About Us

We work with you as your outsourced business development team to help to grow your business

Managing Director, Tony Portelli

Our Managing Director, Tony Portelli, has over 20 years experience of helping SME’s to grow, working within national blue-chip organisations at a senior/board level across the south east and London. 

His most recent corporate challenge was to transform the strategy of the Brighton Argus news brand. Tony developed and implemented the strategy to create a sustainable business model that saw the business become the best performing in the LocaliQ group of companies in terms of customer acquisition, profitability, digital revenue and audience growth.

Tony is on a mission to provide SME businesses access to the best option in business development solutions by providing outsourced options for businesses that do not have the big budgets required for a full time business development team.

In essence, The Consultancy Bureau provide a ‘hands on’ business development service that sees them become part of the business owners team, working on-behalf of the business owner and their team for an agreed schedule of typically 1 to 2 days a week for fixed periods of 6 to 12 months.

This unique and flexible solution represents a cost efficient, highly effective and satisfactory outcome for business owners and their teams that benefit from a real-time, live training experience.

“Our knowledge and understanding of SME businesses at a local level is unrivalled.

This insight combined with vital relationships, created and maintained over many years, offers unique opportunities to grow your business.”

Head of Public Relations, Andy Parkes

,An award-winning editor Andy is a specialist in all areas of media and is used to setting the agenda; developing and implementing effective strategy.

Andy has many years experience of growing audiences and creating hard hitting campaigns in his work across London and the south east. He has a strong reputation as a commercial Editor who has long understood the power of innovative content creation and brand positioning.

His most recent achievement was to take The Argus, the company’s worst performing title, and within 12 months turning it into Newsquest’s best performing daily title. This was achieved through industry leading circulation performance and digital audience growth.

He is Chairman of the Argus Appeal and proud of his work to promote the charity, fundraise and maintain its position at the heart of the community, recently being recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.


We provide an outsourced, ‘hands on’ business development service to help local SME’s grow, quickly..

Advisor for Education, Planning and Local Authority – Peter Fortune





Peter is the Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Bromley, the largest of the London Boroughs. He is also the representative for Bromley and Bexley at the Great London Assembly and Deputy Leader for the Conservative party at the GLA.

Peter holds a portfolio with responsibility for Education, Children and Families and was strategically responsible for the successful turnaround of three failed local authority services including the Youth Offending service, Adult Education and the Children’s Services Department which progressed from an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership in just two years.

He has been the chairman of various charities and served on the Board of Clarion Housing Association, the largest Housing Association in the United Kingdom.