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The Growth Champions are a network of consultants, all experts in their respected fields. The network can provide specialist support for businesses to unlock further growth. Coast to Capital are able to fully fund a day of specialist support from this Network.

Please contact the Growth Hub team to discuss your support requirements. Following a diagnostic review our Growth Relationship Managers will be able to facilitate an introduction to an appropriate Growth Champion to meet your needs.

To benefit from this funding the business needs to be established for more than 2 years, trading and have recovery and growth potential.

Funding may be available to support one days of Growth Champion support managed by the Growth Relationship Associate team.

Growth Champions

Potential funding for Growth Champion support is managed by the Growth Hub Team.

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

LinkedIn Profile

Entrepreneurial business adviser, business founder and hands-on consultant with 35 years' experience of B2B and B2C marketing, business development, technology, manufacturing and engineering.

Industry:
Consulting | Information Technology, Fast Moving Consumer Goods | Engineering, Oil & Gas

Business Interests:
SME Growth | Driving Productivity | Marketing Strategy and Planning | Digital Marketing | Websites | Ecommerce | Social Media | Copywriting | Presentations | Elevator Pitches

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Alan Edmonds

LinkedIn Profile

Extensive commercial senior management/director experience working in, automotive components, beverage, building products and related sectors both in UK and abroad.

Industry:
Manufacturing

Business Interest:
Business and Financial Analysis and Improvement | Management and Leadership Development and Coaching | New Product and Market Development | Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

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Alan Wick

LinkedIn Profile

40+ years’ business experience. Founded, scaled up and sold five companies that have generated over £200m worth of sales, which are still trading at £20m+ sales per year. One company I lead won the Queen's Award for Export twice, and the Queen's Award for Innovation. Raised over £5m of investment funding for my own companies, and helped my clients raise much more.

Industry:
B2B Manufacturing and Service Companies

Business Interests:
Scaling-Up, Mergers and Acquisitions | Exporting | Succession | Funding

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Carolyn Bentley

LinkedIn Profile

Export adviser with over 25 years of experience. Specialising in practical help to SMEs to create a strategy and research and develop new markets overseas.

Industry:
Multi sector | International trade | Researching New Markets | Making Contacts Overseas | Exporting

Business Interests:
Export Planning and Implementation | Trade Show Support | Developing New Markets | Multilingual Sales Support (French and German) | Export Documentation and Logistics

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Chris O'Hare

LinkedIn Profile

Digital transformation expert, CTO for hire and developer with an insatiable passion for technology.

Industry:
Technology

Business Interests:
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Hire | Technical Project Manager | Digital Strategy | Digital Training | Web Development | App Development | Digital Marketing | IT Infrastructure | Software Setup and Integration (CRM etc.)

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David Hogan

LinkedIn Profile

David is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Quality Professional. He has extensive experience across the whole lifecycle with a particular emphasis on through-life support, operational excellence, lean and strategic road mapping.

Industry:
Engineering, Technology, Quality, Coaching, Mentoring, Situational Leadership

Business Interests:
Strategy Development and Road-Mapping | Leadership | Quality Management with ISO9001:2015 | Operational Excellence and Lean

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Eddie Finch

LinkedIn Profile

A results focused compliance consultant with a solid business background. Supporting a wide variety of companies from start-up to multinational. I aim to take care of the less exciting parts of running a business such as compliance and overhead management. I work as an outsourced resource for a number of clients supporting ISO and Data Protection requirements.

Industry:
Service sector | Hospitality | Energy | Retail

Business Interests:
Compliance | ISO 9001, 27001 Lead Auditor | GDPR | Business Overheads | Energy auditing | Supply Chain Cyber Security

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Emma Mills-Sheffield

LinkedIn Profile

Experience in driving business efficiency, productivity and resilience through coaching, training and consultancy. Advising on growth strategies and how to lead businesses and teams more effectively.

Industry:
Automotive and Transport | Business Services | Charity | Financial Services | Professional Services including Law and Accounting | Retail | Public Sector including Health, Education, Local and Central Government |Software | Services | Technology | Media and Telecommunications| Utilities

Business Interests:
Strategy Development | Team Development | Leadership Coaching | Efficiency and Productivity Training | Pitching Skills

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Ges Ray

LinkedIn Profile

Transforming your team's virtual presentation and speak performance skills for more effective delivery with results. Ges’ skills are built on a background of commercial roles, from Bank Manager to Business Development Manager twinned with Public Speaking, delivering workshops, Keynotes, MC and radio broadcasting.

