Press Release – Business Up North: New North West Operation Offers SMEs ‘Grey Hairs’ In The Boardroom

A company which helps SMEs to scale up rapidly by giving them access to experienced part-time directors is expanding into the North West.

BoardroomAdvisors has appointed Mark Wilson, the former managing director of Mamas and Papas, to spearhead its operation and build its team in the region.

The company aims to disrupt the recruitment market by providing direct access to a talent pool of part-time executive directors for commercial, operations and CEO roles. It allows scale-ups, SMEs and their private equity backers to rapidly fill gaps in the management team, with no recruitment fees and a fraction of the cost of a full-time hire.

Mark Wilson, spent 16 years at Mamas and Papas, growing turnover from £14m to £120m, and was also MD of activity toy specialist Plum Products and on the board of leading Turkish private equity firm Actera Group. His specialist areas include e-commerce.

Mark says: “The North West has a vibrant start-up scene and is a hotbed of enterprise and innovation. BoardroomAdvisors provides senior advisers who understand the issues businesses face and how to get around them.
“We can help them to achieve their strategic goals – whether that is business growth, finding funding or planning for an exit. However in these troubled times it may be more important to focus on productivity and cash flow, and if tough decisions need to be made, we have the experience to help them make the right call.”

BoardroomAdvisors was founded by Bristol-based John Courtney, who has founded seven businesses and been listed as one of the country’s top 100 entrepreneurs. It now operates in South Wales and Scotland.

“Having a few ‘grey hairs’ in the boardroom can be invaluable for small firms. Our members have all founded, built and sold businesses and they have experience managing in difficult times and different economic conditions.”

“While many businesses are currently facing challenges, for others this may be a good time to review their whole operation. Our advisers can help them to safeguard their business and develop strategies for future success.”

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Written by: John Courtney

John is highly ranked in the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs list by City AM and is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from techSPARK. He has been a Board Director himself for over 40 years and first started placing Non-Executive Directors over 25 years ago. John founded and ran seven of his own businesses including a Management Consultancy for 10 years, a Corporate Finance offering for 10 years and a mid-sized Digital Agency for another 10 years.