Planning is key to growth: Oliver Wight and Olivehorse partnership aims to boost business prosperity through data, transparency, and culture

27 Apr 2021


Leading management consultancy Oliver Wight EAME and supply chain management expert Olivehorse Consulting Services Ltd have announced a bold and dynamic strategic partnership to identify gaps in client planning and business culture that have led to loss of control and revenue.

Both businesses, which already work with some of the world’s leading brands across multiple industries are taking a positive and strategic step to combine respective strengths by delivering end-to-end consultancy and Integrated Business Planning (IBP) tools. The aim is to help new and existing clients increase revenues, reduce costs, improve services, and optimise assets and inventory, to become more agile, more robust and more profitable. 

“Many businesses will be weary as a result of the pandemic. So much had to be achieved in such a short time that long-term strategies will have been put on hold,” says Paul Ducie, Partner at Oliver Wight EAME. “That can have a serious impact in terms of complexity, with data siloes emerging and inconsistencies in planning and delivery. We aim to help these businesses come up for air, to reduce complexity and deliver culture and processes that can unite departments and empower decision making.”

Key to delivering these services is a strategy to identify planning gaps, both cultural and technical, and to build business changing value through data driven insights. Combining the power of tools, people and process techniques, the partnership can provide holistic advice, planning, and technical solutions. Key benefits for clients of the combined service include:

  • Bespoke design and implementation of processes and behaviours required to deliver business performance and strategic ambition
  • Optimised inventory and supply across large global networks
  • Financialised scenario planning and impact assessment across all business functions
  • Analytics, KPIs and alerts to manage the business by exception
  • End-to-end supply chain visibility to support agile, informed decision making
  • Collaboration across business functions to support a single version of the truth
  • Automation of planning tasks enabling planners to focus on value adding activities
  • Collaboration with suppliers and customers for near real-time, multi-tiered visibility across the value chain
  • Increased planning accuracy and plan adherence across the business

“Most organisations will have experienced an explosion in data but their ability to use that data is poor,” says Fred Akuffo, Managing Director at Olivehorse. “Our aim is to help businesses create real value from their data, by integrating leading technology tools with knowledgeable people and efficient processes. Through our collaboration, we have a powerful combination of change management skills and technical know-how to deliver meaningful change to business profitability.”

*Financial Times 2021 list of leading UK Management Consultant firms



Olivehorse are a supply chain planning consultancy, that helps customers across different industry sectors to adopt the right solutions to underpin strategic objectives. Their depth of application knowledge is combined with an unrelenting focus on finding the best, results-driven systems and data solution. Combining Oliver Wight’s world-leading IBP approach with the Olivehorse capability and experience has created an unrivalled offer for any organization looking to significantly improve profitability.

Oliver Wight has a long-standing reputation for innovation and continually challenge the industry status quo, so you always get the latest in new thinking. Oliver Wight Partners use their real-world experience to ensure your people, business processes and technology are fully aligned and integrated right across your organization. They will coach, guide, and inspire your people to drive change throughout your organization, allowing you to create a culture of continuous improvement and innovation that simply becomes for you ‘the way we do things around here’. It is a proven, sustainable approach that will deliver results straight to the bottom line.

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