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Introducing Skills4Success

Helping ambitious leaders deliver phenomenal transformational improvement

Skills4Success is a niche management consultancy that works to empower and motivate your staff to deliver significant transformational organisational improvement. Our results speak for themselves.

We get you there faster

Effectively Applying Rapid Improvement 

Learn how we get you to your Future State quicker in this brief video

About Our Business

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At Skills4Success UK Ltd, we understand that change is not always easy. Since 2012, we’ve been helping organisations of all sizes respond to industry transitions in order to stay competitive. Our 200+ years of collective implementation experience has taught us to always make your business success our priority.


Our team of experts is ready to help you develop strategies for not only surviving, but thriving in the future. Give us a call today to set up your first consultation.

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Our Projects

Transformational Improvement

Skills4Success helps all businesses not only reach, but exceed their goals. Our experience helps us lay out a strategy that perfectly fits our clients. This collaboration is essential for the successful transition from strategy, to plan, to action. Learn about some of our past projects below, and get in touch to see what we can do for you.

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Transformational Improvement Programme

University of Warwick

Designed, led and trained over 350 senior managers including the senior executive team at the University of Warwick to implement a myriad of operational changes that delivered in excess of £14 million annualised savings without redundancies and delivered a 7:1 ROI. The programme totally transformed the staff and student experience of key processes, leading to over 139 major experiential benefits.

Improving Staff and Student Experience

Top 10 Russell Group University

Applied a rapid improvement methodology to improve student satisfaction with the Enrolment and Arrivals processes from 68% to 96% and academic satisfaction by 50%. Furthermore, process re-design led to waiting time reductions of 47% in the number of process steps for Research Contracts and an 82% reduction in response times for the Student Applications process.

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Major Russell Group University

Transformed Cleaning, Transport and Portering Operations and identified a 25% maintenance productivity improvement that delivered £8.5 million in annualised benefits versus 5 Year Plans.

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Developing a Sustainable Transport Strategy

Assisted a major university to totally re-think their transport strategy and to reduce the number of campus operated vehicles by 24% to save over £2 million versus 5 Year Plans.


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Improving Patient Flow

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Devised and implemented a trust wide improvement programme to improve patient flow that reduced elective length of stay by 13% and non-elective by 8% including the establishment of a Discharge Lounge which within 4 months has taken up to 16% of all hospital discharges, whilst generating year on year improvements of £1.1 million.

Equipping your teams to drive Transformation

University of York

We ran a Transformational Development Programme to equip senior staff with the skills required to oversee a myriad of operational improvements from Student Admissions to Research Contracts.

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Automating Manual Processes

University of Birmingham

Supported the Stars+ Programme Team to re-envisage and design a Right to Study process to improve student and staff experience. The majority of changes were all undertaken and implemented remotely by teams using an Agile methodology, proving that change can be implemented even when Hybrid working is in place. The changes delivered a 98% reduction in queue length and led to an increase in staff and student satisfaction with the new process.

Implementing One Piece Flow

Mobile Phone Antennae Manufacturer

Undertook a number of projects in France to improve throughput and reduce quality defects. Results included a reduction in product lead time from 3.8 to less than 1 day, a 74% improvement and a reduction in the number of quality defects produced by 33%. As a result of the changes line output increased by 33% with no staff increases.

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Case Studies

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Higher Education Transformation

Rapid Improvement Event Approach Manufacturing

Rapid Improvement Event Approach Healthcare

Rapid Improvement Event Approach Finance & Services

Rapid Improvement Event Approach Higher Education

Rapid Improvement Event Approach All Areas

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Who We’ve Worked With

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Check Out Our Testimonials

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"I would have no hesitation in recommending Skills4Success as a trusted working partner that delivers significant operational and financial benefits in a way that both inspires and motivates staff to engage. I can truly say that the work has delivered a significant cultural change throughout the administrative and support areas".

Professor Ken Sloan
Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive Officer Harper Adams University

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Enrolment process re-engineered to improve student satisfaction from 68% to 96%, plus a 95% reduction in queue time."This is a success story that people should be credited for and it's so good to see it improving even further after the first year's dramatic improvement."

Claire O'Leary

Assistant Director, Head of Student Experience, University of Warwick

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"With your assistance, empowered teams have re-designed the Student Admissions process leading to an 82% reduction in student response times and a 39% improvement in the number of applications processed, culminating in the accolade of winning a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award (THELMA)".

Darren Wallis
Executive Director, Education & Students, King's College London

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"Lawrie at Skills4Success helped us to recreate our systems and processes, saving money and time for the business. His style is encouraging and practical and he really helped motivate the team to think outside the box and contribute to the best of their skills and expertise. A really worthwhile exercise".

Ann Horan


Chairman at Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

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"Thank you for piloting us so ably through the potentially treacherous waters of the review. I thought the teams achieved some really good outcomes and also that the RIE will have a wider beneficial effect on team morale and dynamics".

Simon Willis

Director of Student Admissions, University of York

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"You've been such a positive force in the institution" I was trained by Lawrie five years ago and I still remember, and use the principals that you taught. Your wealth of experience coupled with your 
enthusiasm and energy create a memorable delivery”.

