"I am passionate about the needs of smaller and growing businesses." Gil has more than 18 years' experience managing and advising in the banking and financial services sector with some of the nation's biggest brands, including Black Horse, NatWest, Bradford & Bingley Group, Newcastle Building Society, Wesleyan Assurance Society. Gil specialises in finding practical, resourceful solutions to the key challenges facing businesses today. He has an analytical and focused approach, enriched by continuous professional development involving meeting with and learning from the most senior and respected professionals in the business community. He has extensive media experience providing expert analysis and commentary for BBC FiveLive, ITV, BBC Radio Newcastle and other local stations.
Karen Melonie Gould is an Innovative/Disrupter of Finance and Investment and Digital Marketing. With over 25 years’ at an International level from working in the Travel Industry in the USA and Caribbean and North Africa to working in the UK and Europe in Fintech and Digital Marketing. Gatway2digital part of her brand just made it to the finals of #VOOM Virgin out of 3000 businesses. Gateway2enterprise has over 120000 members combined within 2 years. Karen herself has just returned from Vienna at the E Leaders World Conference as a Speaker on Business Enterprise Finance and Investment. Karen presently Mentors and supports Businesses in the Finance Technology and Digital arena in sourcing finance and investment and in scaling up businesses using her digital marketing platform and her own Portfolio of Investors and access to Alternative Finance Providers. Karen started out her own Entrepreneur journey back in the 90’s with two successful business one which she created and started in the Dating industry which she took to a £10m turnover within 3 years. The other business was a Training and Business Development Consultancy which had clients from Virgin – and other Top FTSE clients in the UK. Karen was one of the first in the UK to set up in May 2014 her Alternative finance platform which has been restructured to become an investment and funding free platform for its members. Skills: Entrepreneurship; Finance/Investment; Sales; worldwide contacts; Events Management; Speaker/Author; Digital Marketing; Disruptive Thinking; Operations; Leadership; Innovation; Strategic Development and Implementation; Business Development; Business Performance Improvement; Operational Management; Business Transformation; Change Management; Team Development; Culture; Communication:
I am a freelance Finance Director, specialising in growing and developing SMEs through my company Evolve FD. I originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for a practice in Liverpool dealing with a general mix of clients together with all of their creative clients. I then took a career change and worked as a technician in most of the Liverpool theatres, before becoming co-owner of a Theatre in Education company (having responsibility for all financial, administrative and technical areas). We focused on ‘theatre in education’ productions in secondary schools covering the North of England, the Midlands and Wales. Subsequent to this I became Finance Director of a toy and game importer and distributor; sourcing product in the USA, China and Israel and selling nationally in the UK. I then bought out a portion of this business and set up a company selling a niche board game to the London tourist market.
I am a highly experienced and motivated Business Development Coach and advisor, with significant experience in working with SME’s to help grow their businesses. With over 35 years practical and hands-on experience in a broad range of business sectors, I have gained a deep understanding of both many of the key challenges facing businesses, as well as having the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver results through working with owners and senior managers in order to provide clarity and focus.
I have a passion for working with businesses in order to help them grow, enter new markets and expand existing ones via both my experience and extensive range of contacts. The focus for me is not just talking about how a business can grow more effectively, but getting my hands dirty and concentrating on the delivery and execution aspects.
My specialism’s focus on strategy, sales and business development, coaching of key personnel, new market entry and helping businesses become investment-ready .
Matteo is an astute Finance Director and Non-Executive Director and runs a portfolio of clients across several sectors. He is an Italian national, fluent in English & French with international experience across diverse industries. Acting as entrepreneur for my clients, he executes exit, acquisition and franchising strategies. He has executed a £70m financing program chairing a FTSE 100 Plc steering committee, a £20m free cash flow strategy, negotiated £20m financing for international growth, executed £80m renewable energy investments with acquisition programs, executed a £15m acquisition in retail banking, increased bottom line by 6% in 6 months in professional services
'I have a real passion for supporting growing businesses. I know how hard it is to run your own business, there are so many things going on that you often forget to look at 'your' business'. Rich Cassidy brings 20+ years working within a Commercial Banking environment. He has worked with a broad range of businesses, from egg producers to games developers, and from IT companies to metal fabricators. During his time with the bank he worked both in general banking and asset finance. He works with SME's to identify and mitigate risks, assess funding structures, obtain appropriate funding lines which are fit for purpose based on the businesses requirements and goals and provides guidance on development of new markets and client opportunities using his wide network of contacts to effect effective introductions. Skills - Risk Management; Financial modelling; Business Planning and Forecasting; Banking
Highly experienced technology entrepreneur, investor and mentor with over 30 years’ experience. Leading technology businesses of all sizes Steve has worked across Europe and the USA. For the last decade using his development company, Software City, Steve has enabled fund raising of many millions into a variety of diverse companies. Founder of the event format “Software City” which he has staged in the USA, Finland, Sweden, London and Liverpool. Software City show showcases many aspiring technology businesses brings together audiences of Investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.
His network comprises of key contacts stretching from Helsinki to Silicon Valley.
Companies with whom he has enjoyed senior executive status include Elcom Inc, Landis UK Ltd, Imtech Telecom UK Ltd, NWIX Ltd and many others.
His other passion is in bringing Nordic technology businesses to the UK and has an extensive network across the Nordic states has already brought some 30 businesses into the UK.
Steve is currently Chairman of Pixie Harnesses Ltd, CEO of Software City Ltd and Partnership Director of Bright Future Software Ltd, a major software development company with an innovative of training large numbers of software apprentices and jointly meeting the skills gap and providing top level on shore software development.
Steven has been supporting business for over 35 years as a successful facilitator, providing financial solutions for businesses who are looking to grow, owner managed businesses in need of further additional working capital to help sustain and promote growth, there are a number of medium to long term benefits that can be applied to assist with both asset projects and new contracts that may require up to 100% funding.
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