Long overdue update

Hi All, well, it’s been an extremely exciting few months.  I’m now working three days a week for Dashboard (www.dashboard.net), a start-up based at the Exeter Science Park. It’s fascinating to be learning about Industrial IoT and ultrasonic flow sensing as I assist in the productionisation of their Limpet Collar for pipeline monitoring applications.  Living away from home three days a week is quite hard, but I am thoroughly enjoying the role and the people I work with.  More to come later.

Off to Exeter on Tuesday – Another SETsquared Scale-Up Event

On Tuesday I’m off to Exeter to attend my second SETsquared Scale-Up programme event.  Really looking forward to it as the previous one in Southampton was really informative and useful.  Also taking the opportunity to meet up for dinner with a great friend from my days at Plymouth Polytechnic some 31+ years ago!

Information about the SETsquared event can be found HERE.

SETsquared Scale Up Event – and another!

Earlier in the month I attended the SETsquared Scale-Up Program Event at the Science Park in Chilworth.    Having never been to anything like this before I had no idea what to expect, but it was an excellent morning.

The whole thing was very well organised and the Panel selection was superb.  They were all people who’d been through, or were going through, the transition from Start-Up to Scale-Up. The levels of openness and honesty made the whole event very genuine and very stimulating.  Clearly a lot of focus was on how to fund the difficult step into a different operating regime and the challenges of accommodation and cash flow etc.  However, one of the panel was also incredibly open about his realisation that he was not the right CEO to take the company into the next phase and his subsequent decision to step away from that role.

Alongside the financial ramifications there was also discussion about finding the people needed to take Start-Ups into Scale-Up.  Given my reasons for attending, this was of particular interest to me as there was some to-and-fro about the issues finding the right senior people with the right experience.

The networking session after the main presentations was very useful and I did manage to hand out some business cards, have some really interesting conversations, and make some new contacts.

I enjoyed it so much that I registered for, and have been offered a place on, the next Scale Up Program Event which is in Exeter on the 17th of April.

Hibernation is over – Steelbadger consulting is back up and running

Hi Everyone, well, this  is it, tomorrow is my last day of permanent employment and Steelbadger Consulting will officially be out of hibernation and back in business.  I’ve secured my first contract for 3 months at 2 days per week which has certainly taken some of the stress out of waking up!  Now need to  ramp up the search for another one or two days per week to fill up the diary. More to come later.

Steelbadger Consulting is coming out of hibernation

After a hiatus of about 5 years during an adventure in permanent employment, Steelbadger Consulting is coming out of hibernation early in 2018.


Steelbadger Consulting is a provider of Technical Project Management, System Design, Technical Team Leadership, Requirements Management, Documentation and other engineering services based on 30+ years experience across a very wide range of electronics industry sectors.  

Steelbadger Consulting also brings to bear a huge network of industry contacts built up over that 30+ years. These include hardware design, software development, FPGA development, PCB Layout, PCB Manufacturing. PCB Assembly,  mechanical design, RF, compliance testing and others.


Part of this re-awakening will involve refreshing our website and this is now underway – please bear with us!

Much more to come in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feedback, or would just like to say “Hello”, please use the below contact form.

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