Free Mentor

If your business is up to 15 months old at the time you join The Business Community you have access to a free mentor for 12 months.

One of the following people will provide you with support for your business for 1 hour per month; over the phone/Skype/email. Plus you get access to a free 20 minutes consultation from other members who are experts in their various fields. (Please see disclaimer at the foot of the page).

Your Choice Of Mentors

Al Varilone

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Al is a solicitor of over 40 years standing knowledgable re: family law, property law (conveyancing) and wills and trusts. I will come to see you so that you lose no earning time and will offer robust advice to hear your issues and ease your mind by on many occasions seeing a way through the legal dilemmas you may face. Because I work from home my overheads are minimal. Because my overheads are less your legal bills are less!

Expertise: Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts, Divorce, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, Contracts

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Ashish Kumar

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Based in Northampton, we're a software development company delivering IT solutions and consultancy since 2006. Our team is highly-skilled and our focus is you and your business. We are specialists in: Bespoke Software Development, Ecommerce Applications, Mobile Apps. We help SMEs to get their very own customised business software which follows the existing working style of the business.

Expertise: Bespoke Software Development, Ecommerce Applications, Mobile Apps

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Bob Allen

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Bob is a Northampton-based Osteopath, strength & flexibility coach. After getting a degree in applied Biology, he became an IT project manager before a career change to become an osteopath, graduating from Oxford Brookes in 2011. While studying he gained a diploma as a Level 4 massage therapist in 2008 and trained as a dyslexia support tutor. Since becoming an Osteopath he has qualified as a Functional Strength and Conditioning coach and Mental Health first aider.

Expertise: Ergonomic assessment and advice ~ Anatomy, Physiology and all things osteopathy-related

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Heather Petty

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Heather can provide benefits to householders and small businesses in reviewing and identifying essential services for the home, office or business facility at lower costs. All the services & the customer service standards are multi-award-winning; plus UW also provide additional benefits in the supply & fitting of free LED lights plus other benefits.

Expertise: Utilities – Cost Reduction

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Jacky Sherman

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After a successful career in healthcare, for the last 14 years, Jacky has worked with business owners and their teams to build productive business relationships. Starting her own business with no commercial network she now has contacts in nearly every industry type. She attributes this to the techniques she learnt as a client with Asentiv®. Jacky is recognised as one of the key people locally to contact to put in place a strategic referral marketing system for your business that guarantees to gain you a continuous flow of recommended business from your network.

Expertise: Referral Marketing ~ Networking – Mediation

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James Blacklaws

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James is a highly experienced and fully independent Commercial Finance broker. With whole of market access, he can source funding and business loans for those wishing to buy commercial premises, or those looking for funds to develop their business. He offers a personal, one-stop-shop approach to funding solutions. When it comes to business finance, he has 15 years of experience and his ethos is to be fair, honest and flexible, giving you peace of mind that you have the right commercial finance solution for your investment.

Expertise: Sourcing Finance ~ Money Lending ~ Arranging Finance 

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James Tarry

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With 29 years in competitive business environments, James can pass on high-level learning from a decade in senior positions with one of the UK's largest companies, as well as the practical learning developed through nearly a decade of self-employment. With communication skills a strength, and a training and development background, he hopes to be able to provide guidance and support for people at the beginning of their business journey.

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Jessica Shailes

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Founded in 2003, The Ideal Marketing Company is a full service digital marketing agency, passionate about working alongside its clients to create a digital marketing strategy that delivers tangible results and a positive return on investment. We bring together our team of individual experts to build a strategy that is specifically tailored for your business. Our work with clients such as The Hearing Centre, Lockhart Garratt and Andrew Granger & Co. includes website design and build; search engine optimisation; paid social as well as design and PR.

Expertise: Marketing Strategy ~ PR ~ Email Marketing

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John Milner

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Throughout his career, John has witnessed many companies, "making a go" at overseas expansion – with mixed results! So 20 years ago, he decided there was an opportunity to help such companies gain a quicker, more effective presence in International markets, putting into practice what he had learnt over the years.

Expertise: International Sales and Marketing ~ New Market Development ~ Export Development

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John Scotcher

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John started his business in February 1999 and continues to have success twenty years later. John knows all things 'website' having built his industry expertise from almost the moment the web became commercial. Plus, having run a business for 20 years, there are many things he's had to learn along the way, so from contracts to payments, from successful marketing to sales, his experience specifically as a small business could be invaluable.

