From leaving school, I embarked upon a career in banking, in the days when you covered all jobs from office junior working up to Business Manager. In 2002 I decided I needed a new challenge and have been helping businesses to start, grow and prosper ever since. My role within Oxford Innovation is to help the businesses within our Nottinghamshire Centres to maximize their opportunities and achieve their aims and goals.
Running a business, large or small can be a lonely place and I firmly believe that an impartial and independent “sounding board” is critical in providing a business with a strategic direction and helps to set realistic, achieveable objectives. Previous projects I have managed and delivered have included mentoring and coaching support as well as helping businesses with practical issues including identifying and finding new customers, and accessing grant funding.
What I love about this job is that no two days are the same; every business is very individual with it’s own challenges, and there is a tremendous “buzz” from seeing a business reach that next level of success. I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have met some wonderful people with exciting business ideas, many of whom remain friends long after the support meetings.
Outside of work, earlier hobbies such as marathon running and playing football have now given way to walking, cycling and watching football. I’ve held a season ticket with Sheffield Wednesday for 35 years now, through bad times and worse, but we live in hope! I also enjoy cooking and baking and whilst friends have suggested I apply for the Great British Bake – Off, believe me when I say that the café have nothing to fear!
I’m looking forward to meeting all the businesses in the Centres, but if you see me around, or in the café, come and say hello – I would love to have an informal chat and see how I can help your business! Alternatively you can contact me on the details below: