Fairgrove Partners

Growth Strategy & Insight Consultants

4 Devonshire Street, London, W1W 5DT

Strategy

Fairgrove Partners is a strategy consulting and commercial insight firm serving corporations, SMEs, private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Team Size 10 - 20
Established 2013

Fairgrove Partners is a strategy consulting and commercial insight firm serving corporations, SMEs, private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

What We Do

Fairgrove Partners helps companies to grow profitable sales and to be successful in mergers and acquisitions. We provide realistic, actionable recommendations so that managers, owners and investors can maximise returns and mitigate risk.

Our teams are experts in research, interviewing, modelling and conceptual thinking. We use rigorous financial and commercial analyses in all our projects to identify the root causes of a company’s performance and competitive position. We love to make a difference, and often help clients to implement the practical and realistic steps we’ve identified to maximise business potential.

About Us

We are an experienced, entrepreneurial and energetic team of hypothesis-led thinkers, dedicated to delivering outstanding work for our growing client base in the UK, Europe, US and Asia.

Join Us

We are a people business. Talent is our main source of competitive advantage, so we are always looking for exceptional consultants to join our team. If you are analytical, curious about business, possess strong commercial acumen, have a mania for accuracy, and enjoy working in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment, then we would love to hear from you.

If you recognize yourself in the following attributes, you are likely to do well at Fairgrove:

Intellectually curious about business

Everyone here has an excellent academic record. More importantly, we like to ask ‘how?’ and ‘why?’. We enjoy tackling new challenges, learning about new businesses and markets, and solving our clients’ problems.

Strong commercial acumen

The best consultants are quick to ascertain the root cause of why a market is growing or in decline, or why one company outperforms another. Often this is intuitive. In assessing business plans, you need the ability to tell a realistic goal from a pipe dream.

Personable

The ability to rapidly forge relationships with clients and their customers is key. Effecting change within an organisation requires empathy, diplomacy and a human touch.

What We Offer

We are an ambitious, high-growth firm, with an informal, entrepreneurial culture and a close-knit team. You will have direct exposure to senior staff and clients from a very early stage, and will gain a huge variety of experience across multiple sectors, solving interesting strategic challenges on a daily basis. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the day-to-day running and development of the firm. We offer competitive remuneration packages, and have a busy social calendar.

Founders & Leaders

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Paddy Woods Ballard

Partner

Paddy is a founding Partner of Fairgrove Partners, and has over 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant and private equity investor. He began his consulting career with L.E.K. Consulting, where he spent 9 years advising a range of corporate clients and private equity funds in the UK and US on strategic issues. He subsequently spent 5 years with Octopus Private Equity, where he was a member of the Investment Committee. He sat on the boards of 5 businesses, with 2 of those ranked in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100. He is also non-executive chairman of Metdesk, a leading commercial weather forecaster. He has an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD and MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Outside of work, Paddy enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his young family.

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Patrick Woodrow

Partner

Patrick is a founding Partner of Fairgrove Partners, and has over 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant. He previously worked for Burlington Consultants, a boutique strategy and commercial due diligence consultancy, joining as its first employee in 1994, and helping it grow to an international team of over 50 consultants, with offices in London, Paris, Seattle, Munich and Singapore, where he became Managing Director in 2000. Patrick subsequently operated as an independent management consultant, serving his own corporate and private equity client base, before co-founding Fairgrove in 2013. He has since led over 150 growth strategy and transaction support assignments for corporate clients, private equity firms and high net worth individuals. Patrick has an MA and first-class degree (English) from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of two thrillers, published by Random House and translated into 6 languages.

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