Thank you for your interest in my story. My background, experience and skills are geared to help you effectively start and scale your business.
My core includes strategy, marketing & sales, finance, operations, health & safety and people management.
Together we look at the key areas for your business and establish what we need to focus on to make it work for you, your team (internal & external) and to the expectation of your ideal customer.
My practical approach ensures that your time and energy is best utilised. With my experience, skills and knowledge, I ensure that the business has a sound foundation from which to develop and grow.
I have started, grown, franchised and sold my own businesses. These have included businesses in bookkeeping & accounts, marketing, training, health & safety, soft play centre and a membership organisation. I will ensure you benefit from my experience and not make the mistakes I made or have seen made by others.
I authored and recorded my own DVD: The must know guide to Start Your Own Business (2012).
I have studied start-up and growth strategies for nearly 25 years and I know what works. The approach has worked for me with my various businesses and it has for the businesses I have worked with.
My clients receive proven step by step information to help them take their business to the next level. With my personal support and business model expertise, they also receive peace of mind and the confidence to take action.
More about me
I am a mentor, speaker, author and business growth adviser helping business owners to consider, start up, develop, market and grow their own business to achieve success as by their own definition.
Having worked in the start up market for nearly 25 years, I study the types of business and the different business owners to truly understand 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"
In the late 1990's, I was an area manager for Barclays in Oxfordshire with a team of business start up managers.
I then joined a team of leisure professionals to form a start up that was breaking away from the local district council to manage the leisure facilities in the county.
In 1999, I started my first business, which offered bookkeeping and accounts. I later franchised and sold this business, before setting up a membership organisation to support others running a similar business.
After a successful start up period with this business, I started 5 other businesses, as mentioned above.
In 2007, my 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.
In 2013, I sold my businesses and worked within and then co-founded membership organisations to help their members start and develop their own business.
More recently, I have worked as the Commercial Director for a firm of accountants, which included offering advisory support to our clients, before moving to Oxford Innovation to support entrepreneurs in the science and technology sector.
I strive to inspire your action and motivate your focus on the right activities in your business. I am committed to 'making it work' for you, your team and your customers.
Please contact me, let's have a call or a coffee to understand your situation and I will explain more about I can specifically help you.
Further background information
I am a member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and is certificated by www.getmentoring.org
I have a wide range of experience in the small business market. I have trained at the Warwick University school of business, hold my financial qualification with the Chartered Institute of Bankers and have a diploma in Sales and Marketing. My other business relevant qualifications include being a qualified Bookkeeper, a qualified HSE & QCA approved instructor to deliver first aid courses and a NEBOSH qualified Health and Safety adviser.
I am an active speaker on a range of topics including marketing, finance, business development and business start up.
I run a number of networking groups and enjoy connecting business owners.
I am married with two children. My other interests are my voluntary work, where I held the post of National Chairman for the voluntary organisation - Rotaract, covering Great Britain and Ireland. I am a past president of my local Rotary club and Chamber of Commerce. I enjoy football and rugby, although now from the armchair!
Pictured here with three clients that made up the shortlist
for their industry awards for business growth success
Representing Entrepreneurship at 10 Downing Street during Global Entrepreneurs Week in 2017