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Team

Mike Slaughter,
Finance Advisor

Mike has been an entrepreneur for 40 years. He was one of the founders of Radio West, the first commercial radio station in Bristol, and also co-founded the Creative Glass Guild which went on to become a hub for Stained and Warm glass throughout the South West. During this time he supported some customers to start or expand their own businesses.

Following a buy out, he started and ran the Organic Food Ferry for 5 years, before returning to the UK and worked as a consultant for another start-up, Advanced Telecare.

Mike brings a very “hands-on” approach to financial advice, as from experience he knows that virtually no entrepreneur has the complete skill set and that finance is often the least understood area. He is dedicated to helping business build sustainable models and utilise the help and support that was rarely available when he started his businesses.

Sarah Veakins,
Marketing Advisor

After studying in London for a degree in business, Sarah spent ten years working as a Language Coach and Trainer. She moved on to become a Business Language Coach, working in Paris with high profile companies such as Kodak, AXA Risk Assurance and Matra Defence (now part of MBDA).

After returning to the UK, Sarah took a new direction, working as a Marketing Manager for an International Boarding School and Ceramic BBQ Company. Through these roles, she developed skills in: web design; online media strategy; collateral design; event organisation; photography and video editing; PR; SEO and Google Analytics; copywriting and e-book publishing.

Sarah’s dream was to run her own company, and started an Alfresco Cooking business and that has given her a wealth of personal experience in launching a niche, artisan product in the UK – this includes product development and design, manufacturing, packaging, POS design and marketing.

Her passion is the world of branding, digital and content marketing, and is keen to share her business knowledge and skills to help businesses across the Solent area.

Rob Arnold,
Enterprise Advisor

Rob is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist who enjoys a challenge! With over 17 years experience running an Investment Company and after diversifying into Residential and Commercial Finance, Rob decided to sell and get out of the world of Financial Advice and pursue new challenges with building a new brand in healthy energy drinks and supplements.

This led to further diversification with a move into digital publishing and advertising. Rob is an active supporter of charitable causes, particularly Adventure Aid UK, an International children’s charity who are based in Wimborne. He wants to share all of his entrepreneurial experience (good and bad) to help other local entrepreneurs and businesses succeed and grow.

Pauline Lane,
Project Marketing and Administrative Executive

Pauline lived in California for 12 years where she graduated in Computer Graphics & Graphic Design, and whilst living there she also had the opportunity to run her own Hair and Beauty Salon. Here, she encouraged people to start their own business by renting a booth in the salon, resulting in taking on 13 self employed people.

After selling the business, she returned back to the UK and worked for several years as a Senior Fleet Training Officer within the Cadet department for Carnival UK. Within this sector, Pauline developed her Graphic Design, HR, pastoral care skills (due to the age range she was looking after) and completed a Counselling qualification.

Pauline has a passion for helping others grow and to share her knowledge.