Expertise: Website Design, Build and Marketing

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Judith Hanson

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Judith is an NLP Master Practitioner, Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness teacher. She works with people who want to make changes in their mindset and their lives and specialise in anxiety, depression, fears and phobias. She can help with the overwhelm that can come in the early days of starting a business; the fear of failure (or success!); dealing with issues from the past that may be affecting your ability to build a successful business: fear of doing presentations or your 45 second introductions and much, much more. 

Expertise: Mindset Change ~ NLP ~ Hypnotherapy ~ Mindfulness

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Julie Futcher

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Julie has nearly 25 years' experience within a sales role, both in business to business and also business to consumer. During her career she has successfully trained many individuals to sell by developing their own style but using tried and tested sales techniques. She understands how daunting it can be to have to pick up the telephone or meet with clients/customers face to face with the view of interesting them in the product or service that is being offered. Julie established The Sales Manager to support and train business owners to increase their revenue. 

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Kevin Robinson

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Kevin is not quite what you expect when you think of a marketing professional or a media producer. Why? Well partly because of his unusual growth to this stage in my career. For the first part of his working life, he was very much focused on the international distribution chain for tech companies. Working within the marketing and distribution of components gave him a solid insight into the way the story of a product is told to the consumer and how to train the supply chain. He now primarily work with SMEs to enhance their brand. 

Expertise: Story-Based Marketing ~ Product and Brand Message ~ Video Production ~ Content Writing

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Libby Langley

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Libby is a digital marketing and social media consultant and trainer. She works with people just like you to take all the chaos of the “we must do this” of social media and digital marketing, and works with you to decide which digital marketing pillars will be the most effective in getting you towards your business goals. She has worked hard to become an expert in social media and digital marketing strategy and implementation. She has an MBA and a teaching qualification, as well as lots of testimonials that support these claims.

Expertise: Marketing Strategy ~ Social Media ~ Digital marketing ~ Email Marketing

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Marie-Louise O'Neill

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Marie-Louise specialises in logo and branding evolution. With her help, your brand will evolve over time, reflecting the changing nature of your marketplace but always keeping your core brand values at heart. She also offers a comprehensive range of visual services - from logo design, social media post templates and website design in the digital space, to print design for the creation of brochures, adverts, banners and packaging. With more than 15 years’ industry experience, she offers a great value, bespoke service which is all about meeting your unique requirements.

Expertise: Logo Design ~ Branding ~ Graphic Design

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Mark Coster

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Mark has been a graphic designer for over 20 years working in a range of in-house studios across the county. Having always had a desire to run his own business, he started his creative agency, Pixooma, in 2014. Since the start, Pixooma has provided a wide range of graphic design services and over the years has built a network of trusted suppliers in related industries. This allows it to operate as a 'virtual agency' offering print, marketing, photography, copywriting, and much more besides, and all without the overheads of a traditional 'bricks and mortar' agency.

Expertise: Logo Design ~ Branding ~ Graphic Design ~ Newsletters

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Sue Pardy

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Sue makes small business owners’ lives less stressful by providing tailored HR solutions to your people challenges. Whether you’re taking on your first ever employee, handling a performance issue or having to make redundancies, She’ll work with you to achieve the right outcome for your business and your people. She is a chartered CIPD member and have over 20 years’ HR experience and has worked with SME's for over 5 years so understands the challenges that SMEs face as they grow and change and how this differs to corporates. 

Expertise: HR ~ Employee Issues ~ Employment Law

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Stephen Church

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With over thirty years experience of writing copy for websites and for print, Stephen has the know-how and the creativity to deliver copy that’s both fresh and compelling. With a profound knowledge of how SEO works, he helps get your website to where you need it to be in the search engines. You’ll receive copy that’s creative, appropriate and accurate – making your online presence look special and feel special. He can also help produce business literature. He brings excellence, style and pizazz to your printed material with value that is second to none.

Expertise: Copywriting ~ Blogging ~ Web Copy

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Suzan St Maur

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Suzan is an author coach and advisor on publishing and book marketing. She spent many years as a copywriter and content marketer, while at the same time writing more than 30 published books of her own. Recently she decided to combine both skillsets and now offers the expertise and experience anyone needs to become a published author. Since then she has helped “incubate” and “hatch” 15 books for clients including business and self-help topics, personal and pastoral memoirs, education, and autism, plus some delightful children’s fiction.

Expertise: Book Publishing ~ Copywriting

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