Member mentoring – Business services & Growth

Mark Smith

Make Your Mark UK

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Make Your Mark UK is a training, coaching and consultancy aimed at helping businesses and charities to be better. Mark is a qualified trainer and delivers workshops that help business startups and social enterprises as part of the launchpad funded programme in the City Region. Mark is also a member of the Junior Chamber International, a global organisation aimed at developing leaders for a changing world. This year he is serving as an International Vice President assigned to Europe.

Steven Jones

Gala Technology

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Steven Jones, is part of the senior team at Gala Technology, the innovative team behind the multi-award winning SOTpay payment technology where he demonstrates an impressive amount of knowledge and has built numerous successful industry relationships.

Coupled with extensive access to payment solutions, he is well placed to offer your organisation, impartial advice on the right solutions for your organisation.

Pippa Mell

Diamond Office Support

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I set up my business in 2006 running it alongside being employed, that was until the beginning of this year when I became completely self employed and thank fully my business whilst has been affected by the happenings of the year, I can happily say it is growing better than expected.  I have worked in differing sectors which helps when it comes to working with my clients who come from many business sectors.

Nicky Thomas

The Growth Community

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I have a career spanning 25 years in marketing across many different channels from traditional to digital – 16 of those as a business owner.  As a connector and referral marketing specialist I love teaching people how to grow their business through the power of relationships and collaboration and I am currently in the process of adapting my successful referral marketing business from a local offering to having a national presence.

Adam Bradley

Corrosion Resistant Materials

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I have 15 years sales experience which includes

Managing internal/External sales teams

Setting budgets, forecasts, KPIs etc for the company – responsible for budgets exceeding £10 million

Export Sales to over 45 different countries

Starting up Export divisions within companies – going from start up to over 1.5 million turnover within 12 months

Working within the Steel Sector

Developing agent networks worldwide including India, China, Singapore, Brazil

Purchasing from within the UK and worldwide importing

Director level – responsible for quality systems such as ISO 9001 as well as end user approvals. Also looking after cash flow and payments in/out

Tricia Smith

The Source Skills Academy

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Tricia Smith is the CEO of the Source Skills Academy, a leading centre providing training, development and conferencing facilities.

She has over 18 years management experience in the Education sector, having previously worked at Barnsley College as well as time working with the SCR LEP and a successful track record in business development, project management, financial management, commissioning and contracting.

Tricia is also a Non Executive Director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce as well a Governor of Rotherham NHS Foundation.

As an experienced and successful business owner, Hayley is well placed to work with you and your team. She has set up, built and grown multiple businesses over the last 13 years and has experienced similar challenges and faced the same pains that you have. This means guiding you through this time in your business comes from first hand knowledge and understanding. When running your own business, it can be challenging and the reality of running a small business can be a juggling act especially if resources are limited it can be very difficult to make the changes needed and keep the business moving forward.
So whether you are in the process of setting up your business or if you’re looking at ways to change or improve, Hayley’s support will help you to achieve your goals. If you are looking to grow your wealth or your time, iekos will help you succeed!

Harriet Muscroft

Catalyst Processes

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Harriet is CEO and Founder of Catalyst Academy and Catalyst Processes. With a background in operations and business growth. In the last 2 years she’s helped raise over £2m+ for her start-up clients as well as founding Catalyst Academy, a Founders Hub that supports early-stage entrepreneurs.


Through Catalyst Academy she’s launched accelerators in Manchester, as well as collaborating with Barclays Eagle Labs, Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester, Mercia Technologies, British Business Bank, and Capital Enterprise. As well as aiding start-ups in becoming ‘investment ready’ Harriet also consults in business operations, running a consultancy arm to her firm specialising in creating process driven strategies to help business scale and run efficiently.

Michelle Martin

Learning Curve Group

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Michelle has over 11 years extensive experience of Business Development both in the private and the education sector and was previously a business mentor through Doncaster Council’s D100 Mentor Programme.

Over the last 6 years, Michelle’s focus has been primarily on supporting organisations from business start-up to large national corporations across the country with training, development and apprenticeship recruitment  opportunities.

Ali Carruthers-Illingworth

Purple Pebble People

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A former head of learning & development and with a bevy of experience in senior roles, Ali has more than 20 years of experience in organisational development, coaching and mentoring.

Highly skilled, savvy and emotionally intelligent, Ali’s approach is complemented by her warmth, communication skills and non-judgemental approach.

Having supported individuals & businesses around the globe Ali excels in helping individuals to identify and implement changes for growth.

Mike is the founder of Brook Corporate Developments and has successfully grown from a one-man outfit to a team of 23 associates. He is a Mechanical Engineer by profession who has gained considerable practical experience in operations management.

As Managing Director of a number of organisations in the region, Mike has successfully driven his companies forward, achieving year on year sales growth in every role. He moved into business improvement consultancy in 1997 and now concentrates his efforts helping other companies move forward and increase competitiveness and profitability.

Dom is a degree qualified professional with experience including account management, operations and people management in a commercial environment with several national and international businesses.  Experienced working in fast-paced and demanding work atmospheres, he has the commitment and ability to achieve high targets under pressure against tight deadlines.  Dom has a high level of professionalism and creativity with strong communication skills at all levels including senior management.