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About Us

CBIS is a trading name of RDE Associates Ltd, and we have been operating as business advisors since 1995 and specially in the childcare sector since 1999.


Rachel and I are enthusiastic and solutions focused in our approach and like to make sure we get to the root cause of problems and develop solutions that are in the best interests of our customers.


We are proud to be non-political in our work, meaning that we will not work in a way that is politically motivated, put simply, we deliver the best results for you, the childcare provider, under whatever given Government childcare policies are in place.


We are also an independent organization, meaning we do not have members to please and therefore we are able to act impartially independent of Government and Local authorities.

Raymond Easton

Ray has many years experience as a business and management consultant within the public sector on the Early Years, Childcare and Education agenda and also in the private sector specialising in business process analysis and profit improvement and projects. He is an Operations management professional with a keen sense of strategy and with a successful track record working with central and local government, large and small private companies. He has a strong background in the Early Years sector working as a national advisor to the DfE and undertaking a variety of projects with regional government offices and local authorities. Other areas of expertise include the development and delivery of bespoke training courses and mentoring for small childcare provider businesses.


Key Skills

  • Childcare business support

  • Mentoring, development and training 

  • Business operational reviews and improvement

  • Business process improvement

  • Profitability improvement

  • Quality Assurance systems and Continuous Improvement methodologies

Rachel Stirling

Rachel has many years’ experience as a business and management consultant within the public sector on the Early Years, Childcare and Education agenda and also in the private sector specialising in developing high growth businesses to reach their potential. She is a business and training expert with 25 years’ experience, a serial entrepreneur and has a passion for all things business and enterprise. She has a multi-faceted background working across many sectors and has undertaken a number of complex projects for government bodies, funding organisations and private companies. Other areas of expertise include mentoring, assessing business plans for grant and loan schemes and assessment & verification of business start- up and business support standards

Key Skills
    •    Childcare business support
    •    Organisation growth & profitability
    •    People development
    •    Change management processes
    •    Complex problem solving 
    •    Project management
    •    Strategic reviews and implementation

I met you guys yesterday in Plymouth and have been over thinking ever since. I am an owner with two sites; about to be three and I spend too much time working - not enough time being strategic! Obviously, the new nursery is strategic and I kind of know what is going on but it really made me reflect. 

I cannot wait to get the template and get started to improve my efficiency although I may need to have more involvement with you when I feel I am in a more competent state with my ducks in a row!! 

I just wanted to say thank you....even though I woke at 5.00 am this morning thinking - Yikes I am 90% operational and 10 % business!!! 

I plan to work on this so thank you both very much! It was refreshing, to the point, modern day and inspirational! 

Karen Lilley - Nursery Owner, Plymouth

Talking about CBIS “30 hours - Are you prepared” training sessions

CBIS were invaluable to us when we set about opening our new pre-school, Saplings. They helped us to see things from a business point of view so that when we opened we knew how to ensure our pre-school was financially secure and sustainable in the long term. The success of our pre-school is in no small way due to the sound advice we received from CBIS.

Mr. T. Evans - Martins Wood Primary School

Talking about CBIS 1:1 business planning and strategy support he received

I hope you received my last e-mail and that everything is well with you. We have finally been granted our new business status the official certificate came today.  We are so excited to say the least.

Thank you so much for all your work and support you have given us,  we could never have done it with out you.

Karen and Chloe - Pilgrimsway Pre-School CIC 

Talking about CBIS 1:1 support transferring business status to a CIC

Rachel has helped me with many business issues over the last 2 years; I have found her to be very knowledgeable and supportive. I would like to particularly note how personable Rachel is; she has a friendly and encouraging style that always puts me at ease. I have often shied away from business support over the phone; however several of the subjects we have worked through have been in this manner and have worked very well.

Frances Jupp MD - Happy Turtles Nursery, Gloucestershire

At our very first meeting, Rachel was extremely positive about us progressing on our own without the franchise. She looked over our business plan and financials and gave us constructive advice on how we could improve these and provided information that we had not yet considered. Following on from this meeting we decided that we could do it by ourselves and ended our contract with the franchise.

Vanessa Mason Owner - Cleeve Day Nursery, Gloucestershire

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