Mike has been a company director and senior manager for over twenty years. He has started, developed and transformed businesses mainly in the building material supplies industry until deciding to broaden his horizons and work in the business support arena. With a keen eye for ideas that have commercial potential he has been involved with product development, strategic organisational and innovative change in these real life environments.
Formerly, Mike was owner manager of a fast growing Builder Merchants business. After selling his interests in this business in early 2001 he was appointed as Corporate Development Director of a division of Timbmet Ltd, Europe’s largest hardwood timber importing and processing company, investigating new income stream possibilities and initiatives, sourcing and evaluating new innovative products and seeking out manufacturing capabilities worldwide in particular China, USA, The Baltic States, Western Europe, Scandinavia and Indonesia. In 2004 he accepted the challenge of setting up a new high value goods division within the Taylor Maxwell group. Targeted to achieve £1 million sales in year one he achieved a turnover in the first years trading of £3.5 million.
Mike has presented at conferences, workshops and seminars locally and nationally and represented Business in Yorkshire and Humberside as a regular guest on BBC radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster breakfast show and BBC News
Strategic Development, Business Planning, Operational Management
Change Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Quality Management,
Structural Steel Fabrication EN1090 compliance, Manufacturing, Import & Export
Mid to Large SMEs, Local Authorities/ Public Sector
Professional Services, Construction, Product Development
Mike has provided clarity of focus which has enabled us to grow the business into a number of differing areas. He has also helped us to obtain £20k funding to develop an on-line reporting software product. Daniel Northcott, MD, Access North
Without Innovate Now’s assistance REA site services would not be able to trade legally and the business may have had to stop. The systems introduced are easy to maintain and have made us more efficient and productive. The EN1090 audit was achieved in early September and we are fully accredited. Paul Price, MD,REA Site Services Ltd
Mike used innovative diagnostic and visioning techniques to help the company redefine its market focus and value proposition and develop a marketing strategy. Due to this support growth is being boosted and the company expects that profits should increase this financial year by 73 percent. Michelle Akova, MD, Oceans ESU Ltd