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Growth Accelerator for Female Led SMEs

Ambitious but stuck?Did you know that 95% of all the UKs small businesses never grow beyond 9 people? If you have ambitions to grow but have got stuck, or hit a plateau, or just want to know how to create the most effective growth strategy, our renowned Growth...

Branding & Sustainability

Branding & Sustainability

Thursday 13 May 10am – 12.30pm Course Dates Thursday 13 May 10am – 12.30pmJoin us as we welcome our experienced Growth Coach Philip Stott, to discuss branding and sustainability. Having supported over 700 SME businesses to become educated and accredited in...

Angels & Dragons – all you need to know about raising equity

Angels & Dragons – all you need to know about raising equity

Wednesday 16 June 10.30am – 12.30pm Course Dates 16 June 202110.30am – 12.30pmRaising equity is very different from raising other types of finance, but it can really accelerate the growth of your business. If an external investor is getting an attractive deal, and you...

CPCA Growth Hub – Combined Authority – Who we are …

The CPCA Growth Hub is funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and is here to connect your business to the help, support, information and funding that you need to thrive and grow. Covering Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, North Hertfordshire, South Holland, South Kesteven and Uttlesford in Essex, our team of dedicated, expert professionals are here to help your business be the best it can be. 

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The Green Business Programme

The Green Business Programme

A Green Business Programme has launched to help businesses across Cambridgeshire reduce their carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency and work towards Net Zero   It has been created by Cambridge City Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, South...

21towatch List Announced

21towatch List Announced

Organised by leading tech and PR company, Cofinitive -21towatch is back! #21toWatch is a dedicated campaign to showcase and highlight the maybe lesser known, recognising those exciting new entries across all market sectors, and celebrating the very best work going on...

Fenland Start-Up Business Support Programme

Fenland Start-Up Business Support Programme

People with an idea for a start-up business, or those who own a business that has been trading for less than 12 months, can apply for a free help and support programme, which includes a grant of up to £10,000. Fenland District Council is delivering the Fenland...

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Meet the team

Chris George<br />
Growth Hub Manager

Chris George

Growth Hub Manager

Chris is an experienced professional with over 30 years knowledge and experience in sales and marketing in the public sector along with 15 years working for two mainstream automotive manufacturers in the sub 10,000 fleet. Delivered sustainable change in a vast range of industries, whilst constantly updating and developing core competencies and knowledge.

Working in the Local Authority sector for the last 15 years has resulted in Chris turning around failing territories to becoming some of the best performing areas in the country, with excellent stakeholder engagement and a passion for premium delivery. Outside of work, Chris is a keen gardener, and also likes property restoration and reading.

Ashleigh Jackson<br />
Growth Hub Business Advisor

Ashleigh Jackson

Growth Hub Business Advisor

A proven senior influencer and sales professional with more than 25 years’ experience in brand building and driving category growth within the private sector.

“I have a strong research background, alongside vast experience in sponsorship and corporate events management.

My work has initiated good working partnerships with many Local Authorities across Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and London. I have also worked with many multi-national brands including KPMG, Barclays, EasyJet, Kingston Smith LLP, London Stansted Airport, Morgan Sindall and Heineken. I’m proud to be able to enhance on the work we do here at the CPCA Growth Hub and build on many success stories.

Away from the business, health and fitness is important to me, being in the great outdoors, and enjoying fun times and relaxation with family and friends”.

Stuart Thomas<br />
Growth Hub Business Advisor

Stuart Thomas

Growth Hub Business Advisor

Stuart is a former small business owner and former Business Link Advisor and has also worked as a project manager for an international IT company, overseeing a large number of IT projects for large corporate enterprises, as well as large public sector organisations.

Stuart has served as a director for an international timber trading company and has also been a director of a local independent radio station, where he mentored a number of new staff. Prior to this he spent time as a secondary school teacher, teaching IT and business studies at both GCSE and A level.

Liana Sannah Growth Hub Business Analyst

Liana Sannah

Growth Hub Business Analyst

Liana is an experienced professional with over 15 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant. Liana has previously been employed by Warner bros, Daily Mirror, Aviva and AXA. These roles have given her a wide range of skills and in a vast range of industries.

Liana has been working in the Local Authority sector for almost three years, as a Growth hub advisor and producing the Monthly BEIS report. In her leisure time, Liana enjoys cooking, interior design and watching movies.