The Local Business Accelerator offers young businesses the opportunity to access a 10-week programme combining expert knowledge with group discussion and action learning, that creates solutions to business barriers and personal development in leadership and management, supporting growth ambition and creating new opportunities.

The programme is underpinned with free membership to the Enterprise Nation platform which offers a wide range of interactive activity and events at local and national level that are unique and add real value to any business that enrols.

Your Enterprise Nation Local Leader will facilitate each session and act as a local conduit for questions and signposting to our large resource of business support.

Each Local Leader has been chosen because of their own business support excellence and knowledge of your local business landscape.

Claim your place on the programme here or attend a free taster session by clicking on the links below.

Asha Pitt - Coventry

Asha Pitt - Coventry

Asha Pitt is a creative, commercial communicator with more than two decades’ experience across diverse industries. She is an effective and proven executive coach and accredited Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. She provides communications and coaching services via her consultancy, Living Content Ltd.

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Dan Martin - Bristol

Dan Martin - Bristol

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

As head of content at Enterprise Nation, Dan is responsible for the prolific output of content on the company’s blog. He is based in Bristol where he runs regular events with the local small business community and has strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region.

Outside of Enterprise Nation, he co-runs a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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Dawn Crossingham - Poole Outskirts or Dorchester

Dawn Crossingham - Poole 

Dawn is the UK Winner of Business Advisor of the year 2018 in the category of finance & funding awarded by Enterprise Nation & Experian. She is also the National Winner of the Venus Networker of the year award and Winner of the Dorset Venus Finals. Dawn qualified with the Institute of Leadership and management at level 5 in Business support and is a fellow of the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs. A National Blogger for Venus Awards and Head Judge for the Successful Women in Business Awards.

Dawn has worked with over 700 business owners and has a portfolio of Manufacturers, construction, creative, retail, food and drink, hospitality and health industries she has supported.

Dawn believes that EVERY business owner needs an impartial sounding board; a trusted professional to enable them to see their business opportunities, critique their plans, identify innovative solutions and troubleshoot.

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Emma Wood - Tenterden

Emma Wood - Weald of Kent and Sussex

Starting her first business abroad at 18, Emma has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 35 years across the hospitality, childcare, property and media sectors. During the last 10 years she has developed strategies that have taken recognised UK companies into international markets, but her greatest passion is for helping start-ups, self-employed and SMEs achieve success.

In 2011 she launched Hothouse, a growth accelerator agency serving businesses across the geographic region of the Weald of Kent and Sussex which she continues to run. She launched a second business called The Big WOW in 2018.
Designed to empower all types of enterprise that hold events of any size, The Big WOW combines a rapid mobile-responsive e-commerce website, hyper-local geo personalised mobile advertising, GDPR compliant outbound marketing, social media and print to promote highly localised events on a viable basis; and now boast 55,000 + subscribers. Emma’s plan is find other people passionate about their geographic area and to franchise this in other locations starting next year.

In June 2019 she and her husband are also opening the doors on their first ‘Hive’, a unique enterprise, hot desk and hospitality hub in Cranbrook town centre to serve local and visiting businesspeople and community.

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Joanna Michaels - London

Joanna Michaels - London

Joanna Michaels the founder of Beyond Social Buzz is a Social Media Coach, speaker and a business mentor who helps start-ups and small and medium businesses succeed at social media marketing. She offers her clients a wealth of social media knowledge and a positive, personable approach that helps them to move from overwhelmed to optimised and connected with their audiences online.

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Kathy Ennis - Norwich/Cambridge

Kathy Ennis - King's Lynn

Kathy Ennis has over 20-years of business experience and is an expert in helping Side Hustle and Micro businesses start-up, scale and turn their passion for their idea into a profitable business.

As a successful Business Mentor, Kathy has a no-nonsense, you can do it attitude. She will listen, absorb and give a guiding hand in the right direction, but she’s no push-over. She’s been there, done that and bought the T-shirt; she knows that success and failure go hand-in-hand and that business planning is the missing link between passion and profit.

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Lara Squires - Worthing

Lara Squires - Brighton

Having worked in professional services for the past 15 years, Lara has a real insight into the challenges faced by the sector, and how to overcome these using a mix of sales and marketing tools.

Lara’s areas of expertise include, marketing strategy, communication plans, business development, sales training and mentoring.

Lara has an innate confidence which enables her to get in front of the right people and create new business opportunities.

Lara holds the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) Postgraduate Diploma and is a Chartered Marketer; she is an experienced sales professional who is inspired by helping companies achieve their business goals.

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Mathew Fowell - Wolverhampton

Matthew Fowell - Wolverhampton

Back in 2012, I set up a business called I Miss My with a business partner. Our aim was to provide British expats with food that they miss. The business model was a good one - people bought the food before we would then go and purchase it, therefore no initial outlay from ourselves.

In order to promote the site, I started learning marketing techniques, including SEO (search engine optimisation), and how to manage orders and customers on the Magento back-office system.

I soon realised that marketing was more than a necessity - it became a hobby and a passion, so I landed myself a Marketing role at an IT company. Within 4 months I became "Digital Marketing Lead", heading up campaigns for the company and all its clients, and leading a marketing team.

Fast forward to present day, and armed with every Google qualification possible and over 3000 hours of Google Adwords (PPC) experience, I'm now spearheading this new venture, Engage First Page, and injecting my passion and expertise into every customised campaign.

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Pah5 Durrant - Chelmsford

Paul Durrant - Chelmsford

PDT Sales Consultancy was founded by Paul Durrant, who is a certified sales professional, public speaker and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) coach, with over 25 years’ experience in selling to all types of sector.

Through his lead, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge in helping start-ups and established SME businesses fix their sales related problems, optimise their sales and upskill their salespeople.

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Saloma Kelly - Denton

Saloma Kelly - Manchester

As a multi passionate branding and social media strategist who has built a business from the comfort of my home. To being recognised as one the top 100 mums in business, nominated for business start up of year with Forward Ladies and featuring on the BBC.

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Ruth Pringle - Rochdale (Greater Manchester)

Ruth Pringle - Rochdale 

With over 20 years experience in the accountancy profession, I have a diverse range of experience working with businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Having set up my own accountancy practice in 2012, I have first hand experience of running and small business and have worked hard to champion small businesses both locally and on a wider scale.

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Peter Lawrence - Cambridge

Peter Lawrence - Cambridge

Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [CIPD] and holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and an MBA.

He has worked in and around Human Resources Management for most of his working life, including holding senior positions with some of the worlds leading companies. After ten years in the Arabian Golf Peter returned to the UK to set up his own HR Consultancy which has now been trading three years, supporting SME's with People Management and Development.

Work is his all consuming passion but when he is not working likes nothing better than watching Chelsea FC and drinking a pint of real ale.

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