Andrew is the Senior Business Navigator for the North part of the Coast to Capital area.
Andrew joined Coast to Capital in January 2015 undertaking a contract to deliver the Business Navigator service in Gatwick and Crawley, having been a SFEDI accredited Business Adviser for 10 years working to deliver government funded contracts in the M25 area. Andrew has an understanding of different funded business support initiatives having worked with local authority schemes such as The High Street Innovation fund and skills projects such as Train to Gain and Business Link for Skills. Andrew has successfully delivered more than 40 Business Advice programmes including some specialist start-up, creative industry, third sector, grant funding and is renowned to assist Croydon company's in international growth. Andrew is also an active Business Awards judge and is a very familiar face north of the region.
Previously he worked to assist Malcolm Brabon and worked to research the initial partnership network for the Growth Hub, helping to scope the support organisations and delivering signposting services to increase engagement with the Business Navigator service. Andrew has worked with many partners in the Coast to Capital area encouraging business growth in the region. In July 2015, the opportunity became available to work as a full time Senior Business Navigator for Growth Hub, initially assisting businesses across the whole region with international business growth and other specialist areas.
Andrew now works as the Senior Business Navigator for the North and is of multi-sectorial focus but deals with Manufacturing, Engineering and International Business enquiries as a specialism.
The Business Navigator service aims to signpost local companies to the most appropriate business support solution(s) by clarifying needs, researching, locating, and providing information. Part of his role is to understand the impact regional services will have on a business and what to prioritise or most easily access to achieve business aims. Andrew works closely with key partners and stakeholders on field and provides some input into the strategic direction of the area having close contacts with the various Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development departments. Andrew is a master networker and forms many long term relationships which continue to strengthen the economic productivity of the Northern district.