We are a team of highly experienced professionals with a shared passion for helping businesses succeed. Whether you are getting your business ready to grow, seeking funds for expansion, or simply trying to improve your returns, we will support you with the perfect blend of skills, contacts and industry knowledge.

Dave White

Lead Partner

Planning for Growth and Fundraising
Export Essentials Adviser

A veteran of the internet dot.com boom of the late nineties, Dave has held both Tech and Finance positions in a number of owner-managed businesses, including the Glyndebourne Opera House and Brittens Music. He is a longstanding advocate of Cloud Computing, and serves on the Tech Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London.

Simon Bruce

Lead Partner

Financial Planning and Wealth Management
Export Essentials Adviser

Simon qualified as a Chartered accountant with BDO London in 1982 and has since held senior roles in banking, manufacturing and international trading. He has worked with publicly quoted companies, family companies and start-ups. Simon is well known Charity Trustee and Company Director, and is building a growing reputation in regional Angel Investment Networks.

Kath Bourke

Associate Director

Planning for Growth
Export Essentials Adviser

Kath built an IT business with her husband from a good idea to a business employing 10 staff and has most recently spent four years helping to deliver the government's Growth Accelerator and Business Growth Service in Devon and Cornwall. She has been a Trustee at Plymouth Guild for six years and has been on the Advisory Board for Devon and Cornwall Business Council for over ten years.

James Akin-Smith

Associate Director

Planning for Growth and Fundraising
Export Essentials Adviser

James Akin-Smith has built seven different businesses over the past 30 years. He has experienced the highs and lows of running a business first hand and is passionate about sharing his experiences with others. He knows that it can be difficult to stand back from the business and spend sufficient time working ON it rather than just IN it - the day to day “stuff” just gets in the way.

Jakki McPhail

Programme Manager

Business Advice Service
Export Essentials

Jakki has over 25 years’ experience of managing projects all over the world. She has worked in the public and private sectors, and is passionate about enterprise and entrepreneurship. Like all good project managers, Jakki is not the subject matter expert but understands how, when, and why to deploy project management disciplines at different points in a project.

Gail Freeman-Bell

Principal Consultant

Planning for Growth
Export Essentials Adviser

Gail is a mechanical engineer with many years’ experience in manufacturing, holding positions in engineering design and operations management. After three years with the Manufacturing Advisory Service, Gail started her own business in 2006 and has worked with more than 150 manufacturers on a variety of projects encompassing lean manufacturing and strategic development.

Andrew Southall

Associate Director

Fundraising
Export Essentials Adviser

Andrew is a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Water and Environment Manager with 35 years' business experience in a wide range of industries. Andrew has been working independently with businesses seeking change since 2010. His client base spans civil engineering contracting, utilities (especially water), renewable energy, environmental technology, legal and the public sector.

Chris Lorimer

Associate Director

Planning for Growth
Export Essentials Adviser

Chris has an impressive track record of transforming business performance across public and private sector, working on strategy and leadership development, public relations and marketing, lean operations, and business development. Chris worked extensively in the Business Growth Service, integrating operational, marketing and sales priorities to form cohesive overall strategies.

Michelle Gaston-Howell

Principal Consultant

Finance Management
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Michelle provides comprehensive, outsourced Finance Management to local companies. Over more than twenty years in business, Michelle has held roles both as an advisor and business owner. Equally proficient in Cloud Computing packages such as Xero and Receipt Bank, and Desktop Solutions such as Sage, Michelle will work with you to tailor exactly the right package of support for your finance function.