Chris has over 27 years experience as a founder, owner and director of businesses in the IT, Tech and e-commerce sectors. Starting out in the 90s as a business consultant, this led to the acquisition of a struggling IT company in need of a turnaround. After transforming this to success over the following 10 years he then founded an e-commerce retailer in 2003. He now has a toolbox of skills to help entrepreneurs and start-ups bring business ideas to market, develop strategies for growth, create equity value and ready your business for investment or sale. Chris prides himself on providing no nonsense, practical advice to prioritise, focus and achieve your goals. Chris has a degree in computer science, post-grad qualification in manufacturing and an MBA. He has been providing consultancy advice since 2018 specialising in start-up and scale-up businesses requiring expertise in IT, Tech and e-commerce.
A hugely successful businesswoman from Sheffield, Emma created her own gluten-free brand, Delicious Alchemy, after being diagnosed with the auto-immune Coeliac disease in 2005. Tired with the limited range of gluten free foods, she set about forming her own company, selling a range or breakfast cereals, breads, cakes and desserts to supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels, specifically catering for food allergies. Her mission was to create fresh, high quality food for people who have food allergies. Emma and her team are constantly innovating new products, adding to the growing list of foods that are available. Before Delicious Alchemy, Emma was a self-employed consultant for various video games development companies.
Giles is a multi-award winning CEO and New Business Director with 15 years experience developing and executing effective short and long-term growth strategies, marketing and brand development in both start-ups and long-standing international businesses. Giles set up his own VC funded tech business; Airstoc in 2014, winning multiple awards including the Northern Stars & Tech City UK Award for Best New Start Up. Growing from nothing to a network of 11K professional drone pilots spread across 129 countries in 2 years. He secured exclusive contracts with Disney, Adobe Stock, Discovery Networks, Netflix and more, filming everything from hotels, to airlines, to the Fast and the Furious films. Giles was the Chief Operations Officer of Campus Capital which builds early stage, growth focused alumni investment funds nurturing entrepreneurial talent before making any investment.
Morgan is a highly regarded business consultant with over 20 years experience. Morgan founded an IT Services company and after 12 years hard work, recruiting dozens of staff and winning various business awards, he exited to an MBO (Management Buyout) in 2014. Morgan has a passion for supporting promising entrepreneurs and now advises dozens of local businesses, from start-ups through to £multi-million companies, as well as being a Director of SYHA Enterprises which manages a £5m investment fund. Morgan regularly helps scale-ups tackle challenges such as growth strategy, sales & marketing, accessing investment, managing people and processes and adoption of new technology.
Sarah Brown has over 30 years of experience working in strategy development and innovation across all sectors, particularly in developing partnerships/collaboration across commercial, statutory, and third sectors to achieve shared goals. With a background in new product development and then as head of sales and marketing and a leading international PR consultancy director, she developed her marketing and communications expertise and senior management skills. Her passion is helping ethical organisations to grow, and she is just about to publish her book Winning by Doing Good.
Tom has been certified by YouTube as an expert in both Channel Growth and Content Ownership and in his 8 years of working on YouTube professionally, has led the YouTube strategy for some of the world's largest and most successful media companies gaining them tens-of-millions of subscribers and billions of views. He has consulted with YouTube Creators and Fortune 500 companies to improve their results on YouTube via his boutique agency Channel Fuel. Channel Fuel helps businesses and entrepreneurs to launch a YouTube channel from zero or take a channel to the next level no matter how big it is. With an emphasis on operations and process, Tom can help to maximise revenues from every media asset you own.
Chris co-founded Cafeteria in 2005, a brand-led, creative communications agency based in Sheffield. As creative director, he leads the Cafeteria strategically, creatively and very collaboratively; to design, plan, fix, make, talk, write, support and deliver for clients large and small. During the past 25 years he’s created for clients like Berghaus, The Post Office, Manchester Airport Group and The Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Since founding Cafeteria, Chris has worked with The British Museum, The RSPB, HLM Architects, Sheffield Theatres, Weston Park Cancer Charity, The Wildlife Trusts and many more. Cafeteria’s work has featured in Creative Review, Design Week and the website Brand New and published internationally. In 2020 Cafeteria won Silver for best identity at the Roses Awards for their rebrand of Sheffield Theatres.
