Curium Solutions – Simplified Change Management, Birmingham, West Midlands

Adam Farrow

Director and Co-founder

What you do at Curium?

When we started Curium in 2008 I was working as a consultant, running some exciting projects and programmes for the likes of Boots, Whitbread and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (PS3).  As the company grew, I moved more to ‘back office’ to run the business day-to-day, effectively as COO looking after Finance, Operations, Legal and HR. As our back office team has developed I am once again more involved in consulting, looking after some of our key clients and leading our digital offering.

What you enjoy about working at Curium?

First and foremost, it’s the people. We are incredibly lucky to have such a great bunch working at Curium and I keep pinching myself on Team Days when I look around the room at the talent that we’ve been able to attract.  The spirit in the camp is fantastic and the team genuinely enjoys each other’s company.

I love the role I play in running the-day-to day operations of the business – the variety is huge and the learning curve has been steep. As we continue to grow I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of setting ourselves up for success – to grow responsibly when opportunities allow and fast enough to realise the huge ambition within the business.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Outside of work my passions are family and golf (in that order, obviously!). Unfortunately, these aren’t what I would call complimentary past times – my time on the golf course has dramatically reduced over the past few years but I wouldn’t change that as it gives me time with my three-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who keep us laughing on a daily basis. However now that William can swing a golf club I think I have found the perfect excuse to get back on the course. Of course, the lack of practice is helped by the fact that the other directors in Curium are rubbish at golf which means I don’t need to practice much to take the prizes (will they bite?).

What has made you proud in the past year?

The past 12 – 18 months has seen a lot of growth for Curium, with new faces in the team as well as new clients. I am extremely proud that we’re maintaining our high standards driven by our values and are having our achievements recognised externally by being short-listed as finalists for Birmingham Post’s Small Business of the Year 2016.  The feedback from clients across the board is that the team really do live our values on a daily basis and the fact that many of our clients have become such good friends over the years is testament to this. Also, the impact that I hear us having on people at an individual level is truly inspirational – watching the people we work with in clients develop and succeed gives us enormous satisfaction. A lot of the clients that we are working with have been with us for many years, while the new ones quickly feel as though they have and we treasure those close relationships.