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Jon Colman

Red Vanilla


Red Vanilla is a Sheffield based learning and development consultancy established in 2003 and run by Jon Colman (above) with three specialisms:

Developing Leaders and Managers

We run in-house and open programmes for leaders and managers ranging from newly appointed team leaders and supervisors to Heads of Departments and Directors. Red Vanilla is an accredited ILM Centre offering nationally recognised ILM qualifications.

Improving Customer Experience

We deliver customer experience training programmes. We work with the public sector helping universities to improve student experience, NHS Trusts to improve patient experience and local authorities to improve their customers’ experience. We work with large and small private sector businesses too, helping them to deliver excellent customer service. You can download our 12 page pdf on Managing Customer Experience here.

Helping People Get Better at Working Together

We deliver a range of training and development events around team and partnership working. We are one of only 5 UK consultants licensed to use Psycho-Geometrics – an engaging and highly memorable way of understanding different behaviours. We’re also accredited to use the Belbin Team Roles online and in face to face workshops.

Tel: 0114 268 4085


Catherine Wells and Martin Wells

Ischus Ltd


Ischus are specialists in solving computer software and hardware problems. Our scientific and technical background enables us to understand the issues and requirements of engineering and science based companies. We develop, maintain design and re-engineer software particularly:

Embedded software, Software tools, including CRM Equipment manifest and history, Control of plant and monitoring of equipment, Control of automatic test equipment, Data processing and 3D visualisation.

We can usually find solutions to issues that may arise due to the age of equipment or software.

We also offer Business process advice. Our consultants are able to aid you with: Cost reduction, Procedure improvement, Infrastructure tuning and Project management.

The founders of Ischus limited, Catherine Wells and Martin Wells, are proud University of Sheffield Alumnus and graduated in 1979.

Tel: 01909 532288


Patrick Speedie and Dr. Robin Knight



IN-PART brings together universities and their latest technologies and new research projects with innovative companies to do collaborative research. By taking a structured approach to catalysing company involvements with university research IN-PART is able to wire up relevant connections via its online platform to enable more research to have a greater impact. The founders of IN-PART received start-up funding, business advice and referrals to specialists from USE.

Tel: 0114 2224615

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