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.

Kieran Bunting

Kieran Bunting
Head of Partnerships

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Kieran oversees Enterprise Nation's relationships with major brands including Vodafone, Uber, Google 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 Product

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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.

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.

Luke Bolton

Luke Bolton
IT service manager

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.

Dan Adair Wright

Dan Adair Wright
Head of community

As Enterprise Nation's Head of community it's Dan’s job to make sure that you’re getting the most from your membership. If you’re a small business owner he’ll ensure that you’re being matched to the support you need to start and grow your business. For advisers, that means making you aware of every available opportunity to promote your expertise to the rest of the community and connecting you with entrepreneurs that are looking for support.

Having managed a small business himself for many years, Dan understands the challenges involved and loves nothing more than hearing success stories from the Enterprise Nation community.

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.

Roisin Skinner

Roisin Skinner
E-learning and programme manager

As the manager of our e-learning platform, Roisin works closely with partners – and Enterprise Nation’s own network of advisers – to develop new e-learning tools for the 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, you can catch Roisin at live music gigs, discovering local places to eat and trying out the latest (small business) gin.

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!

Cliona Kealy

Cliona Kealy
Product Manager

Cliona focuses on the day to day development of the Enterprise Nation platform ensuring all partner projects and new feature releases are delivered.

Cliona has over 8 years experience in product management and works closely with the Enterprise Nation team and key stakeholders across the business.

Andre Flores

Andre Flores
Product Designer

Andre is responsible for ensuring that the Enterprise Nation platform is intuitive and easy to use for its community and advisers.

Andre has over 8 years experience designing web and mobile applications. An avid digital tinkerer, Andre had previously co-founded a blockchain startup and an online job board (wfhpad.com) to support displaced non-specialized people during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Grace Nelson

Grace Nelson
Junior Events and Campaigns Manager

Grace has a degree in Events Management from Manchester Met University, with experience of managing virtual events and campaigns. Grace is passionate about empowering the voices of graduates and industry newcomers. In her spare time, Grace loves to be creative through volunteering and contributing to her blog!

Nicola Woods

Nicola Woods
Junior Events and Campaigns Manager

Nicola is our Ireland based team member, helping to drive Enterprise Nation activity across the island.

Passionate about business, Nicola has spent the past 5 years supporting businesses of all sizes, in various sectors and at different stages of their journey.

Any spare time Nicola has is spent at the local GAA field - playing, coaching and as a spectator.

Marine Andre

Marine Andre
Head of programmes

Prior to Enterprise Nation, Marine held a senior business and performance role at Westminster City Council, she has worked in multiple industries from NFP organisations and embassies to fine dining and motorsport events around the world.

Marine is now our head of programmes. Her objective is to make an impact and she believes that no job is too big or small if the outcome benefits the team, the organisation or the customer.

She loves travelling and discovering new cultures, but in her opinion, nothing beats Corsica!

Caroline Fry

Caroline Fry
Head of international programmes and expansion

Caroline has a long career of supporting businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors – working from international conglomerates to local start-ups. At Enterprise Nation Caroline has the enviable task of replicating the success the team has had in the UK to other markets in the EU and beyond. Outside of work, Caroline is quite the fitness freak, but likes to offset this with plenty of cooking (& eating!).

Ryan Elliott

Ryan Elliott
Content manager

With a background in the world of print and broadcast journalism, Ryan has since dived into marketing, and in his role will ensure Enterprise Nation continue providing top-tier content to delight our small business community.

As a born-and-raised Brightonian, he is acutely aware of how crucial small businesses are to the ecosystem of the city, inspiring him to enter the sector.

Outside of work, Ryan is a keen sportsman who is often found playing cricket or watching his beloved Brighton & Hove Albion.

David Cotgreave

David Cotgreave
Head of media

David leads Enterprise Nation’s PR team, managing the relationship with national and regional media to ensure we continue leading the conversation on the power and value of small businesses.

A 15-year PR veteran, David is committed to tackling the challenges faced by the UK’s small business community while shining a light on their successes.

Marc Gardner

Marc Gardner
Programme content manager

Before joining Enterprise Nation as content manager in October 2021, Marc held a similar role at the British Business Bank. There, he was in charge of content for several websites and spent much of his time writing articles for the benefit of the small business community. Prior to that, Marc worked in content roles for a digital marketing and SEO agency, a software company and an international law firm.

Not content (no pun intended) with producing content during working hours only, Marc has a master’s degree in screenwriting and likes writing film scripts—when he can find the time. At present, a two-year-old son keeps him from indulging in many of his interests, including films, books and playing the guitar.