I have more than a decade’s experience of working with people who are starting their own businesses and advising organisations that encourage enterprise.
My work has ranged from one-to-one support and mentoring right through to the design and delivery of new tools, networks and funding initiatives. Some examples are included at the bottom of this page.
This year, my focus is on helping fellow freelancers get started and navigate some of the common pitfalls of self-employment. I’ve developed a high-impact boot camp for new freelancers, which is now running in a number of UK universities.
“Greg’s workshop was engaging and creative. It encouraged the participants to approach problems in a new and innovative way”
– University careers adviser
If you’re an education or community leader looking to help your students, graduates and neighbours develop their business and enterprise skills, I’d be keen to talk to you about how I can help.
Some examples of my enterprise education work:
- Support groups and networks – As Entrepreneur-in-residence at Solent University, I developed a support network for graduates running their own businesses. This grew into an online and offline community of Solent alumni running startups all over the UK, and it built an ongoing relationship between them and the University. (Read my reflections on this work.)
- Mentoring – I’ve delivered events on starting-up and freelancing for a National Lottery and European Union-funded scheme to help people find routes into self-employment. As part of this, I have mentored a number of participants, many of whom have gone on to set-up sustainable small enterprises.
- Funding initiatives – I ran a business funding programme at Solent University, working with students as they refined their plans, prepared to pitch and then, crucially, crowdfunded a proportion of the money. This work helped to propel the University into the top 10 in the country for graduate startups.
- Workshops and boot camps – I regularly organise and deliver workshops and boot camps that encourage entrepreneurship. In 2015, I worked with a new education provider to help design a series of enterprise events and summer schools for international students. These were subsequently judged ‘outstanding’ during a British Accreditation Council audit.
- Student enterprise societies – I’ve sat on advisory boards for several student societies, including Enactus teams running social innovation projects. I share the benefit of my own university enterprise experience, which included organising weekly speaker events, securing corporate sponsorship, developing a nationally recognised brand, meeting with government representatives and spreading best practice across the country.
- Schools and colleges – Early in my career I established a link between a university and a national enterprise initiative, which subsequently saw a number of undergraduate students volunteering in local schools. I later sat on the regional board for the programme.
Do get in touch if I can be of any assistance with your enterprise activities.