Colin Newlyn

Colin Newlyn


I successfully develop and launch products for dynamic growth businesses that radically enhance profitability and customer satisfaction. In almost all businesses new product development success rates are pitiful. One in ten is a generally acceptable success rate, although some businesses even fail to achieve this. Failure to connect with the customer, dogmatic adherence to pet assumptions and inappropriate processes are frequently the causes of this poor performance. This represents a staggering waste of resources and the passion and creativity of huge numbers of people. For a company, whether established or a start-up, this failure is disastrous and probably fatal. This wasted effort is simply unacceptable, unnecessary and unsustainable. I mentor business owners and senior executives specifically to create an environment in which successful web application, apps and cloud based service product developments will happen. My approach is founded on strategic clarity and rigorous challenge that makes sure projects are based in reality. An unwavering focus on the customer and a just-in-time approach to process ensure that projects deliver a sustainable business model that generates revenue from day one. Speed of implementation and agility of reaction maximise the chances of success. I am an experienced Product Creation and Marketing leader for companies like BT where I've been part of many ground breaking developments, for example, the world's first managed ship-to-shore satellite messaging service I'm known for asking hard questions, bringing different perspectives and a relentless insistence on clarity. I love it when there are lots of questions and few answers, no map or instruction book, just our wits, imagination and effort. NRG Networking I also help to run NRG Networking events in London. We run 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches every month, where you can learn how to be effective in Word of Mouth Marketing, build your networks of advocates and stay abreast of the latest knowledge. See for more details. I am also belong to the London NRG Boardroom, where I work with my peers to develop our businesses. Personal bit I live in Loughton, Essex with my wonderful wife Gill, and our two sons and cats. No, we don't think our sons are cats, we have two of each. Jonathan has graduated in Maths and Ski Instruction and is trying to figure out how to use both at the same time, and Dominic is at Leeds Uni reading Politics. The cats are Pimms and Kir, following a family tradition of naming pets after alcoholic drinks. Gill, who's a primary school teacher, and I have been married for over 25 years and we still don't know what we are going to do when we grow up. I often wander around in the open air looking for golf balls, and occasionally manage to hit one into a hole with my sticks. I also love to slide down mountains on skis, especially the bumpy bits and the fast bits. When I am having too much fun I remind myself I am a West Ham fan and normality reasserts itself rapidly (apart from occasional high-spots like the Play-Off Final :) )



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Shelley Fishel

"I have known Colin for some time, since I joined Ecademy really and have got to know him much better since joining Blackstar. Colin is one of those really helpful people that populate Ecademy. He is quiet and unassuming and has a heart of gold. I recently spent some time with Colin (and others) in the pub and we got to chatting about my business - where I am - where I am going and how to get there. It became apparent that Colin really cares about the people around him and he has really helped me to put some things in perspective and to answer some really tricky questions! In short, if you need someone to sort your head out, then I am sure that Colin is that person. thanks Colin for great conversation and your help. Shelley"

Clare Gillbanks

"Everyone Needs a Colin... I originally got in touch with Colin because I believed that I needed a business coach to keep me on track as I grew my business - someone to hold me accountable to actions that are required but often avoided when you work primarily on your own. I quickly understood that Colin is much more than simply a business coach given his relentless drive to put marketing firmly in the middle of every business. We spent the first few sessions establishing exactly what Gemini Innovations is about which was frankly quite tough. I never quite anticipated things would move so fast from the small marketing & events consultancy I started 2 years ago to where I am now, running an expanding professional team of experienced Virtual Assistants and Marketing Assistants whilst I focus on bespoke events and client hospitality. The next step was to identify what I wanted to achieve with the business both personally and commercially and where the real potential with it was. Colin has a knack of asking very difficult questions in such a way that you are able to bring out answers you didn't know you had! As a result of that first 3 months I am now able to look at the bigger picture and where I should be focusing my efforts for the best return. With Colin's guidance and involvement I am building a profitable and sustainable model and the future looks clear and bright... If you could use an objective marketing mind at a strategic level, bring Colin into your business - he knows his stuff. Everyone should have a Colin! "

Ivor Murray

" It doesn't take long to see that Colin is a genuine, thoughtful, kind and helpful person. He's generous with his time too, and met with me recently to discuss some business issues and ideas. He is insightful and asks the right questions to make you think about your business in ways that you haven't before considered. I'm very glad to have met him. Ivor "

