Tower House Partners LLP

Hazel has a background working for several of the market leading retailers in a number of different roles over many years. This has given her an exceptional understanding of individual companies, the industry and the supply chain. As a financial investor this kind of impartial knowledge of the nuts and bolts is invaluable and hard to access from the outside. For me personally understanding the motivations of different departments within an organisation and how that can shape decisions was particularly helpful. Finally Hazel’s bright and enthusiastic personality made our discussions a pleasure'

Alex Molloy - Partner Tower House Partners LLP 

Selfridges & Co Ltd

Project: Testimonial for Hazel Stride
Date: 30 November 2014

"Hazel worked with us to help re-launch our range of own label products called 'Selfridges Selection'.

She acted as a project manager, working cross-functionally between our internal creative, buying, and operations teams. This position required organisation, influencing, and most of all tenacity!

Hazel was a highly stable and competent manager who helped us make tough decisions to ensure the products launched successfully.

She was a pleasure to have on the team."

Nathan Herrmann
Director of Food and Restaurants: Selfridges and Co Ltd

Tulip(UK) Ltd

I've worked with a few training and coaching companies, but what Hazel Stride brings to the table is her experience of buying and dealing with suppliers, having been a senior buyer at Tesco. She is the only coach and trainer we have engaged with an extensive knowledge and hands-on experience of buying.

She confidently ran a series of training sessions with our team so that we could identify 'what best practice looks like' and have the debate. Hazel is confident in her subject and that enabled us to move off the agenda when we wanted to explore different areas. We have been able to create a clear vision and strategy and define how we operate as a team, in addition to learning how to interface with buyers to maximise our opportunities.

Hazel's professional approach, flexibility and the added element of fun in our team sessions makes her good to work with. We achieved what we needed to and Hazel's regular post-review follow-up was excellent.

Chris Thomas Commercial Director

Selfridges and Co Ltd

Project: Testimonial for Hazel Stride
Date: 22 November 2014

Hazel Stride has proven to be an excellent and resourceful addition to our team. She has managed three key projects for Selfridges, including helping to relaunch 140 own label lines and the Christmas Hamper project.

Hazel's first assignment was to manage a project last autumn for our food concessions range that involved the day-to-day management and communications of the project. She quickly came up to speed and was very resourceful at investigating how things happened.

We found Hazel to be particularly good at finding answers and offering alternative solutions in a proactive way. She made a positive impact in the first eight weeks and fitted quickly into our team.

Smithfield Foods Ltd

We engaged the services of Fresh Perspective to provide a 360 review of our cost inflation management processes due to the unprecedented levels of cost rises, subsequent impact to our price structure and dialogue with major retailers.

Hazel Stride's experience and knowledge, having held the position of senior buyer to a major retailer for many years, was invaluable. A review of our current processes alongside recommendations to enhance these further going forward was well structured as were the training workshops carried out tailored to our sales teams individual needs. As a business we can only say the project undertaken with Hazel has been a great success.

I would recommend Hazel to any company needing help with cost inflation for her expertise, the interactive process she uses for workshops and the post-training support, where she has been readily available for the team to ask questions. Many thanks.

William J Burton UK Processed Division Manager (Sales)

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