Best Proactive is a business relationships practice that specialises in helping companies large and small to create positive networks for doing business more effectively.
Our expertise is in helping clients to open doors, forge links and create an environment in which to expand and develop.
Services include effective networking, representation at events, speaking at conferences, creating business links, board development, corporate planning facilitation, visioning, executive mentoring and establishing pre-contract relationships.
Best Proactive is led by John Best, a dynamic leader with an enviable track record in developing businesses and organisations in sectors ranging from energy, enterprise and marine to waste, safety and retail. This has been delivered through commercial, membership, not for profit, associations and voluntary organisations.
His experience encompassed senior roles with a commercial waste operator and an enterprise partnership before he conceived and founded the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and became its first chief executive. EEEGR quickly became the region’s leading membership organisation and lobby group for the energy industry.
John went on to become head of sustainable energy for James Fisher & Sons PLC.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Institute of Waste Management. He is also an ILM Level 5 business coach and an ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Network.
John serves as a trustee for the PETANS training centre and for six years was non-executive chairman of the Beach radio station.
Best Proactive’s services are highly focused on creating the right environment for effective business.
Turning up at an event and handing out as many business cards as you can isn’t networking. Making networking work involves research, planning, targeting, talking, listening and following up. It’s important to do it. But it’s vital to do it properly.
Developing your team is key to developing your business. We will share our experience in building strong teams to grow businesses and membership organisations to help your company to find and nurture the star performers of the future.
Business happens between people not companies, but establishing connections with the people you want to do business with can often be tricky. We’re here to break down barriers, build bridges and create links with the people that can help your business to grow, through the focus of mutual benefit.
Sustainable business should not be constrained by borders and boundaries. We have experience of helping to forge links with key individuals and organisations in many different countries. We can also help you to work effectively with UKTI.
We’ve established and supported boards of directors and trustees to help them work together more effectively and develop a structure of good governance that benefits an organisation at its highest level. Our experience can help your board to reduce meeting times, speed up decision-making and work compliantly.
Not everyone is comfortable speaking at conferences or pitching ideas to a group. So let us take centre stage on your behalf to deliver your paper, promote your services or express your views with authority. We’ll do our homework, prepare thoroughly and represent you with confidence.
Our schools, colleges and universities are a rich source of talent for our future business needs. Encouraging your staff to engage positively in the process provides benefits for all. We have great experience and links to help make this happen effectively for you.
Companies and organisations often need a little outside perspective when they’re moving to a new phase in their development. We’re experienced in facilitating planning sessions to help companies large and small to choose the right path for the road ahead.
If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what your always got! Let us bring a fresh set of eyes to your business process and critically challenge where simple change can make a significant difference to the bottom line.
Innovation is the life blood for any business. It keeps them competitive and at the cutting edge. But frequently the processes needed to deliver improvements through innovation get lost in the day to day challenges of running the business. We have experience of helping you to navigate your way to successs.
Good business ideas should be supported by funding rather than seen simply a way of drawing money in. Funds can provide critical support to achieve specific milestones, but sustainable development is demonstrated by continued value added. We can help you in applications, management and monitoring of funding opportunities.
The success of contract negotiations can often depend on how well you know the other side. Best Proactive can help you research their background, identify the key players and markets and provide an informed framework that sets the scene for your submission.
There are a number of advantages in engaging with Best Proactive for the development of your business.
Contracting with a consultancy for specific areas of work on a daily rate or retainer is highly cost effective and doesn’t add to your fixed salary costs.
We have a wide range of experience but are clearly focused on areas that we view as the most crucial for the development of most organisations – clients, potential clients, key staff and the board. People are good for business.
We know what makes a business tick and can use all our years of experience to help yours to climb towards its full potential.
Dr Gareth Stockman
Marine Power Systems
Professor Norman McLennan, FRICS, FCIPS, FIIAPS
The Robert Gordon University Aberdeen & Former VP Supply Chain for Sasol Exploration and Production International