New Anglia Growth Hub

Nigel Best
Nigel Best
New Anglia Growth Hub Manager
01473 694828
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Nigel joined the Growth Hub in 2017 as manager of the team of Business Growth Advisers and office based staff.

His role is to get the most out of the team, ensure the ambitious targets are reached and maintain that Suffolk and Norfolk’s companies receive the highest quality business support from the most qualified and highest performing Growth Hub in the country. 

Nigel’s background is in banking and business support which means he knows the challenges faced by small businesses and how to overcome them.

Mohammed Alkordi
Mohammed Alkordi
Business Adviser
07467148475
Helen Barker
Helen Barker
Finance Administrator
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Helen brings experience from financial services, marketing, operations, hospitality and the charity sector. She holds several marketing qualifications, trained as a Salesforce Administrator and stays current with regular online courses. Helen’s responsibilities within the Growth Hub start with managing the monthly financial processes for the ERDF and HM Government funding streams, taking the lead for operational and administrative activities and providing IT, HR and provisions support.

 

“I have trained and managed individuals, from apprentices to CEOs, on how to get the best from their processes and systems, and influenced trustees with ideas and campaigns that come in under budget. I love working for an organisation that supports and uplifts others to help improve the lives of local businesses and people.”

Mick Biegel
Mick Biegel
Office Manager
01473 694828
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After completing a BEd degree, Mick joined the Army (The Green Howards) and served in a range of operational and staff appointments worldwide. Since then, he has completed HR and training appointments in both the public and private sectors, as well as serving concurrently in the, then, TA and as Commandant of Essex Army Cadet Force. His most significant achievement to date was to be awarded the OBE on behalf of the Team he was proud to lead at the MCTC, in Colchester. This is Mick’s second spell based at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, having managed the highly productive and successful Employer Training Incentive Pilot (ETIP) 2015 – 2017.

Jamie Bird
Jamie Bird
Administration Assistant
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In 2015 Jamie graduated from university with a degree in Graphic Design. To gain some work experience, he secured a job as an Online Shopper at Sainsbury’s. He progressed to become a self-employed Graphic Designer and worked part time for a design agency based in Ipswich for two years. Jamie joined the New Anglia Growth Hub in 2018 and is aiming to work towards his SFEDI qualification in the near future.

Kate Colchester
Kate Colchester
South Norfolk & Mid Suffolk Business Growth Adviser
07494 277247
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Kate joined the Growth Hub in 2016 as a Business Growth Adviser.

Kate helps businesses in South Norfolk make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. She helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

Kate has multi-industry experience across a range of sectors and exposure to businesses globally.  

Jo Ferriss
Jo Ferriss
Events & Marketing Coordinator
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Jo spent many years working for her family’s outside catering business ‘Diana Barnard catering’. During  her mid-twenties, she took a break in hospitality and joined the Government department Oversea Development Administration as a logistics consultant; who seconded her to UNHCR in former Yugoslavia and then UNICEF in Rwanda during the Genocide. Upon Jo’s return to the UK, she had a short spell in logistics before returning to the family business in 2001. The business was rebranded to Barnard Catering Ltd and Jo continued to work for the company during busy spells whilst also working for local marketing guru’s Helen Oldfield and Gina Long.

From here Jo moved to Woodhall Manor as events manager and then joined the management team at The Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe. This has given great experience for her current position within events and marketing at the Growth Hub.

Fiona Johnson
Fiona Johnson
Business Adviser
Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones
Ipswich & Mid Suffolk Business Growth Adviser
07467 148474
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Sam joined the Growth Hub in 2016 as a Business Growth Adviser.

Sam helps businesses in Ipswich make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. She helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

Sam has a broad range of experience, including working within the education, care and manufacturing sectors as well as setting up a small business.

Fiona Little
Fiona Little
Business Adviser
07494168558
Neil Mason
Neil Mason
Business Adviser
Dr William Millar
Dr William Millar
Innovation & Digital Growth Adviser
07467 148476
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William is a Business Growth Adviser covering the A14 corridor with a special interest in innovation in Suffolk. Prior to joining the Growth Hub in 2014, he worked for different divisions in BT where he gained a wide ranging experience of creating and delivering innovative products and services for both consumers and large enterprise customers.

