Meet the Growth Hub Team

Get to know the members of the Worcestershire Growth Hub team, they are here to help you and your business so we thought it was important you could put some faces to those names.

Kevin Aisbitt

Growth Hub Manager
I am responsible for the day to day management of the Team working closely with the Director of Business Engagement at the LEP to ensure that all activity is in line with the priorities set out in the Local Industrial Strategy. This work is delivered in partnership with key external stakeholders including the County and District Councils, Business Representative Organisations including the Chamber of Commerce, FSB and others, as well as the higher educational institutions in the County.
 
Favourite Film: The Godfather Part 1
Perfect Weekend: A nice lunch, followed by watching football and then a relaxing evening at home with my wife/family
First Album: Grease Soundtrack
 

kevina@business-central.co.uk

Randesh Kalar

Growth Hub Account Manager

I advise businesses on the types of support, grants and other programmes that they can access to help them start, or grow their business.

This includes introductions to the support providers, grant funding organisations, universities and others that can help.

Perfect Weekend: A good girly shopping trip  and exploring the great outdoors with the family, love staying away in luxury hotels.
Favourite Film: Has to be the Godfather
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Holiday destinations!

randeshk@business-central.co.uk

Gwen Davies

Growth Hub Account Manager

I support many different types of businesses within the county, in particular the larger and foreign owned companies. My role is very much to understand each company’s strategic objectives and their challenges. By doing so I identify the local and national support currently available for each company to utilise and ultimately support their growth. This may well lead to facilitating introduction meetings with the relevant support organisations or key partners. By doing so this helps the business gain a deeper understanding of what is available. As a result this can then be incorporated into the business plans.

Random Fact About Me: Was a grid girl at the Silverstone 1994 British Grand Prix race, the year Damon Hill won.
First CD: First record “Don’t you want me Baby” by The Human League.
Perfect Weekend:Riding my horse, spending time with my husband & beloved hound followed by friends round for dinner with a good bottle of wine!

gwend@business-central.co.uk

Kul Sanghera

Growth Hub Account Manager

I advise businesses on the business support and grants that they can access to help them to start or grow their businesses. This includes introductions to the support providers, grant funding organisations, universities and others that can help.

Perfect Weekend: Going to Elland Road, Watching Leeds win, followed by a night out to celebrate
Favourite Film: Pulp Fiction
First Album: The Eagles – Hotel California

kuls@business-central.co.uk

Sally Stevenson

Growth Hub Account Manager

I advise Worcestershire businesses on the local support available to them from partners within the county. This support can be grants, learning, networking amongst others, aimed to help people who are starting up, running or growing their businesses.
There is a wealth of support available in Worcestershire, and we help businesses identify and access what they need.

First Album: My Dad bought me Shakin’ Stevens ‘This Ole House. I even saw him live in Malvern a few years ago!
Random Fact About Me: I won a gold medal for Downhill Slalom Skiing
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Friends or Harry Potter

sallys@business-central.co.uk

Lois Allart

Digital Marketing Apprentice

I am the Digital Marketing Apprentice. My role involves updating the website with new articles, events etc. Also running the social media page, creating new content and engaging with Worcestershire businesses. I also help with email marketing and our monthly newsletter.

Favourite film: Birdbox
First CD: Now That’s What I Call Music!
Random fact about me: I hate flying

loisa@business-central.co.uk

Rhiannon Jones

Growth Hub Business Navigator

As a Business Navigator I am the first point of contact for all businesses who are contacting the Growth Hub. I can assist with Funding support, signposting to various funding schemes and can advise on the next steps to help a business gain the support to start up, grow and expand within Worcestershire.

Favourite Film: Dirty Dancing
Random Fact About Me: I have a degree in Contemporary Dance
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Friends

rhiannonj@business-central.co.uk

Steve Winstanley

Growth Hub Business Navigator
Steve supports the growing number of businesses looking to access grants, loans and further support to encourage business development in Worcestershire. By providing up-to-date information and guidance for companies at any stage, from start-ups to multinational organisations, Steve plays an essential role in driving entrepreneurship and sustainability to ensure the county remains a prosperous place to do business.
 
Perfect Weekend: Spending time with my partner and young son, and in the winter months watching West Brom get a rare win. In the summer I am a keen cricketer and enjoy playing or watching
Random Fact About Me: According to Ancestry DNA I am 10% Norwegian
Mastermind Specialist Subject: West Bromwich Albion

stevew@business-central.co.uk

Finley Stanley

Digital and Data Apprentice

I am the Digital and Data Apprentice, managing the CRM system and ensuring data fields are completed and updated regularly. I compile weekly reports as well as being the point of contact for the team for questions or training on the CRM system. I also support the team in marketing to continue to develop/update the website and the social media.

Perfect Weekend: Going to the pub or club with the lads
Favourite Film: Shaun of the Dead
First Album: NOW 75

finleys@business-central.co.uk

Simon Thistle

Project Manager

I am a Project Support Officer currently Supporting project managers Kate Snell and Sian Jones with their respective projects. Before WBC, I mainly come from a background in finance. Specialising in managing the personal finances of extremely vulnerable people.

Perfect Weekend: NOT having to go food shopping with the Mrs!
Random Fact About Me: I have a blue belt in Kung-Fu and a Purple belt in Kickboxing.
Favourite Film: Terminator 2/ Predator (Can’t decide)

simont@business-central.co.uk

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