A business and marketing consultant with over 25 years of experience gained in SMEs and PLCs (such as Jerrold, Raytheon, Hutchison Whampoa and Orange) in a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international markets. Currently works with clients in multiple market sectors with specialist areas of business and marketing planning, market growth and new product delivery, operational processes and systems, telecommunications and training. Alan is an accredited business advisor and mentor.
Andrea Sangster is an expert in communications and an
award-winning editor who helps people promote themselves
online and offline. Her own career started in 1990 when
she graduated in Media Studies from The University of
Westminster to work as a freelance radio reporter for
the BBC. She then carved out a career at various
communications and design agencies, including a division
of Reed Elsevier Publishing, rising from a humble
Copywriter to Head of Creative Services in charge of
copy, design and print. In 2002 Andrea came to HiB for
help in launching her own marketing agency, Alphabetti
Communciations. Now she is returning the favour, delivering our training in PR, marketing and social media for small businesses.
Andrzej Warhaftig has been a self employed business advisor for 8 years. He spent 26 years in banking, and then moved to head up the consultancy division of a business support organisation. In his career he has been the CEO of a Chamber of Commerce and then Regional Sales Manager for an IT company. Andrzej has always specialised in helping businesses raise finance, through his involvement in the only business credit union in the country, and undertaking training in business planning and raising finance for various enterprise agencies and chambers of commerce.
My speciality is general business consulting including executive mentoring to aid performance improvement for the owner or his/her top management team. I am passionate about putting quality into sales, marketing and related operational activities. I also place high importance on negotiating useful strategic alliances and getting the right mix of conventional or e-channel routes to market. My style is hands-on.
Andrew is a Registered United Kingdom and European Community Trade Mark and Design Attorney. Andrew can provide advice on Intellectual Property matters in the field of trade marks, design and copyright.
Bill Blass is an extremely experienced sales professional. Over the last 30 years Bill has risen from an Account Manager to Regional Sales Director and now provides Business Advice, Sales Training, Sales Mentoring and Sales Coaching Services to SME’s. His first hand knowledge of the sales environment has provided an excellent baseline from which he delivers sales advice and sales mentoring sessions to companies from all business sectors.
Chris has been lead adviser for HiB for the last 3 years during which he has helped many clients become "investment ready" utilising his knowledge of the financial markets and his banking contacts to raise appropriate development funding. He previously spent 35 years in the banking industry gaining specialist expertise in commercial finance, business & financial planning and debt counselling. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and is a SFEDI qualified business adviser.
With many years experience in the Hospitality industry and as a University lecturer teaching entrepreneurship, Clare is co-founder of our Women Entrepreneurs Idea to Implementation programme. In addition to providing advice in the areas of training delivery and skills analysis Clare is also able to provide consultancy services in general management, life management and merchandising and selling.
David has many strings to his bow, from selling antique silver in America to having his own chain of six fruit shops. He has also had a career in local government, as Brent councillor for Kenton Ward and Deputy Mayor of Brent. David has a B.A Hons in Social Sciences and has been an advisor for HiB since 1987. His specialist areas include retail shops, children’s nurseries, homes for the elderly, local government planning process, simple book-keeping, creation of business plans and cash flow forecasts. His emphasis is on practical skills rather than theory.
Faiz Nizar is a Chartered Accountant and also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants UK. He has been Group Treasurer for a major international conglomerate and has been overseeing international trade, finance and settlement transactions for commodities and services. Has the know-how to help businesses seeking to develop import / export trade and seek markets overseas, source products, manage risks and transact documentary credit instruments etc. Since starting consultancy he has been providing business support to prepare Business Plans, make businesses finance ready, undertake due diligence, valuation of businesses as a going concern etc. He has been a free lance consultant for nearly ten years. He is a Business Link and LDA accredited business consultant and has served for a host of London based enterprise agencies.
With over twenty years cross-sector experience in the provision of business advice, consultancy and training, Edwina brings a mix of knowledge, practical advice and motivating spirit to clients. Prior to setting up her own business, Edwina had a corporate career spanning finance and business development in the oil industry and planning and marketing in television. She was part of the planning and start-up team for The Discovery Channel Europe. An accredited business adviser whose specialist areas include business planning, marketing, PR and communication strategies.
Graham Busch joined Lawrence Grant, Chartered Accountants (Est 1969) in Harrow, as a Partner in 1994 and has built a reputation for his distinct approach to individuals, sole traders and small to medium sized businesses by offering a personalised accountancy and taxation service. With over 15 years experience Graham offers his clients expert advice as well as a thorough and constructive evaluation of a business, including planning and projections, budgets and forecasts, to help it reach its full potential and to ensure that his clients pay the minimum amount of tax permissible under the law.
Gurpreet is a blogger and owner of an online business. He has combined his extensive knowledge of IT, marketing, graphic design, writing and pyschology to create a unique business offering. Through mindmap and brainstorming meetings, he facilitates the simplification of business ideas and their representation online. He works with his clients to develop core ideas, create strap lines, write content and advice them in everything relating to marketing themselves and their businesses online.
