North entrepreneurs get a helping hand

New business coaches Peter Batty, Sue Timson and Matt Hindhaugh.
New business coaches Peter Batty, Sue Timson and Matt Hindhaugh.
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Three new business coaches have been appointed to help provide quality coaching and assistance to local entrepreneurs and businesses in the area.

Oxford Innovation Limited is responsible for the delivery and success of the Business Northumberland High Growth Programme, which is part of a £1.35million investment that aims to boost growth and stimulate the economy within the county.

The coaches are Peter Batty who, as supply chain director at Co-operative Healthcare, led and implemented a new commercial and distribution strategy which improved customer service and increased profitability. His areas of expertise cover business strategy and commercial insight.

Matt Hindhaugh specialises in business mentoring, lending innovative techniques to large organisations that turn challenges into business opportunities.

Sue Timson, with more than 20 years experience in media sales, management and marketing, joins the programme as an executive coach, specalising in commercial strategy and leadership development.

Mike Jobson, Business Northumberland High Growth Programme manager, said: “Increasing the team extends our range, enabling us to work with ambitious organisations and take an active role in driving business growth, which will benefit the local economy, communities and ultimately help Northumberland to prosper as a great place to do business.”

Oxford Innovation has worked with over 2,500 high-growth businesses, providing clients access to over £100 million of funding, creating and preserving over 400 jobs.The High Growth Programme has been funded by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, Northumberland County Council and the North East European Regional Development Fund. For further details about the programme, call 01670 528403 or email