Watson King, a family initiative, was established to provide business advice to companies in the B2B sector on Strategy and Planning, Sales and Marketing, and Business Development. It is now a platform for a range of new initiatives particularly in the not for profit sector.
Our experience includes a range of industries and businesses and is suitable for SME’s or larger companies. It has included visits to more than 600 businesses gaining a detailed understanding of their operations, providing advice and support, and has created a unique knowledge set on what makes a company tick.
Our focus is to help establish a competitive advantage, whether that is in product strategy, distribution channels, sales and marketing or overall business strategy. We provide a combination of knowledge and experience with an outstanding creative process.
Colin Watson is one of the most respected and knowledgeable professionals in the European interiors, furnishing and design industries. Until June 2020 he was Secretary General of the FEMB (European Office Furniture Federation). Previously was Managing Director of the BCFA (British Contract Furnishing Association), and sat on several boards including FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association), the BFC (British Furniture Confederation) and the Creative Industries Sector Advisory Board for the UK Government.
He previously worked in senior marketing roles for BTR, GEC and Thorn EMI, before joining office furniture group Arenson as Marketing and Design Director where he worked on pan European projects. Prior to joining the BCFA in 2007 he was Managing Director of London-based Luke Hughes and Company, specialists in interior design and high-quality furnishing. Presently a Trustee at Citizens Advice.
Laura Watson is a former professional horsewoman who has competed at International level and has maintained equestrian facilities in Leicestershire for a number of years. She is Architectural Sales Manager for James Mossman Limited, who are suppliers of bricks to the UK housing market. At age 16 she was captain of the Berkshire netball team and participant in the England development squad. Cycling proficiency has allowed her in 2017 to ascend Mount Ventoux in France three times in one day. In 2022 she returned to ascend six times and become the first British woman to do this. This is a Watson family charity fundraising event for the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, Berkshire, which raised £13,000.