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Lancs firms merger forms To The Summit

North West companies Forward Thinking and Latitude Studios have merged to form To The Summit Ltd, appropriately announce over the weekend by planting a flag at the summit of Pendle Hill.

Over the past eighteen months the two companies have collaborated over their synergy of shared values, characteristics and complementary services. Together they created a business and marketing pathway called Sherpa, which proved highly successful and brought them to today’s incorporation.

Forward Thinking, founded by Andrew and Jennie Henderson, has been established for eight years and delivers business strategy in the form of their acclaimed Success GPS programme and the Destiny Map, through a growing network of Franchise businesses.

Three years ago they also set up YAB, which is a peer-to-peer business problem solving community. Latitude Studios, founded by Sarah Clemson, Andy Schofield, and Sean Pickles, is a strategic marketing and creative agency based in Clitheroe, with a satellite office in Manchester, and has been established for 12 years.

Clients include Electricity North West, Paul Hartmann, Levitex, Form Property, Pro Manchester and Stortec to name a few.

The new company Summit will provide a total business, marketing, strategic and tactical pathway designed for businesses that want to climb to the next level and above. Equally separate creative and marketing services or stand alone business coaching can be purchased individually like before. To date hundreds of businesses have benefitted from bespoke strategic business guides who know the lay of the land, the right course and the destination. Without realising it the two businesses both independently called themselves sherpa’s and their language and mission’s were already aligned.

Summit’s head office will be based at The Conference Centre, BrockhallVillage, Old Langho, Blackburn. Their shared vision is to ‘Make A Difference’ to as many businesses, be it small, medium and large, and create a growing nationwide network of YAB events.

Andy Henderson said: “We’re so excited to bring the two businesses together, often when you really start growing as a business, you have more questions about the ‘who’ and less about the ‘how.’ With the entire Latitude team, we’ve found the perfect partners to grow together with, we’ve found our who, and were excited to bring our combined experiences together to really make a difference to our team, our customers and our growing franchise community.”

Latitude’s Clemson added: “For some time now we have been collaborating with Forward Thinking, delivering a combined business and marketing strategy programme. We’ve had real lightbulb moments with clients and relished the delivery together, we could see the potential of working together more formally, it just felt right. We’re all excited for the next era.”

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