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Advisory Board

Adrian Costain

Managing Director of the NW based SME retail business, Pareto Retail Ltd, for the past 20 years.

Previously worked in the defence; shipbuilding, shipping and adventure training  sectors.  SME market and civil society activist.  Manchester MBA with special interests in entrepreneurship. the causation of small firm failure and complex cultural change projects.

Evolved the Little T Room as a pilot social enterprise in 2012, working with Merseyside HYPE as a mentor over the past four years.

Peter Stephenson

Senior Manager within PriceWaterHouseCoopers financial due diligence practice.

Ten years experience performing financial due diligence on buyside, sellside and refinancing transactions across a number of sectors including reviews of businesses within the skills/ training provider sector. 

Financial due diligence involves reviewing the financial performance of the business and future prospects including understanding all aspects of business strategy (go to market, operations, financial management etc.

Christine Traynor

A strategic marketing professional with a track record of success in improving business performance as a senior manager and consultant, based on ability to develop new business, manage client and partner relationships and secure funding for developments.

Main focus over the last 15 years has been on developing and implementing strategic plans for growth on behalf of large and small third sector organisations operating across a range of sectors, to generate commercial income, including public sector contracts, or to secure grants and social investment. 

Plans are underpinned by strategic marketing expertise gained through practical experience in senior marketing and business development roles in the public and private sector and delivery of support to SMEs and social enterprises to increase income, diversify into new markets and evidence social impact, combined with professional qualifications, including the CIM’s post-graduate Diploma in Marketing.