Espey & Associates
Mission & PhilosophyOur simple mission is to guide start-up ventures, and moreover the people behind them, to make more effective decisions. We operate in the background, helping the founding and management teams to focus on core issues and priorities. We review strategy, tactics for implementation and encourage companies we work with to take a long-term view. We are small, personal, nimble and reasonable – and we only work with people with whom we can have honest, two-way dialogue.
- A spirit of adventure
- Open mindedness
- Strategic advice
- On the ground support
- Fundraising support
Meet the Team
MarlinSpike, rum, but not as You know it
Made from rare aged and mellow Latin American rums, MarlinSpike is a surprising blend that delivers a complex depth of flavour yet with a unique breath of freshness.
XECO is the brainchild of three thirty-something ‘fino fiends’ (including James’ daughter Beanie). With its low-sugar and relatively low-alcohol* credentials, it’s time for Sherry to come out of Granny’s cupboard, and into your fridges.
I have had the good fortune to have known and indeed worked with James over many years. He is truly a lateral thinker and an extraordinarily able communicator.
Sir George Bull, joint chairmanDiageo plc (1997-1998)
I love working together with Beanie. She has a great understanding of the realities of growing an early-stage business, having been a founder in her own right, and has that rare ability to deliver truly effective strategic support.
Antonia JamisonLockstep Capital
The most important brand that everyone must learn to manage is themselves. James Espey was both stylish and successful in his career and offers shrewd marketing advice to executives at all stages of their business life cycle.
Hugh Burkitt, former chief executiveThe Marketing Society
Beanie has one of the most creative and intelligent minds I’ve encountered. Coupled with dynamism and energy to spare, this has led to some extraordinary projects: imagined, realised and delivered. She’s a truly strategic and visionary marketeer and an asset to any team: hugely motivating and motivated. She is also, above all, great fun, great company and a pleasure to work with.
Rebecca Jago, managing directorThe Last Drop Distillers
James is an inspirational figure – he is uniquely gifted with his ability to convey complex messages via simple motivational and, where appropriate, emotive language. I have worked for and with James over the past 25 years... His passion for life and work is infectious.
Mike Keiller, CEOMorrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd. (2001 – 2015)
Beanie balances strategic thinking with creative flair and exceptional attention to detail. She is a pleasure to work with - both as a client and as a business partner.
PollyAaylwin-Foster, founding partnerNimbility Asia
Having known James Espey for over 25 years, I have seen at first hand his endless enthusiasm and many achievements in business over a long and very successful career.