Here at Straightforward Consultancy (SCL), we use our market knowledge and influence to deliver lower-cost, more responsive and better managed freight and Customs solutions, taking workload away from the customer and providing a great source of advice and operational support. Our services are particularly valuable to SMEs who may not have a dedicated Supply Chain or Logistics Manager, and will almost always benefit from our expertise.
Since 2010, we’ve saved our clients an average of 35% and we’ve re-designed their logistics and Customs models to make them more customer-focused, responsive and Customs compliant. Our services really appeal to customers with flat structures, limited resources or a lack of in-house expertise and our strapline, “logistics simplified” reflects our desire to translate the often confusing jargon used by freight forwarders and HM Customs into language which customers can actually understand.
Our Managing Director, Andy Cliff is an industry professional who decided to use his extensive knowledge of this complex area to provide much-needed solutions for UK importers and exporters and our glowing testimonials certainly endorse that.
During his 30-year career, Andy worked in international sales, operations and management for leading logistics providers including DB Schenker, Kuehne & Nagel and DHL Global Forwarding and has a wealth of experience and market-based knowledge. In 2011, his wife Diane joined the business and is now a key player in our team, helping to manage our growing customer portfolio.
At SCL, we have a great network of industry contacts and work with logistics providers who share our principles of performance, quality and customer service, and this helps us to deliver the best outcomes for our clients, and to ensure their freight models remain well managed, lean and actually fulfil their changing needs.
"After meeting with Andy to discuss our requirements, we were impressed with his professional yet friendly approach as well as his confidence that he would be able to cut our freight costs” Louise Maoudj, Operations Director, Peak Drink Dispense
"What really surprised us were the resulting financial benefits (+£100K saving on freight costs) and in addition, there was also a significant improvement in service levels, and the shared savings model was particularly liked by senior management” Jim Hickey, Procurement Manager, Magnesium Elektron
"Not everyone has the time to scrutinise freight invoices to check the costs are correct, especially when the freight forwarders try to bamboozle you with trade jargon to disguise the hidden costs” Neil Barlow, Director, New World Air Brake
"I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Straightforward Consultancy if you are looking for better service and rates from your carriers, and maintenance of those in the longer term” Paul Critchlow, Managing Director, Distinctive Medical
"In summary it’s clear that Andy’s extensive knowledge has added a great deal of value to our supply chain and it’s a pleasure to have him on our team” Steve Gaskell, Supply Chain Manager, Mast Group
"We engaged Straightforward Consultancy as we could see that our air freight costs had risen over time and service levels had dropped, however we didn’t have the time or expertise to carry out a review ourselves” Steve Goldstraw, Managing Director, Staffordshire Hydraulics Services"
"The project has realised significant savings for us and we continue to enjoy pro-active support to ensure that these benefits are maintained” Kevin Bradd, Supply Chain Manager, Otter Controls
"Attention to detail, full knowledge of the shipping business from the sides of both the freight forwarder and customer ensure Straightforward Consultancy offer real added-value to our company” Mark Daintith, Purchasing Manager, Middleby UK