Riverwest Management offers an array of services, each one tailor made to suit the needs of your company.
International Sales Growth
Jim has set up and ran an export agribusiness sales team based out of UK. In this he has set up distribution, managed distribution, grown sales and broadened the product base for many markets. He has also been involved in disengaging from non-profitable markets, and setting up contract and licensed manufacture agreements in Europe, North America and Asia. In this respect he has travelled and presented extensively throughout Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia over many years. It is using this experience that we help clients develop successful international sales growth strategies in order to future proof their businesses, and maximise their profits.
R&D Tax Credit Assessment
What most Irish and UK companies don’t know is that there are very generous tax credits available to companies engaged in R&D activities in many European countries. These tax credits can be worth 25% of all qualifying R&D revenue and capital costs, so they’re hugely valuable. Having worked in the R&D sphere for over 20 years, we are well versed in accessing and acquiring this tax credit on behalf of our clients in both the UK and Ireland.
Riverwest Management has a wealth of experience when it comes to helping clients to access government funds and grants, our exemplary track record speaks for itself. We can apply for grants on your behalf and project manage all aspects of this time consuming and often frustrating process. We have a wealth of experience in successfully applying for funding from:
Enterprise Ireland – Productivity Improvement Funding, R&D Funding, Innovation Partnerships, Job Expansion Grants, Innovation Vouchers, Feasibility Studies, Building Research Capability funding. We also Mentor for the Accelerate Programme
IntertradeIreland – Fusion Grants, Acumen Grants, Elevate Grants
InvestNI – R&D Grants, Key Person Recruitment and Collaborative Network Development Funding
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland – Building Sustainable Prosperity, Marketing of Quality Agricultural Products, Agriculture and Forestry Processing and Marketing Schemes, Supply Chain Development.
Skillnets Network Fund
EU – Horizon 20:20 Funding including SME instrument
We work with our clients very closely to help them plan, execute and organise for change. Whether the change be a small project or a complete overhaul, we have the expertise and attention to detail needed to handle any goals your company wants to achieve.
Innovation and R&D Management
Primarily based in Research and Development, Riverwest has a wealth of clients directly involved in R&D activities. Through our work with Fusion and other grant programmes we help clients to maximise grant assistance for projects. Our R&D support ranges from policy development to product development and everything in between. Our role in your R&D strategy can range from a minor supporting function to managing the entire project, we can fit in wherever you need us. We operate across the grant process from project specification to grant application drafting to claim draw-down.
Riverwest Management has helped many clients to improve their business efficiencies, particularly those aiming to expand their business and attract new investors. Through performance review and subsequent implementations, Riverwest Management can support you in expanding and improving your company with a view to achieving your long or short term goals.
We offer full project management services to clients who may not have the time and/or resources to effectively implement and run a project themselves. We work to complete your projects within an agreed timeline and manner as outlined by you with a keen eye for detail and effective resource management. You can choose to outsource as much or as little of your project as you like, we will happily pick up where you leave off.
Our client base is vastly diverse and ranges from multi-national agri-food biotechnology companies to those operating in the not for profit sector and everything in between.
There is no project or company too big or too small to benefit from our tailor made business solutions. Should there be any extra service you may need apart from those outlined here, our team of dedicated consultants would be happy to go above and beyond to secure your business the success it deserves.
An introductory consultation is available to you at no cost. To organise a consultation please contact us at email@example.com
“We use Jim Fitzsimons to help us in project development and management for our work with Intertrade Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency and after 7 years we will continue to use him as he delivers on the targets we set”
– Peter Grant, Managing Director, Helix Innovation Partnerships (NI)
“Jim has done an excellent job for us over a period of almost 10 years. I would recommend his company, particularly to businesses based in Ireland”
-Aidan Connolly, Vice President Corporate Accounts, Alltech (USA)
“I have worked with Jim on various projects such as FUSION and INNOVATION VOUCHERS. Jim has excellent business and innovation knowledge. His support in developing grant applications and taking them forward successfully has been fantastic. He has a successful management style that helps everyone meet their deadlines and enjoy the process. Continuing to enjoy the collaborations and would recommend Jim to anyone”
-Michaela Black, Senior Lecturer, University of Ulster (NI)
“Jim is an effective, supportive and dedicated professional, who has his finger on the pulse of current developments, and is results oriented. His track record in achieving successful outcomes speaks for itself, across a range of industry sectors. I have no hesitation in recommending him.”
-Oonagh Monahan, Food Business Consultant, Alpha Omega Consultants (ROI)
“Jim’s company completed the task at hand diligently and with very little intervention or support required .. which was a major advantage for our business as we were ultra lean and required our consultants to use initiative and deal with the detail”
-Simon Millar, VP and GM, Manitowoc Beverage Systems (UK)
“I would like to recommend Jim he is a highly skilled, dedicated and reliable professional. Jim managed a FUSION programme I did with InterTradeIreland, he was an excellent project manager and organiser, always giving clear advice and support at all times. Even to this day in the running of my own product design consultancy, I know I can contact Jim and he is willing to give excellent support and advice on many aspect of my business”
-Shane Molloy, Senior Design Engineer, Renishaw (UK)
“Jim is a very serious manager, with an important background and a deep knowledge of the agricultural sector”
-Renato Pera, General Manager, Volac (Italy)
“I have worked with Jim in the development of a number of academic-industry collaborative proposals and the subsequent management of these successful FUSION projects, funded with InterTradeIreland. Jim is an expert consultant who works with the academic and the business partners in these projects to ensure that the programme of work is realised, and that changes can be accommodated where necessary. I have a high regard for his work, his relaxed style of management, sense of humour and I can recommend him without reservation”
-Maurice Mulvenna, Professor of Computer Science, University of Ulster (NI)
“Jim is an atypical consultant: he knows what he’s talking about and delivers! He establishes an easy rapport with clients and colleagues and is focused on creating real value for clients.”
-Paraic Hegarty, Chief Technology Officer, Akari Software (ROI)
“Jim and I worked together in the past and I have no hesitation in recommending him. Jim was always very knowledgeable and helpful, he conducted our meetings in a very professional manner and has excellent communication skills. He has great interpersonal skills which results in successful business relationships.”
-Faye Maria Healy, Director, Spectac International (ROI)
“Jim coordinated 3 projects on cross-border grants in which I was a team member. He was excellent to work with. Jim arranged everything in advance and was alway available to talk or review material. Jim has a great knowledge across the sector. He was firm and fair in all the dealings of the projects over the 4 years that I worked with him. I would be happy to work with Jim at any time in the future.”
-Peter Nicholl, Senior Lecturer, University of Ulster (NI)
“I have known Jim for more than 5 years and we worked together on the old IBA committee and then the board of IMCA. Jim and I co-organised the ‘Doing Business in China event’ in 2006 and I found Jim to be energetic, well organised and very goal oriented. I continue to connect with Jim and look forward to working with him again in the near future.”
-Dr. Ken Germaine, Founder, Germaine Business Planning (ROI)
“Jim is a sound person who is great to work with and full of common sense and good humour. He gets things done in an efficient and collaborative way and is an excellent colleague and supportive team player.”
-Aine Maguire, Managing Director, Persuasion (ROI)
“Jim is a very focused, goal oriented professional who always goes the extra yard for his clients. The fact that he is a gentleman to work with is a bonus.”
-Michael McElroy, Operations Director, SalesPlus (ROI)
“Above all Jim is a great professional that brings forward any project, being thorough and easy to work with. His knowledge of our sector is based on many years of experience and preparation. I would recommend Jim at all times”
-Diana Pablos, Business Development Manager, PACTA (Spain)