Pudding Launches Low Cost Consultancy for Manufacturers and Retailers
Pudding, the specialist Retail Lingerie Consultancy from the former award-winning lingerie retailer of the same name, has launched a range of lower cost consultancy and training services. The budget offering is especially designed for retailers and manufacturers who are newly established or finding cashflow difficult.
Owner Helen Masters says ‘Many new businesses or businesses that are going through tough times find it very difficult to justify or find the cash to bring in expert help – and the irony is that’s the time they need it most! There are still too many businesses in our industry who are struggling, or who would really benefit from some expert advice but are strapped for cash so we have added a range of services to help those who need it most and are on a tight budget.’
Pudding’s new express services include:
1. Express one to one consultancy sessions, to review your business as a whole, or focus on a specific business issue – from £195
Retailer sessions: for retailers who are starting out or want to improve performance in areas such as sales, stock management, buying or website)
Manufacturer sessions: for brands that are starting out or need to increase stockists and direct sales and/or reduce costs
2. Electronic training courses , on a range of retailer and manufacturer topics including bra fitting , advanced lingerie retail, buying , marketing, website & SEO , from £195 for unlimited users
3. Website audits and SEO packages starting from £195 for businesses who are either developing their website for the first time or need to increase sales from their website
4. A ‘Business for sale’ service for manufacturers or retailers who are looking to sell their business , or add the right business to their portfolio
As Helen explains, ‘We have found a way of keeping costs down by offering express versions of our fuller service and electronic versions of training courses (great for teams of more than one as you can share the cost). It means we pack a lot in as we cover all the areas that retailers or manufacturers need to think about in one session, from business planning to proposition development, pricing, how to attract more customers and how to convert more customers into buyers. Clients go away with a clear direction on what they need to do to improve or launch their business. We can of course offer follow up support if people need it, but a lot of clients just need someone to put them on the right track – it’s a small investment in the scheme of things and we’ve had feedback from clients to say it has been invaluable.’
Pudding was a very successful and award winning lingerie retailer in its own right from its launch in 2007 until Helen gave up the retail side of the business to start a family in 2014. The consultancy side of the business took off from then and since it was established three years ago, has gone from strength to strength with a portfolio of retailer and manufacturer clients from all over the world and a track record of placing brands with big name stores and improving performance amongst retailers.
While Helen sees a lot of successes in the industry, she is also aware that times are pretty tough out there still for some businesses – in fact she has seen an increase in interest from clients looking for support in selling their business in recent months.
As she says, ‘Our ‘Business for Sale’ service is designed to help clients who are looking to find a buyer, or even just weighing up whether selling is the right option. Often choosing to sell up is a lifestyle choice rather than a reflection on the business but without the right focus and the right contacts in can take forever. We have a large network of prospective buyers and our rates offer very good value versus the bigger name agents as we can offer better targeted and more proactive one to one marketing, assistance in developing a targeted sales pitch, preparing a valuation, liaising with potential buyers and negotiating deals. ’
Any retailers or manufacturers interested in Pudding’s consultancy and training services should contact Helen at email@example.com or on 07789921097 for further details and a free trial.
Helen Masters is the former owner of Pudding Lingerie and now owner of Pudding Retail Lingerie Training & Consultancy. For low cost consultancy, a range of training courses for retailers and brands and a free initial trial contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 07789921097 or visit www.puddinglingerie.com