What We Do

Michael and Partners was founded in 2012 in order to deliver best-in-class strategy, innovation and commercial expertise to organisations of various types, but with a particular focus on culture, media, sport and hospitality.

We work across both the public and private sectors and our clients include local authorities, arts and cultural organisations, visitor attractions, hospitality businesses and media groups.

We become involved with our clients at times of important strategic change or to support the delivery of major projects.

When there is a need to re-think or re-shape to respond to a challenge – whether that be a changing marketplace, an ever more difficult funding climate or just the need to reset and restart in order to rediscover an original purpose or vision – that is when an external perspective and deep industry expertise can make the difference. We also partner with our clients to help to deliver major projects – designing new organisational capability, launching new ventures or planning capital projects and other forms of placemaking.

Our focus is on delivering pragmatic solutions that help you to achieve your objectives and realise your vision, and to do so in a way that is sustainable in the long term.

We provide solutions that are both visionary and pragmatic. Our commercial and business development expertise sits at the heart of the work that we do and we are supremely focussed on ensuring that our recommendations are deliverable in the short term, but also can be financed and sustained in the long term.

At the core of our service is deep experience of the sectors in which we work.

We have a keen understanding of the drivers of a competent business model, and a real grasp of the ingredients that enable businesses, institutions, places and projects to succeed. Our project teams can be one person – a consultant with just the right skills and experience – or a team of many. We construct teams not just from within our organisation, but also by drawing on a bank of specialist partners. They might be architects or designers, highly specialised marketeers, academics or niche technologists. We leverage our network to ensure that the teams we build for each project are precisely matched to the challenge that we are working with our clients to meet.

What others say about us

Gloucester City Council appointed Michael and Partners to undertake a commercial review of our cultural services in 2014. The breadth and depth of analysis that MandP undertook was impressive and the process was extremely consultative with all stakeholders properly engaged and able to play a full part in the review. MandP’s recommendations were comprehensive, exciting and innovative. They are set to be transformative for cultural services in Gloucester. We have begun to implement the resulting masterplan and are already seeing many of the promised benefits being realised. The work that Stephen Michael and his firm undertook for Gloucester City Council was of the highest quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael and Partners.”

Martin Shields
Corporate Director Services and Neighberhoods, Gloucester City Council

“Company Of Cooks have teamed up with Michael and Partners intermittently over a number of years

Stephen Michael has worked as Interim Commercial Director and at other times the firm have supported us on a project-basis, working in a number of strategically important areas.

This work has included strategy development, business planning, business development, project management, new ventures and partner liaison – all of which have been executed with the highest level of expertise and commitment.

Michael and Partners have consistently delivered excellent outcomes for Company Of Cooks”

Mike Lucy
Founder and Chief Executive, Company of Cooks

The range of projects we work on it is very broad, but our work can loosely be categorised into the five main practice areas below.

Strategy and Insight

We enable our clients to plan for the future based on robust research and actionable insight.

Ventures and Projects

We provide expert project management to enable new ventures and major projects to flourish.

Places and Spaces

We help to plan physical transformations, ensuring optimal visitor experience and commercial return.

Customer Experience

We are experts at designing and optimising visitor experience and engagements, both physical and digital.

Interim Management

We join with you - perhaps for a short time, perhaps for a longer period - to fill the gaps and equip your organisation to deliver.