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Helping you see the wood
for the trees


We are experts in commercial strategy, governance, board performance & coaching, and specialise in business recovery and improvement projects. We provide high-value negotiation and mediation services. We also provide strategic bid advice, contract mobilisation and contract exits and insourcing. Resolution of issues with contentious contracts are a speciality.


We work with public, private and third sector organisations. Recent projects include assurance reviews for the governance of local authority owned companies, development and delivery of recovery plans for a high-profile local authority's trading activities, strategic bid advice for a global consultancy, board reviews for group companies in the technical services sector and governance and risk reviews on behalf of shareholders in all sectors.


Ethical Commercial was created by Michael Hainge FRSA and Ian Edward CPFA. Between them they have more than half a century of experience of commercial and business development director roles in the public and private sectors. Ian is a qualified accountant and law graduate and Michael holds the Diploma in Environment, Sustainability and Governance and is a qualified and accredited mediator and an acknowledged expert in negotiation, governance and board relationships. 


Ethical Commercial worked with us to create a commercial strategy for the Council.  Their work really helped us develop our approach to commercial activities and focus on the areas that are most important to the people of Warwickshire.  We found their combination of commercial expertise and engaging approach to be highly effective.”  

Strategic Director for Resources

Rob Powell

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