About Us

Riverwest Management is an Irish consulting company that was set up in 1998 by Managing Director Jim Fitzsimons. Since it’s inception, Riverwest Management has grown from strength to strength in numerous sectors. Today we are focused primarily in research and development funding, innovation costing and growth funding supports for companies across a range of business disciplines.

During our 20 years in business, we have maintained a 99% success rate in helping Irish and overseas companies to access funds for research and expansion from funding bodies such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA, InvestNI, Innovate UK and Horizon 2020. As our MD, Jim is an application assessor for a number of these bodies, we know exactly what they’re looking for when it comes to submitting a successful application.

Another reason for our exceptional success rate is the fact that we are part of a substantial and extensive network of consultants based throughout Europe, North America and Asia. With our business expertise and the backing of this vast network of professionals, when you consult with Riverwest Management you are truly benefitting from a depth of international business knowledge.

Director: Jim Fitzsimons (M.Agr.Sc., CMC, FIMCA)

Jim Fitzsimons

Jim has degrees in both Agriculture and Animal Science from University College Dublin (UCD). He has 30 years of experience working in numerous roles including research, written and broadcast journalism, marketing, sales and general management. Although Jim has gained invaluable experience through working in many diverse sectors, the majority of his experience has been deeply rooted in Research and Development. Coming from an Agribusiness background, Jim has worked in International Sales and Product Development in various senior management roles within several multinational organisations.

Currently, Jim is a well respected management consultant in Ireland and the UK as well as a Certified Management Consultant and the former President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors. He is a regular speaker on funding and the taxation issues surrounding Research and Development.

The wealth of Jim’s experience is the driving force behind Riverwest Management and it is his vision and work ethos that converts your company’s business aspirations into reality.

To book Jim to give a talk/speech at your event, email info@riverwestmanagement.com

Riverwest Management is a registered consulting practice with Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors



Jim Fitzsimons



“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)