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The Enterprise Nation Team

Learn more about the Enterprise Nation team members.
 
Emma Jones

Emma Jones MBE
Founder & CEO

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Emma is founder of Enterprise Nation. Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, before starting her own business in 2000, which was successfully sold two years later.

Emma then launched Enterprise Nation and has since written a number of bestselling business books, including Spare Room Start-Up, Working 5 to 9, Go Global and the StartUp Kit.

Emma was a co-founder of StartUp Britain in 2011 was appointed one of the prime minister's Trade Ambassadors in 2015 and Small Business Representative for the Crown in June 2016. Find out more about Emma.

Helen Booth

Helen Booth
Chief Operating Officer

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With a background in organisational development and operational management and having grown start-up businesses to a national scale, it is Helen's role to support the brilliant Enterprise Nation team to realise their full potential and keep the focus on delivering the best possible service for members.

Helen is also dedicated to encouraging young people to start their own business and believes that anything is possible!

Richard Harpin

Richard Harpin
Investor

Richard Harpin is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the UK. In 1993 Richard established Homeserve as a joint venture with South Staffordshire Water and built it into one of the UK's largest home emergency businesses. It has since expanded into France, the USA and Spain. In 2017, HomeServe acquired 100% of Checkatrade.com

Richard set up investment vehicle, Growth Partner, in 2015 as a way to invest in some of Britain’s most talented entrepreneurs and to nurture and scale promising businesses.

Growth Partner invested in Enterprise Nation in 2017.

Gerard Downes

Gerard Downes
Investor

Gerard is Managing Director of Growth Partner and, in this capacity, supports the Enterprise Nation team to effectively deliver on their annual business plan.

Gerard established AIM listed investment company Springboard plc. He became finance director and backed management teams to complete a dozen buy-ins and developed a portfolio of more than 20 early stage investments before selling the company in 2006. He has served in non-executive and consulting capacities, providing objective and independent strategic guidance to boards.

Billy Johal

Billy Johal
Chief Technology Officer

Billy is responsible for ensuring the technology at Enterprise Nation runs smoothly. This involves all elements from data security to platform development.

Billy is a Microsoft pro and keeps an open mind and active watch-out for emerging technologies that will benefit the Enterprise Nation community.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin
News Reporter

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With 15 years of experience as a small business journalist, Dan has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to brand new start-ups.

Responsible for the prolific output of content on our blog and social media platforms, Dan works from our Bristol office.

Lizzie Slee

Lizzie Slee
Head of Media

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Lizzie works tirelessly to get Enterprise Nation, its members and the issues facing UK small businesses on the news agenda.

Lizzie is a former journalist turned PR specialist, fighting the corner for small businesses everywhere.

Read all our amazing press coverage.

Kieran Bunting

Kieran Bunting
Head of Partnerships

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Kieran oversees Enterprise Nation's relationships with major brands including O2, Xero, Facebook and TSB. With a five-year history at the company, Kieran is the go-to person when it comes to planning new campaigns and ensuring our amazing partner and corporate brands benefit from engagement with small businesses.

His other loves in life are Dulwich Hamlet and Harlequins.

Find out more about partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

Polly Dhaliwal

Polly Dhaliwal
Head of Platform

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Polly Dhaliwal oversees the Enterprise Nation platform which is the beating heart of the company. She strives every day to ensure we are doing the job of connecting small businesses to the support they need and that client programmes are effectively deployed on the platform. She is passionate about helping start-ups and small businesses grow and providing them with the right resources at the right time.

Polly loves travelling and has her own podcast.

Jess Salamanca

Jess Salamanca
Events Marketing Manager

Jess studied Business Management and Marketing at King's College London and has been involved with Enterprise Nation ever since.

She's very enthusiastic about helping people turn their passions into businesses, and works in the events team spreading the word about our fantastic business events.

Lauren Malone

Lauren Malone
Events and Campaigns Manager

Lauren is an experienced event manager from up North who is passionate about supporting the great work of small businesses. Lauren champions small business owners across the UK by leading two major campaigns: 'She Means Business' for female entrepreneurs supported by Facebook and 'Next Generation' for young entrepreneurs powered by Enterprise Trust.

In her spare time Lauren loves exploring London and runs her own book-club London Gals Read, organising regular meet-ups in the city.

Holly Jones

Holly Jones
Marketing and Campaigns Manager

Holly is based in Manchester and, from the great city, delivers dynamic Enterprise Nation events. She has become a total pro at delivering Bootcamps that get intensive training to small businesses in a short amount of time. A fashion graduate, she brings a sense of style to her work and, in that vein, manages the Enterprise Nation Instagram account.

When not working, she enjoys long bike rides and city life.

Danielle Murphy

Danielle Murphy
Head of Events and Campaigns

Lauren is an experienced event manager from up North who is passionate about supporting the great work of small businesses. Lauren champions small business owners across the UK by leading two major campaigns: 'She Means Business' for female entrepreneurs supported by Facebook and 'She's Got This' also for female founders and with a focus on supporting women to raise funds and scale businesses.

