Mike Foster

Sharing my passion to help you start or grow your own business

Mike Foster, The Entrepreneurs Mentor 

I work with B2B Business Owners, predominately professional service companies, who struggle to take their business to the next level. 

They would like to have a robust strategy in place which includes, understanding your financials, effective marketing, hiring the right people and implementing robust systems and processes to create a strong foundation from which to grow, with confidence, a solid and sustainable business.

My passion is helping other businesses to achieve the results they desire. What separates my service is that I offer a holistic approach supported by my extensive business experience. 

Together we look at every area of your business and establish what we need to focus on to make it work for you, your team and to the expectation of your ideal customer.

My CV demonstrates my experience with start-up and growing businesses and over the last decade I have started, grown, franchised and sold my own business. 

I have studied start-up and growth strategies for nearly 20 years and I know what works. It worked for me and for the businesses I have worked for. 

My clients receive proven step by step information to help them take their business to the next level. With my personal support they also receive peace of mind and the confidence to take action. 

Because of this, our clients make the step change, successfully grow their business and operate a business that works like clockwork to make them more money.

More about Mike

Founder, Director and Entrepreneur, Mike Foster, is a mentor, speaker, author and business growth adviser helping business owners to consider, start up, develop and grow their own business and achieve success as by their own definition.

Having worked in the start up market for nearly 20 years, Mike has been studying the start up market, the types of business and the different business owners. He truly understands what contributes to success and how so many fail despite their hard work.

"I am so pleased we were introduced to Mike. His thought provoking questions, guidance and advice really helped us get our business up and running in a shorter time than we had expected. I would not hesitate in recommending Mike"

His specialism is demonstrated working with professional service providers such as bookkeepers, accountants and lawyers, leisure and hospitality businesses and the not for profit,  charity sector.

In the late 1990's, Mike was an area manager for Barclays in Oxfordshire with a team of business start up managers, he then joined a leisure company start up that was breaking away from the local district council, before starting many of his own successful start up businesses in 1999. In 2007, his company were asked to run the 'Be Your Own Boss Club' on behalf of Business Link (MKOB) for new business start ups or those thinking of running their own business. 
Then in 2013, Mike sold his businesses and most recently has been working with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers to develop a PracticeBuilder programme for their members in business.

Mike is a respected mentor and a motivational character to inspire your action. He is committed to 'making it work' for you, your team and your customers. He is also an accredited Growth Voucher Adviser and Growth Coach with GrowthAccelerator. 

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Call us on 01865 593933 to find out more about how it can help you 

More background information about the Entrepreneurs Mentor, Mike Foster

In 2013, Mike sold his interest in the A1 Group of Companies, which he established in 1999 following a training and business skills based career in business banking, with additional experience from senior management positions in the leisure industry and whilst undertaking senior leadership roles in the charitable sector with Rotary.

Mike is a member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and is certificated by www.getmentoring.org

He has a wide range of experience in the small business market, whilst holding various positions with a major high street bank. Mike was trained at the Warwick University school of business, holds his financial qualification with the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has a diploma in Sales and Marketing.

Mike's other qualifications include being an MICB CB.Dip certified & qualified Bookkeeper, is a qualified HSE & QCA approved instructor to deliver first aid courses and a NEBOSH qualified Health and Safety adviser.

Mike is an active speaker on a range of topics including marketing, finance, business development and business start up. 
He is also the Co Producer of two DVD's, www.startyourownbusinessdvd.co.uk and www.firstaiddvd.co.uk

His interests are his voluntary work, where he has held the post of National Chairman for the voluntary organisation - Rotaract, covering Great Britain and Ireland. He is a past president of his local Rotary club and Chamber of Commerce. Other interests include football and rugby.

Mike's own businesses in the past have included a bookkeeping and accounts business, marketing support company, first aid training providers and a childrens indoor soft play centre.

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