Surrounded by operational issues, and working in fiercely competitive markets, companies often struggle to define and execute a clear strategy that ensures they capitalise on their full potential while achieving their long-term aims.

Thoughtstream exists to help navigate those challenges, with an absolute emphasis on differentiating and positioning your business to achieve sustainable growth, maximise success and realise ambitions.

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We also know that every business is different; working in collaboration with you we immerse ourselves in your business, gaining a deep understanding of your marketplace, your operational challenges, and your opportunities to determine the right strategy and the right approach to growth.

We don’t just sit on the sidelines and “advise” as you might expect from a traditional consultancy; we’ll roll up our sleeves and become a supportive, driving part of your team, forging strong and lasting relationships and making a genuine contribution to maximising success and getting results.

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Every Thoughtstream partner has proven, practical, inside experience of starting up, leading, growing and successfully taking companies to market themselves. So they know what it’s like to be in your shoes, and what’s required to succeed and excel. All of our projects are actively led by one (or more) of our partners - you won’t simply be passed on to a more junior team - ensuring this senior expertise is engaged throughout.


Alistair Stewart

Strategy, M&A, preparing a company for investment & access to finance

Alistair has over 20 years experience in business strategy and M&A activities. He currently serves on a number of boards, mainly in the high-growth TMT sector, and has wide experience of start-ups, as well as the demands of SME's and large multinationals. Alistair's skills include getting companies 'investment ready' and positioning companies for sale. Having lectured MBA students at Manchester Business School for 9 years, if it's advice you want you will get it in bucketloads!

In the unlikely event you can’t reach Alistair, he’s most likely to be found out walking the highlands with his much loved dogs.

Get in touch with Alistair at alistair@thoughtstream.co.uk

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John Saunders

Business Planning, Positioning & Proposition Development

John has worked in a number of high-growth businesses, where he has been heavily involved in developing business models and positioning, as well as proposition development and pipeline management. John co-founded and was a Director at ITG, a Tech Track 100 company; he has wide ranging experience working with a number of Scale-up VC backed businesses as well as established blue-chip enterprises. In 2015, John co-founded Thoughtstream with Alistair Stewart, a colleague from the Astron Group. Alongside Thoughtstream, John has personally invested in fast-growing London agency MOX.

If for any reason you can’t get hold of John, he’s most likely to be in the stands at a football match (although we’re not telling you which team!)


Lauren McBride

Client Services, Marketing & Creative

Over the last 20 years, Lauren has worked with some of the world's foremost brands in client-side, agency-side and consultancy roles. She began working with leading creative and digital agencies during the dot.com “boom”, and in addition to helping these businesses with their transformation and growth has an enduring passion for new technologies. Alongside her role at Thoughtstream, Lauren is currently undertaking a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

On the rare occasion you can’t find Lauren, chances are high she’s up near the stage at a gig somewhere!

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