Operational support & strategic advice

Helping your business flourish

Funding strategy, grant writing, investment support

Accessing funding

Our services

Strategic Advice

Too often, expensive strategy consultants provide reports and guidance which are great in theory and impossible to implement.  Our advice is always pragmatic and actionable whilst still being ambitious for our clients.


We can help you to identify potential grant funding sources, develop your proposals and assist with writing the applications. 

Growth support

Our team have experience of managing rapid growth in businesses of all sizes and we are happy to help you get everything in place for you to go scale and expand.

Due Diligence

We are happy to help clients either carry out Due Diligence on a potential investment or to prepare for an investor carrying out Due Diligence on them.


We understand that at certain times in a company’s development they really need help but they can’t afford to pay consultancy day rates.  We are happy to share in the risk that you are taking as you grow your business.

Intellectual Property

We take an holistic view of your Intellectual Property portfolio that considers risk, benefit, opportunity and funding to determine the best approach for you.

Meet our team

Michael Gifford

Managing Director

Michael Gifford is the Founder and Managing Director of Mountain Hare Consulting.  He originally studied Physics and has a PhD from Cambridge University.  Michael joined Atkins, a FTSE 250 Engineering Consultancy as a Technical Lead in 2003.  There he discovered a talent for applying problem solving techniques from physics to the world of business.

Following the completion of an MBA at HEC Paris in 2007, Michael worked at Atkins in both strategic and operational roles within the company including responsibility for a number of successful, fast-growing businesses.

Michael started Mountain Hare Consulting in 2013 as a way of helping much smaller firms benefit from his expertise in growing businesses and managing that growth.

Away from work, Michael is a keen sportsman.  He has been a successful dinghy and small keelboat sailor at national and international level and also coaches rowing for some of the Cambridge colleges.  When not near the water, Michael enjoys spending time with his children Daisy and Edward.

Working with

Mountain Hare Consulting is a boutique practice operating out of Cambridge and London.  We support clients through the difficult bits of growing in order that the management can focus on driving their businesses forward.