I am an award winning entrepreneur and business development specialist, who, after selling my previous company to a PLC for over £2M, has worked for the past 4 years in a consultancy capacity with SMEs with turnovers of up to £15M, in a variety of industries, to create cost effective marketing campaigns and strategic business development strategies.
Area Covered: UK
Company Name: Alchemy
Industry: Marketing and Advertising
Summary: After leaving my job as a music lawyer in 1998, I founded BlueSilver Management. The company introduced pro-celebrity 5-a-side football tournaments to the major UK music festivals and subsequently organised the first national UK 5 a-side football tournament in 2000 - The Millennium Cup - which was supported by The Sun Newspaper and Loaded Magazine. The company also attracted corporate clients such as BSkyB, Morgan Stanley and Granada Media.
I launched a property investment consultancy (The Armchair Property Investor) in 2005.
Building the company from scratch, I won the award for Best Start Up Business 2006 (EN Magazine/ North West Development Agency) and subsequently sold Armchair in 2007 (just 2 years after its incorporation) for £2.25M . I later re-acquired the rights in the Armchair brand and continue to act for a select number of investors to source high yielding BMV investment property in Manchester.
In 2008, I joined the international business development franchise, the Alchemy Network and have since worked with a wide variety of SMEs with turnovers of up to £15M, to help them create and implement cost effective marketing campaigns and strategic action plans to increase turnover and profits.
I helped found The Video Inventory Agency in 2009, and was responsible for marketing, strategy and franchising, recruiting over 20 franchisees in its first year. The company won an award for innovation at The Landlord and Lettings Awards 2010. I sold most of my shares in the company in December 2010 but continue to act for the company in a consultancy capacity.
I was a finalist at the Trafford Business Awards 2010 for Business Person of the Year.
Job Title: Director
Description: The Company offers innovative video solutions to the property industry and the SME market.
Job Title: Director
Company: Alchemy Business Development
Description: Marketing and Business Development services for SMEs
Job Title: Owner
Company: Armchair Property Investor
Description: Investing in high yielding residential properties
Job Title: Chairman
Description: The South Manchester Business Association is the North West's leading independent business breakfast networking group
Job Title: Ambassador
Company: Forever Manchester Charity
Description: 70% of the money traditionally donated in the North West leaves the area and goes to one of the big national charities which means Manchester sees none of the benefit of its citizens generosity.
Forever Manchester focuses on raising money that is then invested to create an endowment and the income earned is put back into community projects in Manchester to help those who need it and help create a better society for us all. Not just worthwhile causes - essential causes for the welfare of all those who need it whether young, old, able bodied or disabled.
My role involves creating joint ventures and commercial enterprises to raise funds for the endowment fund.
Job Title: Solicitor
Job Title: Marketing/Business Development Consultant
Company: The Video Inventory Agency
Description: Responsible for developing and documenting all sales, marketing and operational systems, strategic planning, business development and marketing and recruitment of franchisees.
Summary: I am a qualified solicitor and worked for several years in the entertainment industry as a music lawyer. I am also an accredited business development consultant.
Degree: LLB Hons
Field of Study: Law
University / College: Leeds University