icebreaker clients are able to benefit from our wide range of key deliverables which include:
We will set and agree targets based on getting to the hard facts that others cannot
We enable you to lead on cost and service provision so that you can choose the timing of market price changes and customer service initiatives
We help you reduce costs and improve value through setting targets and working in collaboration with your suppliers
We define your core business functions and improve their performance
We outsource your mediocre non-core functions to specialists in order to improve on cost efficiency and service levels
We engage with and align all of your employees to ensure the successful deployment of your strategic objectives
How icebreaker retain value for mutual benefit of our clients and the icebreaker team
Team based delivery
The core Icebreaker proposition is this. When an Icebreaker client engages us we offer, in addition to implementation expertise, as a minimum a unique team based approach to every project. This involves
Peer review, access to other specialists, CPD and QA using Icebreaker templates and processes (way of working, reporting and administration). This peer review can be
as a minimum informal non charged dialogue – for a narrower project or
Budgeted broad team input – where it is clear the client requirements warrant a broader input. This is charged for in a client proposal, and agreed up front.
The ideal business scenario
Our “sweet spot” is clients with multidimensional issues (because resourcing is likely to involve more than one team member)
BUT the Icebreaker core proposition still holds true in FTSE 50 – SME where there is complexity because the client benefits from the team-based approach to projects as this applies and is available even where only a single member is charged to the client.
Retaining value and a consistent message for our clients:
As a team, we have spent considerable time building the most effective team from the best tier 1 interims. In the process of business development we have invested significant effort nurturing national relationships with organisations that use Icebreaker as the first port of call not just for interim management projects but also for wider solutions to their client business challenges including, but not limited to, turnaround situations.
On each and every occasion the wider team proposition has been key to our offering and our success with these organisations. With icebreaker’s centrally developed relationships where the icebreaker team has collaborated in the business development effort our message is consistent. Even when an assignment requires only one team member – our clients therefore still benefit from the support framework.
Branding and delivery
In other words all project referred by these organisations or icebreaker supported or initiated team efforts, no matter how small, are carried out under Icebreaker branding with the team proposition being core to the sales message with QA and administration from Icebreaker. This preserves the consistent brand message with these organisations the whole team have input to develop. This retains mutual value, and vast consoliodated learning for the mutual benefit of all our team Members and clients alike.
In addition, we guarantee that we will deliver:
Accelerated and well-managed change supported by robust risk management
A management team with the capabilities to support and deliver substantial enduring results
A leaner more agile business
A revitalised team capable of making better business decisions
A 10-20x return (our target is 25% bottom line savings)
We will take ownership of delivering the solution and will leave your team with the capability to drive your business forward.
Proven Success Our client section highlights the clients and sectors with which we have successfully engaged and provides a broad range of example case studies.
Risk and Reward We are prepared to put our money where our mouth is and partner in a Management Buy-In, if the circumstances are right, and or share risk and reward on meeting our agreed growth or profit targets.
In addition, you should use us because we win awards for doing this well.
Two years after setting up Icebreaker, Tom Pickering the company’s MD was runner up in the 6000 applicant-strong Interim Manager of the Year Award 2007.
In 2002 Tom led a successful executive operations team through a major change programme during which time they achieved the prestigious Management Today award for Best Electronics and Electrical Plant sponsored by the DTI and Cranfield School of Management. More importantly the team went on to win Business of the Year Award for Excellence in 2007.
Industry analysis and Leadership in Cpontinuous Professional Development
Our ongoing communications activities – including newsletters, blogs, networking opportunities and an industry publication are all aimed at sharing information about the world of interim management based on our extensive knowledge and experience. This enables us to actively share best practice with our clients and interim network, as well as to engage in an ongoing debate to ensure we are continually learning and moving forward.
We also offer our clients the unique opportunity to attend a 2-day residential professional development course on change management titled ‘The people side of change management: How the way we think profoundly influences the success of our businesses’. The course will fundamentally change your ability to succeed and will deliver life changing results. In addition, this intense 24 hours will be recognised as part of your CPD days and will be fully accredited accordingly.