THE application of theoretical models to real-world business problems has enabled Perth consulting company TSG to grow from the small, run-down office it occupied almost a decade ago to a nationwide network with plans to open a branch in Chile.“We started with five of us in our old office in Shafto Lane with buckets on our desks to catch the leaks when it rained,” founding director Craig Stewart said.Mr Stewart, and the four other founding directors now employ a core of more than 40 consultants in their Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane offices. One of the founders, Mke Dallimore, is currently in Santiago, where the company has operated for five years, working to open TSG’s first international office. The company also has projects in the US, Africa, Europe and other parts of South America.Executives at TSG pioneered the use of advanced mathematical techniques and statistical modelling to draw information from huge amounts of data, maximising the efficiency of supply chains and helping producers get product to port as efficiently as possible.By modelling their supply chains, clients are able to stress test each part in a simulated environment.Executive general manager Rod Houston, who was CEO at Orbital Corporation and an independent management consultant before joining TSG in 2011, said the business had a logical approach to delivering information.“One of the key elements for our business is doing detailed analysis combined with close engagement and innovative communication, so our clients get an outcome they can trust,” he said.“So what we really pride ourselves in, and how we differentiate ourselves, is being able to communicate to the client in an easy and understandable way.
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