In her spare time Lauren runs her own book-club London Gals Read, organising regular meet-ups.

Luke Bolton

Luke Bolton
Junior Developer

Luke studied computer science before joining Enterprise Nation as a technical apprentice. Luke supports the technical team with requests and front and back end edits, while building his knowledge of web development at the same time.

Marco Milicia

Marco Milicia
Front End Developer

Marco focuses on the continual development of the Enterprise Nation platform, enhancing the UX and UI with help from the Enterprise Nation community.

Marco has over 10 years’ experience as a front-end developer and digital designer within advertising and e-learning sectors. He has a passion for everything digital and emerging technologies.

Lorna Bladen

Lorna Bladen
Head of Marketing

A passionate supporter of all things start-ups and marketing, Lorna is dedicated to helping small business owners turn their ideas into successful realities.

She does this via her role as head of marketing, where Lorna ensures that entrepreneurs are aware of the support they need to make their ventures flourish.

Prior to Enterprise Nation, Lorna worked in events and marketing for national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, where she ran high-profile initiatives that aimed to accelerate start-up rates in the UK.

Amanda Faull

Amanda Faull
Adviser Community Manager

Amanda is an experienced content, communications and community manager with over a decade working within professional industries for start-ups, trade bodies and a global Plc.

At Enterprise Nation, Amanda manages our adviser community to ensure that they get connected to small businesses seeking their expertise.

Lover of sci-fi, music (of all sorts), craft beer, camping and changing the way people think.

Anna Krestjaninova

Anna Krestjaninova
Events and Campaigns Administrator

Events specialist Anna deftly delivers our online meet-ups for small businesses, which cover various regions up and down the UK. She also oversees our daily Lunch and Learn webinars.

A graduate of the University of Greenwich, where she studied events management, Anna’s prior professional experience came with promoting the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition.

While at university, Anna – who’s passionate about sustainability – worked with Oxfam to produce a sustainable fashion show highlighting the impact of fast fashion.

Ben Muzliukaj

Ben Muzliukaj
Data Analyst

A specialist at drawing insights and trends from data, Ben – who works with each and every team at Enterprise Nation – is helping us become more data-driven as an organisation.

When he’s not immersed in data or new technologies, Ben practises his other passion: poetry. You’re unlikely to see him writing anything, though – such is his preoccupation with Spotify playlists and snacking on protein ice cream.

Charlie Gilbert

Charlie Gilbert
Content Manager

An accomplished content and communications strategist with a passion for brand storytelling, Charlie has well over a decade of experience in agency and in-house roles – particularly in the trend forecasting and travel sectors.

Much of the mid 2010s was spent running his own travel business, which paired travellers to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan with trusted local operators on the ground.

Now, Charlie is relishing the challenge of developing Enterprise Nation’s content strategy – and connecting small businesses with the resources they need to do great things.

Dan Adair Wright

Dan Adair Wright
Customer Support Manager

As customer support manager, Dan’s role is to guide our members through every stage of their user journey, developing and improving their experience within the Enterprise Nation community, and arming them with the knowledge and resources they need to start and grow their business.

Dan has over 20 years’ experience working in customer and B2B support. Having also managed his own family’s business for many years, Dan also understands the struggles faced by small businesses and is passionate about helping them grow. He loves to hear member success stories, particularly those in the food and drink sector.

Diane Mensah

Diane Mensah
Programmes Manager

Diane curates and manages programmes that support our members – whatever the stage of their business.

Passionate about start-ups, Diane spent six years in Hong Kong before joining Enterprise Nation, where she helped to develop a flourishing start-up ecosystem.

A true world traveller, Diane’s career has taken her from London to Hong Kong and Beijing, via Abu Dhabi, and back again.

Henry Barton

Henry Barton
Partnerships Manager

Henry helps manage relations with our corporate partners, which means he works with leading national and international brands on how they can assist, and educate, our community of small businesses.

Aside from being a massive advocate for small businesses, Henry loves travelling and following the fortunes of his beloved Liverpool FC.

Roisin Skinner

Roisin Skinner
E-Learning Manager

As the manager of our e-learning platform, Roisin works closely with partners and universities – and Enterprise Nation’s own network of advisers – to develop new e-learning tools for our small business community.

With a background in programme management in the charities sector, Roisin switched sectors in 2019. Now, she specialises in supporting small business owners and freelancers via expert training.

In her spare time Roisin loves yoga, travelling to new places and discovering local places to eat.

Neil Corcoran

Neil Corcoran
Designer

Neil is the man behind the Enterprise Nation brand. Designing all campaign assets and website pages, he is a designer who works at pace!

When not delivering delicious designs, Neil has two little children who he's educating in Photoshop and Adobe!

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