Projects

 Some Enterprise Projects
  • In 1981 Powys Self Help was started as a groundbreaking Local Enterprise Trust which helped create several hundred new businesses, over a period of three years, at a cost per job of less than £50 (see Legal and General Letter and  Draft Editorial for insertion with advertisement leafletscheme proposed in 1979)

  • In 1985, following my Churchill Fellowship visits in USA and Canada, I established my own company Enterprise Training and Development Limited (ETD). We initiated a programme of management and leadership training together with the establishment of a number of community based economic developments including:

    • Enterprise in Mann which ETD launched in 1986 as a charitable Enterprise Trust continued to operate for 15 years with our small board and three amazing volunteers: Patrick Windle, Sylvia Stokes and Alf Stokes, helping the start up of several hundred new businesses. (see Enterprise in Mann in the news, Isle of Man Bank Supports Enterprise in Mann, Enterprise in Mann Press Release)

    • Manx Community Help Trust (1988), a charity and resource centre, was launched for the benefit of smaller voluntary organisations and supported by a generous donation from the Bank of Ireland to enable small grants to local projects. Unfortunately some of the larger charities felt disadvantaged as the smaller charities were competing for the same pool of funding from the business community and the decision was taken to close the Trust.

    • The Institute of Directors, Isle of Man was launched with support from IOD London and considerable assistance from a dedicated retired executive, Harry Pease who acted as our secretary for a number of years. It now has over 250 members and has been running for over 25 years.

    • The ’92 Business Club was formed as a networking organisation of businesses in the Isle of Man, encouraging international trade in anticipation of joining Europe, together with a Business Centre, based in the Sefton Hotel. It provided services to local and visiting business people. (See sample Club news: Chief Minister Learns Language of Europe)  The concept was adopted by others as ‘The Manx Business Connection’ which is still operating very successfully.

  • Prya Partnerships London was launched with the generous support of London First (a business organisation consisting of several hundred of the largest London companies) in association with the University of East London and Imperial College. The business incubators it supported have spawned so many technology based businesses that the area is now known as East London’s Silicon Valley (see Media)

  • Early Stage Technology Incubation: I worked closely in the development of early stage incubation with a number of universities including:

    • The University of East London

    • City University Business School

    • Liverpool John Moore University

    • Imperial College

    • University of Ulster (Cross-border project as part of the ‘Peace Process’)

    • ‘Simfonec’ – an Enterprise Centre for the Royal Veterinary College, King’s College and Queen Mary College, led by Professor Julie Logan, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School. Its mission was to deliver science ideas to the commercial marketplace via education, mentoring and access to networks and funding. I was one of the judges in a Business Plan Competition between their member universities – together with Lord David Sainsbury, then Minister for Science and Stephen Timms MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

  • I was appointed as Consultant to several government and local government bodies such as WINTEC (Wales Innovation and Technology Centre): advising on submissions for grant and investment

  • UK Department of Trade and Industry: Given a brief to design a wholesale Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) based on a new type of tradable investment product. This was used and further developed by a private equity firm in association with very substantial government grants

  • Cabinet Office: Given a brief to design an innovative model for Local Small Business Funds

  • Liverpool Football Club: ‘A Liverpool model for Community Business Development’ utilising the Community Investment Tax Credit together with local resources. It had been hoped that the Club might move to a new site, but this did not happen.

Real Estate based Regeneration Projects
  • The Lion Works Newtown: In 1992 I helped a small local firm to develop a large industrial site in Newtown, Powys which was about to be demolished. It now houses 55 businesses based in units of varying size from 150 square feet to 4000 square feet.

  • In 1995 commissioned by Birmingham City Council and The Government Office of the West Midlands to prepare a fully documented business plan detailing how a Technology Village could be established in the former Fordrough Industrial Site. This is now a thriving community.

  • In 1985 designed a project to create a Freeport and Technology Incubator in the Isle of Man.  This was taken forward by others very successfully.

  • Talgarth Wales: a major project to redevelop a former hospital. Planning permission was not given so the site had to be sold.  The original buyers were unsuccessful and the site has languished for some years.  I am helping, informally,  to develop it as a sheltered village specifically for ex-service people.