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Strategy Planning

As experts in ISO based management systems we regularly work with clients on a variety of management systems. As a result, we do have a lot of experience in general business management consultancy. But we are not business process or change experts..

Understanding the business and it’s strategy

A fundamental part of any ISO based management system is understanding the business and it’s strategy. Sometimes our clients want help in arriving at the strategy, and where we feel between us neither the client or Episode has sufficient expertise, we introduce the partner that helped shape the approach and material we use in our systems, DPI.

Consult the strategic planning experts

However well informed Episode consultants are, there are times when specialist support is needed. As a result of our clients wanting one provider to deliver all of their system needs, we spent quite some time finding the right partner to be able to do this.

DPI – decision processes international is an associate partner of Episode. We are blessed that one of their European partners, Nigel Cork, is based in Yorkshire, along with us.

Transforming potential, striving for growth

DPI is passionate about partnering with clients to achieve transformational Strategic Thinking, Product Innovation and Employee Engagement. Organisations exist to provide products or services to markets and users. The management teams, owners, directors, shareholders of these organisations are united in wanting their company to be successful.

An organisation’s growth is a journey. Sometimes the journey is effortless and organic. At other times, organisations need to draw on specific skills sets and expertise to consciously drive growth and remain competitive.

What does DPI do?

DPI thrives on helping organisations to gain structure and clarity in their strategic thinking. When working with Episode, we jointly establish the structure needed (based on ISO 9001), and agree with our client how best to then shape the organisation’s strategy and delivery plans. Typically this will lead to a holistic “critical thinking processes” programme driven by the dpi consultant.

Critical Thinking Processes

DPI’s tailored services and development programs enable its clients to consistently outthink and out-pace the market place to achieve strategic supremacy. The DPI Critical Thinking Processes that make this a reality are:

  • Strategy
  • Disruption
  • Innovation
  • Situation Management

Why they do it

DPI knows that every business can improve its performance, growth and potential if it knows where to look to get the information and the insight to make the right decisions.

How do we know that their approach works?

  • DPI has successfully introduced its critical thinking processes into more than 3000 organisations, worldwide.
  • They know that their unique approach works because they and their clients see the results.
  • Most of their clients

To find out more get in contact with Episode on 0113 801 9001, and DPI on 0203 744 1161 or via their website http://dpi-europe.com/ 

Contact us today on 0113 8019001 or click here to email us


It was only by utilising the expert guidance and experience of Episode that Thurston Group was able to attain certification within an exceptionally challenging time frame. We therefore offer our thanks to Episode Ltd. For the diligent and professional services provided. We also look forward to working with them again soon and would not hesitate to recommend their services."

Peter Spieight, Senior Divisional Director, Thurston Group, Wakefield

Roger's support was invaluable in terms of gap analysis, recommendations for improvement, and facilitation of the certification process. I would strongly recommend Roger to any organisation wishing to develop or improve its management systems, in a way which minimizes bureaucracy, and focuses on best serving the needs of the organization.

Gary Evans, Flour Corporation, Abu Dhabi

Roger and Sandy at Episode were  great in helping us achieve not only one but two ISO standards 9001:2015 and 14001:2015. Episode were extremely helpful from the onset, they were able to break down the ISO standard so they were easily comprehensible and well applied to our business in a sustainable manner.  They are a company that offers a guaranteed certification at the end of the process and they delivered it.  I believe that the work completed during this process was key to us having won the Leeds Bid contract.

Harvey Mills, Managing Director, Forge Recycling, Leeds. 

If Sandy hasn’t already updated you we are delighted to say we passed the transition audit for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.  Sandy did an absolutely fab job and all credit to her, we have loved having both of you here it’s been a pleasure.

I have had a brief chat with Morgan[the CEO] about the next steps and how we manage things going forwards.  Morgan will be in touch with you soon about this and getting Episode/Sandy back in on a regular basis. Once again many thanks for everything and especially to Sandy!!

Morag Tearne, HR and Health & Safety Manager, H. Slingsby plc, Shipley

Episode is always prepared to go the extra mile. When in a tight spot the lead consultant carried out an audit for us at very short notice (on a Sunday afternoon) to keep us on track. What is important to us is the advice they give us is practical and tailored to us. The quality of output Episode produces is very high. 

This has resulted in us having a multi-year managed service from Episode so as a company we know our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 integrated system is up to date and working for us. 

Gareth Walters, Financial Controller, Sports Turf Research Institute, Bingley.

When asked by Episode what three things they do well, and what three things they could improve upon, my answers were:

Done well

1. Client Communication, responded to queries very quickly

2. Requirements of the standard were communicated in a simple manner.

3. Assistance from initial implementation to date of assessment was very good.

I can honestly there is nothing I feel they should improve upon.

Paul Hunneybell, Operations Manager, Fenland Fire Contracts Limited, Luton

The consultant worked with the team in Scott Bader Middle East Ltd. to completely re-engineer our Integrated Management System incorporating ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Until then we were slaves to the ISO audits, with the systems not adding much value beyond certification. Now we have a business management system that really works for us and is truly integrated into our operations. We were also successfully re-certified along the way.

John Kemp, CEO Scott Bader Middle East, Africa and Asia

The consultant really focused on making our systems and processes work better for us, not just help us comply with ISO 9001. He was able to work with Department Heads and Senior Management to shape their strategic thinking about quality and business objectives without telling them what they had to do because the standard says so.

Karim D'Alessandro, HSE Director, Shelf Drilling Inc.