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Experts in cost reduction

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Experts in cost reduction

You may be paying too much

Mel WilliamsMel Williams

Mel and Andy McCorquodale set up Spiral Group Purchasing in 2003 to provide procurement and cost reduction advice to businesses who were deemed too small by larger consultancies for such advice.

Before setting up Spiral Group Purchasing, Mel had run a successful franchise with Expenses Reduction Analysts (ERA), becoming their Franchisee of the Year in 2002.

During his time with ERA Mel dealt with many large businesses providing detailed overhead cost analysis and delivering large annual savings for each of his clients. His in-depth knowledge of business banking, forged from 18 years in corporate banking with Nat West, helped him to assist many ERA clients to save money, and to reclaim overcharges, on their banking and merchant card processing fees.

Even though Mel provided his cost reduction services to a wide range of businesses, he focussed on charities and the Third Sector for clients working with the likes of, RSPCA, Birmingham Settlement, and Focus Birmingham.

Since establishing Spiral, Mel has been responsible for the building of Spiral’s expertise in assisting trade associations, and business networks such as, Retail Motor Industry, National Security Inspectorate, and the Federation of Sports and Play Associations, to create and run their own energy programmes for their membership.

Andy McCorquodaleAndy McCorquodale

Andy and Mel Williams set up Spiral Group Purchasing in 2003 to provide procurement and cost reduction advice to businesses who were deemed too small by larger consultancies for such advice.

As with Mel, prior to establishing the company Andy had also successfully run a franchise for Expense Reduction Analysts, working at board level with large corporate enterprises, including Wedgewood, Royal Doulton, and Transco, to highlight six figure savings in basic overhead areas.

In 2005 Andy left Spiral to join Pannone LLP, a large Manchester city centre law practice. There he was responsible for setting up and developing the CostController Buying Group that ran alongside Pannones Connect2Law support and referral network.

In addition to growing the CostController scheme Andy was also responsible for reducing Pannones own overhead costs by over £200,000 per annum.

Andy rejoined Spiral in 2010 to assist Mel Williams with the continued growth of the company

Ian TempletonIan Templeman

Ian started his working life as a graduate trainee with Beecham Group (now Glaxo Smith Kline) in London, before moving into their distribution division in Manchester.

Ian returned to London with Rentokil Initial as a Customer Services Manager, looking after their more prestigious accounts, including a spell managing the contract to supply the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. From there he moved into Initial’s IT department as a project manager/analyst for six years working on projects around the UK.

Following spells at Coloroll and Findel plc, Ian joined Spiral in 2003 Customer Service Manager, providing front line support and assistance to all of Spiral’s clients.

Ian’s role is now as Operations Manager within Spiral, running the customer support programme, and developing the company infrastructure as it grows.

Away from work Ian is heavily involved in the non-league football scene in the North West of England, regularly contributing to local and national media coverage.

Mike CrawshawMike Crawshaw

Mike joined Spiral as a Consultant to assist Spiral in expanding its business in the southern half of the country and into the hospitality and healthcare markets as a whole.

Mike has a wealth of experience in the licensed and hospitality industry having worked for Scottish and Newcastle PLC in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles for 16 years and latterly for Pelican Buying Company Ltd for 11 years as National Sales Manager and Business Development Controller.

The latter role involved managing relationships with major trade associations including the British Institute of Innkeeping, Association of Multiple Retailers and Tenanted Pub Companies including Greene King and Charles Wells and multiple pub and hotel operators.

When Mike is not working he is heavily involved in Community Rugby having been a player, coach at Windsor RFC for many years and now as Berkshire Youth Chairman where all rugby matters from U7s to U18s comes under his responsibility. This includes working very closely with the RFU and the London Irish Academy.

Charlotte BallagoCharlotte Ballago

Charlotte joined Spiral from Kippax Beaumont Lewis Solicitors in 2009 to provide support to Ian Templeman in the Customer Services Department.

Charlotte brought with her a working knowledge of the professional sector, an area where Spiral is especially strong, and an ability to assist Spiral’s clients in understanding the saving opportunities available to them.



Melanie SheaMelanie Shea

Melanie joined Spiral in early 2011 as part of the expansion of the Customer Services Team.

Melanie has had a career in business administration and customer service most notably in her time at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Her experience in both varied business roles and within various business sectors ensures her understanding and empathy with Spiral’s clients.