Since I began working independently in 2013, I have been lucky enough to work on a wide variety of projects, from growth to exit, turnaround to fundraising and much more. Here is a short sample of some of my completed assignments.
Springboard Corporate Finance
Springboard is an independent Corporate Finance specialist whose partners have more than 75 years combined experience advising on successful transactions. Springboard focus on UK and international transactions and have offices in Birmingham, Nottingham and London. www.springboardcf.com
My role as an Operating Partner consultant at Springboard (formally one day per week) was working with the team and their clients to add value, with a particular focus on the international work, strengthening origination processes and making the internal processes (GDPR, Cyber, technology, etc) more efficient.
I held this role from 2017 until early 2020.
Breaking Free Group
Breaking Free is an innovative, behavioural science based automated digital health platform targeting addictive behaviours. Funded by venture capital from start-up, annual revenue at the time of my resignation was £700,000 per annum. www.breakingfreegroup.com
- Introduced to the business when it was in a distressed state and after the loss of the key founder, I was responsible for developing new strategic partnerships for in the UK and overseas, raising over £500k of additional finance for the business to keep it solvent, overseeing general commercial matters across the company and working with our venture investors on funding needs and governance to get the business back to a less distressed state.
- This included working to clarify strategy, channels to market and internal operational processes and after this initial project was offered a turnaround role as Commercial Director, notionally three days per week as part of this turnaround plan and to help run the business for the very inexperienced founder.
- Worked to stabilise the business, develop new sales opportunities in both primary care and overseas (notably Canada, where I found an opportunity to tender, converted this and gave the business the opportunity to expand overseas)
- Raised over £500k in additional working capital for the business, from a mixture of RGF grants, R&D tax credits, innovation vouchers and EIT grants giving the business additional breathing space to develop and grow.
- Having set the business on a pathway to succeed and completed the objectives set by the venture backer I resigned in late 2017 to work on new projects.
Innovation Birmingham Campus
Entrepreneur in Residence
Now the UK’s largest digital campus, the Innovation Campus Birmingham is a one-stop-shop for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors looking to develop or fund tech start-ups with high growth potential, in particular through its Entrepreneurs for the Future programme, E4f. www.innovationbham.com
- Appointed in May 2013 as the Campus’s first ever Entrepreneur in Residence following a competitive tender for the contract
- Acted as a personal coach for the tech start-ups incubated by the park, as well as acting as an ambassador for the programme
- This typically involved up to one day per week coaching, advising, and facilitating contacts for the tech start-ups, ultimately driving them to create investible/revenue generating businesses and create jobs in the knowledge economy
- Having spent one year in this role and having brought in two successors to my role within the programme, I gave notice to the Campus in mid 2014 in order to move to other roles as detailed above.