The Fractional Group team features (top row, left to right) Peter Storer, Alastair Rennie, Gilbert Tuplin, and Ian Hilton, as well as (bottom row, left to right) Mike Donoghue, Pam Cannell, Paul Chapman and Phil Webster

Industry chiefs offer help to SMEs

C-level experts from a cross- section of professional services have joined forces to create a new executive consultancy offer for small businesses in the East Midlands. Eight specialists with vast

experience in areas such as data security, HR, operations, supply chain, marketing, finance and technology have set up The Fractional Group. Its purpose is to gives SMEs on a

small budget the opportunity to have “on-demand” access to individuals at the top of their industry. The group was set up by Peter

Storer, who founded Nottingham- based Chamber member Green Giant Consulting Ltd in 2014 and has 36 years’ experience including

‘The Fractional Group is a coming together of brilliant businesses from across the Midlands’

senior IT and project management roles at companies such as Boots and E.ON. He said: “The Fractional Group is

a coming together of brilliant businesses from across the Midlands to provide a powerful force that will help SMEs develop and grow. I am very proud to be part of this, working with exceptional people and developing this concept of collaborative working even more. “We can offer advice and

guidance in any business or sector, in any combination, which benefits business tremendously.

“All the advice and delivery capability they need in one place, so The Fractional Group becomes their long-term trusted partner.” The consultants, who have all

worked for large corporations in senior vertical roles, can be used by businesses on an hourly, daily or retained basis. After an initial “discovery”

exercise to understand the challenges faced by a business, The Fractional Group – which operates as a limited liability partnership – will prepare a “roadmap for change” to take them where they need to be.

Record figures for John Pye Auctions

John Pye Auctions has recorded the highest auction figures in its 52-year history, with a 79% sales increase compared to pre-lockdown – after handling some of the biggest cases in the fallout from Covid-19. The Nottingham-based online auction house has

observed unprecedented liquidations with corporate insolvencies, product returns and failed deliveries from the biggest names in e-commerce and high street retail – as well as even millionaire bankruptcies.

‘We have never been busier in our 52-year-history’

In June and July, the firm cleared out more than 240

BrightHouse stores across the UK after being appointed exclusive agent by the administrator of the collapsed

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rent-to-own chain. John Pye also experienced a 94% increase in bidders per auction lots, with new bidder registrations up by 34% as savvy shoppers looked for a bargain.

Managing director Adam Pye said (pictured): “This is

the sixth recession John Pye has supported clients through. We had thought the great recession of 2008 was the deepest, but this is proving to be bigger. Locking down a whole economy for the best part of three months has had a huge effect on restructuring and insolvencies. “We have been inundated with client requests for support. Fortunately, we have a more robust infrastructure to be able to cope compared to last time around, as our network now spans the UK with almost one million square foot to handle the inflows. We have never been busier in our 52-year-history.”

It’s at this point where its USP is

created. While other national organisations offer similar on- demand access to part-time – or “fractional” – CIOs, CTOs and IT directors, The Fractional Group differs because the consultants will then help deliver the changes they recommend rather than leave clients to get on with them. As well as Peter, The Fractional

Group’s team includes co-founder and chief information officer Ian Hilton, chief information security officer Mike Donoghue, chief HR officer Pam Cannell, chief operations officer Phil Webster, chief supply chain officer Gilbert Tuplin, chief marketing officer Paul Chapman and chief technical officer Alastair Rennie.

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