I started with an enterprise agency which, through merger, became SDEA in 2009 and delivered marketing related business support on a programme called Working Neighbourhoods Fund. I was living and working in the North West at the time so was extremely happy to find an opportunity to help small businesses market themselves better 2 miles from home!
Vividly! A great rural based business which was looking to diversify. My first appointment involved me taking a tour of the working farm and listening to the client's plans. It took me about an hour to find the place and it was a good job I was used to working farming environments as I'd brought my wellingtons! They needed general advice on direction and possible ways forward although they were a long way from the idea becoming a reality.
Supporting circa £350K of grant funding for two local projects, in turn supporting close to 100 new jobs for the area
That we've got a brilliant team with a huge amount to offer people starting a business. The service from our start up team is fantastic and it should be an encouragement for those considering embarking on their start up journey.
Bureaucracy, in all its forms! It's a necessary part of the process but it can be frustrating
We have to squeeze more from less. We have always had a huge amount to offer the small business community but we have to demonstrate that value on limited budgets. The way people access information has also changed in that time.
We'll always be a community access point for business support and start up advice and that will be maintained. We'll also need to work smarter and deliver our services to clients as and how they want them.
My 6 year old! Both metaphorically and literally
Family is important so the time I'm not at work is time for them. We like walking, swimming and just having a laugh together
I'd probably still be working in marketing in some way shape or form. Failing that I would be making music.