Episode 16 - Tim Smeaton and Simon Walker - Kubrick Group

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“Get about 60-70% right and if the market’s right for the business, the business will fly”

Today’s guests are Tim Smeaton and Simon Walker, Co-Founders of Kubrick Group. Having built and the IPOd the global recruitment firm Hydrogen Group Simon and Tim decided they wanted to build another business and saw a huge gap in the Data Science space which led them to start Kubrick.

In just 18 months they’ve grown Kubrick from an idea to over 100 consultants with more consulting ‘cohorts’ (something we discuss in today’s episode) already scheduled to start their intense 16 week training before going out to work with industry leading blue chip clients.

It’s worth saying that neither Tim or Simon come from a data background and their story is a great case study for how making the right decisions early on can enable your firm to become a leader in your chosen industry.

Not only is their growth story hugely impressive but they’ve achieved it while pioneering a very different consulting model to the pyramid model prevalent in most Management Consulting businesses. Something we cover in detail in today’s episode.

In this interview we discuss a whole range of topics including:

What led Tim and Simon to create a data science consultancy and how they tested the market before investing a huge amount of their own money in launching Kubrick.

How they’ve managed to grow the business so rapidly in the highly competitive consulting market.

How they were able to create a consulting firm in an industry that they knew very little about and the steps they took to build industry leading expertise at Kubrick.

Their approach to business planning and their monthly planning process that ensures the firm continues to grow rapidly.

Their unique consulting business model and the benefits and challenges they’ve found as a result of it.

Their advice to those looking to set up their own business in consulting or outside of it.

And much much more!

If you want to find out more about Kubrick Group or reach out to Simon or Tim you can do so on the links, emails and phone numbers below:

Kubrick Group: http://kubrickgroup.com/

Tim Smeaton:

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-smeaton-424929/

Email: timsmeaton@kubrickgroup.com

Phone: +44 203 8664621

Simon Walker:

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-walker-8763b9/

Email: simonwalker@kubrickgroup.com

Phone: +44 203 8664622

Specific things we discuss in the show:

First be Nimble by Graham Winter - http://amzn.eu/hfGZ5pi 

Start With Why by Simon Sinek - http://amzn.eu/czE0jvy

Simon Sinek on Millenials - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson - http://amzn.eu/bZXOs5u