Stephanie is an award-winning copywriter and ICF-certified business coach and mentor. After working as a Project Manager in business improvement and development for automotive and pharmaceutical industries, Stephanie turned her passion for creativity and flair in digital marketing with her experience in business growth to set up her own copywriting and creative coaching business. Stephanie supports start-ups, small businesses and creative freelancers to design a business that works for them without losing passion for what they love. She specialises in digital marketing and supports clients in building a quality digital presence through detailed brand strategy and captivating content. Blending coaching, mentoring and business experience, Stephanie offers a wide-ranging toolkit to support her clients.
Sinead started Crafty Fox Market in 2010, a modern craft market and community for designer makers. Crafty Fox Market support makers to sell their work through a variety of in-person shopping events including markets, popup shops and festival concessions. Crafty Fox Market also plays host to an online maker directory and were quick to make the switch to hosting online markets during the pandemic. Over the years, Crafty Fox Market have worked in partnership with a number of cultural and creative organisations including Etsy.com, The Museum of London and Shambala Festival. As well as growing Crafty Fox Market into a commercially successful business which stays true to its independent roots, Sinead represents the craft sector in a much wider capacity. She has spoken on a range of topics related to the creative retail industry, presenting to audiences at The V&A, University of the Arts, 10 Downing Street and many more.
With a track record in PR, marketing and events spanning 30+ years, Ellan has earned a reputation for creating value and delivering outstanding results. She founded Sixty7 PR Ltd in 2013 and joint venture, Re:VAMP Marketing Ltd, in early 2021. Combining a wealth of professional experience, commercial know-how and creative thinking, her specialist skills are called upon across a number of industry sectors. Delivering intelligent, attention-grabbing services that make an impact and get businesses noticed, whilst actively encouraging them to blow their own trumpets, Ellan allows her clients to stay in control, showcase their magnificence and save money.
Ellan is a co-founder of business support group, 2020 Marketing; co-host of award-winning The Same Boat panel discussion and co-host of The Events Insight podcast. Along with her role as a Scale-Up 360 mentor, she’s also a mentoring partner with Barnsley College’s Talent United and one of Enterprise Nations’ Top 50 UK Business Advisers.
Rebecca is a Business Psychologist and Coach who specialises in transforming Mindset, Wellbeing and Performance. Through Growing Beyond Consulting, she helps her clients strategically change their lives for the better by breaking free from the beliefs and behaviours holding them back. She empowers them to achieve greater success and fulfilment in their personal lives and work.
Having missed most of her education and early career due to chronic illness, she has gone on to be an award-nominated leader and won awards for her MSc in Occupational Psychology (coming top of her class and conducting pioneering research). Her research, connecting Mindset with Imposter Feelings in the workplace, was recently published by the global journal Frontiers in Psychology. During the pandemic she also conducted research on wellbeing, giving her clients a unique science-backed offering.
Rebecca strategizes, empowers and accelerates her client growth through her unflinchingly direct, yet deeply heartfelt and collaborative approach.
Strategic social media consultant and trainer with over 10 years’ experience of working across a wide spectrum of social media platforms and industry sectors in Private, Public and Charity organisations; Since establishing Social Media Solutions (UK) Limited in 2012 and joint venture Re:VAMP Marketing Limited in 2021; Pamela has earned a reputation for delivering value and results specific to the needs of individual clients across multiple industry sectors both B2B and B2C.
Finalist in the Enterprise Nation Top 50 Business Advisor 2020; Winner "Most Innovative Social Media Management Services - Yorkshire" – Corporate Vision Technology Awards 2021 and Co-Founder of The Same Boat (a Business Support Group set up in response to the March 2020 Lockdown) Pamela’s expertise extends well beyond the basic functionality of social media platforms, understanding the challenges businesses of all sizes face in increasing brand awareness and impacting on their bottom line through the power of digital marketing.
Billal is known as one of the go-to thought leaders in the Communication Industry. He works with leaders helping them make significantly more impact through compelling and confident communication.
His client lists include leaders from corporate, government, and military organisations including the British Military, Royal Jordanian Protocol, and leading corporations such as the Financial Times, Citi Bank, AMRC.
He has been featured on the BBC, Sky and international media channels in the Middle and Far East.
Professionally Billal Jamil is an MBA from Imperial College London, an ex-Director within the UK Civil Service, responsible for helping develop leadership talent within numerous companies from Braun to Unilever.