Mat's first retail experience began selling discounted books
on market stalls for fun with his dad in 1990.
Between 1994 & 2001 Mat went on to develop a retail chain
of bookstores as part of a four strong management team, selling discount books and then current releases.
This role encompassed stock purchasing, control & management;
promotions; systems implementation; marketing; advertising; recruiting
and working and developing teams.
This business was sold in 2003 and currently Mat splits his
time between several businesses including working with the management team of a 'Jazz-themed' coffee bar brand where he specializes in the training and development of teams to create "the best coffee you'll have today".
The business was developed from scratch (Mat having never made an
espresso in his life!) into a sizeable business.
Identifying areas for improvement and /or areas of strength within
a business. Developing and building on those areas with the management team and the sales team.
Developing existing or new systems and providing training to the people involved in using those systems.
Web design, development and management. Graphic design and production. Marketing.
Communication - effective presenter of ideas and concepts.
To find out how Mat can help your retail business reach new heights, call now on 01636 642 816
Mat's Core Business Values
Everyone must have a sense of ownership in a business.
People need rewards.
Appraisal systems tell an individual what to improve on and
how to do it. It also gives people a focus to stay on track if
Integrity. Say it and make it happen.
A manager/leader must work with the team in the trenches. This
gives them an accurate insight into the way the team works under
pressure, when having fun, in the face of negative etc. It also
facilitates a realistic appraisal based on real experience rather
than theoretical opinion. A hands-on manager builds rapport with
Leaders show people what to do. Managers tell people what
to do. Managers will usually therefore always be tied to
the job. Leaders will create space to let stars in the team perform
Find leaders to develop and give them responsibility to let them
grow - this will require trust.
Be approachable. Be transparent. People must be able to
share their thoughts, ideas and challenges with you. Otherwise,
you may create a 'them & us' mentality.
Keep growing. There is always room for improvement. We
just have to look and we'll see where we can get better.
A coach needs to be actively involved in processes which relate
to his area of coaching. Theorists cannot help people to grow
and move on. Coaching from past experiences alone will only offer
Leaders cannot be afraid of telling those who want to move on
what they need to hear. Leaders are not looking to be popular
- they are looking to get better and help as many people as possible
in the process.