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As an independent consultancy, we are often asked for advice on products and services. There are some products that we consistently recommend, as they solve a specific problem really well, or because we think they are a great product. As a free of charge service, we’ll maintain a list of a few such products on this page.

From time to time we also find great low-cost deals on software or services that we’re happy to recommend. As another free of charge service you’ll find details of these on this page, together with links to the deals.

In the interests of transparency, we may receive commission from sales resulting from some of these links, however our integrity and independence comes first, and we will always favour products and services that we believe are worthy of a recommendation, rather than ones that pay a commission.


Ever wanted to print a poster that’s bigger than the printer that you have access to? Well this free software can enlarge an image and split it over multiple pages. It’s a simple solution that’s great for creating impressive posters and artworks, all completely free, with a version for most operating systems.

Skill Builder Pro

Skill Builder Pro is an online membership to over 300 of the most important soft skills courses that you can study from any device, including computer or mobile phone. Skill Builder Pro provides you with a library of short courses that are designed to help you develop your arsenal of soft skills. Soft skills that can be developed include leadership, training, management, human resources and a range of soft skills that will enhance business and personal relationships. Plus, you’ll get access to certificates and course transcripts, a free personal success program, a free career planner workbook, and quizzes and assessments.

Skill Builder Pro is available either as an individual lifetime subscription, or as a business version, enabling multiple employees to share a subscription for a simple and reasonable per-user cost. (Individual)  (Business)

Polar Backup

You can never have too many options for keeping backups of your data. Founded in Helsinki, Finland, Polar Backup offers you up to an astonishing 5TB of online storage for life for a very reasonable one-off cost. Polar Backup uses Amazon’s AWS for rock solid reliability, and offers AES 256 encryption as standard. Polar Backup is also GDPR compliant.

iStorage encrypted USB sticks

These are a great way of keeping your data secure when you need to carry it. Compatible with just about anything with a USB port, the encryption is hardware based, using an on-board keypad for entry of pass codes.