About us

The Consortium has been designing and delivering award-winning business support programmes across the East of England since 2017.

The Consortium members are hand-picked

Most of us have collaborated on several projects since 2006. Our team is based on an associate model, which is led by our two Founder Members
Graham Broughton and Sarah Brockwell.

Our Vision and Mission Statement

The Consortium strives to empower business leaders to achieve their fullest potential by providing expert guidance, innovative strategies, and actionable solutions. Our mission is to collaborate closely with our clients, understanding their unique challenges and opportunities, and designing and delivering tailored business coaching services that drive sustainable growth and transformation. By leveraging our diverse expertise, extensive networks and industry insights, we help businesses navigate complex environments, optimise operations, innovate, capitalise on emerging opportunities and access finance.

With a reputation for excellence, integrity, and client satisfaction, we aim to be trusted suppliers, partners in success, and catalysts for positive change to the public sector organisations and local authorities that we serve.


Founder Members / Directors

Associate Members


Sarah Brockwell

Expertise

With over 25 years of experience in marketing and PR, Sarah owns a multi-award winning PR and marketing agency. She has so far supported over 1,000 entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses. Sarah is a member of the American Marketing Association and Marketing Leadership Council and was media trained by the BBC and the Press Association. Sarah founded sarahBee marketing ltd. in 2010 on a budget of just £250.

Experience
  • Strategic and tactical marcomms
  • Public relations (media training, crisis management, public speaking, corporate social responsibility and PR stunts)
  • Market-led business strategies (market research and training)
  • Publicity management (press releases, case studies, advertising)
  • Design support (branding, copywriting, blogs/vlogs, E-shots, surveys and printed materials)
  • Introductions to business intermediaries and national media/journalists)
  • Sales promotions (lead generation activity, product launches and consumer research)
  • Digital marketing (including social media, SEO and website development)

Sarah’s top tip about marketing “Marketing does not have to be expensive or complicated, sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective”.

Graham Broughton

Expertise

Over 30 years of experience in working with diverse businesses in all aspects of marketing from product concept to launch and recommending / introducing distribution partners. Experience in preparing companies for investment. Experience in the problems faced by small businesses and start-up companies.

Experience
  • Strategic marketing from fast moving consumer goods to technological and scientific products
  • New product concepts and briefing design consultants
  • Access to finance
  • International trade and export driven companies wanting to diversify their products/distribution
  • IP issues (process and registration)

Graham’s top tip about business strategy “If you are an Owner-Manager, make sure you are working ON the business, not just IN the business”.

David Adlington

Expertise

Over 30 years’ experience including technology, R&D, design, engineering, strategic transformation, facilities management, in management and leadership roles in the UK and Canada. In the public sector, David has delivered business, enterprise, economic growth and culture, heritage and tourism programmes. David’s expertise spans major service innovation, cost-effectiveness and successful commercialisation of products and services.

Experience
  • Start-up and early stage business incubation
  • Technology R&D, engineering, digital, cultural and creative sectors
  • IP, knowledge transfer, product development and commercialisation
  • Strategy development for innovation and growth, business process development, cost-effectiveness
  • Project management, conventional and agile, risk management, business continuity planning
  • Coaching, organisation development and change management
  • Public sector management experience as an employee

David's top tip about seeking business advice: "When you need advice, don't just ask people who will tell you what you want to hear. A good coach will ask the difficult questions, and work with you to find the solutions".

Carol French

Expertise

A creative, hands-on designer and consultant with over 30 years’ experience of design practice across a broad range of disciplines. Carol has designed for many well-known consumer brands including P&G, Unilever, Heinz, Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, alongside boutique brands and niche products. She has worked within prestigious London design groups at management level, and successfully transitioned to develop her own design business. Carol was design advisor to SMEs and start-ups with Essex Innovation Programme with particular emphasis on brand identity and new product development.

Experience
  • All areas of brand identity design across a wide variety of business models
  • Packaging design
  • New product development
  • Strategy, design planning and future proofing
  • Identifying added value opportunities
  • First-hand experience of developing a business start-up

Carol’s top tip about branding “Think of your brand as what people say about your company or product to other people. A strong brand will influence what they say in a positive way”.

Roger Glasel

Expertise

Roger has a good track record assisting both new and established SME’s raise finance to scale-up their business. With traditional lenders having much less appetite today to lend to SME’s whose turnover is sub £5m, Roger has forged good links with the new lenders that have sprung up over the past 5 years earning a good profile.

A review of your requirements, assessing the risks, etc., soon determines the type of lending solution you might require. Many of the lenders Roger works with offer a facility that provides unsecured revolving credit lines over and above any existing bank borrowing, with no legal charge over commercial freehold and no second mortgage over a home. Not even a personal guarantee! Such a facility can be used to fund purchases of goods or services both in the UK and overseas, with payments being made via a secure online platform in the currency of your choice. You then have a credit period of between 30 to 150 days. There is no arrangement fee on this type of product either, instead you pay a transaction fee based on the amount and term. All fees are transparent. For more complex borrowing types, Roger has access to lenders who may require a more formal security.

Roger believes his strength rests in his ability to develop good working relationships with clients, understanding each trade transaction specifically looking at payment and lead times that determine the funding gap.

Experience
  • Motivated and experienced former commercial banker with a successful track record helping small and medium sized SME’s obtain finance to grow / scale up their business.
  • Extensive relationships and links with lenders
  • Links with the Department of International Trade and UK Export Finance

Roger’s top tip about finance “Remember, you CAN dictate your own terms with your suppliers, paying them at a point where it benefits your cash flow the most”.

James Garett

Expertise

James is the founder and Director of HNE Media, a video production and training agency based in Takeley, Essex. As well as being an expert videographer, he has been training organisations of all sizes throughout the UK since 2013. James has carried out a number of successful projects for local authorities including Uttlesford District Council, East Herts Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Essex County Council and Brentwood Borough Council.

Experience

James provides video training courses and production for companies including:

  • Badminton England
  • Delonghi/Kenwood
  • Arsenal Football Club
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Card Factory
  • Citizens Advice Bureau

James' hands-on and friendly and enthusiastic approach coupled with his patience, ensures all learners get the most from their training and come away with practical skills that will help with their video making.

Carole Burman, FCIPD MIOD

Expertise

Managing Director and Founder of MAD-HR, Carole has over 30 years of experience working in the world of HR. She prides herself on her ability to help clients grow their business and attract, retain and engage talent by building a positive employer brand.

Carole leads a team of expert HR consultants across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Carole's expertise enables companies of all sizes to optimise their HR support beyond the regulatory requirements, so that it can add value to the bottom line.

Experience

Carole is an experienced presenter and networker, and can help managers to develop their leadership confidence and ability naturally, while being supported by simple, effective management tools.

Amanda Waite

Expertise

With over 20 years of expertise in HR strategy, Amanda possesses the much sought-after specialist skills and knowledge of the new T Levels qualification programme (alternative to A Levels). She has been appointed a T Levels Ambassador for the Department for Education and can advise businesses on the T Levels system, which incorporates a 45-day industry placement to help employers find and develop new talent.

Her experience transcends conventional HR roles, and Amanda bridges skills gaps by facilitating industry placements and tailored training for young talent.

Experience
  • Helping employers grow their talent pipeline.
  • Support in attracting a new generation of recruits from new sources.
  • Advice in tackling skill shortages.
  • Support with onboarding potential future recruits using their skills and abilities.
  • Advice on streamlining the recruitment processes.