I’m Chris Thomason, the face and voice of the videos.

I’m also a former small business owner myself, so I know how hard it can be for you. For example:

  • I’ve had sleepless nights where we either had too little work to cover our bills, or too much work that I didn’t know how we’d finish it on time.
  • I had to put my own home up as collateral for a business loan from the bank.
  • And I’ve gone weeks without paying myself to ensure we could pay our staff’s wages.

I learned some fascinating things during my time in my small business and I subsequently developed some amazing approaches that have since been used by a number of listed companies. The reason I started Sprint for Growth is to share my experience and expertise so you (the smaller business owner or manager) don’t need to suffer as much as I did. And to help you achieve the growth you probably want – and are definitely capable of!

Let me tell you a little of my story…

Some years ago, I decided I wanted to be my own boss. After much searching, I found a small manufacturing company that was on the brink of insolvency – which meant it was cheap to buy! I ultimately turned the company around to be the third largest in its sector, but the most-interesting period was the first six-months after I arrived.

It was during this time that I started to apply what I call business creativity to identify innovative ways to grow my business. One of the key things I got to understand was that often I wasn’t focusing on the correct question. And there’s no point finding brilliant answers to the wrong question – as this just wastes time, effort, and ultimately costs you money. This thinking differently about growth really paid off, and several years later I successfully sold the company.

I’d structured these thinking approaches into a set of formalised processes and ultimately started helping big companies to address some of the difficult business issues they faced. I’ve worked with some leading companies including UPS, Canon, O2, Vodafone, Akzo Nobel, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Touchnote, Lloyds Bank, Toyota, HSBC, Scottish Widows, South African Airways, American Express, and a host of African and Australian companies that you won’t have heard of.

During this time, I helped them apply some cutting-edge management techniques that have delivered millions (if not billions) in additional revenues for them. One Australian insurance company wrote in their annual shareholders report that the work I’d done had given them an additional £48 million in revenues despite only being launched late in the financial year!

I also learned a lot while working with these big businesses – and I realised that many of these methodologies would work equally well for the smallest of businesses too when integrated into my own creative thinking processes.

And this is probably why you’re reading this page right now!

What I’m going to do for you…

Sprint for Growth shows you simple things you can do to help you grow your small business – or to consider how to start your new business with a bang if you’re looking to do your own thing in the near future. I’ve combined the best of big-business, leading management practices with some applied business creativity processes to deliver short, practical actions that will help you thrive and be more successful.

A bit of personal stuff (if you want more)

I’m a Chartered Mechanical Engineer by profession and have worked in the finance, automotive, mining, minerals and chemical industries. I’ve also lived and worked extensively in the UK, Africa and Australia – so I’ve experienced many different aspects of business life.

Some of the interesting things that I’ve done include:

  • Working in deep-level gold and platinum mines in Southern Africa where I had to address tricky issues with one mile of solid rock above my head
  • Being part of the production team who manufactured a heavy vehicle that won the European Truck of the Year award
  • Forming part of a small team which developed an innovation process for a bank and which was nominated for a national Financial Services Innovation Award in 2016
  • Writing my first business book which was nominated by my publisher Pearson for the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Book Of The Year award, and
  • Running a gold mine in the middle of a civil war where I was issued with my own AK-47 for personal protection!

It was in these unusual (but amazingly interesting) environments where I developed the key skill of thinking very differently about the issues I faced.

I’m married with a teenage son, and live in Reigate, Surrey – just south of London. And I can’t think of much more to say…

Chris Thomason is one of the most creative and innovative thinkers I know – he is always coming up with new ideas and sharing those with me to help my company.

Kerri K. NelsonCEO & President, CustomersFirst Now

Chris is a very creative and insightful design professional, and he has a proven ability to identify new insights and develop customer experiences which help businesses grow.

Alan PenningtonChairman, SpectrumCX