Industry:
Business | Finance | Sales | Technology | Training

Business Interests:
Coaching | Public Speaking | Training | Presenting | Keynote Speaking | Podcasts | Webinars | Voiceovers | Conference Speaking

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Ian Slater

LinkedIn Profile

Strategic business and organisational change specialist, Hands-on consultant with 35 years’ experience developing and delivering business strategy and plans for a wide range of businesses undergoing transformational change

Industry:
Business Management Consultancy | NHS Support Services and Commissioning | Construction | Consultant Engineering | Charities | Social Enterprise | Laundry and Dry Cleaning | Geotechnical Services and Highways Management | Drainage Services and Pipeline Renovation

Business Interests:
Transformational Change Management | Organisational Design and Development | Business Strategy and Planning | Business Growth and Turnaround | Marketing and Communications | Team Building | Leadership mentoring

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Jeremy Taylor

LinkedIn Profile

Jeremy has extensive experience in commercial growth having worked in business development for 30+ years. He brings imaginative and effective solutions to business issues and has access to contacts in all sectors and many geographies.

Industry:
B2B | B2C | Services | Hospitality | Manufacturing | Consulting | International | Retail | Construction | Creative | Digital | Professional | Finance

Business Interests:
Business Consulting | Strategic Planning | Marketing Strategy | Customer Service | International Trade | Grant & Bid Writing | Social Media Marketing | Event Management and Delivery

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Laurence Grant

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A people-person, through and through. Known to many as the ""professional friend-maker"", I work with an expansive international network of decision-makers, directors and investors.

I make introductions; source investment, and deliver funding options for starting, growing and scaling businesses.

Industry:
Investment | Funding

Business Interests:
Start-Ups | Scale-Ups

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Lisa Kerr

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Business productivity expert, helping you to take your business to the next level by reviewing Perspective, Performance, People and Process to identify and implement the changes that will deliver the greatest operational improvements to drive profitability. Hands-on consultant with over 20 years' experience of financial and operational roles.

Industry:
All Industries | Particular expertise in B2B and service-based businesses

Business Interests:
Productivity 4 Profitability | Business Plans | Financial Planning | Raising Finance | Grant Applications | Data and Analytics | KPIs and Dashboards

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Luke Mead

LinkedIn Profile

A dynamic and experienced IT professional and visionary, passionate about customer experience, with a burning desire to help businesses owners and managers achieve their aspirations and succeed through Digital Transformation, Cyber Security and overall technology success.

Industry:
IT & Communications

Business Interests:
Digital Transformation Cloud Technology | Cyber Security

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Malcolm Duffitt

LinkedIn Profile

With 20 years’ experience in digital and ecommerce, I’ve held strategic and P&L responsibility for the ecommerce channel in FMCG and luxury consumer brands, managing and mentoring in-house digital teams and achieving channel growth.

Industry:
Ecommerce and Digital Marketing (B2C)

Business Industry:
Ecommerce Growth (strategy, performance, design & build, technology) | Performance Metrics | Google Analytics and Analysis | Email Marketing | Digital Marketing (Paid & Organic) | Customer Journey/User Experience

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Mark Vaesen

LinkedIn Profile

I founded Tomango in 2013; we develop beautiful and hard-working brands, design and build high-end websites and deliver digital marketing strategies for our clients.

Having worked with a wide range of types and sizes of business, and running my own businesses for over 20 years, I know how to help clients achieve their goals through great creative work. I specialise in planning and strategy and believe great design shouldn't just look good, but has to deliver results.

Industry:
Creative Digital and IT

Business Interests:
Developing an Online Presence | Branding | Website Design | Digital Marketing

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Martin Riley

LinkedIn Profile

My specialism is helping SME business leaders create simple but highly effective plans - that get done!

Together, using my unique process The Business Jet Engine®, we identify the one, two or three most important areas to improve, overcoming the barriers to achieving them,
so your business is significantly improved within a year.

Industry:
Creative, Design, Manufacturing

Business Interests:
Creative | Design | Manufacturing

Business Interests:
Strategy | Planning | Leadership | Problem Solving | Coaching Support

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Mike Herd

LinkedIn Profile

An accomplished business director and seasoned business supporter. Highly experienced in working with entrepreneurial businesses, technologists and innovators.

Industry:
Business Services | Technology | New Product Development

Business Interests:
Business Growth | Scalability | New Product and Business Model Development | Funding | Entrepreneurial Mindset

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Nigel Davey

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Virtual Marketing Director providing Strategic and Operational marketing support to small business owners looking for significant growth, with 20 years’ experience working with and within small businesses. We help you to focus your marketing on those you want to sell to, and who are most likely to buy from you. We work with you to develop your marketing messages and to develop your marketing strategy and marketing plan. Once your marketing strategy is in place, we work with you to deliver it on a consistent basis, keeping a regular flow of leads into your business.

Industry:
B2B small businesses | Technology businesses | Membership organisations | Security firms | Creative

Business Interests:
Growth | Communication | Marketing

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Nigel Greenhill

LinkedIn Profile

I help companies to innovate. INSTA is an innovation strategy platform designed to accompany organizations on their pathway to innovation and enabling them to fast-track though disruption to growth. We use a combination of transformation consultation, learning and development, and innovation labs for pilots and early stage ventures.

