Our Clients

We’ve been part of some incredible stories.

Organisations we've helped

Supporting the board

Digital growth for a whole city

Clarifying the proposition and strategy

“Form are a strategic partner to Uniform they continue to bring clarity and insights which help us grow our business.” Nick Howe, MD

12
New Hires
22%
Growth in Turnover

Problem

Uniform are one of the UK's leading design businesses. For more than 20 years they have delivered outstanding results for brands like Innocent Drinks, Mitre and The FA.

The leadership team wanted to unlock the growth potential of the company and faced a number of challenges.

They came to us for help. To redefine their strategic vision to reflect the ambitions of the business.

And to make sure the structure of their multi-disciplinary team supported their mission to create meaningful change for clients.

Solution

Uniform needed a bespoke approach – tailored support designed around their unique needs.

We worked with the board to help them clarify their proposition and strategy to deliver increased growth.

Building on this we designed and facilitated a number of workshops that led to the implementation of a robust three-year business growth plan.

Keen to learn from peers, we curated an insights study trip where the board gained access to some of the world’s best design studios.

And we’ve readied their leadership and management teams for growth through a professional development programme including conflict resolution, presentation, and media training.

We’re proud to be entering our third year of partnering with Uniform.

Accelerating growth across Manchester

"If you've got a desire to grow then this will give you the tools to do it" - Dan Nolan, MD TheE-Word

107
Company leaders trained.
£15m
Increase in turnover.
168
Hours of coaching delivered.

Problem

The Growth Hub’s Digital Growth Team wanted to engage the creative, digital and tech sector across Greater Manchester.

They needed a genuinely groundbreaking, industry specific and credible growth programme.

They had the vision, they needed industry experts to design and deliver the programme. That’s where we came in, to create what became ‘Greater Connected’.

Solution

We designed and delivered the Greater Connected programme from top to bottom. From the creation of the brand and developing course content, to delivering 160 hours of leadership and growth training to more than 100 of Manchester’s best creative and tech firms.

The sessions cover proposition development, sales and marketing, recruiting and retaining talent, and managing finance.

We also worked with the phenomenal Growth Hub coaches to give them new skills and fresh techniques to support the growth of the city’s creative sector.

100% of Greater Connected delegates say they have made positive changes as a result of the programme and in the first year participating companies collectively increased their turnover by £15m.

Global dominance, their way

Global innovation done faster

Accelerating growth and business development

“A massive thank you! Your coaching is super valuable, really pushing us further than we would have gotten without your help!” - Jonathan Courtney, CEO

8
Flights to Berlin and back so far
1
Majestic trip to Mallorca

Problem

Developing business savvy across the whole company, managing a period of rapid growth, launching a brand new business… all at the same time. AJ&Smart don’t do things by halves.

AJ&Smart are a unique Berlin-based company, known for being a world leader in product design using Google’s Design Sprint methodology.

They needed someone to help them navigate the challenges they faced and to offer the leadership team the coaching that would allow them to deliver an aggressive growth strategy – and stay sane.

Solution

We developed a programme of targeted and engaging workshops for the whole company. These covered brand-building, team development and collaborating across functions to deliver business objectives.

AJ&Smart continues to grow, and we continue to support them through remote coaching for key team members and regular leadership days focused on strategy, the health of the company and the wellbeing of the team.

Facilitating better workshops

The impact

50%
Reduction in prep work

Problem

Innovation at Unilever works across functions, stakeholders and geographies. They use innovation workshops to try and reduce the time it takes to launch new global innovations.

As pressure increased on travel budgets and offsite meetings, so did the pressure on these complex workshops to deliver.

Unilever’s global design team asked us to help them drive greater value from these sessions, find new ways to innovate faster and help them deliver workshops with more confidence.

Solution

We worked with the leadership team to equip them with tools and processes that they could immediately land back into the business.

The programme centered around three interactive days that covered a wide range of topics specific to their challenges.

We’ve helped Unilever reduce the time it takes to get their innovations to market and the training was, in their words: "the best professional training I've ever received" – Kelly Dawson, Senior Design Project Lead.

Helping startups win the talent battle

A new direction

Supporting growth in the tech sector

What we've achieved

6
Northern cities reached
70+
Startup founders trained
66
Winning score in "How many places" game

Problem

Tech North created the Founders Network to support the tech sector in the North of England. They wanted to rapidly engage founders of tech startups in a relevant and credible way.

Along with a range of partners with specific industry expertise, Tech North approached us to design and deliver sessions to startup leaders across the Northern hub cities, including Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle.

Solution

The battle for talent is a theme constantly talked about across the tech community, with a skills shortage having real impact on startups' growth.

So, we built sessions that helped founders think through their approach to getting a competitive edge in securing and retaining top talent.

They were a mix of our own material and experience, interviews with successful tech leaders and facilitated discussion and planning exercises that ensured participants left with actions to put into practice the very next day. The sessions were met with universally positive feedback.

Realising their vision and mission

What Mocha found

40%
Growth in turnover

Problem

Mocha were a team full of talent, producing phenomenal work, but they were struggling to articulate who they were in a meaningful way.

Set up straight from university, the founders and the business had evolved, and they also wanted external advice on processes, structures and recruitment of talent.

Solution

We supported Mocha through a range of activities. Their MD joined us on the Invent programme to learn from best-in-class businesses and to enrich their business network. We also helped them navigate a repositioning process which resulted in a company rebrand.

These two key activities gave Mocha a renewed purpose and set them up for future growth. We followed this with regular accountability sessions to ensure the process had maximum impact and brought real value to the business.

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