Paul is an enterprise coach working at Clowne Enterprise, a role he established and has been carrying out for over 12 years. During that time he has worked with hundreds of people, helping them to set up and grow their own businesses with an extremely high success rate. He is able to provide advice and hands on support in all aspects of starting a new business: finances; sales and marketing; legal requirements as well as coaching individuals to grow their own capabilities.
In 2011 Paul received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise promotion in recognition for his work with small businesses. He has also won business adviser awards from the Institute of Business Consulting, the Institute of Business Advisers and SFEDI.
Before becoming an enterprise coach Paul worked for 12 years with colleagues setting up and growing a £3.5m consultancy business, and still runs his own business today. He was also chair of the LEO programme, a £7m Local Enterprise Growth Programme in North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire from 2007 to 2011, and was a lecturer at Derby University for the Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications.
Paul is a qualified business coach, a member of the Institute of Business Consulting and an NLP Master Practitioner.
Nigel set up his first business almost fifteen years ago, researching what people needed to know, understand and be able to do when starting and running a business. Much of this was used to inform the work of the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI). Research into Government –supported schemes and small businesses included Get Mentoring, Investors in People and Start-up Loans. He produced Think big, act small: Will the system ever meet the needs of small business? for the UK Skills Convention 2002 presented a paper, Entrepreneurial Learning and Public Policy in the UK, at the 2007 World Conference of the International Council for Small Business in Finland.
In 2010 he received a SFEDI Special Achievement Award for raising enterprise training and support standards in the UK and was subsequently made an honorary fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. Last year he created and published the @MicroBizMatters Start Up Guide with Tony Robinson OBE.
In 2011 Nigel started the Dunston Enterprise Club in Chesterfield and created their website and learning resources. The Club operated as a self-help group for people looking to start their own businesses for four years. Most of the participants were out of work and looking to enter self-employment. Nigel has also been a volunteer mentor with the Prince’s Trust for many years. He now works as an enterprise coach with Clowne Enterprise alongside his other business interests.