Opening Gambit

Posted on 02 / 03 / 2016

Whilst it’s a little bit self-indulgent of me to devote a blog post to opening Gambit I do get a lot of questions about the choice of name and my decision to start-up. I thought I’d take a few moments to explain it all.

A lot of people assume that Gambit is a nod to the Marvel Character Remy Le Beau who throws exploding playing cards and wields a large staff – It’s not. Whilst I like the character I’m not going to name my company after him any more than I would: “The Silver Surfer”, “Iron Man” or “The Mad Titan Thanos”.

Business owners come to me for strategic advice whether that be help starting up, accessing finance or support with developing sales. Gambit therefore is all about strategy and the name is a reference to a strategic ploy in chess: “An opening move where a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn in order to gain a strategic advantage”. The concept of sacrifice is important – the client is paying me for a service so that service needs to be good.

Why the knight chess piece? If you take the analogy further then the client is the king, their money is the sacrifice and I guess I am (ahem) the knight in shining armour!

So that’s it in a nutshell, if you’d like to know more about the work that I do then please ask.


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