Father and daughter launch new business

Nick Neal and Bryan Ellis
Nick Neal and Bryan Ellis

A 75-year-old father has joined forces with his daughter to launch a business, to provide expert advice and training to companies on credit control, terms of business and exporting goods.

Bryan Ellis and Nick Neal, from Longhoughton, have started Business and Export Credit Solutions (BECS), based at Alnwick’s Cawledge Business Park.

As well as advice on credit issues, they’ll be offering step-by-step training on export matters, such as the required insurances, political issues, margins and the post-Brexit tariff barriers.

Nick said: “Although credit and export issues affect businesses of all sizes, I’m particularly keen to help small-and-medium enterprises. They often have ongoing headaches with these problems with little support available to them.

“Dad was on his second retirement when I rang him and asked for his help. I told him my plans and he couldn’t wait to get involved. I think we can make a real difference to businesses, both local and further afield.”

Between them, the couple have plenty of experience.

Bryan was previously director of Woolworths and general manager of toy-giant Hasbro. He then spent 13 years working all over Europe as a corporate affairs and global-trade consultant during his first retirement.

Nick, who has been based all over the world, has worked in the finance department of the Civil Service and excelled in many key positions focussing on credit control and export. She’s a graduate member of the Institute of Credit Management and was chosen to troubleshoot financial problems in the Asia-Pacific region for BP Marine.

The pair are members of the Institute of Export and International Trade.

BECS is offering a training course (Brexit – What it Means for You and Your Business) on Friday, December 1, from 2pm to 5pm. It costs £25 and there will be guests speakers. Visit www.becsltd.co.uk