Specialist Business Consultancy

Assisting businesses to achieve profitable utilisation of digital technology to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve cash flow

Stuart leading a discussion in Lincoln Drill Hall

A highly experienced team working across multiple business sectors, we tap into the extensive skill sets of our directors and team of associates to deliver business support, consultancy, training and programme management. We provide clear and impartial advice that empowers businesses to profitably utilise digital technologies and deliver growth.

We use our extensive networks to introduce potential supply chain partners and stakeholders as a way of seeding new growth opportunities. Typical of this approach was a visit we arranged with content creators to meet BBC programme commissioners in Media City, Salford as part of Business Sheffield’s CDI New Opportunities Programme managed by James Wilson.

Guy’s one minute pitch at Sci-Tech Daresbury

CDI Alliance was formed in 2011 by Richard Lukey, Stuart McFarlane-Bedford and Malcolm Warrington as a vehicle to win local authority business support tenders delivered by their own individual companies and a cohort of associates. After Malcolm retired in 2016, Guy Lewis was appointed to the board to provide a deeper understanding of the innovative use of technology. Guy has spent over 20 years in the television industry gaining a wide and in depth knowledge of television production methods and the technology which surrounds it, also receiving during that time a Royal Television Society award for the Best Use of Modern Technology.

CDI Alliance has won business support tenders across Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and parts of North West England and is currently delivering contracts for the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership in collaboration with EMB in Lincolnshire, North and North East Lincolnshire and with Winning Pitch in North and North East Lincolnshire, Kingston Upon Hull and East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Lancashire.

West Yorkshire Strategic Growth Programme

Richard with Seven Video

The West Yorkshire Strategic Business Growth Programme  is delivered by Winning Pitch on behalf of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership working with CDI Alliance Ltd. Over 300 businesses across the region have benefited from this fully funded programme available across West Yorkshire, Selby and York.

Church Fenton based Seven Video Productions joined the programme at the outset and working with Richard have enjoyed significant growth already. The programme which is open to businesses that have been trading for over three years and shown a potential for rapid growth will end later this year with a new programme launch planned for the spring of 2020.

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Business Support

Delivering business support – with a focus on utilising digital technologies – direct to businesses and through part and fully funded programmes with a mix of workshops, masterclasses, peer to peer learning and one to one coaching.


Working with entrepreneurs and their senior teams to develop a strategic approach to technological innovation in their businesses focused on delivering growth and increased profitability.


Creating and delivering a suite of proven, highly rated training programmes designed to build confidence in the specification and use of information and digital technology for staff working across all business sectors.

Programme Management

Managing the delivery of publicly funded business support programmes on behalf of organisations including Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chambers of Commerce and large business consultancy groups.

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What Our Clients Say

“We were very impressed with the way that the CDI Alliance delivered the New Opportunities Programme for companies in the Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) in Sheffield. They demonstrated an excellent understanding of the sector and were able to draw upon a wide range of expertise to deliver tailored support which was much appreciated by the businesses. I would have no hesitation on recommending the CDI Alliance to undertake similar work.”

James Wilson, Sheffield City Council

“I’ve found CDI Alliance’s input into my business venture to be refreshing and enormously validating. They provided much constructive critiquing, direct scrutiny and approached my business idea with a genuine helpful mind-set. Their one-to-one and group orientated bespoke development session was tailored to my needs and addressed many factors, I didn’t for see. I whole heartedly recommend their integrated approach of experience, knowledge and no-nonsense consulting for all creative, digital and new media business initiatives, both large and small.”

Ananth Vijaykumar (VJ), Silk Road Consulting

“CDI Alliance have worked with us on a number of projects over the last few years. Over that time I have found them to be very professional, very organised, approachable, and crucially the ability to deliver targets on time and to the agreed quality. They offered creative solutions to problems and issues that we shared with them and were never afraid of responding to constructive criticism.

All members of their team were very amiable individuals and they interacted extremely well with members of the internal team, and a range of other project leaders within the County Council, and also the beneficiaries (SMEs) of the programme. It is true to say that they more than delivered on the agreed outputs at the start of the projects.”

Bryn Davies, Lincolnshire County Council

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