Before that he was a university lecturer and Visiting Professor. He is particularly interested in helping businesses in the region who want to innovate in their offering to the market place, as well as any business wishing to grow.

Glen Moore
Glen Moore
Lowesotft & Waveney Business Growth Adviser
07467 148477
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Glen joined the Growth Hub in 2014 as a Business Growth Adviser.

Glen helps businesses on the ‘all energy coast’ including Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. He helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

He has 12 years’ experience advising businesses in this region primarily in the field of skills and workforce development.

Sharna Morris
Sharna Morris
Business Support Adviser
01473 694821
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Sharna has worked for the Growth Hub since 2017 and is a Business Growth Support Adviser working with the field based advisers in Suffolk.

As part of the support team based at the Growth Hub central office, Sharna is responsible for the effective management of enquiries providing telephone support to diagnose client needs, provide relevant information advice and referral in a triage role ensuring clients get the most appropriate support.

Margaret Oakley
Margaret Oakley
Business Support Adviser
01473 694821
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Margaret (Mags) has worked for the Growth Hub in 2014 and is a Business Growth Support Adviser working with the field based advisers in Norfolk.

As part of the support team based at the Growth Hub central office, Mags is responsible for the effective management of enquiries providing telephone support to diagnose client needs, provide relevant information advice and referral in a triage role ensuring clients get the most appropriate support.

Mags holds a SFEDI Level 6 Award in Understanding Business and Enterprise Support.

Dean Pierpoint
Dean Pierpoint
East & North Norfolk Business Growth Adviser
07467 148480
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Dean joined the Growth Hub in 2016 as a Business Growth Adviser.

Dean helps businesses in North Norfolk make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. He helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

Prior to joining, Dean helped businesses to develop their staff with apprenticeships.

Dr Morgan Potter
Dr Morgan Potter
Innovation & Digital Growth Adviser
07467 148473
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Morgan is a Business Growth Adviser for Innovation along Norfolk’s A11 corridor. Morgan has operated his own business consultancy company for the past five years with a remit of advising on business growth and exit strategies.  He was a business adviser with ibd (Initiatives in Business Development) and has a DBA in Strategic Management from Aston University and two MBAs.

Morgan is keen to engage with businesses to provide the guidance and support needed and to help build best practice across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Sue Simmons
Sue Simmons
Events Coordinator
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Sue has worked for all sizes and nature of organisations, from global to family run business, covering sectors from education to manufacturing, sports and leisure and tourism. She has not only managed marketing and events over the last 20 plus years, but also used her Business and Finance Degree to develop experience with in commercial development management, procurement and buying. This breadth of experience brings a diverse range of skills and experiences which she is looking to bring to supporting SMEs in Norfolk and Suffolk within her role at the New Anglia Growth Hub.

Chris Sharman
Chris Sharman
West Norfolk & North/West Suffolk Business Growth Adviser
07467 148481
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Chris has worked for the Growth Hub since 2014 as a Business Growth Adviser.

Chris helps businesses in South West Norfolk make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. He helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

Qualified to SFEDI level 7 in business support, Chris is able to guide clients through the maze of opportunities available and pinpoint the support that can help them move forward with a particular project or phase of growth.

David Sparkes
David Sparkes
Norwich Business Growth Adviser
0300 333 6536
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David joined the Growth Hub in 2017 as a Business Growth Adviser.

David helps businesses in the Norwich area make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. He helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

 

Robert Turnbull
Robert Turnbull
South Suffolk Business Growth Adviser
07467 148472
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Robert joined the Growth Hub in 2014 as a Business Growth Adviser.

Robert helps businesses in South Suffolk make the most of the business support that is available both locally and nationally. He helps businesses access grant schemes, train and develop and staff, and get the right advice to help them grow.

Robert is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

Jess Winlow
Jess Winlow
Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Jess has been a marketing professional for over 5 years, gaining a strong skill set within the photography, retail, local government and charity sectors. With a flair for writing and a passion for all things digital, she enjoys all aspects of marketing, from the strategic to the creative, as well as being skilled in website and graphic design. Jess joined the Growth Hub in February 2019 and manages the marketing, PR and websites, as well as supporting the Events team.