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.
Director: Christian. The Law Firm. Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Brendon is a dual qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and advises clients on both English law and South African law, with a particular focus on Business StartUps, Business Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law and Company Law.
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.
Claudia Gerrard, Lawyer, Excello Law Limited. With extensive commercial and contractual law knowledge, Claudia has worked for companies, such as Kier Construction, Alliance & Leicester, LeasePlan and Philips Electronics. Claudia also works with many small businesses and start-ups to highlight legal risks before problems occurs, by providing legal health checks. She regularly attends as a guest speaker at a variety of events and has monthly legal columns in Professional Security and Rail Professional. Her aim is to make law accessible to small businesses.
Colin is a Graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Colin advises leadership teams on what makes for: inspirational leadership, employee engagement and high performance organisations.He has developed a range of management skills seminars including Networking for Success for clients of Harrow in Business; presented at the Business Connection networking group; lectured at the University of North London and Middlesex University. Combining his personal experience of redundancy with his counselling skills and expertise in the recruitment and selection process, Colin provides a total support programme to those facing redundancy. Comprising individual coaching and group seminars, programmes are designed to help people overcome the trauma of redundancy and embark on the next stage of their career.
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.
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 is a SFEDI accredited Business Advisor and Mentor. He is also a practicing Counsellor and Psychotherapist. 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.
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.
Laurie Bernard runs his well established consultancy, The Business Services Partnership. 1,000s of clients have benefited from his business growth, strategies, development and marketing counselling, mentoring, consultancy and training. From business plans to one offs such as LinkedIn profiles that sell. He assists clients to keep their businesses on track. Specialising in the business-to-business, professional, IT, recruitment, hospitality, retail (traditional and online), hair and beauty sectors. A Business Studies graduate, CIM Member and government accredited to provide business help. Employment included retail management, marketing for Lombard; divisional trainer for a financial services company and marketing and planning manager at Xerox.
Lisa Newton studied a BA Accounting & Marketing & MSc Investment Management and formed her business Boogles Ltd with £150. Lisa is very passionate about enterprise. Lisa is an Ambassador for Enterprise UK; the government organisation to encourage people to have ideas and make them happen. She's written a book: The 21st Century Business Model which talks about the credentials a business should have if it's to survive in this modern day age. She is a member of the ICB and the AAT. Lisa is an author, speaker and true entrepreneur as she runs various businesses - including bookkeeping, telephone answering, utilities cost cutting, weight loss and printing.
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.
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.
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.