Industry:
SME's wanting to innovate

Business Interests:
Innovation | Strategy

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Paul Edmonds

LinkedIn Profile

A highly professional and inspirational leader with an exceptional multi-skilled understanding of creating and maintaining management structures and strategic partnerships. An award winning businessman adept at guiding and encouraging sustainable growth through the implementation of new working practices, processes and a culture for continuous improvement.

Industry:
Manufacturing | Construction | Creative Services

Business Interests:
Strategic Thinking | Implementation Planning | Increase Profitability | Connections | Network 4 Training and Education

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Paul Vastitas

LinkedIn Profile

For over 30 years I have held several executive and finance roles, and worked directly with CEOs on resolving their challenges and growing their businesses. I started life at McKinsey, then oversaw revenue growth to over $70m at the News Technology Group. More recently worked with companies like Symantec, VA Software, Hays plc, and Xansa, and with C-level executives to reposition their companies, improve their processes, or lead the launch into the US or UK market. My career spans the US, Europe and Asia.

Industry:
Technology | Recruiting

Business Interests:
Coronavirus Business Advice | Improve Short Term Cashflow, | Develop Strategies for Growth | Implement Programmes to Deliver New Revenue.

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Richard Butcher

LinkedIn Profile

Richard is an experienced and resourceful International Entrepreneur and Business Coach, with an outstanding track record of developing commercial opportunities, after establishing several profitable businesses both in the UK and Overseas.

Industry:
All SME's

Business Interests:
Strategy | ISO accreditation | Importing | Procurement | Sales and Marketing | Business Review | Business Modelling

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Ruth Anslow

LinkedIn Profile

Ruth is a Cofounder of rebel supermarket HISBE Food and of The Good Business Club network for change-makers. Prior to that she has 15 years' experience in commercial and marketing roles at Unilever and Sara Lee. Ruth can offer expert support in food retail, marketing strategy and business planning for start-ups and growth businesses alike."

Industry:
Food retail and social enterprise

Business Interests:
Retail | Social Enterprise | Business Start-ups | Business Planning | Crowdfunding | Marketing | Communications

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Sal Jefferies

LinkedIn Profile

My strength is to help clients develop two of the most significant qualities we need to succeed and be fulfilled - Courage and Consciousness. I work with business owners, entrepreneurs and human beings who realise they need to become conscious and change themselves to affect change in the world and in their work.

Since 2013, I have supporting individuals and groups through the growth process and in the new climate of 2020, my main focus is to help develop resilience, awareness and adaptability to meet the demands we face as we build a new future.

Industry:
Human behaviour | Psychology | Wellbeing

Business Interests:
Conscious Leadership | Resilience | Stress and Wellbeing

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Simon Palmer

LinkedIn Profile

Business consultant with 26 years’ experience with Global Corporate. Focus on business growth, transactions (acquisitions & sales), project management and mentoring Business Owners.

Industry:
SME Businesses | Financial Services | Insurance | Industrials

Business Interests:
Planning | Strategy | Projects | Transactions (Sales and Acquisitions) | Growth and Profitability | Treasury and Cash Management

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Steve Parr

LinkedIn Profile

Entrepreneurial business leader, Director and hands-on consultant with over 30 years' of experience.

Industry:
High Technology SMEs | Medtech | Digital Health | Healthcare

Business Interests:
Business Growth Strategy and Planning | B2B Sales Expert | CEO/Board Advice and Sounding Board | Market Access | Coaching and Mentoring | The Go-To-Market | Unparalleled Senior Network, NHS, Company Funding | R&D Grant Funding | Business Development

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Susan Winchester

LinkedIn Profile

I help SMEs achieve their aims and objectives in a technology-advanced and ever-changing trading environment. With over 12 years' experience working for large private- and public-sector institutions. I have acquired extensive knowledge of commercial and government activities, business and marketing practices, and industry sectors and geographies.

Industry:
Technology

Business Interests:
Marketing | Strategy | Development | Implementation | Evaluation

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Tim Walsh

LinkedIn Profile

A Chartered Tax Adviser with over 25 years of experience translating complex tax legislation into layman’s terms. Now a Regional Director of RandDTax, who have helped over 1,275 clients gain over £140m, Tim is the company’s representative on HMRC’s R&D Consultative Committee and the lead on improving standards within the R&D tax consultancy industry.

Industry:
Engineering | Manufacturing | Software Development

Business Interests:
R&D Tax Claims

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Tony Ryan

LinkedIn Profile

I prepare SMEs so that they are ‘Fit for Funding and Growth’. I am a specialist in Start-up Loans and have successfully processed over 600 applications to date.

Industry:
All Industries | Start-ups | Growing SME's | All Sectors

Business Interests:
SME Growth | Making Funding Accessible To All | Democratising Business Advice

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