Michael Gristwood's knowledge and international experience within
the creative, marketing, manufacturing and selling environments
is available to assist companies in many ways.
Examples of areas
in which his skills and expertise can be used are:
- Facilitation – Bringing people, services and companies
together, both within South Africa and internationally. Through
spending 20 of his 50 business years in the UK and Switzerland,
Michael Gristwood is well versed with the ways of doing business
in the UK and Central Europe. Many of his contacts are in the
area of Flavours and Fragrances as well as the industries using
these ingredients. He speaks French and German besides English.
- Internal organisation and communication - Building up and
optimising internal organisational functions of a growing entity
that does not have the man-power available for such matters.
Based on his own practical experience of building up a very
successful organisation, Michael Gristwood can be used to help
build up and optimise internal systems and communications from
an unbiased perspective.
- Statistical work – Market potentials, market shares,
setting up and correlating answers to questionnaires. Often
this type of work is needed on a once-off basis. Because of
his mathematical back-ground and his precise way of working,
Michael Gristwood is an ideal candidate to handle projects of
this nature on a short-term basis.
- Establishing and running associations/clubs – Escalating
business pressures make it increasingly beneficial to employ
an Executive Director to see to the smooth running of day-to-day
matters. In a country that is evolving rapidly, such as South
Africa, it is necessary to have active industrial associations
that represent specific businesses in matters of common interest.
The administration of such associations often relies on people
who are themselves very involved in running their own businesses
and thus cannot give the association the full attention it needs
to function optimally. In many cases the association simply
does not function or even exist. Michael Gristwood has first-hand
experience of building up and running such organisations, reporting
to its office bearers.
- Organising and running seminars, networking sessions, team-building
functions and workshops - With the advancement of electronic
communication, it is becoming increasingly important and appreciated
to create face-to-face contact opportunities. When it comes
to organising gatherings of up to 250, small to medium sized
companies rarely have in-house staff available to take on this
extra work load. Specialised companies can prove costly. Michael
Gristwood has successfully organised and run such events both
efficiently and profitably.
- Writing up business plans, marketing plans and budgets –
There are many reasons for drawing up business plans, marketing
plans or budgets. Whatever the reason, Michael Gristwood has
the experience to help you develop your plans and to write them
up in a logical, clearly understandable form.
- Sensory training and establishing sensory panels – Especially
in the case of medium sized companies, it may be appropriate
to use the practical and cost-effective services of Michael
Gristwood. He can help you establish an "in house"
sensory evaluation capability using his very own “hands
- Export promotion - Being able to speak English, French and
German and having travelled extensively throughout the world,
Michael Gristwood can support companies wishing to maximise
their business beyond South Africa. This is especially pertinent
for Europe, having worked there for more than 20 years.
- Organising visits to South Africa – For any Company
outside South Africa wishing to know more about a specific business
environment, and perhaps planning on visiting South Africa,
Michael Gristwood can undertake some of the ground work and
the setting up of visits. This is particularly pertinent in
the business areas of Flavours, Fragrances, Food, Drinks, Cosmetics,
Essential Oils and other Herbal Extracts.
- Minute taking, text writing and confidential reports –
Whenever an unbiased and discreet outsider would be more fitting
for taking and writing up minutes or investigating and writing
confidential reports, the services of Michael Gristwood are