy functions including: Year End, Monthly Management, Financial Forecasting and personal taxation requirements. Alison is also a highly regarded accountancy trainer, developing accounting skills including: Finances for non-Financial People, Financial Planning, SAGE and SAGE systems.

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Richard Gourlay

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and a qualified Return On Investment ROI evaluator are amongst many other qualifications he has achieved over the last twenty years in business. Richard started his business life with mountaineering company Berghaus, before he established the Craghoppers brand amongst many others. Richard develops business strategy for clients, giving business owners a clear direction for them to take with the support to make them successful, using our Strategic Planning Workshops (SPW) to deliver bespoke strategic planning. With a wealth of experience gained from working with a wide diversity of customers, from world class Plc’s, through to market leading specialists in many sectors, Richard brings his unique skills in consultancy to deliver success to businesses through training and mentoring programmes in director, management, marketing, sales. All of Richard’s work which can be fully evaluated using Return On Investment ROI analysis evaluating improvement, using the ROI (Phillips) process the gold standard in evaluation. Richard regularly blogs on business strategy, see link above or click Richard Gourlay Blog

We have a passion for what we deliver for our clients, who often see us as partners in developing their business, a reputation we are very proud of.

We bring the experience and know-how in building a successful business.

We are specialists in their own individual fields, our combined skills provide valued essential services for any business owner, looking to be successful.

Our Accreditations

Cowden Consulting is fully accredited with all bodies mentioned within this website. The company has commercial insurance (public liability and third party) to undertake commercial and public work, including tenders. If you require further details then please contact us, we will be delighted to provide further information.

Cowden Consulting also works in partnership with other suppliers in collaborative working, leveraging the advantages of working with experts in other fields and supporting larger contracts.

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