Jean Liggett

"Last month I did a boardroom with Colin. He has a gift to be able to get to the heart of the problem and articulate what the key issues are with amazing clarity. No surprises that he is a coach. Recently, he helped me sort out something with a work colleague. As a result, I had a straight conversation with this person and established my boundaries. Additionally, I appreciate Colin's generosity and sociableness. Yesterday, he bought me a bitter and when there is something social going all you can count on Colin being there. "

Warren Cass

"Colin is part of a small trusted group for me on ecademy and i have gotten to know him fairly well over the last few months. He is a fantastic listener/observer and insightful with his advice. Colin oozes integrity and I would have no hesitation in recommending him."

Andrew Horder

"Colin's got a wicked sense of humour, and is a great laugh to be around, but can also switch quickly into business mode. He always has my best interests at heart, and doesn't allow me to delude myself into thinking I'm making progress if I'm not. He's very thorough, and also very insightful, and isn't afraid to tell me when he thinks I'm talking ... er, rubbish. If you're looking for someone to help you get moving and keep on track, have a chat with Colin - it'll be well worth it."

David Stevens

"Colin is a great listener. Even more importantly, he is an effective listener - he hears what you are saying and asks smart questions to draw out points that you perhaps hadn't considered. He's not judgemental, but equally he's not afraid to push. We spent 3 sunny hours talking on the South Bank last week, and I got the opportunity to discuss some things that I've been sitting on for some time, which was enormously helpful. I highly recommend that you take the time to meet with Colin and get to know him, and the services he offers, much better. "

Rob Hook

"Colin is helpful, genuine and wants the best for all his contacts and clients. A great contact to have in your network."

Vicki (The Property Mermaid) Wusche

"On a personal note - I would just like to say what a pleasure it is to know Colin, We recently met through Blackstar although I had met him at one of the London Thursday night meetings, connections were made then, however brief at that time, and I am delighted that we have now truly connected. Colin is a funny, kind, astute and generous, definitely someone to connect with, don't waste time like I did :) very best wishes Colin and thank you for all your support Vicki :)"

Mindy Gibbins-Klein

"Colin has so much business wisdom to share. I learned a lot from my meeting with him and he has encouraged me to implement some exciting new processes in my business. I would recommend Colin wholeheartedly to any business owner looking to improve their results and especially to those who are moving from more of a technical background to a leadership role. "

Christine Clacey

"Colin's unique ability to help others see the bigger picture, coupled with his considerable business experience and natural coaching style, make him very effective as a business coach. Colin is a natural people person and his enthusiasm for helping others raise their own level of awareness, whoever they are and whatever their challenge, really comes over when you meet him. If you want to get a different perspective on your current business challenges and really move your business forward then Colin is definitely someone you should be talking to. "

Mark Lee

"Colin has a very dry sense of humour which I initially mistook for shyness. Not at all. He's an established networker and has much in the way of business background to support his business coaching service. Kelly Molson's testimonial below as to the impact of his coaching is powerful stuff. I had a great 1-2-1 with Colin recently and we both sought to find out more about each other's skills and services. He's a man of his word as he's passed on fdetails of my tax Advice Network to his accountant and has thought about other people he knows who might be interested in it. How do I know? He's sought to clarify if I'd thought of them as a target audience. I really appreciate the thought and the effort. Many thanks Colin."

Kelly Molson

"Dear Colin When I first began my coaching sessions with you, I had difficulty deciding how my business should develop but you helped me quickly clarify the areas that I want to move in to in the long term. This has enabled me to set achievable targets to help me reach my goals. I have discovered new strengths and weaknesses during this time and you have helped me to understand each of them and work with them to be more effective. I have found the way of working with you really helpful, as I am someone that works more efficiently if I have someone to answer to. You have also enabled me to set myself goals on a weekly basis, and held me accountable for doing what I promised myself I would. This lets me work through the week knowing that I am getting closer to my main objective, but in small, manageable chunks that I can focus on. I know the main objective is some way off, but with your help I am confident that I will achieve it. I can't thank you enough for your help and I have no hesitation in recommending you to other businesses that want to develop and grow. Thank you! Kelly Molson "


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