About Alan Rae
I’ve set up and run 4 companies in IT, business support and e-commerce so I know about Sales, Finance and People. I teach entrepreneurial and digital marketing and business metrics at Southampton University Business School.
I’ve done numerous research projects into how small companies behave particularly how they communicate with their customers and staff. Organisations I’ve worked with include SEEDA, HP, PCWorld, Virgin Atlantic, EU Leonardo project, Ukonline4Business, DTI, BNI, Yell and several Universities. I’m an Author, a Speaker and I develop training materials, run workshops and give face to face advice. My publications are available at How to do Business. or you can buy some of them here.
I’m a Chairman of our family horticultural business at Fletching Glasshouses in Sussex . We sell plants on the internet as Plants4Presents, and sell things for organic gardeners who want to be a bit more scientific about their Gardening.
In a parallel life I’m a piano player focusing on Jazz and the Blues. I’m currently working with the Censational Cylvian to deliver a couple of American Songbook sets and with my old chum Rhiannon Hill as part of her “Kitsch n Sync” band. We do some jazzy satiric stuff plus a good chunk of our own material.
In the past I’ve played for Blues Business on their appearance at the Himalayan Blues Festival in Kathmandu and worked extensively with local singer Cylvian Flynn as part of the Ugly Bugs Blues Band, Revo6 and a Tina Turner Tribute Band, Just Tina. And once upon a time way back in the Jurassic I was in a band with June Tabor.