Let’s Talk Business: Copiae Consulting Ltd Director shares what it takes to run a consultancy firm

Sue Granshaw HR Specialist, Director and Co-founder of Copiae Consultancy Limited who worked with clients such as British Gas, Office of Fair Trading and John Lewis visited the Brunel Business School MBA students last Wednesday to discuss her story behind establishing Copiae. Sue is a qualified human resource and development professional, has a BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) in psychology and has achieved the Advanced Certificate in Employment Law. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and is a member of the Institute’s consultancy team. Sue has worked as a Personnel Director in medium and large sized companies.

Sue Granshaw, Director and Founder of Copiae Consultancy Ltd

Sue Granshaw shared with the students her story of the past 20 years and gave the students a real insight into the challenges and opportunities that starting their own consultancy firm could bring. Students were engaged in thinking about what Copiae Consultancy Ltd business strategy was over 20 years ago and the various management theories she used, for example the Balanced Scorecard by Kaplan & Norton.

The other Copiae Consultancy Ltd co-founder was Dave Gradshaw, a Brunel MBA Alumni 1992. He had a tremendous impact on the company and helped build Copiae with his extensive management experience. He sadly passed away in 2011 and Sue shared her experience of working alongside him. She commented that learning, innovation and continuous development were the most important factors in how she moved the business forward. Students were given the opportunity to engage in a discussion of real business scenarios and challenges faced by Copiae Consultancy.

MBA student Sayantan Das was invited to lunch with Sue and Prof Amir Sharif, the Director of the MBA programme, as a reward for asking the most insightful question. He comments on his experience “I found Sue to be a very easy person to talk to and she made me feel very comfortable during our lunch, it didn’t feel as though I was talking to a director of a company! She is so passionate about her field and how she runs her business, I guess this is an excellent attribute to have as a consultant. If I was a client requiring the skills and knowledge in her field, Copiae Consulting Ltd would have definitely won my bid.”

Copiae have also donated two annual prizes to MBA students in memory of Dave Granshaw until 2013: 

  • Copiae prize for Personal Professional Development
  • Copiae prize for Best MBA Business Project

Article submited by Funmilayo Obileye, MBA Ambassador 2011

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