Thank you for your interest in my story. My background, experience and skills are geared to help you effectively start, develop and grow your business.
I am a business mentor, who has actually ran my own businesses and advised many more in various advisory roles.
My core experience comes from running my own businesses, mentoring others and in senior roles that included strategy, marketing & sales, finance, operations, health & safety and people management.
I work with business owners and entrepreneurs to review 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, an indoor soft play centre and a membership organisation. In each case, my businesses were based on a business model that works, not simply relying on the technical skill or me to deliver. As I have demonstrated with those that I have mentored in the past, I will ensure you benefit from my experience, not make the mistakes I made or have seen made by others, and develop your business.
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 also 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, respected network and business model expertise, my clients also receive peace of mind and the confidence to take action.
One way that I share my knowledge is my own DVD: The must know guide to Start Your Own Business.
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 and scale up market for nearly 25 years, I continually 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"
"You support is invaluable and our business would not be where we are today without working with you"
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 support. 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.
We also delivered a number of workshops and mastermind groups.
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 support entrepreneurs in the science and technology sector.
Since 2010, as The Entrepreneurs Mentor, I have combined this experience to help others build their own business.
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.
If you are looking to develop you business, then please contact me, let's have a call or a coffee to understand your situation and I will explain more about how I can specifically work with you.
Further background information
I am a member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and am 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 reason why). 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 no longer play, but coach for a boys team.
Pictured here with three clients that made up the finalists
for their industry awards for business growth success
Representing Entrepreneurship at 10 Downing Street during Global Entrepreneurs Week in 2017