Esther Zaccarelli Head of HR Systems, University of Warwick

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"The Rapid Improvement Event was brilliant - it really was a brilliant week - exceptionally good use of my time. Lawrie kept us focused and moved us through each of the processes - I will use the skills from this when I am planning and reviewing going forward. I recommend this event to anyone who is planning and reviewing or who has a challenging situation to unravel. Lawrie is patient and thoughtful to everyone and made us all feel that we had an equal part in the process. I would give this a full five stars"

Helen Eastham, Head of International Student Team, University of Birmingham

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"The beginning is the most important part of the work"

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should you use implementation consultants?

Do consider using implementation consultants when you need: 

1. External challenge to bring about a paradigm shift within your organisation,

2.To create capacity to implement change.

3. Experienced change agents that can minimise the risk of failure.

4. To bring about rapid improvement.

When should you not use management consultants

Don't use consultants when:
1. You have the capacity and experienced capability in-house to address issues that your existing staff are aware of and very capable of effectively changing.
2. Don't use consultants to justify a decision you've already made. This would be a total waste of the organisations money and valuable resource.

How do I know that Skills4Success UK Ltd is the right consulting company for me?

1. We encourage new clients to check out our testimonials and to speak to our existing customers about their experiences and the results they've achieved by working with us.
2. We have many long-standing client relationships which is testament to our ability to deliver.
3. We're happy to provide free initial consultations with our consultants. This ensures that you can meet the consultant responsible for your project prior to project start. 
4. All of our consultants have a minimum of 10+ years of senior management and implementation experience.

How do you customise your services to meet my organisations specific needs?

1. We understand that each organisation is different and have their own specific cultures which may vary significantly between divisions or departments. For this reason all of our approaches will be tailored to meet and address your own specific needs.
2. Given our many years of experience, we have a range of tools and techniques that we apply and adjust as appropriate to ensure that we maximise your teams unique creativity to maximum effect. Moreover, as we have a clear understanding of what does and doesn't work,we can achieve results more rapidly from the outset.

What is the typical ROI that can be achieved?

We have a tried and tested methodology that enables us to accurately scope and define an approach that is totally tailored to your specific needs. For this reason, we typically deliver a return on investment (ROI) that can range from 3:1 to 7:1. Typically our projects will deliver £'s millions in improvements whilst significantly improving customer and staff satisfaction.

Do you guarantee your work?

Our consultancy approach is one of partnership with our clients, that's why over 90% of our work comes from repeat business. We hold regular review meetings to ensure that all involved in the project can meet their deadlines. However, if you're not totally satisfied with our performance after one week, we will provide you with a full refund of all fees incurred, no questions asked. That's our Skills4Success guarantee,

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Our Team

Where the Passion Begins

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Lawrie Catt

Director

Lawrie has over 30 years experience of working with major international clients from manufacturing to the service sector and from health to Higher Education. His work delivers
significant transformational improvements providing a typical client return on investment (ROI) well in excess of 3:1, whilst significantly improving the customer, student and patient experience.

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Geoff Kendall-Smith

Associate

Geoff has significant experience of Lean Transformation and IT system implementations worldwide for a multitude of clients, plus has held a variety of senior interim roles within the HE sector including Chief Information Officer at the University of Durham.

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Jenny Briggs

Associate

Jenny has significant operational experience having been a Director of King's College London and a former Governor of Roedean School.

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Richard Fumarola

Associate

Richard has over fifteen years international operational experience at Vice President/Director level, plus vast consultancy experience. He has significant experience within the HE sector, plus was responsible for transforming the manufacturing operation of a major US computer manufacturer.

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John Fenton

Associate

John has a wealth of experience in driving transformational change across a diverse range of organisations to deliver a significant return on investment. 

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Miriam Peel

Head of Operations Southern Hemsiphere

Miriam has been very active in the HE sector having delivered the Skills4Success Transformation Development Programme at the University of Warwick and mentored a range of improvement teams. Prior to consultancy, Miriam held senior management roles within the NHS where she delivered a range of strategic and operational improvement programmes.

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Natalie Snodgrass-Tan

Associate

Natalie has 17 years experience of the UK higher education sector, rising to the role of Senior Assistant Registrar. She has significant experience of strategic programme delivery, plus is also a development coach, accredited mediator and facilitator.

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Sharon Seipel

Personal Assistant

Sharon has significant experience of organising the team. Prior to joining us, she worked with Directors and Board Members of organisations as diverse as the NEC, Birmingham Airport
and the Chamber of Commerce.

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As a leader in running Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs) across a variety of sectors we're finding that our services are currently in high demand from clients needing to radically rethink and automate often complex processes. With hybrid working now common place in so many organisations, our ability to provide virtual RIE's allows us to reach and transform organisations worldwid.

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Complex Process Automation

We recently supported the University of Birmingham to rethink the operation of their Right to Study process. After applying an Agile methodology to automating the new process, significant improvements in student and staff satisfaction have been achieved.

Coping with Covid-19 Work Pressures

Lack of standardised working practices, coupled with the added pressures of working from home, whether due to home schooling or a lack of sufficient IT skills prompted a Finance department to contact us to develop a plan to identify the level of failure demand and develop new ways of working to cope with increased workload volumes.

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Focus on Wellbeing

The wellbeing of staff is so important in any organisation and no more so than the HE sector, where issues with stress have been growing over a number of years.

 

To help organisations we've been working to simplify and automate processes to free up staff time to better focus on adding value to each and every process. Increasing available staff capacity and reducing stress.

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