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We assisted the International Cricket Council (ICC), cricket’s world governing body, in the development of a strategic plan that set out the way forward for the next five years for the ICC and the game globally.
For the first time, Sport England held in one document an overview of all their main sports’ plans for identifying and nurturing their talented athletes in the early stages of their development. Sport England has allocated considerable resources, accessed through Lottery funding, to the development of sporting talent in key sports between 2006 and 2009. They determined this investment must deliver significant improvement in the ability of the sporting community, and particularly the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s), to identify and nurture talented athletes, within an effective sports system to provide Sport England with a clear picture of their current talent frameworks, scope and application so that gaps could be identified and remedial action recommended. This was a complex challenge, requiring collaborative working with personnel from a wide range of sporting bodies, with 16 weeks from commissioning to presentation of the final report.
This is an amazing story of a niche meat business whose business was in export quality beef prior to the outbreak of BSE in 1996. At a stroke Donald Russell's entire export business was wiped out. Their recovery is a story to inspire others, how identifying new growth markets, supplying industry leading quality, learning from others and providing inspirational leadership to people can be the basis of success even in the harshest and most hostile business environment. It was my privilege to work, as an adviser, with Hans Baumann, Donald Russell's Swiss CEO during the formative years building the new business.
We were commissioned in summer 2005 to work with one of the world's leading real-estate advisory companies to develop a strategy and organisational model for an integrated Capital Markets business in Europe, Middle East and the rest of the World
We have worked closely with The Football Association (the FA) on a variety of projects. These projects have included assistance with the Burns Review (2005) reviewing the structural reform of the organisation, the development of the first integrated strategy (2008) for The FA and football in England through to 2012, support on the development of the National Game Strategy, and the establishment of the new Women’s Super League.
In 2013 Renaissance & Company was appointed to work with the executive of Rugby World Cup Ltd and their IRB colleagues to develop the strategy for the development of the Rugby World Cup through to 2027.
In mid 2005, Highlands and Islands Enterprise engaged Genesis, on an extensive three-year leadership development programme. This case study looks at the programme to date and discusses the Genesis approach to leadership.
A leading Institute of Sport had enjoyed considerable success especially in the challenge and support it has provided elite athletes and coaches over the last decade up to and including 2010. Our consultants developed and reviewed a number of potential future scenarios with the executive of the Institute and developed a marketing strategy that would ensure a sustainable future for the Institute post 2012.
Renaissance & Company offers a blend of practical management in identifying options to move beyond the status quo. This ensures the development of an international strategy that is both ambitious and achievable. More than 50 companies have produced and executed successful international growth strategies through a process led by Renaissance consultants.
Holland & Sherry is a world famous cloth merchant based in Peebles, Scotland. Premium quality cloths are distributed globally and the company has successfully expanded into the interiors fabrics sector in the USA. The international development strategy delivered significant increased sales adn profit through increased focus and improved personal and team performance.
We were asked to work with the Group CEO and his team to develop and evaluate a series of initiatives for accelerating the Group’s profitable growth.
Graham's Dairy has been one of the UK's fastest growing food companies, reaching a turnover in excess of £70m in 2013. The Müller acquisition of Wiseman created opportunities for Graham's to further consolidate their growth. Renaissance & Company were asked to facilitate a number of strategic conversations for the Graham's family owners and colleagues on the Board
Over the last two years Alistair Gray has worked closely with the voluntary leaders and professional management of the Lawn Tennis Association to achieve major reforms of their leadership and governance.
Over the last three years we have been privileged to work with the Law Society of Scotland on the reform of the Board, Council, and Executive team. This included the development of strategy for one of the longest established law societies in the world at a time when the profession faced unprecedented change.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews wished to move from the era of the Secretariat to a modernised executive structure, where the senior managers were focused on performance of their functional areas.
Renaissance & Company were asked to lead and facilitate a strategic advisory board made up of local business leaders, elected representatives (MPs, MSPs, Councillors), academics and other leading individuals with the aim of producing an innovative strategic plan that would be endorsed by the Council as the best way forward to regenerate the local economy. The end result was one of the most innovative of local economic and social development strategies ever developed for the local economy.
Over the last 5 years our consultants have worked with the Board and Senior Management at the ECB to set the agenda for higher levels of performance on and off the field.
Rémy Cointréau and Bols merged in 2000 to form one of the world's leading drinks manufacturers. The integration of these French and Dutch companies was a potentially challenging process. Kevin Parker and Alistair, then with Genesis developed an innovative process to engage the executives of both companies to prepare an execution plan for the merger and successfully achieve the goals of the merger.
Genesis Ireland consultants worked with Fáilte Ireland teams to deliver product strategies in a range of areas including Angling, Culture and Heritage, and Equestrian tourism.
In 2009 Scottish Cycling was bust in more ways than one. Financially the business had made losses in 2 consecutive years. Propped up by sportscotland the governing body survived but was largely dysfunctional from the board through to the dispirited staff. The booming sport of cycling in the UK fuelled by Olympic and World Championship performances was passing Scotland by. Members and participants in Scotland found the governing body remote from the reality at the grass roots, and at the same time there were few prospects of medal success at elite level. In 2012 Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling's CEO invited Renaissance & Company to undertake a fundamental review of the sport as a business and a sport.
Our consultants carried out a review of the performance of the Irish team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
ScottishPower is a major fully integrated electricity utility. Historically generation was based on fossil fuel fired power stations, backed up with hydro electric and nuclear power plants. Scenario thinking enabled them to decide on the future of generation and their strategy towards new technologies such as fuel cells.
Renaissance consultants have completed a number of assignments for the Irish Rugby Football Union including the development of their first ever five year strategic plan and a review of Ireland's performance in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Both major reviews led to significant change in the governing body of one of Ireland's leading sports
Our client was a newly formed business division of a major international food group. The new company was experiencing difficulties with its new product development process in terms of resource bottlenecks, projects being stalled, failed initiatives, and no successfully commercialised products in market. Through a radical review of the processes we enable the company to develop successful new product streams in a relatively short period of time. This in turn transformed their relationship with major retailers
Our consultants worked with UPM Kymmene over a decade to transform the performance of a number of their mills and operating divisions.
We conducted a series of High Performance workshops for the leadership team of the Irish subsidiary of a leading pharmaceutical multinational.
Genesis’ partnerships consultants worked with Odeon to create a unique sponsorship platform for RIAS, a specialist insurer for over 50s, to engage with potential customers. Odeon ‘Senior Screen’, a season of films for mature guests, was launched in October 2006 and RIAS began sponsoring the initiative in May 2007. This first time sponsorship provided a unique opportunity to create a long term and relevant presence in a cinema environment. Our consultants managed the logistics and sponsorship content of the partnership.

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