SW2000 Telework Studies
Telework and Business Project Planning
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Director – Noel Hodson
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Noel Hodson - Project management background:
Accounting Software – 1969/70 - Specified and compiled and co-authored in COBOL
2) McVeigh Hodson – Blackstone Franks 1970/80 – Commenced a firm of auditors and accountants starting with one client. Recruited and managed 1,500 clients and 45 staff and partners. Raised the necessary finance (at today’s values, about £5M). Acted as Production Manager for 10 years. Sold in-house to partners Messrs Blackstone and Franks. A ten year project. At today’s values the firm’s fees would be about £6M.
Mallalieu Engineering – 1978/80 – Adopted a failing 5 man workshop with debts
after the owner died. Built it up to 50 craftsmen and 4 office staff. Improved
immeasurably the quality of specialist vehicles built there which included
Bentley Specials; Hand finished MGB’s, Vintage car rebuilds; 2 new prototype
cars and “Microdot” which, based on a Mini chassis, was the world’s first
petrol/electric hybrid; designed by William Towns, famous for Aston Martin
designs. Required dealing with a mass of red-tape including crash testing,
vehicle registrations, product liability insurances and exports. Stopped legal
threats from Rolls Royce Cars and won them over as supporters. Raised all the
finance, including the first-ever venture capital investment from POSSFUND, the
venture-arm of the Post-Office pension fund, managed by Mr Ralph Quartano.
Displayed cars in Bloomingdales shop windows, in
and Associates – Morton Hodson and Co – the first ever UK Business Expansion
Specialists – 1980-87. I conceived the idea to operate this business
consultancy as a “teleworked” network. Built the firm from one office at my
home by franchising. Required licences and authorisations from the British
Franchise Association and from the DTI’s forerunner to the Financial Services
Authority – a massive red-tape exercise. Designed the adverts to win clients
and the adverts to win franchisees; and drafted all the legal agreements.
Designed appropriate home-offices for professionals. Designed training and
support mechanisms. For the first 5 years I briefed all the associates on all
client cases – about 100 per annum per associate; and I personally wrote 500
new business plans and found funding for all of them in respect of my own
client portfolio. Conceived, designed and published a quarterly magazine
“Inventors to Investors” that published about 50 cases at a time to
high-net-worth individuals. Built the firm to 38
Within Morton Hodson & Co I personally raised money for and assisted in the management of dozens of new enterprises ranging from TelSat – the forerunner of Sky TV etc. to new hotels, to professional firms, to computer manufacturers, to heavy engineering. My smallest case was a solo-operator, baby garments maker.
Docklands redevelopment – Jacob’s Island Company and associated projects –
1979-83 – I assisted 20 year old Andrew Wadsworth over his first 2 years to
start-up his London docklands
regeneration company, advising on all commercial matters and writing the
business forecasts and cash-flow projections.
6) The Southbank Technopark – 1980. I was hired
by Prof John Beishon the director of the Polytechnic of the Southbank,
this exciting, major proposal for twelve years. There were numbers of obstacles
to overcome that included: persuading the Hebdomadal Council at the University
to accept university linked science parks in Oxford; winning the support of the
local and county planners; designing architects’ plans and responding to
tenders called by the British Rail Property Board (BRPB), the site being 20
acres at Oxford rail station; and not least, raising £80 million for our
300,000 sq. ft. (30,000 sq metres) plan. I built a high quality project team
Experts Unlimited 1997- to date – in 1996 I raised 500,000ecu from the European
Commission to test the novel concepts of Experts Unlimited in Scotland, Ireland
and Spain. This was a 2-3 year project that had as its main objective to
persuade European telephone companies to allow businesses to charge £90 an hour
by telephone. In
9) DIPLOMAT, The European Charter for Telework.
– I co-applied and co-led this EC funded 3.4M ecu 50% funded project that
employed 60 professionals and academics across
10) I have managed innumerable smaller projects, at one time or another touching on almost all commercial and academic activities, in the public and private sectors, and in all industrial sectors.
Noel Hodson – May 2003.