Award-winning North East business mentor supports three firms to success

Respected executive business coach and mentor, Dr David Cliff, is celebrating after three of his clients received top business accolades, following his work with them.

John Savage, Managing Director of Flame Heating Spares, was named BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Legacare was awarded Social Cause of the Year by the Solicitors Journal, and HWM took home The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Dr Cliff, who is the Managing Director of Houghton-le-Spring based Gedanken, has worked with a number of businesses across the UK to help leaders improve both their own performance and that of their team. He was recently named Mentor of the Year at the Entrepreneur’s Forum awards.

David Cliff said: “I am incredibly proud to have worked with these three great organisations who, this year, have been recognised by awarding bodies for their excellent business practice. I would like to think that their work with Gedanken has contributed to the quality of service they deliver, and has helped them to stand out amongst their competitors.

“More entrepreneurs and businesses leaders are recognising the value that coaching and mentoring brings to companies, regardless of size or structure. All organisations can benefit from understanding the needs of their workforce and support them to perform well both for the progression of the company and the wellbeing of the team.”

John Savage said: “Working with David and Gedanken has been an excellent experience for me. It’s allowed me to focus on the company and my own development, which has certainly helped us to succeed. I would recommend coaching to any business, as it helps you to consider new ways of working and leads you to business ideas that you might not come to without talking them through.”