Hello! We are the team behind the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub.
My work advising SMEs and running high profile programmes in business support has spanned the top level of both the private and public sector in the UK. I have been privileged to work with various stakeholders such as Ministers, Parliamentarians (MPs & Lords), CEOs and Royalty, on projects and policy.
Among my many roles and experience I was the co-founder of the National Working Group for Youth Enterprise, and a member of the advisory board to the All Party Group on Entrepreneurship chaired by Lord Erroll. I have also worked with the United Nations in Geneva on Enterprise Education and the EU as well as working in ‘hard to reach’ communities and post conflict economies in Bosnia.
My most recent role was as Executive Director of Shell LiveWIRE, Shell’s Social Investment Programme for Young Entrepreneurs, as well as running my consultancy business.
Outside of work I can be found with rugby ball somewhere, sailing and spending as much time as possible with my young family enjoying all that Cornwall has to offer!
I have worked in local government and third sector for all of my career except for a brief stint in Tenerife where I learnt to scuba dive! I started working in finance for a department of Stockport Council that supported people with learning disabilities. When it became a charity, I was given the opportunity to be part of the charity’s development moving into a marketing role, starting their digital communications and becoming their volunteer manager.
I moved to Cornwall in 2014 talking about potholes and roadworks on social media with CORMAC and now I am getting everyone talking business in Cornwall.
Having grown up in West Cornwall and studying at University of Sussex, I’ve been supporting Cornish businesses for over a decade now. With particular interests in brand, marketing, customers, and experience in strategy and finance.
I really believe that people are at the heart of every successful organisation. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with everything from start-ups through to multi-million pound multi-national companies, and have also run my own business.
Before joining the Growth Hub, I’ve been heading up and delivering all of the start-up support at Unlocking Potential as well as running a digital marketing project.
Outside of work, I’m a keen surfer and lover of the outdoors.
I started my career in information management working in the public library service and soon moved on to business intelligence research for multinational organisations in London such as AIG Europe.
Since moving down to Cornwall I have been involved in a variety of projects to help different sections of the community, tackling unemployment, loan sharks, IT literacy, raising awareness of intellectual property and directing businesses to free support.
Over time I have been developing networks to work with me on these projects and making connections between them and customers.
When I’m not matching customers to business support and funds, I can be found hill walking, enjoying a bit of nature photography, making things out of wire and playing skittles for my local team.
My early working life was spent in a variety of jobs, ranging from tin miner to civil servant, before I trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. On graduation, I worked as a professional actor for a number of years, including roles on the West End stage and seasons with the RSC.
The dawn of the internet age found me writing a radio series for the BBC and, almost by accident, I began to forge a new path with bits & bytes. In the first ever internet awards hosted at BAFTA in 1996, I won the award for the UK’s Best Personal Website and since then have designed and maintained websites for the charity and corporate sectors, produced sites for local businesses and artists, worked as web producer for the NSPCC and latterly as web designer and media producer for publishing giant Pearson Education.
Ten years ago, I realised my dream and returned to live in Cornwall where, in my spare time, I like to explore the coastal paths.
I’ve worked in and around Web technologies for over 20 years now and have been involved with a number of small and large companies both in the public and private sectors primarily within the South West.
Priding myself on being half Cornish, although originally from over the Tamar in Plymouth, I’m also an accomplished professional landscape photographer and love nothing more than to be out enjoying our perfect Cornish sunsets anytime throughout the year.
I have worked in a number of different roles to support farming, food & rural businesses for the past 9 years.
My main focus has been to develop projects looking for funding support, primarily from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). These included business expansions, investments in equipment and activity to add value through processing and product development.
I am bringing a comprehensive knowledge of the funding landscape and support available through EU funding channels. With this, and my thorough understanding of training opportunities which can support business growth, I am looking to support all business sectors across Cornwall & Isles of Scilly with my new role here at the Growth Hub.
I am passionate about local food – both its production & eating it! I am also a keen runner, I enjoy yoga and have recently joined a ladies’ football team.
I started life in the home of Robin Hood, moving from Nottingham to Cornwall 12 years ago and have frankly never looked back. Experience in broadcasting, corporate communications, reputation and project management has brought me to the Growth Hub and I can’t wait to get stuck in. How often have you heard people say ‘it’s all about the Communications’?
For the Growth Hub there has never been a truer word spoken as we’re all about the information and it’s not a one way street. To quote a couple of broadcasting legends, the information flow needs to be ‘to me to you, to me, to you’ so let’s keep the conversation going.
I’m Mark I have worked in business support for 15 years covering local national and European programmes/projects covering general business support, leading on environmental issues, grant funding and loans. Assisting start up and established businesses.
I’m looking forward to assisting businesses find the right support at the right time in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
I have worked in many industries including construction, transport, retail, banking, and media. I have also worked in local government and the further education sector, and run my own economic development consultancy.
I have supported several start-ups, and did a research based Master’s Degree in entrepreneurship learning in 2007/08.
Most recently I worked closely with the marine technology businesses in Falmouth and Penryn, setting up the Marine Technology Cluster Group.
I love everything that involves the sea and mountains. The first major project I would like to see European Structural and Investment Fund support is moving the Cairngorms to Cornwall.
I have worked in the business support sector for over 20 years, gaining experience of a wide range of local, national and European projects including those offering financial support, research and information, export assistance and sector-specific support.
I have very little time outside of work as I have a small warren’s worth of rescue rabbits to care for. Anyone looking for tips of rabbit care is welcome to contact me!
I left school to undertake a commercial apprenticeship at a leading stainless steel company based in the West Midlands. I stayed for 15 years holding a number of senior management positions before a complete change, moving to France to manage French Life Holidays, a Tour Operator with over 1000 units of accommodation in Brittany and Normandy. The company grew and was eventually sold so I returned to England to work as a Skills Broker Manager for Business Link based in Plymouth.
After 3 successful years I took up the position of Head of Sales and Marketing at Langage Farm Dairy, doubling turnover in less than three years thanks to the award of national contracts with the likes of Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose.
Over the next 5 years I was manager of the Pool Innovation Centre based in Redruth. It was great to be part of its success, accelerating the growth of start- up and existing businesses, and it remains one of the most successful innovation centres in the UK.
In my free time I watch rugby and cricket as a frustrated ex-player! I enjoy a round of golf when I can find the time and I play off 18.