Looking for advice from experienced entrepreneurs for your startup?
Considering starting a business within the food industry?
Ready to start hiring people to your startup?
Come and seek advice from experienced entrepreneurs within the recruitment and food sector who have been there and done it!
We are excited to welcome two entrepreneurs next week for open discussions about their experiences in business and to share their advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Take a look at Wayne and Michelle’s profiles below and follow the Target Connect links to book onto either (or both!) of the sessions. Both sessions will take place in Learning Zone Pod 4.
Wayne Brophy (Managing Director of Cast UK)
Thursday 10th May, 1:30-3pm
Once Wayne got a taste for working in recruitment for a large firm he soon realised that he could make quicker strides forward working for himself and thus founded Cast UK in 2005. Cast UK are a specialist recruitment consultancy focusing on roles within procurement, purchasing, supply chain, logistics & transport. The company has grown year on year and now employs 30 people, with plans to double that number by the end of the year!
Book on Target Connect
Michelle Partington (Director of Shellys Drinks & Founder and Company Director of Lakeland Picnic)
Friday 11th May, 3-4:30pm
Michelle Partington founded Lakeland Picnic in 2006. Based in the Lake District, the aim of the company was to provide simple and delicious food through the use of some of the finest regional ingredients; served in street locations with a thoughtful and considered approach to customer needs. Michelle has also more recently established Shellys Drinks Ltd – originators of blended alcoholic drinks, supplying retailers and bars.
Book on Target Connect
Expert voice tips and business start-up advice
This week’s entrepreneur in residence is Kelly Anne Sharp, founder of Voice Work. Kelly Anne will be coming in on Thursday (8th Feb) to answer your questions!
Kelly Anne is a voice and speech coach, empowering people to improve the quality of their speaking voices for presenting on stage/in a boardroom, use their voice more effectively and deliver confidence to the individual and results for organisations. She works with a range of clients from businesses to individuals, educators and singing students. She has for example, worked with directors to help them become more effective leaders.
Not only will Kelly Anne have lots of expert tips to share in relation to using your voice more effectively to make a positive impression, having started her own business, she will also have start-up tips for any budding entrepreneurs.
When? Thursday 8th February, 1-2:30pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
If you would be interested in attending the session, please sign-up via Target Connect
Meet an Entrepreneur in Residence
This week’s Entrepreneur in Residence is Sue Anderson of Pendle doors who with her husband has worked to build a successful manufacturing business. We have a number meeting slots available to meet with Sue on Wednesday, please email email@example.com to book.
Sue Anderson (Financial Director of Pendle Doors)
Wednesday 6th December
Pendle Doors are a family business and one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of British made modern and contemporary high quality internal and external timber doors, doorsets, secured by design entrance systems, glazed screens and purpose made joinery to the construction industry, including the Education, Healthcare, Residential and Leisure sectors.
Sue initially joined the business which was set up by her husband Steve on a part-time basis doing the accounts, as the business grew substantially this became a more hands-on full time role. The firm has enjoyed enormous growth and success through the hard work and dedication of Sue and the entire workforce and has built a reputation based on reliability and service.
Meet an Entrepreneur in Residence
We have meeting slots available with four Entrepreneurs in Residence over the coming two weeks, they come from a variety of sectors with a wide range of experience and advice to impart to budding entrepreneurs. Below are the profiles of each – if you would be interested in meeting any of them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Power (Director of Business Development at Financial Management Bureau)
Wednesday 22nd November
Ruth is on the board of a financial services SME in Cumbria, employing over 35 staff servicing over 2000 clients with financial planning and advice. Her role involves developing enhanced service strategies, communicating with potential new customers, looking after the needs of existing customers and managing internal communications. Ruth has had the benefit of a complete career change which has given her experience in both the public and private sector, education and management and now marketing.
Jane Dalton (Director of Groundswell Innovation)
Friday 24th November
Jane Dalton has managed brand strategy and innovation projects for companies with global brand reach for the past 17 years – from Unilever global brand teams through to banks and service brands across Europe . Cross-cultural customer understanding and creative problem solving in highly regulated markets are particular strengths. Her skills sets comprises of strategic brand planning and brand positioning, the commercialisation of intellectual property, innovation management, new product/service development and qualitative market research
Glyn Jones (Business Partnership Manager, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University)
Friday 24th November
Glyn Jones is the Health Business Partnership Manager in the Health Engagement and Innovation Team at Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine. Glyn’s role involves supporting the creation and growth of health and social care focused SMEs by providing mentoring, signposting, procurement advice, workshops, student projects and access to clinical staff, patients, carers and evaluation resources. He also volunteers as a primary school governor and a Trustee of a local youth project.
Chris Cox (Managing Director of George Cox & Sons)
Thursday 30th November
George Cox & Sons is an award-winning £15m per annum turnover business specialising in high-quality highway and footway projects. Chris has been Managing Director of the company for 20 years.The company employs 100 staff out of three offices within the North West of England, has it’s own in-house apprenticeship and mentoring programme, and was one of the early pioneers of the ‘Investors in People’ within its sector and it’s own employees lead the company Community charity.
Meet Managing Director, Haydn Boocock
This week’s Entrepreneur in Residence in, Haydn Boocock, Managing Director of Supertex Flooring, a North West based independent carpet and flooring wholesaler.
The company was founded by Haydn’s father, Brian Boocock in 1978 and today services 1,100 customers throughout the North West in many diverse markets. Haydn joined the business in 1987 and began learning warehouse duties, office duties and finally became a Sales Representative. Following on from this, whilst still an active Sales Representative, Haydn became Managing Director of the company and in his own words, ‘Unfortunately the title didn’t come with and instruction manual.’ He worked hard to develop himself and become a resilient leader especially through tough times such as the recession.
Haydn is keen to share his wealth of experience and help budding entrepreneurs. So why not come along and run your idea past him and gain some valuable advice?
We have time slots to meet with Haydn this Thursday (23rd Feb) 2-4pm, just Email the enterprise team to book an appointment.
You can also read more about Haydn here and to see the list of entrepreneurs coming in over the next four weeks click here.