Kevan Dunne (GTP Consultants-Bio March 2012) is a SFEDI accredited business consultant. He specialises in effective business planning, financial forecasting and developing financial proposals with clients either starting a business or planning to grow an existing business. His experience is invaluable in identifying the most effective and viable business model to meet both your personal and business objectives, financially and non-financially. He has successfully assisted over 50 owner managed small businesses to raise start up or growth finance estimated to total some £1.5million over the last few years with his support in developing a viable business plan and warm introductions to potential sources of investment.
Kevin Wright trained in the City with Spicer & Oppenheim (now DeloitteTouche) and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. He was a partner in a West London firm prior to becoming a partner of Leftley Rowe & Co, a four-partner firm based in Harrow. Kevin has considerable experience in dealing with start up businesses, advising in assisting growth and profitability for established businesses and tax advice.
Lydia Drukarz is the founder and Director of Wavelength PR. She has over 25 years' experience in the PR industry, working with top brands and clients in the corporate, lifestyle, financial, entertainment, literary, tourism and not-for-profit sectors, including: tibits vegetarian restaurant, Accurist, bmi airline, the Metropolitan Police, Phytoclinic (Harley Street), ITN Mark Education recruitment, the Imperial War Museum, JSA Group, Eutopia recruitment, EMI music publishers, the BBC, B'nai B'rith UK charity, BDO accountants, Harper Collins, Viking Penguin, Transworld and Simon & Schuster publishers.
Services she offers include: trade and consumer media relations, social media campaigns, product launches and branding, event management, event/trade show support, crisis management, short and long-term PR strategies, campaign evaluation, copywriting (including web copy), branded articles and e-newsletters.
Mina Parmar is a fully qualified HR and training professional with over 20 years’ post-graduate experience. I am a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I have extensive experience having worked both in private and public sector in the capacity of Senior HR Manager. She now works as a freelance consultant specialising in start-up HR functions for SMEs, including writing all required staffing policies and procedures and staff handbooks, and designing & delivering training for line management and staff on key issues, business & personal effectiveness skills. She is also a Trustee for Age UK (Harrow) and provides HR Consultancy on volutanary basis.
Mitch Young is the Tax Partner at LJD Chartered Accountants. He has over 7 years experience in Accountancy and Taxation. He specialises in personal taxation advice and compliance and is in charge of the firm's tax department as well as business development. His clients range from self employed and high net worth individuals as well as new start up companies. I have been shortlisted for the 2013 Taxation 'Rising Star' Award.The LexisNexis Taxation Awards are the gold standard of excellence in the UK tax industry.
Paul Atkinson is the Marketing Manager at Wavelength PR with over 3 years' experience in the marketing and PR environment, having worked across a diverse range of companies such as Camelot Group Plc (National Lottery), JSA Group (accountancy based service provider), and in a marketing freelance capacity at Wavelength PR (PR company), Lawrence Grant Chartered Accountants and Lillipops Iced Soothies UK.
His role includes overseeing the development and implementation of tailored creative marketing campaigns across multiple distribution platforms, to support the brand on and offline. He also oversees the creation of social media profiles and messaging, writing and securing advertorials and is responsible for clients' CMS and monitoring website analytics and activity.
Rupert is a European Patent Attorney. Rupert can provide advice on Intellectual Property matters in the field of patents, design and copyright.
Simon worked at Freemans plc (retail Mail Order) from 1978 until 1998. Initially managing and regenerating the quality function, he moved over to project management on a wider front. This included taking two sections of the business through Investors in People and ISO 9000 before moving into the Human Resources Department. As part of that function he developed his project management role, reviewing the recruitment processes, revising the company staff handbook, setting up a graduate recruitment process and managing assessment centres for recruitment. He is a nationally registered Assessor and Adviser for Investors in People, Alexander trained coach, trained assessor / auditor for ISO 9001:2008 and qualified business advisor.
Simon Rae-Scott's background is in teaching, the creative arts and information publishing and he has a particular interest in the use of new technology to engage and inform audiences. Over the past ten years he has also provided ICT and financial consultancy for businesses through a number of enterprise agencies and central and local government departments. This active engagement with providing business support led him to become a SFEDI accredited business adviser in 2007.
Sonia is an experienced Executive Coach leading her own business consultancy. Her professional background is successfully developed within Global Telecommunications, UK SME commercial and key public sector markets across key business disciplines at all levels of the organisation. She is an accredited performance development specialist facilitating leaders & management to achieve personal career and business milestones. Her sound commercial awareness is proven with a record of success with professionals and entrepreneurs. She focuses is on supporting clients manage change and achieve professional plans to successfully and realistically achieve their goals with a work/life balance.
I have a background in engineering and 25 years' experience in finance management. I have now retired but for the past 11 years I have been working as a freelance business advisor providing a mentoring service for start-ups and small businesses including work with various charities and community projects. I provide general advice and skills but my area of particular expertise is creating sales and introducing new customers vital for small businesses. My aim is always to provide advice with empathy and enjoy finding the right approach suitable to each individual to help them reach their business ambitions.