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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.

Kevin Sheldrake

Kevin Sheldrake,
Enterprise Advisor

Kevin is a Certified Management Consultant with over 25 years’ experience working in change and consulting. Kevin started his career in financial services, working with large financial brands and their clients, on business growth and transformation strategies.

In 2013 Kevin left the corporate world to start his own independent consultancy practice serving the local area. The business now reaches well beyond the UK South Coast with a multi-disciplined team supporting their clients online, face to face, and via video call.

Kevin is fascinated by how businesses work, and the use of standardisation and ‘system thinking’ to provide the best customer experience, and competitively punch above your weight as a small business.

Specialising in practical marketing and growth strategies, branding and competitive differentiation, and creating sustainable business models for scale-up, Kevin regularly blogs on these and other aspects of the entrepreneurial journey.

A lot of Kevin’s work is based around the power of the collective – creating ways in which entrepreneurs can share and collaborate and benefit from each other’s perspectives and experience.

Steen Stones

Steen Stones,
Enterprise Advisor

Steen has 13 years’ experience in the Leisure, Tourism and Events industry, and has started up three separate businesses including a charity enterprise that saw him raise £32,000 through sponsorship and crowdfunding, a coaching & training business and an outdoors mass participation events company.

Steen joined the team in 2017 where he has taken on the lead for the pre-start and new business start-ups Outset program. Steen’s passion in business is the intersection between psychology and marketing where he brings his experience as a NLP Master practitioner to help businesses understand how they can create a compelling marketing strategy to influence their desired customer.

Our Customer Service Team: Daisy Le Helloco, Kelly Shaw, Abigail McQueen

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