How long have you worked for BEF and which other roles have you held?
I have been a member of the BEF team for 18 months. I started my working career at Morrisons when I was 20. This was followed by 15 years at Yorkshire Bank.
What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
Helping SME businesses realise their growth aspirations. I am motivated by being part of the regeneration that is happening across East Riding. Also helping business in areas that need boosting like Goole, Hull, Scarborough and the surrounding areas.
What are some of the stand-out businesses you have supported at BEF?
Spark:York and Futureworks. Spark:York has had such a positive effect on York and start-up businesses in the area. Futureworks is helping shape opportunities for disadvantaged adults and young people in Scarborough. Both are fantastic organisations. I am very proud of them.
What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work?
I get great job satisfaction during that first meeting with a client, hearing such passion about their business and discussing their vision, knowing I can help to make that a reality.
What excites you about the part of the region that you support?
I’m excited by the huge opportunity to help businesses across my part of the region. This builds on the great work that BEF have already done in other parts of the region.
What key things stand out to you about an exciting business when you get the business plan?
Not particularly the business plan but the passion from the business owners along with their vision and strategy for business growth.
Any words of advice for someone looking to start a business or grow an existing business?
Be passionate about your business idea. Build a strong foundation for your business from the start, this is essential for a sustainable business.
Five dinner party guests (dead or alive)?
Welsh comedian and magician, Tommy Cooper; American politician and former U.S president, Barack Obama; English poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare; Australian-British singer and actress, Kylie Minogue OBE; and American filmmaker and entrepreneur, George Lucas - best known for Star Wars.
Favourite technological advance to date?
The cocktail table Space Invaders. Space invaders came in the late 70s and beats Pac-man hands down.
Best piece of architecture in Yorkshire or the North of England?
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